29 December 2012


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UPDATE for 2012 cenla christmas day tornadoes

UPDATE for 2009: 63% of continental united states covered in an average of five inches [13 centimeters] of snow. [noaa.gov screen grab]
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28 December 2012

rpso: sufficient probable cause established arrest in rigolette bridge & serial arsonist case

For Release to the Media
FM: Lt. T. Carnline RPSO
DTD: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:59
SUBJ:Arson Arrest in Rigolette Bridge Fire of Last Year

During the early morning hours of March 26th 2011, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that the bridge spanning Rigolette Bayou located on Rigolette Road in Tioga was on fire.

Local fire personnel were able to put out the fire, but due to extensive damage it created, the bridge was closed for public safety.

R.P.S.O. Detectives in conjunction with investigators of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office immediately began an investigation into the incident as it was believed the fire was the result of an arsonist.

Various leads were followed up, but none led to an arrest up until now.

In November of this year, R.P.S.O. Detectives received information relating to multiple structure fires in the Tioga area, which included the Rigolette Bridge and two uninhabited residences located on Hollowdale Drive.

Detectives re-opened the original investigations and were able to establish sufficient probable cause that twenty-three year old Trenton Lloyd Malone was the main suspect in each of the fires.

As a result, warrants were granted for Malone’s arrest for Three Counts of Simple Arson Over $500.

On December 27th 2012, Deputies located Malone at a residence in the Alexandria area.

He was advised of the warrants and taken into custody without incident.

Trenton Lloyd Malone of 144 Hollowdale Drive, Tioga, LA, was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail, where he is currently being held in lieu of a $300,000.00 bond.

Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests may be forth coming.

If you or someone you know has any information relating to these fires please contact Detective Jonathan Treadway at the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Tioga Sub Station (318) 640-6000, R.P.S.O. Main Office (318) 473-6700, or Crime Stoppers (318) 443-7867.

"Whenever a case goes cold, you always keep it in the back of your mind and then one day, one piece of evidence or information comes up and our detectives got right back on this case and solved it with an arrest" said Sheriff William Earl Hilton.

in light of the recent christmas day 2012 tornadoes which wrought much devastation to parts of central louisiana such as the garden district in alexandria and parts of tioga, ball & rigolette that after reading the press release a couple of questions came to mind.

is this bridge reopened?

what role if any did this bridge arson mischief play in hampering the responders getting to this neighborhood?

so we emailed lieutenant carnline to ask if the bridge was reopened (we figured he would know if the sheriff's office was able to patrol this area) and was he aware of any reports linking this 2011 mischief with hampering this storm's first responders and clean up crews?

he replied:

I checked with the Police Jury and the bridge was re-opened in the spring of this [2012] year. The only thing that hampered response to the devastation by the tornado’s were the trees in the roadway.

25 December 2012

UPDATED kalb special report cenla christmas day 2012 severe weather


kalb, tom konvicka, special report cenla christmas day 2012 severe weather
city of alexandria
ball, tioga & rigolette

UPDATE: kalb christmas day severe weather slideshow 
              kalb tioga area storm damage 
gannett/the alexandria daily town talk: strong storms push through cenla, damaging homes, businesses  
8 a.m. update: Some traffic lights out in Alexandria; 1,205 without power in Central La~ gannett/the alexandria daily town talk 26 december 2012
For Release to the Media
FM: Lt. T. Carnline RPSO
DATE: Wednesday 26 December 2012, 0956

Christmas Storm Update

Yesterday at approximately 12:05 pm, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office received its first of over 20 calls for storm related incidents that occurred in the Parish.

The hardest hit areas, according to Sonya Wiley, Rapides Parish Director of Homeland Security, was in the Tioga area around Lafayette Lane, Aspen Court areas.

Overall, approximately 40 homes, 8 businesses, 2 churches and the roof of a school sustained damage in what was thought to be a tornado.

No injuries or fatalities were reported.

"We want to urge the citizens to exercise caution in the operation of chain saws, generators and any other equipment used to remove limbs or debris from the storm" Director Wiley said.

