• Editorial: No Flowers Column

    Editorial: No Flowers Column

    The Citizen of East Alabama made a decision not to run the column submitted this week from Steve Flowers concerning Phenix City’s past. The reason for the omission – too many inaccurate statements about our community’s history. Many of you have probably read Steve Flowers’ column online in one of the other newspapers that chose

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  • Editorial: School spirit and where to purchase it

    Editorial: School spirit and where to purchase it

    Heading into Walmart in Phenix City over the weekend, I saw end caps with school merchandise for Smiths Station, Central, and Russell County. I may be out of the loop on this one since I use Grocery Pickup every other week, and I really have no idea how long the merch has been there.  There

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  • Editorial: Citizen brings home four more awards

    Editorial: Citizen brings home four more awards

    The annual Alabama Press Association Summer Convention was held last weekend at Perdido Beach Resort. Throughout the weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with publishers from newspapers all across the state to learn what they’re doing at their own publications. The classes were fantastic, and I brought home ways to improve our own news

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  • Editorial: Young professionals invited to YEAP

    Editorial: Young professionals invited to YEAP

    Calling all young professionals! The East Alabama Chamber of Commerce recently formed YEAP!  – the Young East Alabama Professionals – and yes, you say it as a high-pitched call.  Why does forming a 20s to 40s group of professionals matter? It matters because this is the age group that can get left behind the quickest

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  • Citizen wins 17 Media Awards

    Citizen wins 17 Media Awards

    Writing stories about this community is a wonderful job and responsibility. It’s interesting each and every day. But this time of the year with the announcement of the Alabama Press Association Media Awards, we get to see how we stacked up against newspapers across the state.  This year, The Citizen of East Alabama won 17

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  • Editorial: Is it time for our own conference center?

    Editorial: Is it time for our own conference center?

    Phenix City manager Wallace Hunter has an important question for the citizens of Phenix City: Is it time for us to build a hotel conference center in the city?  Hunter said he and other leaders in the city have been getting an increasing number of requests for more and larger event spaces. Many people, including

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