Montgomery News

Hurricane evacuees arrive in the River Region

The Dierking family is taking an unplanned vacation to Montgomery this weekend.  They had to evacuate their home in Jacksonville, Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches. The family of six lives close to the beach and knew they had to go. “We’ve been through storms before but we knew that this was going to be something like we’d never been through…

Memorial walk held for Montgomery shooting victim

Friends and family of a Montgomery man shot and killed held a memorial walk Monday evening. The Montgomery Police Department says 19-year-old Zhivago Hines was shot Saturday Sept. 24, around 11 p.m.  The shooting happened in the 600 block of Clinton Street.  Hines was taken to a local hospital where he later was pronounced dead. Civil Rights Activist Ja’mel Brown…

Governor and AG Send Letters to Macon Co. Leaders about Legality of Victoryland

Dan Morris Radio Show/WACV has shared copies of letters sent from Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange to Macon County leaders. The letters are concerning the legality of electronic bingo machines at VictoryLand. We will have more details tonight on Alabama News Network at 5, 5:30 and 6. Letters sent by the Governor can be found here: Memo to…

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…

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,…

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…

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…