"The Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to be cautious when dealing with people wanting to fix damage from the storm.

Use reputable people to do this and not someone who just drives up and says they can fix it" said Lt. Tommy Carnline, Public Information Officer.

"Be careful driving because there is still a lot of debris in the area."

Lt. Tommy Carnline
Public Information Officer
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office


the story of the birth of christ

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The Story of the Birth of Christ
As told through Luke and Matthew
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Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and giuen him a Name which is aboue euery name:

That at the Name of Iesus euery knee should bow, of things in heauen, and things in earth, and things vnder the earth:

And that euery tongue should confesse, that Iesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 (King James Version 1611)

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a very private miracle

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a christmas themed production of the cbs radio mystery theater that originally aired 23 december 1978.

the story of how a young lass named jennifer soileau and the christmas miracle of regeneration she brought to the life of the curmudgeonly old capitalist, jasper crown (howard da silva) ... but will it last?

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    24 December 2012

    cbs radio mystery theater presents "a christmas carol"

    there were 1399 cbs radio mystery theater programs and you can probably find them all for download online. the internet archive has quite a few.
    It's ominous theme music and longtime host E.G. Marshall's invitation to "return next time for another adventure in the macabre" cast spells across the airwaves for loyal listeners - myself included. Those voices (usually in some form of distress or conflict) echoing through my ears were all too real.


    CBSRMT programs, including commercials, were an hour long on the air. Most mp3 files have been edited to remove the commercials and the length is 40 to 45 minutes - although, some contain the entire program complete with commercials and a newscast at the end or whatever programming surrounded the program. This can be quite interesting listening as well and I consider that to be a bonus.


    I am willing to share these programs free of charge and I ask for nothing in return. Feel free to ask for programs in the forum. ~ cbsrmt.info a fan site.


    audio page

    Starring host E.G.Marshall as Scrooge, aired every Christmas Eve except 1974 and 1982

    Presented exactly as aired on WBBM, Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1978 complete with original commercials, news and even weather reports!

    click here to download from google books a free copy of the 1908 edition of "a christmas carol" by charles dickens (1812-1870).

    or click here to download our copy 121 page .pdf [3.22 mb]

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    23 December 2012

    lets hear it for the teamsters

    happened across this sight yesterday at libuse and the dollar general store.  apparently, the architect, engineer and the rapides area planning commission didnt take into account this retail establishment's need for large truck freight deliveries.

    nontheless, this trucker who must have ice water for blood managed to back his truck and trailor to the store using a narrow lane.

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    19 December 2012

    military bearing

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    observing the jarheads carrying on and as expected, carrying on quite smartly too, whilst capturing our marine one - air force one - potus video, we couldnt help but be carried back to ol' virginny [sic semper tyrannis] and the spit and polish navy.

    there is a reason why the united states marine exemplifies superior military bearing compared to in this case the air force.  notice how the marine makes even the scrambled egg who escorted the president between rides and his side-kick seem sloppy. the marine is standing at parade rest we dont know what the general and his aide are displaying.

    anyway that reason may be found cast into the usmc official seal.

    16 December 2012

    video: president obama arrives/departs andrews afb to connecticut

    president obama arrives at andrews air force base on sunday 16 december 2012 on marine one to depart aboard air force one to connecticut to meet newtown massacre survivors and mourners

    from 1459 est

    credits for the cam are at the end of the vid - leave intact

    us public domain: video content documents an official us government evolution


    10 December 2012

    UPDATED arrest made: remains of missing woman dorothy rosier found

    For Immediate Release

    Sheriff William Earl Hilton announced this morning that an arrest has been made in the Dorothy Eyvonne Rosier homicide case.

    Last night, Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Paul Jackson, 61 of 1125-A Jim Meyer Dr, Alexandria. Jackson was taken into custody and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center for 2nd Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice and is currently being held without bond.

    The investigation is still ongoing.

