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Dennis Griffith installed as state Exchange Club president

Dennis Griffith of Troy has been installed as president of the Alabama District Exchange Clubs. He took office at the Exchange Clubs state convention at Vestavia Hills the last weekend in June. “I was honored to be sworn in as the 2015-2016 Alabama ...

Artists Incorporated to Host America the Beautiful Reception

The Artist Incorporated Gallery of Vestavia Hills will be hosting their second annual “America ...
Visitors will be able to enjoy music, wine, hor d’oeuvres and art from over 50 Alabama artists. This year’s event will run from 4:30-8:30 p.m on ...

Vestavia Hills mayor, superintendent call for 'respectful dialogue' in discussion of Rebel mascot

city's school system are calling for respectful dialogue during a discussion of the mascot for Vestavia Hills High School. Last week, in a column on, John Archibald called the school's mascot -- the Rebels -- a "vestige of racism" and a "smear ...

Retain or Retire the Vestavia Hills Rebel Mascot: A Conversation on Race and Tradition

Charleston. Rachel Dolezal. The Confederate Flag. Conversations on race are occurring nationwide, and in an Alabama city of 34,000, Sauron's gaze has landed on the Vestavia Hills Rebels. Vestavia was established in 1950. The median household income is ...

In aftermath of horrific shooting, schools debate Rebels mascot

Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama has long employed a Rebels mascot that is nearly identical to the one popularized by Ole Miss, which is reminiscent of Confederate generals. Now Vestavia Hills Superintendent Sheila Philips is admitting that the ...

Alabama couple killed by lightning strike

Lightning is seen from Vestavia Hills, Ala., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A heavy thunderstorm south of Birmingham lit the sky with lightning about 10 p.m. Miguel Belnar and Sharon G. Fletcher were trying to cover their chickens to shelter them from the rain ...

Alabama lawmakers considering soda tax

Some lawmakers are against it. “This is a tax on every family in the state of Alabama and I'm not for it,” said Representative Jack Williams (R- Vestavia Hills). Williams says the tax could reach beyond Coke and Pepsi. “Power drinks, energy drinks ...

Alabama lawmakers consider soda tax

“This is a tax on every family in the state of Alabama and I'm not for it,” said Representative Jack Williams (R- Vestavia Hills). Williams is one of the lawmakers opposed. He and others met with the governor last week, when the soda tax was brought up.

Construction begins on Vestavia Hills Sprouts development

GBT Realty acquired the 3.34-acre site from Alabama Power for $2.8 million last November ...
The site is located along the north-bound side of U.S. 31, across from the future Vestavia Hills City Hall, which is under construction. GBT developed the ...

2 Vestavia Hills residents seriously injured in bicycle-car coll - - FOX6 WBRC Birmingham, AL

GULF SHORES, AL (WBRC) - Gulf Shores Police say two Vestavia Hills residents were seriously injured while cycling when they were in a collision with a car along State Park Road on Wednesday.

The Robbery: Felon jailed in Shelby County robbery, chase now charged in Vestavia Hills holdup

A man jailed after authorities say he robbed a Walgreens in the Lee Branch shopping center on U.S. Highway 280 and fled from police Tuesday night is now charged in connection with a Vestavia Hills rob…

Controversy over Vestavia Hills rebel mascot continues to fester

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Controversy over the Vestavia Hill High School mascot continues to fester. In wake of the Charleston shooting, some concerned parents are actively asking the Vestavia Bo…
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The importance of local education funding in VESTAVIA HILLS ALABAMA

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 

"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 



How can I follow Congressman votes that I have chosen in VESTAVIA HILLS ALABAMA

How to . . .   observe about congressional votes  All voting in Congress is a matter of public record. However, not all floor votes are roll call votes. There are voice votes (“aye” or “no”) and pision or standing votes (where the presiding officer counts Members), and these types of votes do not indicate by name how a member voted.

Senate roll call vote tallies are posted online within an hour of the vote.   You can view today´s votes or use the vote tables to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress (1989).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries also provide brief descriptions of the votes and links to for the texts of the legislation.

House roll call vote tallies are posted online directly following the vote.   You can view votes from this Congress or use the archives to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries provide brief descriptions of the votes. provides Senate recorded floor votes going back to the 101st Congress (1989-90) and House recorded floor votes going back to the second session of the 101st Congress (1990). To access votes using search for a bill and click on the "Actions" tab. All House and Senate roll call votes will be listed with links to the House and Senate´s web pages.

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official source of information on recorded floor votes.  Votes are printed in the daily Record as they occur on the floor. The votes provide an alphabetical listing of members under “yea,” “nay,” and “not voting” categories and show the overall tally for each category.  However, votes are not identified by party or by state. The Daily Digest section that is printed at the end of each Record shows how many roll call votes were taken that day and show on what page in the Record the votes can be found. TheCongressional Record Index provides subject access to the votes (under “Votes in Senate” and “Votes in House.”)


Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in VESTAVIA HILLS ALABAMA

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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