Montgomery, AL – An early Christmas present for drivers as gasoline prices are down again this week. According to Triple-A, the statewide average for regular unleaded is almost $1.58 a gallon Monday. Nationally, regular fuel averaged $1.66. Triple-A Alabama said motorists are paying, on average, $1.68 for midgrade and $1.73 for premium. The average national price of gasoline fell 9 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it to its lowest point since 2004.
Tallassee, AL – It's not exactly the holiday trip the had in mind, but military duty has called another group of Alabama National Guard personnel. About 190 soliders assigned to the 158th Maintenance Company, based in Tallassee and Tuskegee, are expected to depart the U.S. sometime Monday. According to a company commander, the unit had been in training at an Army installation in Indiana since early November. The soliders will serve approximately one year and should arrive somewhere in nothern Iraq around Christmas.
Montgomery, AL – The Montgomery chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity brought an early Christmas celebration to more than 80 underprivileged children Saturday as part of their mission to uplift their community. The festivities at the Omega Center on South Court street included a visit from Santa, a large table of food and more than 200 toys packed under a large tree. Sam Jeter, who pledged in 1975, said the annual event is a great time for them to get together as members and give back to the less fortunate.