    "Finally the family will have a little more closure to this case. In a cold case, you go back to zero, start over and run down every lead and that’s what our Detectives did. They have put in a lot of man hours and worked long into the night last night to make this arrest.” said Sheriff Hilton.

    "I would also like to thank Sheriff Scott Franklin and the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office for their ongoing assistance in this case."

    As the investigation is still ongoing, there is no further information at this time as to cause of death or motive.

    Lt. Tommy Carnline
    Public Information Officer
    Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office

    ----ORIGINAL POST----
    For Release to the Media

    Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton announced today that Sheriff’s Office Investigators have positively identified the remains found in the woods in LaSalle Parish as that of Dorothy Eyvonne Rosier.

    Ms. Rosier went missing almost 3 years ago on January 11, 2010.

    Hunters, hunting near Trout, LA in LaSalle Parish, discovered the remains on November 21st.

    While a presumptive identification was made based on dental records, preliminary results were leading investigators to believe that the remains may be the missing Rosier woman.

    Positive identification was not received until last week with assistance of the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People FACES Lab.

    Based on these findings, investigators conclude that the remains are those of Ms. Rosier. Ms. Rosier was twenty five years old at the time of her disappearance.

    The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue their joint investigation into this homicide and how the remains got into the woods at that location, who might have put them there and the events surrounding the death of Ms. Rosier.

    Sheriff Hilton would like to thank Sheriff Scott Franklin and his department for their assistance and continued cooperation in the ongoing investigation of this case.

    At this time, Sheriff’s Detectives would not speculate on any suspects or cause of death as this might hinder their investigation.

    "This family needs closure to what happened to their daughter, their sister, their mother. We have been working diligently on this case since we came into office and we are looking into other unsolved cold cases. This is the one we need help on now. Someone knows something and we want you to do the right thing and come forward so this family will not have to spend another Christmas knowing the suspect in Dorothy’s murder is still out there" said Sheriff Hilton.

    Anyone having information on the disappearance of Dorothy Eyvonne Rosier in January of 2010 is urged to contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office or the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office.

    Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office 318 473 6700

    Criminal Investigations 318 473 6727

    LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office 318 992 2151

    Crime Stoppers 318 443 7867

    Lt. Tommy Carnline

    Public Information Officer
    Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office


    05 December 2012

    faith ford; alexis crew productions announce 1st casting call for actors and extras

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    - Friday, December 7, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. - 8:00P.M.
    - Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. - 6:00P.M.

    Location: 1501-A Wimbledon Boulevard
    Alexandria, Louisiana

    please send your resume and head shot to the following:

    ALEXANDRIA LA 71301-3384

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  • faith ford & alexis crew productions before the alexandria, la., city council

  • UPDATED possible film school to locate in alexandria's district 3

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    04 December 2012

    former alexandria, la. mayor carroll lanier dead

    via: twitter @kalbtv5

    former alexandria, louisiana mayor (1977-1982) carroll lanier has died reportedly from congestive heart failure. lanier was aged 86.

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    Carroll E. Lanier
    (November 5, 1926 - December 4, 2012)

    Services for Mr. Carroll E. Lanier will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria with Reverend Clifton Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

    The family requests that visitation be observed Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will continue on Friday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.

    Mr. Lanier, 86, of Alexandria passed away Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at Grace Home.

    He was born in Hamburg, Arkansas and moved to Alexandria at the age of eleven.

    He attended Bolton High School and before graduation he joined the U. S. Navy.

    After his time in the Navy he worked as an electrician in Alexandria. 

    In June of 1969 until June of 1973 he was the Commissioner of Finance and Utilities.

    After Mr. Lanier’s term was over he and his brother started Lanier Electric. 

    In 1977 Mr. Lanier became Mayor of Alexandria for a 5 year term. Then in 1988 he worked as Executive Director of the Housing Authority until his retirement in 2000.

    He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Lanier; parents, M. B. and Effie Sivals Lanier; one brother and three sisters.

