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If you like oysters, raw or otherwise, you’re not alone. Archaeologists tell us that huge mounds of oyster shells have been found at various locations along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, indicating that indigenous peoples from hundreds or thousands of years ago liked oysters a long time before you d…

Stamp Idea Group’s newest addition to the creative team, Ashley Reid, is also the 2021 ADDY® Awards Student Designer of the Year. In addition to the coveted Student Designer of the Year Award, Miss Reid also took home a total of six ADDY® Awards in the Student Division for the American Adver…

Former Editor of The Montgomery Independent and The Millbrook Independent, Art Parker, was recently recognized for his contributions to journalism and his community. Parker was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Zelda Road in late September 2020. He died due to his injuries on No…

On Monday, April 5, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate presented a check to Elmore County Schools for the Alabama Farm to School meal reimbursement program. In 2020, the Alabama legislature approved $120,000 in the state budget specifically for the Farm to School meal reimb…

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GROTON, Conn. – An accomplished submariner is not uncommon in the world’s finest Navy. Earning one’s dolphins. Achieving the rank of chief. Some even do it in record-setting time. But one North Dakota sailor did it all... on the same boat.

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This year has been hard for educators all over the state due to the pandemic. That’s why Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) came up with the idea to spread a little joy by donating cookies to schools. After all, what better way to create a moment of joy for hard-working teachers than wit…

Wetumpka, AL - In cooperation with the City of Wetumpka, Main Street Wetumpka will be hosting its first Community Market of the year this Thursday, April 1, 2021, downtown. This event will take place the first Thursday of each month through November from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Community Market …

The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum invites everyone from around the River Region and Central Alabama to visit the Zoo during the month of April to experience Zoo Weekend’s new format - Zoo Weekend with a twist. Zoo Weekend is going to be held over four Saturdays in April (A…

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Huntingdon College sophomore John Samuel Cason of Boaz, Alabama, was named the recipient of the 2021 Annual Research Frontiers Symposium Outstanding Student Award in Poster Presentation earlier this week. The award, sponsored by the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics…

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Faulkner University announced former Vice President of the United States The Honorable Michael R. Pence as the speaker for this year’s Faulkner Annual Benefit Dinner during a press conference held on last week. Faulkner President Mike Williams revealed the news on Montgomery’s campus.

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You may not have heard much about it lately, but plans are moving forward with the water park project in downtown Montgomery. The park, which the Montgomery County Commission is calling the “Montgomery Whitewater Project,” is to be located on 120 acres on the Alabama River adjacent to Inters…

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The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) on Thursday announced the establishment of the Dean B. Albritton Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was created in memory of Dean Albritton, an Elmore, Alabama resident, who passed away on December 16, 2020.

For more than 45 years, Richard C. “Dickey” Whitaker has been known as “the doctors’ man” around the Alabama Legislature. Legislators knew if a bill involved health care or especially medical care delivery in Alabama, the Medical Association — and its chief lobbyist Dickey Whitaker — would h…

On March 17, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued IR-2021-59, which provides for an automatic extension of the filing and payment date for individual 2020 income tax returns from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS release specifically stated that the relief does not apply to esti…

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Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., executive airport director of the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM), has been recognized as a “Mover and Shaper” in the city of Montgomery by Business Alabama Magazine. Business Alabama covers large and small business throughout the state and across sectors, from th…

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Last week, Beasley Allen’s Cole Portis presented a donation to John Gibbons, state director of the Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), during the organization's Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tournament. Beasley Allen is sponsoring the Alabama FCA’s “Message from the Mound,” a…

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    The natural fluctuations in the housing market, together with the pandemic have created a seller’s market in real estate. That means that buyers seeking to get the best possible deal need to be on their game.

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You have got to be a bit on in age for this, but do you remember Zelda?  Did you ever meet her?  Believe me, if you had, you would not forget her!  She was Montgomery’s Zelda Sayer, later known as Zelda Fitzgerald after her marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Hers is a tragic story.  She tried…

Palomar Insurance is pleased to announce the addition of Reese Smith, III to their expanding sales team Account Executive, specializing in the transportation industry. His in-depth knowledge of trucking insurance and personalized service will help our clients understand their company’s risks…

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Birmingham, Al - YWCA Central Alabama announces DaShana Jelks' appointment as the organization's Chief Financial Officer. Jelks is responsible for financial planning and management to support the YW's mission. Jelks brings to YWCA Central Alabama more than 28 years of public, governmental, a…

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The path to success requires a guide and planning is required for an endeavor to bear fruit. This metaphor is given substance in a new documentary about Montgomery’s Valiant Cross Academy. The feature length documentary Fruit, It Takes a Village to Save Lives tells the story of how the power…

River Bank & Trust Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Stubbs is pleased to announce Polly Hardegree's promotion to Montgomery County President. Hardegree, an Executive Vice President and the bank's Wealth Management/Retail Banking Manager, is part of the bank’s 2006 founding team. She has spe…

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At the February 16 Montgomery City Council meeting Mayor Steven Reed reported that despite the drop in Lodging Tax income, Montgomery’s income growth from Sales and Use, Gas, and Alcohol Taxes have finished the first year of Covid with modest but significant gains.

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The Board of Directors of the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives has named Karl G. Rayborn (right in photo) as its new President and CEO. Rayborn, who had been serving as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at AREA, will replace retiring President and CEO Fred…