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Woman's Body Found in Well in Elmore County

Jun 6, 2017

   The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder from last week. Detectives believe 59 year old Jane Huddleston was possibly strangled to death Thursday or Friday and then dumped in a well on her property in the 79-hundred block of Highway 14. Acting on a tip, authorities say they found her body yesterday. Detectives say a man that had been living with the victim, 41 year old David Helms, has been charged with murder. As he was being booked in the Elmore County jail, Helms apparently broke an interior window of the facility trying to escape.

Alabama Parks Adding More Adventure Activities

Jun 5, 2017

 Alabama's state parks are adding more adventure activities in an attempt to lure visitors. The state is currently seeking companies that would operate floating play structures called "Tarzan boats" at three parks. They'd be located at Oak Mountain near Birmingham; Chewacla near Auburn and Lake Lurleen park near Tuscaloosa. The structures typically include slides, jumping platforms and swings. The move is the latest by the state to install adventure activities at state parks. A zip line has been added at Guntersville State Park.

Montgomery Teen Killed in Traffic Accident

Jun 1, 2017

   A Montgomery teenager lost her life in a crash on Interstate 85 late yesterday afternoon. In a release, State Troopers report that three vehicles collided just after 4pm on I-85 at the 32 mile marker near Tuskegee. A pickup truck, SUV and minivan were involved in the wreck. A 15 year old passenger of the minivan was killed. She was not wearing a seat belt according to Troopers. Her name has not been released. Two other people were also injured in the accident. No other information is available in this ongoing investigation.

   During the long Memorial Day weekend state troopers investigated four traffic fatalities in Alabama and one boating accident that left two dead. The traffic crashes happened in Baldwin, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Conecuh counties. Three drivers were killed and one passenger. Only one of the four was wearing a seat belt. The boating mishap occurred in Cleburne County when a man and his 3 year old son drowned. Their kayak flipped over in the Tallapoosa River. State Troopers say neither of them was wearing a personal flotation device.

Wettest May on Record in Montgomery

May 30, 2017

   This has been the wettest May on record and we’re not done yet. So far this month 12-point-2 inches of rain has fallen on the city. The majority of that, 8.15 inches, fell on May 20 – setting a record for that date. The wettest May before this one was in 1978 when the city got 12.01 inches of rain. For the year, Montgomery has received 33.47 inches of rainfall. Normally the area averages around 22.78 inches by this time. That’s a surplus of more than 10 inches for the year. 

Population of Montgomery in Decline

May 26, 2017

   Montgomery has maintained its berth as the second largest city in the state, but according to the latest census report the city’s numbers have been in decline. As of 2016, Montgomery had a population of 200,022 residents. That’s a drop of more than 800 from the previous year. Huntsville has overtaken Mobile to become Alabama's third-largest city. The north Alabama city is home to 193,079 people. That surpasses Mobile's estimated population of 192,904. Huntsville is the only one of the state's four largest cities that is growing.

Spike's Blues: The end of an era

May 26, 2017

One of the longest running programs on WVAS-FM is making its final run tonight. Spike's Blues, hosted by Spike Graham also known as Richard Lee Young is ending production of its regular programming. The show first premiered on WVAS in 1994 and listeners could hear a variety of blues from the Mississippi Delta, local blues artists, traditional blues and modern day blues. Young, an accomplished musician himself who formed the Spike Graham Orchestra will be embarking on other endeavors.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Resigns

May 24, 2017

   Dr. Angela Mangum has tendered her resignation as Superintendent of Selma City Schools. The school board accepted her letter of resignation. The action comes after Mangum was placed on leave recently after board members discovered she was a finalist for the superintendent position in the town of Pike Road. Selma school officials claim she failed to notify the board of her pursuit for outside employment as stipulated in her contract. Mangum did not land the Pike Road job. The board has begun making plans to find a replacement. 

New Food Vendor Chosen By Alabama State University

May 23, 2017

   The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has approved a contract with a new food vendor. The board voted yesterday to contract with the Aramark Corporation which has its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The current contract with Gourmet Food Services was not renewed and is set to expire May 31st. Board members did not specify why Aramark was chosen from five companies that were considered. A committee had reviewed the five vendors, including Gourmet Food Services, and made a recommendation to ASU’s President, who reportedly took that recommendation to the board.

Record Rain Falls on Montgomery Saturday

May 22, 2017

   Flash flood watches extend across a half-dozen states as torrential rains are expected in many areas of the South. The National Weather Service says there are flash flood watches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Weekend rains have saturated the ground. Montgomery recorded over 8 inches of rain Saturday, which shattered the record for that date. The most rain that had fallen on May 20th before Saturday was two inches.