    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 64 years, Winifred “ Wendy” Lanier; daughters, Kathy Lanier Miller and husband, Ronald, Theresa Lanier Massey; son, Steve Lanier and wife, Amber; grandchildren, Josh, Brian, Ryan, Shelby, Anthony, and Jody; seven great grandchildren.

    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Home, 3330 Masonic Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301.

    ~ source: hixson brothers funeral home 


    03 December 2012

    attorney jimmy faircloth phones ksyl to "correct the record on what the [schools voucher] ruling really accomplishes"

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    attorney jimmy faircloth phoned in to the ksyl talkback 970 preshow program this morning to clear up some misconceptions about the recent district court ruling that found the school voucher funding mechanism to be unconstitutional.

    mr. faircloth said that the ruling is suspended pending the appeals process and that no one remembers a district court ruling anyway.


    01 December 2012

    lee rubin "it was my turn" to be next alexandria, la., city councilman at-large

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    prescient? refreshingly candid? a freudian slip? -- "it was my turn" was the answer alexandria, la. city council at-large candidate, lee rubin chose to give to the question put to him by fred rosenfeld on why is he running for the alexandria city council at-large seat.
    source: louisiana sec'y of state elections website
    mr. rubin was in studio at ksyl am 970, friday, 30 november 2012, to appear on the talkback 970 preshow with fred and bob program. the primary was on 06 november. mr. rubin finished second with 32.12% of the vote out of a six man field.

    the runoff is on saturday, 08 december 2012, when he will face the incumbent -- roosevelt johnson. councilman johnson received 39.94% of the primary vote.

    here's the thing, we dont want either one of 'em. neither would have been our first choice in the primary.

    councilman johnson wouldnt be so bad if he would grow a backbone and stop being a puppet. dude you're not crafty at plotting and deceit. so stop.

    it's obvious that the mayor and the silk stocking gang have a lot at stake in this election. they've poured tons of money into mr. rubin's coffers in an effort to solidify the control by the mayor and his gang over the majority city council votes and by extension the public fisc and governmental power.

    the results of their massive psyop arent all that impressive. although, at least one person as late as monday, 05 november 2012, election eve, was on ksyl radio predicting that councilman johnson wouldnt even make the runoff.

    one glaring omission in this interview that we noticed which mostly speaks to the ethics and integrity or lack thereof of cenla broadcasting -- in that they didnt require the interviewer/show cohost fred rosenfeld to disclose that a local company he owns, the parc england boutique hotel, contribute to the lee rubin campaign.

    that was an especially egregious oversight when seeing how it was reported by steve coco from his cenla news blog back on 07 october 2012.

    anyway, this race has many fascinating dynamics -- one being how many of the non-johnson votes were more anti-roy than anti-johnson votes? mr. rubin was seen from the start of the race as being the mayor's boy; as far as we know the only one who could be considered outright pro-roy. the only other candidate might be milton gordon who probably looks at the mayor's plans favorably.

    so even though mr. rubin was correct when he pointed out to the gannett/alexandria daily town talk that 60% of the electorate voted against the incumbent --  with this whole pro and anti-roy dynamic vibrating through the city the numbers still dont add up to an inevitable rubin victory.

    one the other hand the mayor and the silk stocking gang did manage to finally get rid of myron lawson and that was an at-large election too. albeit a few years or in a political sense an eternity ago.

    but -- around the same time, charles fredrick "droopy draws" smith was defeated for reelection to the city council despite the mayor and his gangs support.

    wst... disclosure: as we pointed out here, we have a wager on the outcome of this race. 
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    29 November 2012

    faith ford & alexis crew productions before the alexandria, la., city council

    with faith ford; her husband campion murphy and their associate chad bailey (sp?) tuesday, 27 november 2012, appearance before the alexandria, louisiana city council's finance and legal affairs committee, details of their plan to teach the film making craft to locals has become clearer.

    the below news report from gannett/the alexandria daily town talk which appeared on their website here and on page a-3 of the wednesday, 28 november 2012, print edition, is a pretty accurate recital of what the acp managers had to say.

    although ms. ford's plan doesnt call for a full blown brick and mortar film school as we'd originally hoped, we still support it as long as using taxpayer money is just a one time occurrence. inkind contributions are a different matter.

    one thing that does concern us is that the plan as presented doesnt seem to leave much room for error. it really does seem like a one shot attempt.

    like she said, ms. ford & acp have some thirty years experience in the film industry. they have valuable knowledge that they are willing to share;  we hope that their project is a success.

