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preservation of the depot and Governor Wallace granted the funds for this purpose to the Town of Stevenson.

2. The Heritage Trail was established where auto tours to old homes and historic places in the Stevenson area are enjoyed and a descriptive map therefor is distributed.

3. The Committee, with the cooperation of individual citizens, has aroused interest in the importance of the Civil War Fort Harker and an archeological study of the famed fort has been made as a preliminary effort to have the National Park Service designate this fort as a national monument; and

WHEREAS, the preservation of these historic sites will inspire all Alabamians and tourists to reflect with appreciation on the virtues of our ancestors which is in keeping with the American spirit and such reflection is particularly appropriate during this Bicentennial year; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we do heartily congratulate the Town of Stevenson and particularly Miss Katheryn Armstrong in their enthusiastic Bicentennial observance and their fine work in preserving historic sites which hold such an important place in our national heritage.

RESOLVED FURTHER, That copies of this resolution be sent to the Stevenson Bicentennial Committee and Miss Katheryn Armstrong.

Approved August 23, 1976.
Time: 3:00 P.M.

Act No. 414

H.J.R. 297—Starkey HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

COMMENDING THE TOWN OF STEVENSON, ALABAMA FOR ITS ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN OUR NATION'S BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.

WHEREAS, the Town of Stevenson, which boasts of approximately 2,400 inhabitants exhibited pride in the heritage of this great nation in their industrious and versatile observances of our country's Bicentennial; and

WHEREAS, the dedication of these fine citizens is unsurpassed by none; and

WHEREAS, the coordination of the many events and projects was under the outstanding abilities of and skills of synchronization of Mrs. E. G. Henniger, Chairperson of the Stevenson Bicentennial Committee; and

WHEREAS, the accomplishments of this energetic committee included the following:

1. A log cabin, which predates the Civil War, was donated and moved to the Stevenson Park for the use of citizens and as a meeting place for local Girl and Boy Scouts.

2. The Committee paid for and distributed approximately 2,500 liberty trees for planting by the townspeople.

3. The Stevenson Post Office was the first post office in the State to secure a Dye-Hub for a Bicentennial postal cancellation.

4. A Nature Trail was blazed by local Boy Scouts in City Park, with the identification of species of trees and plants.

5. Visit of Adventure II, with three flatboats, re-enacted the river journey of the renowned John Donelson to the present site of Nashville and the Bicentennial Committee served Noon meals to the twenty-four people on the boats.

6. An original Bicentennial Musical Pageant, using local directors, local citizens and school children presented the music of America's past with choral groups, school bands, and ensembles and dancers.

7. The Fourth of July Community Worship Service included music and community speakers with fourteen area churches participating.

8. On Festival Observance Day all Main Street store windows displayed locally-owned antiques and relics of our proud past, each depicting a different theme. The day was climaxed with the bands drawing large crowds of patriotic citizens, many dressed in period costumes, to watch the inspirational parade with floats and old modes of transportation, finally arriving at City Park where old crafts were demonstrated and old-timey games enjoyed, and in the evening swinging out in the dance which epitomizes the true pioneer days of young America—the square dance; and

WHEREAS, all of the activities were without admission and each activity drew record-breaking crowds; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we

do heartily congratulate the wonderful and dedicated citizens of Stevenson, Alabama, who served on the Bicentennial Committee and particularly its Chairperson, Mrs. E. G. Henninger, and we do thank them for helping all of their townspeople renew their patriotism and inspiration in the basic ideals upon which our beloved nation was founded.

RESOLVED FURTHER, That copies of this resolution be sent to the members of the Stevenson Bicentennial Committee.

Approved August 23, 1976.
Time: 3:00 P.M.

Act No. 415

H.J.R. 298—McNees

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

CONGRATULATING JAMES M. BARTON FOR TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO FAYETTE COUNTY.

WHEREAS, James M. Barton has served as county engineer for Fayette County for twenty-one years; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Barton played an important role in the farm-to-market roads which have greatly benefited all the citizens of Fayette County; and

WHEREAS, under Jimmy Barton's supervision the county unit system was used to lower road construction costs by cooperation of the road districts; and

WHEREAS, cooperation by Mr. Barton's department and the City of Fayette has led to improvements of industrial sites, airport improvements and other beneficial projects; and

WHEREAS, during the past twenty-one years that Jimmy Barton served as county engineer, Fayette County has paved over four hundred miles of roads and presently maintains over three hundred and fifty miles with the State maintaining the other fifty; and

WHEREAS, Jimmy Barton has been close to the heartbeat of local government, and is concerned with road maintenance of the future, especially increased material and labor costs and heavier vehicles; and

WHEREAS, Jimmy Barton retired on June 30, after devoting his life to public service; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That this legislature congratulates James M. Barton upon his retirement and commends him for his meritorious service to Fayette County.

BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Mrs. James M. Barton.

BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER, That this legislature does wish him a long and continued life of happiness in his retirement.

Approved August 23, 1976.
Time: 3:00 P.M.

Act No. 416

H.J.R. 303—McNair HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION COMMENDING BERNICE BEDELL UPON RECEIVING THE PRINCIPALS' ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR THE ELEMENTARY DIVISION.

WHEREAS, Bernice Bedell was honored with the Principals' Achievement Award for the elementary division; and

WHEREAS, this award recognizes improvement in a school's public relations, betterment of school climate, develop ment of outstanding school programs, utilization of local resources, wise decisions and the handling of crises and unusual social problems; and

WHEREAS, effective leadership in our educational facilities is of the greatest importance in the education of our youth; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That this body commends Bernice Bedell for her distinguished service to public education as principal of Roosevelt Elementary and congratulates her upon receiving the Principals' Achievement Award in the elementary division.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Bernice Bedell.

Approved August 23, 1976.

Time: 3:00 P.M.

Act No. 417

H.J.R. 321-Kinsey, McMillan HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION COMMENDING FRANK HRABE FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

WHEREAS Frank Hrabe has faithfully served the Legislature devoting three summers to working with the Legislative Reference Service; and

WHEREAS we wish to express our gratitude for Frank's work drafting resolutions and bills; and

WHEREAS Frank is returning to the University of Alabama to complete his masters degree in American Studies, majoring in the South; and

WHEREAS Frank is a scholar of Southern history and culture, and is interested in the future of Alabama and the South; and

WHEREAS without Frank's help, the work of the Legislative Reference Service and the Legislature would have been severely handicapped; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, that we thank Frank Hrabe for a job well done and wish him much success in all future endeavors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a confederate flag that has flown from the dome of the Capitol be presented to Frank for his work and interest in the South and Alabama.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Frank.

Approved August 23, 1976.
Time: 3:00 P.M.

Act No. 418

H.J.R. 322—Drake, Sparks HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NAMING THE NEW ROAD CONNECTING U. S. HIGHWAY 31 AND CULLMAN COUNTY ROAD 26 THE ROLAND "RACEHORSE" JOHNSON PARKWAY.

WHEREAS Roland “Racehorse" Johnson, so nicknamed for his strong penchant for running spirited political races, is one of the Garden City and Cullman County's most accomplished citizens and certainly one of its favorite sons; and

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