U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama visited Sumter and Marengo counties Monday, to visit with constituents. Shelby committed to having town hall meetings in each of the state's 67 counties when he first ran for the Senate.
Shelby answered questions from the audience. One widespread concern that he addressed is the fear of whether the U.S. is facing a recession.
At this time, Shelby said it's too early to say whether or not this will happen.
Another issue he addressed is rising gasoline prices.
"Well, the market decides a lot of that. The price of gas in Germany is $7 a gallon. We're importing too much," said Shelby. "We're too dependent on other countries and it's not easy to get out of."
When it comes to economic development, Shelby says he supports a regional approach with Alabama and Mississippi working together.
Within the next two weeks, Shelby will head to Washington when the 110th session of the U.S. Senate convenes Jan. 22.