• Across Mister Rogers’ actual neighborhoods, his faith echoes

    Across Mister Rogers’ actual neighborhoods, his faith echoes0

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love. Visiting it each day, with Mister Rogers as guide, you’d learn certain lessons:

  • Halloween fun at Pope’s, Spooktacular0

    Only four more days are left to explore Pope’s Haunted Farm. Rated one of the South’s best haunts, Pope’s Haunted Farm is still scaring us after 26 years. You can ride a buggy into the dark and mysterious haunted forest where anything might be lurking. Test your nerve by entering the Mega Haunted Barn. Enjoy

  • Patterson statue delay causes late delivery0

    At the Russell County Commission work session on Monday, Chair Peggy Martin said that a proclamation will be issued in memory of Caroline Smith Batcheldor who was born April 2, 1927 and passed away Aug. 20 at the age of 92. Business Items Commissioner Chance Corbett requested approval to solicit bids for the Crawford gazebo

  • Report Card released for Alabama Schools0

    Phenix City Schools Superintendent Randy Wilkes shared wonderful news last Friday at the district’s Educational Summit held at the Professional Development Center (PDC). The district earned an A with a score of 90 on the Alabama Department of Education 2019 Report Card.  “We worked very diligently last year, and the dividends are tremendous,” Wilkes said.


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  • Panthers work on the basics, get healthy during bye week

    The Smiths Station High Panthers were on a well-deserved bye week this past week. The Panthers have played eight straight games, four of which have been on the road, in one of the toughest regions in Alabama.  The team has had some tough outcomes and has been hit with the injury bug and took this

  • MCJROTC: Smith Station Defeats Arlington Grand Prairie

    In an undisputed contest, shooting their highest score this season, 986 points, Smith Station MCJROTC defeated Arlington Grand Prairie MCJROTC. Their third win in a row. With the win, Smith Station MCJROTC is in eighteenth place overall and fourth place within their ‘Marine Corps Jrotc’ conference.  They currently have a 3 – 0 record. Smith

  • Knights defeat Glenwood 21-14

    When Tuscaloosa Academy and Glenwood get together, you can count on a close game that will not be decided until the final moments. This time, four quarters were not enough as the Knights came through in overtime with a two-yard touchdown run to defeat Glenwood 21-14 in overtime. “Our whole defense played lights out. We

  • Red Devils earn share of Region 2 title with 49-6 win over Jeff Davis

    For the sixth season in a row, Central High has claimed the Region 2 title under coach Jamey DuBose. Well, the Red Devils have claimed a share of the title at this point and can win it outright with a victory over Auburn High tomorrow night at Duck Samford Stadium. And, with that victory would

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  • Local families can make an impact

    This month, sites in the Phenix City area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25. Phenix City families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse

  • Editorial: Community has to help solve the feral cat problem

    Editorial: Community has to help solve the feral cat problem

    There has been an outcry against the City of Phenix City government on social media and from outside news outlets regarding the ongoing removal of feral cat colonies around town. Many people are outraged, accusing city officials of not valuing life. I attend all of the council meetings and can tell you first hand that


  • Denise DuBois: Birthday Wisdom

    Denise DuBois: Birthday Wisdom

    Each year on my birthday, I start thinking about things that I’ve learned the previous year and throughout my life in general. There’s wisdom in time and age, so here are a few things I’ve learned – some from personal experience and some from those around me.  1. When you know what you want, nothing

  • Marian Carcache: Halloween mood

    The long-awaited rain and the cooler mornings and evenings have finally set the proper mood for Halloween – and that, for me, means classic horror movies. In the late 1950s and early 60s, we had access to only two television stations out in Jernigan: Columbus channels 3 and 9. Some of my best memories include