Various ceremonies were held Monday in River Region communities to mark Memorial Day. Large crowds honored the nation's fallen veterans at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Facility on Perry Hill Road. Another ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse was sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Birmingham Congressman Spencer Bachus, who worked for years for funding for the cemetery, was among the speakers at a ceremony in Shelby County.
The Alabama State University Board of Trustees approved the new organizational chart Friday proposed by president Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Dr. Boyd says she's pleased to have a vote of confidence and believes this new chart is a major step in the right direction.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st. Tuesday, at press conference held by Governor Robert Bentley about hurricane season preparedness, Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Art Faulkner urged the public to start planning now. Faulkner said numerous agencies will be conducting natural disaster exercises this week.
The Montgomery City Council approved ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that allows nightclubs to employ armed security guards. The new city law goes into in 90 days. The ordinance had been under debate since a fatal shooting last December at the now-closed Centennial Hill Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue.
Council members also approved a city law to regulate the location of future title pawn and payday loan stores in Montgomery.
A Montgomery man has been charged with murder in a recent shooting death. Police say 24-year-old Quantarius Moss has been arrested in the slaying of 34-year-old Michael Thornton that happened early Sunday morning in the 4100 block of Carmichael Road. Detectives say the shooting stemmed from an argument. Moss is being held under a $75,000 bond in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.
The owner of an abortion clinic Montgomery testified Monday that for the nearly four decades she's been in business, she has always used out-of-town doctors who wouldn't be able to admit patients to local hospitals as required under a new state law. June Ayers, the owner of Reproductive Health Services, was the first witness in a trial of a lawsuit over Alabama's new law. The federal trial resumes today in Montgomery.
Alabama State Troopers say a Prattville man was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night. Troopers said 27-year-old Ricky Bazzel died when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. The crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. on Autauga County 10, about five miles west of Prattville. Troopers said Bazzel was not wearing a seat belt. The crash remains under investigation.
Montgomery Police believe they have solved a robbery-murder case with the arrest of a 56-year-old suspect. On Saturday, Detectives charged 56-year-old Jerry Purnell of Montgomery with capital murder in connection with last Wednesday's homicide in which 43-year-old M.B.
WVAS-FM, the voice of Alabama State University is celebrating 30 years of service to the south central Alabama area. Listeners and supporters of WVAS are invited to our anniversary party which will be taking place Friday, June 13 at the Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Montgomery on 120 Madison Ave. The party will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. For more information about call 334-229-4708