• City applies for $1,845,650 transportation grant

    City applies for $1,845,650 transportation grant

    The Phenix City Council held its regular meeting at 9 a.m. via the Zoom digital platform. The Utilities department misidentified the size of the sewer line crossing Opelika Road at the bridge site in the GIS system when it was first installed; however, Assistant City Manager and Utilities Director Steve Smith said that there is

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  • Crawford man rescued from well

    Crawford man rescued from well

    Right after last week’s commission meeting, EMA Director Bob Franklin received notification that Crawford and Ladonia first responders were undertaking the rescue of a man in Crawford who was trapped in a 30’ water well on his property. The man, a senior citizen, had tied a rope to a tree and knotted the rope for

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  • Smiths Station road names change, business licenses outsourced

    Smiths Station road names change, business licenses outsourced

    Road names in Smiths Station city limits are officially changed. Although the change will take some time, the city council voted it into law last week. For years, councilman Richard Cooley said the citizens have wanted to get away from Lee Road names in the city. Several road blocks over the years have prevented the

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  • Business Spotlight: The best pizza is at Giovanna’s

    Business Spotlight: The best pizza is at Giovanna’s

    Giovanna’s Pizzaria restaurant sits on the corner of Broad Street and 16th Street—to be exact, 614 16th Street. Owner, Nelson Rodriquez, has been in the Chattahoochee Valley area for more than 42 years—since 1978.  He named the restaurant after one of his two daughters and has been in the restaurant business for more than 17

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  • Wingmen, Saints to make Toy Run

    Wingmen, Saints to make Toy Run

    The Phenix City Wingmen Motorcycle Club’s 16th Annual Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7. This year’s ride will differ from those in the past with the Wingmen pairing up this year with the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry (HSMM) to host the event, which will benefit the Russell County Child Advocacy Center and

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  • History: Phenix City BOE blindsides Girard in consolidation of the cities

    History: Phenix City BOE blindsides Girard in consolidation of the cities

    Editor’s Note: Russell County has a long history that is important to the State of Alabama and its evolvement from an area described in the book “Russell County in Retrospect” by Anne Kendrick Walker as a “barbaric land” to what it is today. Many of the people who set their roots in the county in

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