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Decatur News - 2016


Decatur Utilities will be working in the area of Pt. Mallard Drive and 19th Ave SE from March 28 through April 1. The north/west bound lanes of Pt. Mallard Drive will be closed during this project and traffic will be diverted into the center turn lane. Please use caution in this area.

View a map of the impacted area.

Decatur News - 2015


Congratulation, ULA!
The City of Decatur and the surrounding area are very proud of the record ULA has achieved with its Decatur facility. 100 straight successful launches is an incredible feat with a highly complex piece of equipment. Congratulations to all at ULA for continuing such excellence.


Congratulations, River Clay Arts Fesival
A hearty congratulations and a huge thank you to all who helped make River Clay Art Festival a resounding success. Artist after artist commented about the remarkable organization of the first-time event and were pleased with the show’s attendance, in spite of the overcast weather. Each of you who worked on the festival should be very proud because there are few chances to help start a new community tradition, and you did.

Don Kyle, Mayor


Construction to Impact Traffic Lanes on Country Club Rd.
Decatur Utilities is beginning construction of a sewer lift station at the intersection of Alabama Highway 67 and Country Club Road SE. Crews from DU will be working in the area. This construction project will result in periodic lane and road closures on Country Club Rd. SE between Curtis Drive SE and Alabama Highway 67 over the next several months. Construction is expected to be competed in April of 2016. DU asks that motorists along Country Club Rd. SE be aware of traffic control in the area and approach any posted work zones with extreme caution. View map here »

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Decatur News - 2009


Final days of Model Search
Only days remain in the Point Mallard Model Search where nearly 1,500 children between the ages of 6 months and 13 years old have been entered hoping to be selected for the park’s 2010 advertising campaign.

The 2010 calendar year marks the 40th Anniversary of Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. In celebration of this event, the marketing department launched an online contest to find new faces for the billboards, television commercials, newspaper ads and a commemorative 2010 Point Mallard calendar planned for the advertising campaign.

There is no charge for parents to enter their child’s photograph in the contest. Family and friends may then vote online as often as they wish to select their favorite face. As a fundraiser for the park, each vote costs one dollar and will benefit Point Mallard Park. Fifty kids with the highest votes plus another twenty five regardless of votes received (based on photogenic ability) will be selected for an onsite interview. All seventy-five semi-finalists receive a 2010 season pass to the waterpark, a $75 value. Following the on-site interview, the seventy-five will be narrowed to twelve finalists and will be photographed and featured in the 2010 Point Mallard calendar. One grand prize winner will be filmed in a television commercial and be featured on billboards across north Alabama. All finalists names will be announced on television and on the parks website and will receive a professional photo session and keep all photos taken, a $250 value.

The 2010 television commercials, print ads, billboards and calendar will feature one or more of the winning kids enjoying all venues within the park including the waterpark, ice rink, campground, golf course, batting cages, walking trails and more.
The contest began June 1st and ends at 12:01 a.m. September 1, 2009. Semi-finalists will be contacted shortly thereafter for an audition with the marketing director, Julianne Lowman. Finalists announced to the public in November with the unveiling of the 2010 Point Mallard Calendar, 40thAnniversary Edition. Former winners are not eligible to enter.

For complete rules and other information, visit www.PointMallardModelSearch.com or call (256) 341-4903.

Fishing aces

ESPN2 airing Bassmaster event - 8:00 a.m.
The coverage will include on-the-water action of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel that took place at Ingalls Harbor.

Decatur News - 2008


Sweetwater Development up for vote. To learn more, view the presentation made to the City Council.


Point Mallard preps for 99 days of Summer Fun
As the temperature rises, so do the costs of fuel and vacations this summer. A simple solution remains the best kept secret in North Alabama. More and more people are discovering (and re-discovering) Point Mallard Park in Decatur as the ultimate destination, well within driving distances, without emptying the wallet or the gas tank.

With more and more new residents moving into the area, many are not aware of the 780-acre park in southeast Decatur. Point Mallard features a summertime waterpark as well as year round amenities such as golf course, campground, indoor ice rink, batting cages, driving range, walking trails and much more.

In preparation for the 2008 Waterpark Season, Point Mallard Park officials have extended the park’s already fun-filled season to 99 days. Beginning May 24 through August 17, the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center will remain open daily. But when school is back in session in the fall, weekends will be the only time patrons can enjoy the park throughout the month of September, with the final day falling on September 28. We no longer close the park after Labor Day!

In addition to the extended season, the park will feature a boat dock for park entry from the water (available only to existing season pass holders) and an expanded LUAU event on June 27 & 28 that will include fireworks, fire dancers, Polynesian dancers and local hula girls. A new rock waterfall placed at the Express Entrance will offer a great backdrop for photos. Much to the thrill of our guests, beach wading will now be permitted for the first time in many years under the watchful eagle-eyes of our lifeguards. Day parties have been added and groups may now enter the park, receive exclusive use of a large pavilion for the entire day and receive a catered meal - all for one low price. For more exclusive use, After Hours Parties continue to be a popular option - so popular in fact, the park has most weekends sold out. These parties offer the park to private rentals after regular business hours. Birthday parties are also an exciting benefit offered inside the park for kids ages 11 and under.

