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The District 26 State Senate race goes to a runoff

Dec 13, 2017

   Montgomery County voters also had to vote in the District 26 State Senate primary. The results indicate that race is headed to a runoff between Democrats John Knight and David Burkette. State Representative Knight reportedly garnered around 39 percent of the vote while Burkette claimed 25 percent. Long lines were seen at many of the District 26 precincts. The runoff for the state senate seat is scheduled for February 27. D.J. Johnson was the lone Republican in the race. A general election is being held May 15th.

Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama's Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, on of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the age of Trump. The president had urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

The special election is underway

Dec 12, 2017

   Interest in today’s special election is high across the country. Secretary of State John Merrill has elevated his prediction for voter turnout at the polls to between 20 and 25 percent. In Montgomery County voters will notice some changes, namely, new voting machines. Two new machines will be located in all 49 precincts. Montgomery Election Center Director Darrell Parker says the ExpressVote device has touchscreen capabilities. The new machines are designed to speed up the voting process.

Candidates for U-S Senate seat making final push

Dec 11, 2017

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama. Jones and Democrats are framing the election as a way for Alabama to reject its history of politicians with baggage that hampers the state. Republicans say it is about keeping a conservative hold on Alabama and not giving Democrats any opportunity to derail President Donald Trump's agenda before the 2018 midterms.

   The Montgomery Election Center staff is in overdrive getting ready for the upcoming special election. This election is distinct in that 33 of the County’s 49 precincts will have two ballots to fill out. Probate Judge Steven Reed says one election is for the U-S Senate Seat between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the other is between five candidates running for a state senate seat. Reed also noted that voters will be greeted with new machines this year. Each precinct has two of the ExpressVote machines that are anticipated to read votes faster.

Police made an arrest in weekend homicide

Dec 7, 2017

   Montgomery police have made an arrest in a weekend murder. In a statement, police say 30 year old Cornelius Fain of Talladega has been charged in the shooting death of 32 year old Vantrell Flynn. The homicide took place Friday evening at the victim’s residence in the 7-thousand block of Taylor Crossing. Investigators have said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. Fain has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

   A series of recent robberies has been solved with one arrest. Montgomery Police report that 17 year old Isaiah Byers has been charged with four counts of robbery and one count of assault. He was taken into custody November 28 for one of the incidents and was eventually linked to the other holdups. The robberies occurred on October 26, November 16 and November 22, all in the area of Moorcroft Drive. In one of the crimes, an adult male victim sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

 It’s another first for the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets band. The band has been invited to participate in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade. ASU announced the news yesterday. Band Director Dr. James Oliver says it’s another chance for the world to see the Hornets perform. In fact, more than 60 million people watch the Tournament of Roses Parade each year. The band has already begun fundraising efforts to finance the trip. It is the first time the ASU band has appeared in the parade.

Fugitive from Coosa County recaptured in Georgia

Nov 22, 2017

Authorities say a fugitive has been captured near Atlanta after escaping from the same county jail in Alabama twice within a three-week span. The Coosa County Sheriff's office says that 27-year-old Shane Anthony Vernon was taken into custody late Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, just east of Atlanta. Vernon had been the focus of a nationwide manhunt. Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson said the inmate's most recent escape happened Sunday afternoon, when he "physically circumvented the security of the jail."

The holiday season is officially here and there's a push this year to shop locally. The Alabama Retail Association is encouraging local residents to spend their dollars here in Alabama on holiday-related items. The ARA is hosting its annual “Shop Alabama for the Holidays” tour, where representatives are traveling to Huntsville, Cullman, Dothan, Mobile, and Montgomery to encourage people to shop locally. Communication Manager for the Alabama Retail Association, Melissa Warnke, says retail is a key component of local economies.

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