Brittney Jones-Dabney

News Reporter

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.

Buckle up even if you’re not the driver is the message the Alabama Senate is sending to help regulate behavior on the roads. Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery introduced a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 73 which requires all back-seat passengers to wear seat belts.

The House Legislative Black Caucus says Gov. Robert Bentley is breaking state election law by waiting until 2018 to hold the election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat. Caucus members said during a press conference on Tuesday, Bentley needs to be "forthwith" and call for a special election.

The Alabama House of Representatives Republican Party debated a resolution in support of President Donald Trump over the minority Democratic Party. The resolution urges Congress to implement Trump’s government reform agenda. During the debate several Democrats voiced their opinion of the resolution including State Representative John Knight.  Knight along with several other Democrats argued against the resolution and Trump’s efforts.

The YMCA of Greater Montgomery announced the operation of it’s first-ever food mobile on Tuesday. The food mobile, called “The Brown Bag Bus”, will provide fresh, healthy meals to communities facing hunger. President and CEO of the Greater Montgomery YMCA, Gary Cobbs says the mobile initiative will serve as a nutrition education and food assistance outreach hub. The bus features seating for 30 children, pull-out tents and chairs for outside eating and a kitchen for nutrition education.

Being on time for school and having good behavior is essential to learning and for students at Davis Elementary school, it’s also an easy way to grab a new bicycle. 30 students grades K through second exceeded in attendance and behavior goals for the month of December. Principal Aleysia Abernathy-Alves said the students were entered into the drawing for the new bicycles based on a point system. The points were split between attendance, no tardiness, no checkouts and utilizing conflict resolutions.

WVAS thanks listeners that contributed to the 2016 WVAS Yuletide Giving Holiday Toy and Gift Drive benefiting Brantwood Children's Home and Family Promise of Montgomery. Listeners donated new unwrapped toys, gift cards and toiletries. 

The Montgomery Police Department welcomed 18 new officers into the department during the graduation ceremony for Class 2016-B. The class members successfully completed 20 weeks of training at the Montgomery Police Academy. Academy Staff Instructor, Thornton Phiester says the new officers have gone through a complete transformation. “We’ve changed brand new citizens into becoming police officers and their entire thought process has changed.”  Newly minted officer, Quintarus Brooks, says joining MPD is his calling.

With Veterans Day right around the corner, the American Legion Department of Alabama is spreading the message of its upcoming renovation plans of the Alabama War Memorial. The historical shrine dates back to 50 years ago and it’s dedicated to Alabama veterans including Alabamians awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. A few years back unfortunately the property was vandalized. Department Junior Vice Commander, Leroy Davis Jr.  says he hopes that renovations will re-ignite the interest for guests to visit again.

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.