State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice is suggesting that Montgomery Public Schools develop an institutional control plan and use a state department monitor as part of its proactive measures in addressing the recent grade changing incident. During Thursday's state board meeting, he shared that the suggestions were made at the request of Montgomery's board and superintendent. Bice says he has met with the Montgomery's board and is confident they'll meet the deadline. He adds the state department is ready to assist them with implementation.
An attorney for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says he hopes to reopen the closed casino in Shorter before Christmas, and it will definitely reopen before the end of the year. Attorney Joe Espy said Thursday the wiring and synchronization of some the 1,200 electronic machines still needs to be completed, and that's why McGregor doesn't have a definite opening date yet. He plans to hire up to 250 employees.
Longtime Legislator Sentenced
Former state Representative James Thomas of Selma has been sentenced to spend one year in jail on a charge of having sexual contact with a female student at the Wilcox County high school where he was principal. Wilcox County Circuit Judge Jack Meigs gave Thomas the maximum sentence. A jury last month found the 69-year-old Thomas guilty of the misdemeanor sexual contact charge.