Montgomery News

Petition Calls for Action on Vacant Apartment Complex

There is growing support for an online petition calling on the Montgomery City Council to take action against vacant properties in north Montgomery, specifically an abandoned apartment complex.  Residents say the abandoned property is hurting the community. Northgate Place Apartments off North Ripley Street has been vacant for years.  Patricia Holliday June says she drives by the property day after…

Colon Cancer: What You Need To Know

The death of actor Chadwick Boseman shocked many people around the United States, and it’s also put new spotlight on colon cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, it’s expected to cause about 53,200 deaths this year alone. Dr. John Reardon with the Montgomery Cancer Center says colon cancer is more common than many people think.  It’s the 3rd most…

I-Team: Pending Salvation Army Sale Impacts Montgomery Whitewater Project

This week marks one year since Montgomery’s Whitewater Project was announced.  The 120-acre outdoor complex will be centered around an Olympic standard whitewater rafting course.  You won’t see many changes at the project site off Maxwell Boulevard right now, but county leaders say the project is full steam ahead. Project Catalyst (Source: Montgomery County Commission) One component of the project…

State Leaders on Challenges Facing Schools

Staffing, supplies and stopping the spread of the Coronavirus…those are just a few of the many challenges schools are facing this year.   State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says the need for substitute teachers will cause problems for schools this year.  While the number of teachers retiring has not gone up from previous years, Dr. Mackey says they are still…

MPS Works to Fill Teacher Openings

There are hundreds of job openings posted on the Montgomery Public Schools website right now, with the first day of school less than a week away. 226 job openings were posted to Montgomery Public Schools’ website, as of Wednesday.  The positions vary from English and Science teacher…to Librarian and Athletic Director. “Most of our principals I think have the people…

AEA Surveys Educators on COVID-19 Concerns

A new survey from the Alabama Education Association gives us a look at educators concerns about returning to the classroom this year. The AEA got close to 41,000 responses to the survey.  It covered many topics including reopening plans, masks, social distancing and buses.  Here are some of the results: 65% of those asked are very uncomfortable returning to school…

Suspect Identified in Early Morning Montgomery Homicide

The Montgomery Police Department has charged a suspect with the Homicide of AC Calhoun II, 34, of Montgomery. Calhoun was fatally shot on July 6. On Monday, July 6, at about 12 am, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 3100 block of Gentilly Court in reference to a subject shot. At the scene, police found Calhoun with fatal gunshot…

Montgomery United Transition Team Releases Final Report

The Montgomery United Transition team released its final report Thursday, outlining recommendations for the Reed administration. Here are the recommendations for Mayor Steven Reed: -Create a cabinet level public health position. -Elevate and fully staff the Office of Cultural Arts and Entertainment. -Support increased local funding for Montgomery Public Schools. -Re-bid the city’s transit contract. -Improve police-community relations. -Restructure the…

LEAD Academy Board Chair on First Year Challenges

LEAD Academy School Board Chair Charlotte Meadows says she would give the school a C+ grade for its first year open. It has been an eventful first year for Montgomery’s first charter school, going through two principals in one year, now left looking for a third.  The school also faced similar challenges to other schools across Alabama because of the…

Montgomery City Leaders Cracking Down on Curfew Violations

Montgomery city leaders are cracking down on businesses not following COVID-19 orders. Councilman Oronde Mitchell says several gas stations and clubs have been cited for not following the city’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and for holding large gatherings.  He’s already been in contact with business owners in his district and he says many have taken steps to comply…