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    alexis crew productions, l3c, was registered as a low profit limited liability company with the louisiana sec'y of state on 19 november 2012

    blogosphere exclusive: voucher judge tim kelley took recent bribe campaign donation from governor's lawyer

    in short, on or about 24 october 2012, the faircloth law group made a one thousand dollars campaign donation to tim kelley who was running for associate justice of the louisiana supreme court. the election was held less than two weeks later. 


    louisiana supreme court 5th district associate justice election returns 06 november 2012
    according to the louisiana sec'y of state elections website, judge kelley received only 3.07% of the vote or second from the bottom in an eight candidate field.

    surely the polls and being so close to the election, it must have been strongly suspected;  especially to a seasoned casino and political attorney such as mr. faircloth, that judge kelley had very little chance of making the runoff -- eh?

    then, when you consider that the voucher lawsuit was filed months ago and as far as we know, mr. faircloth has been the governor's attorney from the start and the case has always been allotted to judge kelley ... well, we dont even gamble, much, but it's certainly not beyond the realm of imagination to ponder whether or not that with mr. faircloth's donation he was "hedging his bet," so to speak, on the pending voucher lawsuit. in the least it probably didnt hurt either right?

    in any event, due to this revelation of cenlamar's, judge kelley should recuse himself because any ruling in favor of the governor is obviously not going to be seen as legitimate.


    28 November 2012

    3rd circuit lets the england authority skate in aex runway lighting suit

    this is one scatterbrained opinion. small wonder that its unpublished. maybe the state supreme court will hear it.

    nevertheless, if you are looking to get a contract with the england economic & industrial development district, this opinion is a worthy read in order to get some sense of how they operate.


    click here to download nine page .pdf [162 kb]

    23 November 2012

    spidey senses r tinglin'

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    washing up this mornings dishes we happened to look up out the window to see this rather large spider checking us out.

    we guess that it was as surprised to see us as us it and after posing for this photo quickly departed the scene.
    There be foure things which are little vpon the earth; but they are exceeding wise:

    The Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meate in the summer.

    The conies are but a feeble folke, yet make they their houses in the rocks

    The locustes haue no king, yet goe they forth all of them by bands.

    The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.

    ~ solomon at proverbs chapter thirty verses twenty-four - twenty-eight kjv 1611

    22 November 2012

    mr. lea johnson on the tonight show starring johnny carson thanksgiving day 1989

    ----ORIGINALLY POSTED 18 MAY 2007----
    we just read an interesting article on the town talk's website "many rapides residents have gained fame" one resident, the town talk reporter, bill sumrall, mentions is mr. lea johnson (1896-1995) who founded the lecompte, louisiana landmark: lea's lunchroom.

    according to the town talk article, on thanksgiving day 1989, mr. johnson made an appearance on the tonight show starring johnny carson. here's the clip:


    alternatively, click here to view it from youtube
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    jfk blown away 49 years ago today

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    the white house diary 22 november 1963

    jfk sailing at maine on sunday, 12th august 1962

    president kennedy would live for another 467 days.

    [order this print from the jfk presidential library-click here for more information]
    on thursday 06 march 1975, assassination researchers robert groden and dick gregory were the presenters of the first ever television network broadcast of the zapruder film on the "good night america" program (abc) hosted by geraldo rivera.
    ==== president john fitzgerald kennedy memorial at find-a-grave ==== reposted 22 november 2012 reposted 22 november 2011 reposted 22 november 2010 reposted 22 november 2009 reposted 22 november 2008 reposted 22 november 2007 reposted 22 november 2006 originally posted 22 november 2005 =====


    21 November 2012

    city of alexandria la paid $16,000 in attorney fees & damages to settle psychic friends federal complaint

    according to an hours old press release, from controversial alexandria, la., attorney thomas davenport, jr. and the davenport firm currently linked from the dead pelican.