Continuing from the success of 2007, the ClicknPrint feature will continue to offer ticket purchasing online. Guests may purchase tickets or passes online (www.PointMallardPark.com), print out their own tickets, and go straight to the express entrance, with no waiting in line!

Opening Day at Point Mallard Waterpark: May 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

$16 Adults (ages 12-61)
$11 Seniors (ages 62+)
$11 Youth (ages 5-11)
Kids 4 and under are always free!
(Kids ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)

Half Price Days*: Mondays & Wednesdays all day (*Excluding holidays)
Half Price Nights*: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. (*Excluding holidays)
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Park officials are excited to offer a beautiful and safe facility for individuals and families to enjoy. Because of the natural surroundings, Point Mallard Park offers something that most theme parks can’t. Diverse landscapes within the park provide serene views of the Tennessee River and its accompanying waterways. Wild rides offer thrills, and the waterfront beach area is lined with complimentary loungers that allow guests to relax and soak up the sun for no additional charge. Also, unlike many theme parks, concessions and souvenirs are reasonably priced and there is never a charge for parking.

Point Mallard Park offers something for the entire family.

For more information call (256) 341-4900.
For Group Reservations call (256) 341-4904
Online Tickets & Passes: www.PointMallardPark.com


Lights, Camera, Action…Free movies are back!
Break out the popcorn and enjoy a free movie on Decatur Parks & Recreation. Each month this summer, anyone can take advantage of 6 free movies at various parks in Decatur. The series begins Saturday, May 10 at dusk.

May 10 - Disney Pixar movie “Ratatouille” at Rhodes Ferry Park.
June 14 - “Bee Movie” at Rhodes Ferry Park
July 19 - “Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” at Point Mallard Park Expo Center
August 23 - “Game Plan”at Wilson Morgan Park
September 20 - The 1962 classic film, “To Kill a Mockingbird”at Founders Park in front of the Old State Bank.

To finish out the year, October 25th will be Viewer’s Choice at Rhodes Ferry. To make a suggestion of a family friendly, G or PG rated film, contact Vickie Allaway at 341-4904 with a recommendation for the final film.

Movie goers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to make the outdoor movie experience as fun as possible and as always all of these movies are free to the public. Just a reminder, alcohol is prohibited on city property.

For more information on this and all Parks & Recreation activities, visit www.decaturparks.com.


Unsung hero


2008 Paul Stroud Concerts by the River series to begin Monday, May 5

The City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join us “down by the riverside” at Rhodes Ferry Park for the 2008 Paul Stroud Concerts by the River season. Expand your musical horizons and experience a variety of musical styles from bluegrass to Big Band through this concert series that begins May 5 and runs through August 25. There is no admission charge for the event, and all concerts are held on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM at Rhodes Ferry Park on the banks of the Tennessee River. (Note: There will not be a concert on Memorial Day, May 26.) Guests are welcome to bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the abundance of musical talent found in the Tennessee Valley.

Begun in 1991 by the late Paul Stroud, the concert series originated at Delano Park before being moved to its present home at Rhodes Ferry Park. As a founding member of the Sophisticated Swingers, Stroud was instrumental in bringing music to Decatur. As both a musician and a person who supported and encouraged other musical artists, Stroud provided a legacy that lives on through this cherished summer tradition.

This free night of family entertainment is sponsored by the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department. The 2008 summer concert series will bring back many popular performers from past seasons and welcome new artists to the 2008 line up.

Groups scheduled to perform include: Austin High School Gospel Choir, Decatur High School 3:15 Jazz Band, Austin High School Jazz Band, Rocket City Jazz Orchestra, Decatur Youth Symphony, Maple Hill Band, Subject to Change, 313th Army Reserve Band, Rocket City Chorus, Forgiven Heart, NVoice, Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Reginald Jackson and Friends, XPT (Crosspoint), Madison Community Band, Sophisticated Swingers, Dorothy Cole as Tina Turner and the Legends, Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band, Olde Towne Brass, Judge and Jury, Kevin Caudle and others as announced.

For updated or additional information on the concert series, please call 341-4818 or visit www.decaturparks.com. In case of inclement weather, cancellation decisions will be made after 4:00 PM.

Decatur News - 2007


Decatur fire gets grant for system

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will award $8,499 to Decatur Fire and Rescue to buy a Detection/Deterrence Search and Surveillance System. U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, announced the grant Thursday.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of emergency professionals and volunteers in Decatur who are committed to keeping our community safe. This funding will help ensure that our community is prepared for any type of disaster,” he said.

The systems are portable kits with audio and video components. They are used to aid in search and rescue missions and to detect terrorist activity.

