• Schools update graduation plans as gathering guidelines ease

    Schools update graduation plans as gathering guidelines ease

    After Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey eased gathering guidelines last week, local schools had the chance to revamp graduation ceremonies.  Originally, Russell County High was scheduled to have a drive-in graduation. On May 13, the district released a new plan. Russell County High School seniors will enjoy a more traditional sit-down graduation ceremony on June 6

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  • History: Phenix City’s most dedicated servant and father of doctors

    History: Phenix City’s most dedicated servant and father of doctors

    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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  • Red snapper season begins May 22

    Red snapper season begins May 22

    MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Red snapper fishing season begins next weekend on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said red snapper season will begin Friday. The season will consist of four-day weekends, Friday through Monday, from May 22 to July 19. Anglers fishing from federally permitted for-hire boats have

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  • Phenix City Schools not sure what opening in August will look like yet

    Phenix City Schools not sure what opening in August will look like yet

    Phenix City Schools Superintendent Randy Wilkes posted a stakeholder presentation to YouTube on Monday morning.  Wilkes said the school system has had a lot of success this year, the first being receiving its first A on the state report card and being selected as the most improved out of 138 other school systems in Alabama.

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  • Local farmers struggle to survive

    Local farmers struggle to survive

    Bill Lowery, 65, is a fourth generation farmer. He is retired, but he still manages his cattle farm, timber farm, and serves as President of the Russell County Farmers’ Federation. He weighed in on how the pandemic and the shutdown has affected local farming.  “Farmers are going about their business, because they can’t stop,” Lowery

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  • Fresh produce boxes available

    Fresh produce boxes available

    The season for fresh, colorful produce is here, and it’s never been a better time to make new recipes at home. With that in mind, Nellie’s Fried Pies in Phenix City is offering fresh produce boxes for $21.  Angela Vollmer, owner of Nellie’s Fried Pies, began working with Quality Produce in Opelika a few weeks

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