    14 November 2012

    UPDATED possible film school to locate in alexandria's district 3

     clipping gannett/alexandria daily town talk, wednesday 14 november 2012, page a-3

    a blurb at the end of a billy gunn piece in this morning's gannett/alexandria daily town talk got our attention:
    Mayor Jacques M. Roy and Councilman Jerry Jones Jr. announced a possible teaming of the city with actress and producer Faith Ford and her husband, Campion Murphy, who also is in the film business. The couple lives in Pineville, where Ford is from.

    The endeavor would train television and film crews needed to produce programs in Central Louisiana.

    The company owned by Ford and Murphy has been coined "Alexis Crew Productions," but has not yet registered its incorporation with the state, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.
    we see the obvious political intrigue. we were surprised that jules green did as well as he did in the election. 

    councilman jerry jones is widely viewed as mayor roy's puppet to cure that perception we expected them to stage a falling out so that councilman jones could establish his independence. apparently they both felt they needed to go to film school first in order to pull that off.

    even so we prefer this carrot-n-stick approach because a film school would be an enhancement to the community. it would be good for the blogosphere and online community as well. if anyone could take a class to learn how to film, produce and post online, say, public meetings like a teevee show. then a school like that would provide the public with knowledge and information of real value.

    sooner rather than later and one way or another, the louisiana supreme court is gonna have to bow to common sense, technology, public pressure or a constitutional amendment and finally provide for the recording and live streaming of court room proceedings. that channel would get some ratings.

    so our initial impression over the film school is that it would be a plus.

    others have their own ideas like mr. jules green who phoned in to ksyl's talkback preshow w/ fred & bob this morning to invoke unpleasant memories of the bonnie and clyde film.

    you can listen to mr. green's call for yourself here.

    he did mention that the city is obligating itself to put up to $50,000 in money and/or services -- info that mr. gunn conveniently left out of his report.

    questions that remain unanswered so far are: if councilman jones loses to mr. green will there still be a film school located someplace else or is it all or nothing?
    is the film school even viable or is just a hoax to get councilman jones reelected? (remember the hotel bentley sale and downtown condos hoax from several years ago?) would the mayor pull out all the stops and create a hoax to get a councilman that he controls reelected? yeah probably - but on the other hand what does ms. ford stand to gain by participating in a political hoax?

    this is what we believe - we believe that ms. ford and her husband want to open a film school and this provides a pretty good plan.

    whether the district 3 location is dependent on an all or nothing vote for counci
    lman jones remains to be seen.

    anyway, earlier we tweeted ms. ford and asked her to add our email address to any press release list they have; she tweeted back that she would. if we receive anything we'll post it. you can always follow and tweet her yourself @faith_ford.

    wst... note we began drafting this post early this morning when we first read the gannett/town talk report and added to it as the morning progressed. we dont know anything more about this project than what we've disclosed here. we have emailed councilman jones and city attorney charles johnson and asked if the film school is planned to be located within district 3 and for a copy of whatever was introduced on tuesday that mr. green was on about. if we receive a response we'll post it.

    UPDATE: alexandria city attorney charles johnson replied tentatively:
    To date, there are no documents responsive to your request other than the title of the prospective ordinance. I will forward a copy of the titled introduction. The actual draft of the ordinance has not been completed.
    UPDATE-2 email from city attorney charles johnson:
    Find enclosed the document responsive to your request. The media piece you forwarded does not accurately state what the mayor said at the council meeting. We will send a copy of the full ordinance once completed. It will be near the date set for final adoption.
    remember this is just a preamble-- the final ordinance is being ironed out. nowhere does it say or suggest that the mayor is about to hand over $50,000 of the taxpayers money to the alexis crew productions principals.