Seth Burkett- Decatur Daily


Delta II GPS launch Thursday
A Decatur-made Delta II rocket is scheduled to launch the fifth in a series of eight modernized global positioning system satellites Thursday.

The launch window is from 1:59 p.m. to 2:13 p.m. CT. A Webcast of the launch is available beginning at 1:40 p.m. at www.ulalaunch.com.

United Launch Alliance, which also assembles Delta IVs and next year will begin a production line for the Atlas V, built the rocket. It is the last ULA launch scheduled for the year.

Lockheed Martin Corp. designed the satellite to enhance the GPS constellation for military and civilian GPS users. It delivers increased signal power to receivers on the ground, enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities for the military and a second civil signal.

Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron in Colorado manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civilian and military users.

Eric Fleischauer - Decatur Daily


Southern Open anglers love Ingalls Harbor

The city of Decatur, the Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the BASS Federation Nation and everyone involved in the Bassmaster Southern Open bass tournament last week had good reason to be proud.

The tournament, which was hosted from Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake, was a huge success.

Time after time, I heard tournament officials and anglers speak about how nice it was to come to Decatur. It seemed that everyone was impressed with our Ingalls Marina.

After listening to so many people speak about Ingalls Harbor, we figured you might like to hear some of the opinions about the facility that has put Decatur on the competitive bass fishing map:

Chris Bowes, Southern Open tournament director: “This is a top-notch facility. It has to be one of the best, if not the best in the country. It’s not often that we come to a place where we can launch several boats at the same time. The docking space here is literally incredible, as is the parking area. You’ve got a large grass field and pavement or firm gravel where you can set up stages and tents and things of that nature. It’s absolutely awesome. The city and CVB have done an outstanding job putting this all

“I’d come back here in a heartbeat. I was talking with (special events director) Tiffany Brightwell of the CVB about bringing the Elite Series back here in June, and we’re looking for places for 2009 and beyond. Decatur and Ingalls Harbor will always be right on the top of our list. We’ll look forward to talks with the CVB in the near future.”

Maryland pro Frank Ippoliti, Southern Open pro division winner: “This place is absolutely awesome. It sets up perfect for tournaments. It’s great for the average weekend fisherman and for the tournament fisherman. The ramp is fantastic and the parking is great. It’s just a great setup.”

South Carolina pro and second-place finisher Todd Auten: “I have truly enjoyed this facility here. Everything y’all did here is great. I wish every place we go to would have something as nice as this.”

BASS Elite series pro and former angler-of-the-year Gerald Swindle: “I’ve been all over the country, coast-to-coast, and you have the best facility we’ve every launched at.”

BASS Elite Series pro and former angler-of-the-year Tim Horton: “I am just blown away with this place — it’s very impressive. All of the guys have been bragging on it. Whoever designed it did a great job. The parking is great, the tie-up area is great and you can launch over 10 boats at a time. What Decatur has done will definitely make it easier for tournaments to come here.”

BASS pro Terry Seagraves of Florida: “It’s awesome. I’m from Kissimmee, Fla., and we need something like what you have here. I take my hat off to all of you. You have something to be proud of here.”

Third-place finisher Kenneth Chapman: “The Decatur mayor tied up my boat when I came in — what more can I say about this place?”

Decatur angler David Parks, who fished with Ippoliti as a co-angler: “I think everything went really well. The CVB did a great job. This is such a great facility. I’m looking forward to getting the bathrooms built and the landscaping all done. I don’t see anything but good things here on down the road.”

Southern open roundup

In the professional division, 1,435 bass were brought to the scales with a weight of 2,332 pounds. On the co-angler side, 1,065 bass went to the scales with a weight of 1,461 pounds, 5 ounces.

The tourney’s big bass was caught by Tennessee pro Bob Morin on Friday — a 7-pound, 11-ounce largemouth bass.



Emergency training sessions to start
Training sessions will start Monday for citizens who want to be ready to help others in emergencies.

Community Emergency Response Training sessions will continue weekly through Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Turner-Surles Community Center, 702 Sycamore St. N.W.

The training includes how to manage utilities, put out small fires, provide basic medical aid, search, rescue, organize the scene, and collect information for first responders. Participants will learn to deal with three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock.

The Volunteer Center of Morgan County and Morgan County Emergency Management Agency are offering the training.

For information, contact Dianna Tolliver at 355-8628.

Discount flu shots at Decatur General
Decatur General Hospital will offer discount flu shots for $20 at two vaccination clinics.

The first will be Oct. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Camp Bluebird Room on Decatur General’s main campus. The other will be Nov. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Decatur General Rehab Access on Danville Road Southwest.

Recipients must be at least 18 years old and should make an appointment by calling 341-2111.

Oct. 23 is Decatur’s ‘Parenting Day’
Decatur City Schools will hold “Parenting Day” on Oct. 23. Parents need to contact their child’s school and set up a time for a parent-teacher conference between 1 and 7 p.m.

“Parenting Day” is part of a statewide emphasis on parental involvement in schools during October.