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Despite Coronavirus, Meals on Wheels Continuing to Feed Elderly, Home-Bound

The Montgomery Area Council on Aging says it’s working vigilantly to make sure Covid-19 doesn’t stop its much needed service: Meals on Wheels. Executive Director Donna Marietta said volunteers travel to roughly 400 elderly and home-bound residents in the River Region each day to deliver hot meals and companionship. She said now, they’re ramping up disinfecting efforts. Volunteers are also…

First Eclectic ‘Trade Days’ of the Year Kicks Off

Saturday, March 14th was the first Trade Days event of 2020, and Coronavirus did not stop vendors from setting up and people coming out. It’s held the second Saturday of every month in the parking lot beside Eclectic Town Hall from 8 am – 1 pm. According to the Eclectic Trade Days Facebook page, due to the recent outbreak of…

Former MPD Officer Aaron Cody Smith Released on Bond Pending Appeal

Aaron Cody Smith (Source: Dale County Sheriff’s Office) The former Montgomery police officer found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Greg Gunn in 2016 has been released on bond pending appeal. According to court documents, Aaron Cody Smith was released from the Limestone Correctional Facility Wednesday afternoon on a $300,000 appeal bond. Retired Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin stated…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Low blood pressure risks + Cancer and minorities

We know the dangers of high blood pressure, but a new study suggests low blood pressure can be linked to higher mortality among the elderly. The University of Exeter found people 75 and older who were frail had a higher risk of death if their blood pressure was below 130 over 80. Plus, new research in the journal ‘Cancer’ shows…

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: News Anchor Samantha Williams is our Woman in Blue

The word we all pray no doctor says to our loved ones or ourselves: cancer. Unfortunately, it is a word my family is familiar with. When I was in high school, my precious, spunky 6-year-old cousin went to the doctor. Expecting to walk out with nothing more than an ear infection, she and my family walked out with a lot…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee Update: More Big Names Announced

In addition to 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer are expected to be at the 2020 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, happening this Sunday, March 1st. Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is also expected to attend. Former State Sen. Hank Sanders says…

Sheriff: Home Invasion Suspects Dies After Being Shot by Elmore County Homeowner

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin confirmed 39-year-old Charles Bowne, the suspect involved in a Monday morning home invasion, has died from his injuries. Sheriff Franklin said he died in a hospital shortly before noon Wednesday. After hearing a loud sound around 4:55 Monday morning, a homeowner on Clemons Road in the Flatwood community woke up to find an intruder. Sheriff…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Kids and pediatricians + Teens binge drinking

There’s a new push for pediatricians to prescribe physical activity to children. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests only a fourth of children are exercising as much as recommended. Research shows an active lifestyle helps both physical and behavioral development. Doctors recommend an hour daily for most children. Plus, Alcohol ads could prompt teens to start…

UPDATE: DA Bailey wants Bond Raised and Restraints Against MPS Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse Against 12-Year-Old Student

Courtesy: Floyd Middle School website Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey requested that Michael Bradley’s bond be changed from $8,000 to $250,000. Bradley, a teacher at Floyd Middle Magnet, is charged with two counts: One for Sexual Abuse and the other for a School Employee Having Sexual Contact with a Student. Both are Class C felonies with a recommended bail…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: New e-cig ban + Differing resting heart rates + CDC sends out Coronavirus tests

A partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect today. It outlaws the sale of fruit, dessert and mint-flavored pods popular with teenagers. It’s part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reduce youth vaping….which health officials say has reached epidemic levels. Plus, a new study in the journal “Plahs One” found that normal resting heart rates vary widely from person to…