• History: Michael Jackson had ties to 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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  • Opening up about suicide: Russell County student tells of his own suffering

    Last month, Russell County High senior Stephan Smith was named Student of the Quarter by the Exchange Club of Phenix City. In his speech, Stephan shared his personal story about his struggle with suicide. He agreed to share his story here in an effort to help others hurting in his community.  “The speech was for

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  • Suicides increasing for ages 15-24

    According to a report published in June by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Suicides are on the rise. In 2017, there were more than 6,200 suicides in people age 15-24. Suicide ranked as the second-leading cause of death for that age group, preceded only by automobile accidents. Young people oftentimes haven’t yet

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  • 2018 Vaccination Certificates: Wacoochee Elementary reported as third highest in state for missing certificates, now cleared

    This year, Americans saw a surge in Measles across the country, a scourge of childhood that had been almost eradicated until the recent “anti-vax” movement allowed for its resurgence. Luckily, Alabama hasn’t had any reported cases of measles. However, that could change if there are still parents in Alabama refusing to vaccinate their children.  According

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  • Hurtsboro resident buys The City Grill

    Founded in 1857, Hurtsboro is a small community in East Alabama, located just off Hwy 26 about 10 miles west from Hwy 431 near Seale, Ala. At last count in 2017, there were just 580 residents.  In March of 2018, tragedy struck Hurtsboro when 64-year-old Walter Thomas opened fire in the City Grill and Café,

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  • Crisis Center holds fund raiser for shelter

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Crisis Center of Russell County is hosting a fund raiser.   Acting executive director Theri Brooks said this event is important because it raises much needed money for the shelter and the organization.  The first Night of Celebration will be held Oct. 17 and will honor Lynn

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