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- Governor attends open house at National
Guard Youth Challenge Academy
- Questions over Bypass funding
- Honda announces management change
Governor attends open house at National Guard
Youth Challenge Academy
Governor Bob Riley and Alabama National Guard
Adjutant General Mark Bowen were on hand Tuesday afternoon to welcome
the first class of Cadets at the Alabama National Guard Youth
Challenge Academy at McClellan. The program is designed for high
school dropouts, and is a 22 week camp where they learn skills and
earn their GED. But the key emphasis is discipline and physical
fitness. The academy has 36 cadets, which is a far cry from the over
100 that arrived at the Academy in January. The majority of them left
after a fight broke out in January in the Academy’s cafeteria, and six
cadets were arrested over the weekend after another fight broke out.
General Bowen said that the program has had some growing pains but it
will succeed. Riley said he feels that the program has proven to be
successful around the country and it is something needed in Alabama.
The governor emphasized to cadets Tuesday afternoon that the future of
the program hinges on the success of this first class.
Questions over Bypass funding
Where to get funding to complete the eastern
bypass thru McClellan has local officials looking for ways to complete
the project. Up until now the project had been funded with federal
highway funds, however congressman Mike Rogers has said no more
federal money will be available for the project. Several elected
officials have been kicking around the idea of raising the sales tax
to pay for the project, which would require legislative approval.
State Rep. Randy Wood said the legislative delegation has not been
approached, but he does not feel raising taxes is an option.
Officials say that completion of the eastern parkway is crutial to the
future development of McClellan. Governor Riley, at McClellan
Tuesday, said that it’s the most important road project in the
Honda announces management change
Japanese automaker Honda announced yesterday that Hiroshi Sasamoto
will become the new head of its Alabama operations as part of a global
management shuffle. 50-year-old Sasamoto will replace Takashi Yamamoto
and C-E-O of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama L-L-C. Sasamoto is
currently the vehicle assembly division manager at
Honda's Lincoln plant. The plant employs 45-hundred people and makes
Pilot S-U-Vs and Odyssey minivans. He started working for Honda in
1981 as a design engineer. He joined Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in
2006 after serving as director of Honda Engineering Company.
Yamamoto, who has been at the Lincoln plant since April 2005, will
become general manager of the company's Saitama Factory in Saitama,
Japan. The moves are effective April First.
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