Montgomery historian Mary Ann Neeley passes

Aug 30, 2018
Alabama news network

   She was considered a treasure in Montgomery. The capital city’s official historian, Mary Ann Neeley has passed away. The Landmarks Foundation, which she directed for many years, made the announcement yesterday. Neeley’s knowledge of Montgomery was vast and revered. She wrote several books on local history. She was 85. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Labor Day Classic and Inauguration Week is here

Aug 27, 2018
alabama state athletics

   It is finally here. Labor Day Classic Week has begun at Alabama State University. A special added component this year is the inauguration of the school’s 15th president, Dr. Quinton Ross. A full slate of events for the week kicked off over the weekend with the First Family Luncheon at the John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom Sunday. Tonight, in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome, ASU’s SGA President will be sworn in. A fun event taking place later this week is the National Alumni Association Labor Day Golf Classic. The inauguration of Dr.

Hyles Files: Backing Out

Aug 23, 2018

   All of Alabama State University’s home football games will air on HBCU Gameday this season. The two entities have announced a partnership that will allow the network to broadcast the four games, starting with the Labor Day Classic against Tuskegee on September 1st. It’s the same network that aired the Black and Gold spring game in April. HBCU Gameday is available on Amazon Fire TV and on Facebook. Kickoff for the Labor Day Classic is set for 5pm. Season tickets and single game tickets are on sale now. For more ticket information call 334-229-4551 or visit Bama-State-Sports-dot-com.

Fire forces BTW students to make temporary move

Aug 20, 2018
alabama news network

   Work is in full swing to get Hayneville Road School ready to take in students from Booker T. Washington – which lost part of its campus to fire this weekend. Montgomery Public School Officials say BTW’s Building C was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the school’s more than 400 students will face a temporary re-location. Classes for those students have been cancelled this week so that preparations can be made to house the students at the previously closed Hayneville Road School. That campus is set to open August 27th.

WVAS to air Aretha Franklin Tribute

Aug 17, 2018

WVAS-FM 90.7 will air "Some Respect For Aretha". A one hour tribute to the Queen of Soul who passed away on August 16 at the age of 76. The program, produced and hosted by Paul Ingles will feature a panel of music writers and commentators that will include, Ann Powers of NPR Music, writer and educator Rob Bowman, writer Ashley Kahn, writer and musician John Kruth and public radio host Gwen Thompkins. The program will also feature many of Franklin's legendary performances. The program airs Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m. and a rebroadcast can be heard Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m.

Alabama's unemployment rate is holding steady.  State officials said the July jobless rate was 4.1 percent, mirroring June’s rate.

It is higher than the national unemployment rate of 3.9 percent; the Alabama Department of Labor says the number of people working is at a record high, citing more than 2.1 million people are now working in the state.

Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, followed by Cullman County at 3.5 percent.

Wilcox County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent. Clarke County followed at 9.1 percent.

   It’s been a deadly week on Central Alabama roadways. Three more people were killed over the last two days. On Wednesday, State Troopers say a pedestrian was hit by an SUV on U-S Highway 82 in Bullock County. It happened at around 11 pm approximately six miles east of Union Springs. The man was taken to a local hospital but died a short time later. He’s been identified as 39 year old Charles Demetrius Black of Union Springs. The driver of the vehicle was injured. State Troopers continue to investigate.


Mayor presents budget to city council

Aug 8, 2018

   For the first time, Montgomery’s proposed budget has reached 250 million dollars. That’s according to Mayor Todd Strange, who presented the budget, along with an address, at last night’s city council meeting. In discussing the 2019 general fund budget, the mayor trumpeted several accomplishments for Montgomery in the last year including the F-35 fighter jet coming to the city; tourism in the city setting new records; the Montgomery Internet Exchange’s continued growth; library improvements and employment gains.

Hyles Files - What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Aug 2, 2018