    it's likely that any taxpayer funds expended will be in the form of inkind value.

    such that probably any neighborhood that ms. ford placed her school in would benefit.

    maybe there'll be some public discussion about it.
    click here to download one page .pdf [425 kb]of the mayor's agenda item fact sheet

    20 October 2012

    lynyrd skynyrd ... the free bird fell to the ground 35 years ago today

    it was october in st. louis town when we heard that the free bird had fell to the ground ... and we all said a prayer before we went down, to play ~ cdb "reflections"
    Gillsburg, Amite County, Mississippi -- Thursday 20 October 1977

    At 1843 CDT a 1948 Convair 240, registered as N55VM to the L&J Company of Addison, Texas, crashed into a swamp located on timber company land in the unincorporated community of Gillsburg in Amite County, Mississippi.

    The flight was carrying a crew of two plus twenty-four members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band; backup vocalists, the bands tour managers, road crew and security manager.

    The flight had departed shortly after 1600 EDT from Greenville, South Carolina where Lynyrd Skynyrd performed the previous night at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium.

    It was enroute to Ryan Field at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd was scheduled to perform at the Louisiana State University Assembly Center on 21 October for what would have been its fifth performance on its 1977 - 1978 "Tour of the Survivors."

    The crash is believed caused by a faulty magneto in the Convair's starboard engine:

    The National Transportation Safety Board determined the likely cause of the crash of N55VM was, "fuel exhaustion and total loss of power on both engines due to crew inattention to the fuel supply."

    The Safety Board further found that the fuel exhaustion was caused by deficient flight planning, and an engine malfunction of undetermined nature in the right engine which resulted in higher than normal fuel consumption. ~ source NTSB Identification: DCA78AA001 [link broken as of december 2011 see below screen grab] & Lynyrd Skynyrd's Crash

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    NTSB source link as of December 2011

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    courtesy google earth image date 08 august 2007

    Johnny Mote, 22, a dairy farmer whose property is near the crash site said the crash "sounded like a car skidding in gravel." Mr. Mote was out haying his cattle when he was "flagged down" by three crash survivors, Artmus Pyle, Kenneth Peden, Jr. and Marc Frank.

    One of the first responders to arrive at the scene was Jeffrey Wall, 23, a member of the Gillsburg Rural Volunteer Fire Department. He said:

    [T]hat when he reached the crash site ... "Some people were crying and some were moaning. Some didn't know what was going on," he also said rescuers had to wade through a waterhole to get to the crash site and that, once there, they had to remove band instruments to free trapped survivors.
    Eventually three helicopters from the Coast Guard, Mississippi National Guard and Forrest County General Hospital assisted in the rescue.

    At least two bulldozers were needed to construct a path from Mississippi State Highway 568 to site of the crash.

    Killed in the crash were Walter McCreary, pilot; William Gray, co-pilot; Ronnie Van Zant, singer/songwriter; Steve Gaines, guitarist/vocalist; Cassie Gaines, backup vocalist, The Honkettes and Dean Kilpatrick, assistant road manager. ~ Read more >>> Lynyrd Skynyrd's Crash

    This crash, besides being a source of indescribable loss for all the families left an irreplaceable void in a genre of music much loved worldwide.


    "call me the breeze"
    united kingdom tour at cardiff wales. date unclear possibly in early november 1975 or '76.

    "i aint the one"
    herfordshire england
    knebworth fair
    21 august 1976

    "tuesday's gone"
    live 1976

    "sweet home alabama" / "dont ask me no questions"
    dubbed old footage. no date.

    "t for texas"
    possibly uk tour 1975 or '76

    "i'm a country boy"
    nuthin fancy 1975

    "cry for the bad man"
    live winterland arena
    san francisco
    03 march 1976

    "you got that right"
    live asbury park
    13 july 1977


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    originally posted
    19 march 2010
    updated, edited and reposted
    20 october 2010
    reposted 20 october 2011
    last updated/edited 16 december 2011
    reposted 20 october 2012