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Cheerleaders at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery presented a check to a local breast cancer awareness group.  The cheer squad and their coach, Anteidra Martin presented a $400 check to the Women of Hope Foundation; President Donna McCord says she is grateful for the cheerleaders taking an active role in breast cancer awareness.  McCord says the proceeds will be used to buy care items for baskets presented to women diagnosed with breast cancer.  

Former ALEA Secretary Cleared of Wrongdoing

Oct 21, 2016

Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier has been cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury. The Alabama attorney general's office yesterday issued a statement that an investigation requested by Governor Robert Bentley into Collier’s activities as head of ALEA is now closed after a grand jury found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Bentley fired Collier in March saying a review found possible misuse of funds. The findings were sent to the attorney general's office.

A mini-mart opened in downtown Montgomery Thursday.  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange joined other city elected officials, community leaders and supporters packed "Sous La Terre" or SLT Mart for its soft opening.  Owner George Trawick tells WVAS News the mini-mart will serve residents and visitors in the downtown area.  The store will host its grand opening on Oct. 25th.  

A historical marker honoring Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray was unveiled Wednesday in Tuskegee.  A number of speakers spoke about Gray's accomplishments, some calling him a "trailblazer" and a "living legend."  Marilyn Stamps with the Alabama Tourism Department was among the speakers; she says Gray's work will be on display for generations to come.  The marker is located across the street from Tuskegee University.  

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 drought emergency has been issued for North Alabama and parts of East and Central Alabama. The Declaration by the state’s Office of Water Resources placed 28 counties under the drought emergency.   Conditions across Alabama become dryer every day as there is little rainfall and above normal temperatures.     The Office’s Water Management Unit manager Tom Littlepage says falling reservoir and groundwater levels also have indicated drought conditions have become more severe. Water managers are urged to monitor water sources and implement conservation measures as needed.

Montgomery Public Schools are celebrating October as Parent Visitation Month; all month long, parents and guardians are invited to visit their child's school.  Tuesday, Montgomery Schools Superintendent Margaret Allen joined other education officials to encourage parental involvement.  MPS Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Christopher Blair says parents can increase their engagement by asking questions about their child's education.  Parents and guardians can find tools and resources online at engageeducateinspire.org. 

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.

Former Montgomery Police Chief Drue Lackey has Died

Oct 18, 2016

Former Montgomery Police Chief Drue Hiriam Lackey has died at the age of 90.  According to his obituary, Lackey died Sunday. He is best known for fingerprinting Rosa Parks after she was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery bus. He also was there when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for disobeying Alabama’s segregation laws. Lackey joined the Montgomery police department in 1948 and served as its chief from 1967 until his retirement in 1970.

A national campaign to reduce calories in beverages launched in Montgomery Monday.  Area elected officials and community leaders joined the "Balance What You Eat, Drink and Do" program  hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Beverage Association.  The program's goal is to reduce the beverage calories consumed per person by 20 percent by the year 2025 nationally. Officials say Montgomery and Lowndes counties make up the 5th market added to the nation-wide program.