Brittney Jones-Dabney

News Reporter

Alabama State University Interim-President Dr. Leon C. Wilson, leadership members and staff visited the birth place of ASU on Wednesday. The former school was founded on July 17, 1867 in Marion; and is widely seen as the site where nine former slaves collected $500 to establish Lincoln Normal School, which is now Alabama State University. “This is our 150th year of existence and in this very spot is where it all started with nine brave people who decided that they were going to start an educational institution,” said Wilson.

A hearing request to move a police officer’s murder trial out of Montgomery and to another city was held Tuesday morning. Alabama Judge Greg Griffin denied a motion filed by defense attorneys for Montgomery, Police Officer Aaron “Cody” Smith requesting that Griffin move his trial to a different city. 

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, City and County leaders delivered updates on the Montgomery Internet Exchange, MGMix and the tech economic development on Wednesday afternoon. Less than 18 months ago, Montgomery became home to the State’s only internet exchange and now leaders have announced an upgrade to the capacity of the Internet Exchange to handle 100 Gigabits of traffic per second. Mayor Todd Strange says the new status has a significant meaning for Montgomery.

The City of Prattville has been selected as one of 31 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding to reduce childhood hunger. The office of Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr., and Parks of Recreation Department partnered with United Christian Church and the Autauga-Prattville Public Library to kick off the new initiative called CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.

Alabama State University hosted its third annual “I Love ASU – Sting A Thon” over the weekend at the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Numerous local musicians performed for the crowd of hundreds who came out to support ASU despite the rain.

ASU President, Dr. Leon Wilson says the ‘Sting A Thon’ gives people the opportunity to show their support and give back to the University. ASU’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Zillah Fluker said ASU has existed this long because of the Marion Nine, who founded the University in 1867.

The Alabama House Judicial Committee has released its 131-page impeachment report regarding Gov. Robert Bentley. 

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With the threat of severe weather on Wednesday, a number of schools in Central Alabama have canceled or delayed opening times.  Below is a list of school closings/delays/early dismissals for Wednesday ; we will add as news comes in:

Here is a current list of delays and closings: 

SCHOOLS:

  • Alexander City Schools

  • Alabama Christian Academy

  • Alabama State University

  • Amridge University

A new college football game is coming to Montgomery; officials announced Tuesday that the Montgomery Kickoff Classic will officially jumpstart college football season.  The game will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in the nation, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President, ESPN Events says the Montgomery community has been very supportive and successful in hosting our events.

The nation's top commander of all U.S. Air Force recruiting activities, both in America and abroad, paid a special visit to Alabama State University on Monday. Major General Garrett Harencak serves as the commander of U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Harencak’s message focused on “Leading, Serving and Empowering”, he says his message is a great opportunity for students to get motivated about being the next generation of leaders.

Montgomery’s Minority Business Initiative spotlighted the success of a local company during a special event on Thursday at the Kress Building site downtown. Thomas Construction Company is one of the participants in the Minority Business program and is assisting in the revitalization of Dexter Avenue.

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