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Hotel to be built in downtown Montgomery

City leaders announced that a new hotel will be built in downtown Montgomery Wednesday.  The hotel will be built at the current site of the Bishop Parker building near Riverwalk Stadium. The development is estimated to cost $14 million dollars and will bring over forty full and part time jobs to the River Region. The Springhill Suites by Mariott will…

Clown Facebook Page Threatens Local Schools

A clown Facebook page surfaced over the weekend threatening to beat up students at local schools in Montgomery. The page under the name Bingerman Clownferd, named a middle school for everyday this week. Parents say they were very worried after seeing the threats. “In this day and time you can’t never say what it is, you can’t never say if…

Montgomery hoarder asks for help

A local church is asking for community support to help a family with a hoarding problem in Montgomery. Juanita Woods and her husband had custody of their 17-year-old granddaughter until last week when the Department of Human Resources deemed their house unsafe because of the hoarding. “They came over here last Wednesday at almost midnight and snatched her out of…

Water restored for residents after water main break

The City of Goodwater was without water for twenty-four hours because of a water main break Tuesday. Goodwater resident Angela Poole said it was not easy not having water. “We didn’t have any water so we had to send all of the kids home and all of the parents, they’re upset,” she explained. City officials released a statement saying that…

Rock thrown from overpass hits car

A family returning from vacation on the Alabama coast says that someone threw a rock through their window on I-85. Ron Cunningham was driving with  his wife and their 5-year-old granddaughter when the rock smashed their back window. “We heard what we thought was an explosion,” he explained.     His granddaughter was sitting right beside the window that was…

Special Session wrap up

The Special Session has come to a close.  Between a lottery bill and the BP settlement, lawmakers had their hands full. The lottery bill failed in the Senate but the BP bill was passed Wednesday. Political Analyst Steve Flowers say the bill is only a temporary fix for the Medicaid shortfall. “How are we going to fund medicaid,” he asked,…

Controversy about Pledge of Allegiance in Alex City Schools

There is some confusion and controversy concerning the Pledge of Allegiance being recited in Alexander City Schools. Mayor Charles Shaw signed a proclamation Tuesday to make sure the Pledge of Allegiance is recited everyday at school. “I was surprised at finding out just last week that we don’t do that on a daily basis,” he explained, “each and every day…

Popular Montgomery Actor Dies

A popular Montgomery actor died unexpectedly Sunday morning. The 32-year-old, Patrick Manora, died of a heart attack. Manora was part of Life Change Production Inc. where he starred in many productions. His friends say he was much more than a performer. “He was the joy in the room,” explained Takecia Barlow, “he always had a big smile on his face…

MPD “cookie roadblock” video goes viral

A video featuring the Montgomery Police Department is going viral. The video shows a “cookie roadblock” Wednesday in West Montgomery.  Officers were out in the streets stopping cars and giving them girl scout cookies. Chason Smitherman of Grow 334 shot and produced the video. “It was just awesome to see what happened, just amazing,” he explained, “to see those officers…

Pay Delay Affects 4600 MPS Employees

Wednesday was payday for employees of Montgomery Public Schools but as of Wednesday night, thousands had not received their paychecks. The school system says that a human error caused the delay in paychecks that affected around 4600 employees. Tom Salter, with the school system says they have identified what caused the problem. “The problem has been fixed,” he explained, “and…