• From home and Beyond: Designer has local roots

    From home and Beyond: Designer has local roots

    Artist. Entrepreneur. Father. Athlete. All these words and more describe Jireh Léon, the creative mind behind a clothing line featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies emblazoned with his designs. Léon was born in South Carolina but spent his formative years in Phenix City and Smiths Station. Until the fourth grade, Léon went to school in the

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  • History: Phenix City was not first city placed under martial law in Russell County

    History: Phenix City was not first city placed under martial law in Russell County

    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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  • Phenix City Council: Bridgewater project hits snag

    Phenix City Council: Bridgewater project hits snag

    The city of Phenix City held their regularly scheduled council work session on Oct. 5, 2020.  Council member Vicky Johnson led the invocation after Mayor Eddie Lowe called the session to order. The prayer expressed concern for City Clerk Melony Lee and her family. During the scheduled council meeting, a motion will be called for

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  • Phenix City discourages trick-or-treating

    Phenix City discourages trick-or-treating

    In a statement released last week, the City of Phenix City made the recommendation to avoid door to door trick-or-treating this Halloween.  The statement said the city is following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, which states “Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways

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  • Business Spotlight: Mel and Abe’s: barbershop, political hub

    Business Spotlight: Mel and Abe’s: barbershop, political hub

    Mel Long is more than a barber. He’s a community activist and his shop, Mel and Abe’s Barbershop, is the place to be for political conversations and voter registration.  Long got his start cutting hair when he was 13 years old. “My dad started me off when I was 13. I’ll be 69 next month.

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  • Dr. White retires from Troy University

    Dr. White retires from Troy University

    Dr. David White has spent the last 10 years leading Phenix City’s Troy University campus as its Vice Chancellor. He officially retired last week from the position. He spent 24 years with the university, but his time as the Vice Chancellor allowed him to get involved in the community in a way that he loved. 

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