Brittney Jones-Dabney

News Reporter

More than 70,000 fans are expected to flood Birmingham this Saturday for the 75th anniversary of the Magic City Classic. The game, which is a historic rivalry between in-state institutions Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University, is also important for the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings. The Hornets and Bulldogs both travel to Birmingham, each with an overall record of 2-5. At a press conference ahead of the contest, ASU Head Coach Brian Jenkins shared his thoughts of Alabama A&M.

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association hosted “Beef Day” during an outdoor luncheon at the State Farmer’s Market today. While celebrating Alabama’s agriculture, organizers took time out to recognize the Montgomery County first responders and law enforcement officials for their service. ACA Vice-President Dr. Billy Powell says today was an opportunity for the organization to say thank you. The steak-sandwich luncheon was one of the numerous events that the agriculture department and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association have been holding to celebrate October as Beef Month.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and River Region ROCK (Respect Others, Create Kindness) Taskforce, the Family Sunshine Center and Montgomery Public Schools teamed up to present a ROCK Rally at Dozier Elementary School this morning. The event is designed to educate students on what they can do to prevent bullying.

A new pilot program has been created to benefit three Montgomery public schools whose students are at risk of being food-insecure. The, School Pantry Program(SPP) will offer an on-campus food pantry for children and their families. To jumpstart the program a $50,000 grant was awarded to the Montgomery Area Food Bank by the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Montgomery’s Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Lawrence Oakley says the program mission is to help students and their families.

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Eggs and Issues Breakfast this morning at the RSA Activities Center, General Steven Kwast, Commander and President of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base discussed the national security challenges facing the nation. Kwast says because of the recent cyber innovations in the city, the River Region can stay ahead of cyber enemies. Since the launch of the Internet Exchange, the City of Montgomery has become the fastest internet connection. 

Alabama leaders are spreading the message of a new amendment that will appear on the election ballot this fall. They believe Amendment 11, which is related to the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act, will have a lasting impact on economic development throughout the state. On Thursday, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville meet at the Chamber of Commerce to educate the public regarding the proposed amendment.  Mayor Strange says the amendment can potentially impact job growth and new development.

The Macon County Casino, VictoryLand is slated to open next month. Owner Milton McGregor and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford jointly announced in a press release on Sunday that VictoryLand will reopen on Tuesday, September 13, at 2 p.m. The casino has been shut down since Attorney General Luther Strange raided the business in 2013. On Monday Ford, held a press conference in Tuskegee to announce his unified stand for VictoryLand. In the press release McGregor stated the facility will begin with a soft opening but he expects an expansion of operations to occur quickly.

EAT MGM

Aug 12, 2016

Restaurant Week is coming to the River Region and several restaurants are looking to bring 10 days of celebration and exploration through food. The event is sponsored through EAT MGM, and the purpose is to raise awareness about buying food and dining locally throughout the community. Director of Tourism for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Meg Lewis says the food scene in Montgomery is expanding.

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