• Track-or-Treat goes virtual this year

    Track-or-Treat goes virtual this year

    For the first time ever, participants in the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Foundation’s Annual Track or Treat 5K Run can join in the fun from anywhere.  Traditionally, the event is held at the Phenix City Amphitheatre.  This year, participants get to choose their course, because it is a virtual event in which they can complete

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  • Roy Greene dies at 99

    Roy Greene dies at 99

    The Phenix City and Russell County area has lost perhaps its greatest promoter, biggest friend and most passionate benefactor. Roy M. Greene, 99, died peacefully Sunday at his home – the Bass-Perry Plantation – in Seale. Born March 7, 1921 in Auburn, Greene was only six months from reaching 100 years old. “I woke up

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  • Business Spotlight: Stylin’ with Sydney’s Shoppe of Beauty

    Business Spotlight: Stylin’ with Sydney’s Shoppe of Beauty

    When Sydney Helms opened Sydney’s Shoppe of Beauty seven years ago, she had no idea that today she would be able to cultivate a community space and have such a big brand.  Sydney, 30, became a cosmetologist after deciding against nursing school. She completed an apprenticeship at D’Allens in Columbus and eventually made her own

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  • County employees will get 3% Cost-of-Living raise

    County employees will get 3% Cost-of-Living raise

    The Russell County Commission regular session on Wednesday was short, followed by a budget hearing held for discussion of the county’s budget. Appropriations were decided, but the final budget is still being worked out and will be voted on after the next regular session on Sept. 23. The big news is that the commission voted

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  • New mural for Russell County

    New mural for Russell County

    For months the Russell County Commission has been working on stages of approval for a mural that will be painted on the west wall of the Russell County Annex building, which is occupied by the Extension agency and the Russell County Board of Education and is located across from the Judicial Building, formerly the old

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  • Marian Carcache: Lane cake is a point of pride in Alabama

    Marian Carcache: Lane cake is a point of pride in Alabama

    My aunt posted a recipe for Lane Cake on Facebook this week, reviving memories from my childhood. My grandmother used to make Lane cakes, but I wasn’t a fan of cake when I was a child, so I don’t think I ever ate a slice. I certainly have never baked a Lane Cake, and after

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