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Montgomery's City Hall Auditorium was standing room only as veterans from the Armed Forces and their families were honored with a program, concert and reception. Among the guest speakers were Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery County Commission Chairman,Elton Dean and Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Commissioner Clyde Marsh. This was the Third Annual Montgomery River Region Veterans Day program.
Alabama Power spokesman Michael Sznaderman says they have received thank you letters from those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Nearly one thousand of the company of the company's employee and contract workers were in the northeast restoring power. But according to the Associated Press, about 120,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity and many aren't happy about it. Sznaderman says he doesn't know why the lights are still out, but says the extent of damage and type of equipment needed to repair it, could be part of the reasons why. The state's power crews are expected to be home by Wednesday, while the Alabama Emergency Management Agency is now sending nine disaster response experts to the storm impacted region.
The Alabama Democratic Party came out of last week's election still holding a majority of the elected offices in county courthouses statwide, but the Republican Party made inroads. State Republican Pary Chairman Bill Armistead said the GOP has a net gain of 45 county offices. That included everything from probate judge and circuit judge to county school board seats. State Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy said Democrats defeated a veteran Republican probate judge in Montgomery County, swept county races in Jefferson County and re-elected a Democratic probatejudge in Tuscaloosa County who had strong opposition. Both parties are already making plan for 2014, when county sheriffs will be up for election.