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It is Election Day

Nov 8, 2016

It is Election Day in the United States. Here in Alabama Donald Trump is expected to win. The state has gone Republican in every presidential election since voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states since securing their respective party nominations. Following in their paths, volunteers from both parties have been dispatched to campaign in neighboring Florida where the race is considerably tighter.

The city of Tuskegee welcomed its new mayor Monday; dozens of community leaders, elected officials and supporters attended the inauguration of Lawrence “Tony” Haygood.  Haygood garnered 62 percent of the vote, unseating long-time Mayor Johnny Ford.  Mayor Lawrence Haygood tells WVAS News he is ready to get to work.  New members of the Tuskegee City Council and the Utilities Board were also sworn-in.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex Plaza. 

   Hats off to the Alabama State University women’s soccer team for their first ever SWAC Championship.     The Lady Hornets won their tenth consecutive match Sunday  defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 to 1 to claim the title. The team now will watch the NCAA Women’s Soccer Division I selection show today at 3:30 p.m. to hear their name called. A viewing party starts at 2:30 on campus in Ballroom A of the Student Center. It is free, though seating is limited.

Gasoline Pipeline Restarted Sunday

Nov 7, 2016

     The company that owns a gasoline pipeline that exploded in Alabama last week says the pipeline is back in service. Colonial Pipeline Co. says service was restarted at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

Pipeline to Restart Sunday

Nov 4, 2016

   Colonial Pipeline company says its main gasoline line is projected to restart Sunday afternoon, about six days after an explosion that killed one worker and injured four others. The company made the announcement on its response web site last night. If that timeframe holds up, the stoppage in the transport of gasoline will only be half as long as the September shutdown when a leak in the pipeline was discovered. That outage led to fuel supply disruptions, including price increases and gas shortages throughout parts of the Southeast.

Montgomery Police Department welcomes new officers

Nov 3, 2016

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.

The faith community is responding to the news of an historic African-American church in Mississippi being vandalized by a presumed Trump supporter or supporters.  Reports say the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and vandalized with a "Vote Trump" scrawled across building.  WVAS News spoke with Montgomery's Pastor Terry Ellison of New Life Baptist Church about the incident; Ellison says forgiveness should be the initial step.  News outlets report the fire damaged the sanctuary of the 111-year old church.  

Alabama War Memorial Being Restored

Nov 2, 2016

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.

   Alabama State University has received a supplemental award of 90-thousand dollars from the National Science Foundation. The funds will allow researchers at ASU to continue their cutting-edge work in tissue regeneration with a specific focus on the anterior cruciate ligament. The research could eventually be used to help injured soldiers or accident and burn victims, according to principle investigator Derrick Dean. The project is a collaborative effort between several academic disciplines, including faculty and students in the chemistry and biology departments.

Four People Killed in Area Accidents

Oct 31, 2016

   Saturday was a deadly day on the highways in this area with three fatal accidents. In Pike County, a single vehicle wreck took the life of a Grady man. State Troopers report that 35 year old Marcus T. Barnes was driving a pickup on Pike County Road 1101 when it left the roadway and struck a tree. Barnes was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead on the scene. Troopers say speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash. The accident occurred around 10 miles north of Troy.