Alabama's Nick Saban featured in voter registration spots
The Alabama Secretary of State's Office is kicking off their voter registration and identification efforts Sept. 1 with a campaign that features Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn. Informational videos featuring the coaches will be played on the jumbotron at Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant Denny Stadium, while posters will be available at local Board of Registrar Offices and mobile units where citizens are registering to vote. “We have been very fortunate to secure the services of Coach Saban and Coach Malzahn as we try to improve voter registration and participation in the state of Alabama,” said Secretary John H. Merrill. in a press release. “Our goal is to encourage involvement within the electoral process. We want every person who is eligible to vote, as a citizen of Alabama, to have the privilege to do so.”
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Alabama's Nick Saban featured in voter registration spots
From Hockey to Harleys: Volunteers help philanthropist bring Christmas spirit to sick kids at hospital
Preschoolers' service project brightens local park, gives people a way to fend off cold temps
Who needs ham or turkey for the holidays, when you can have "A Tuna Christmas"
Police respond to armed robbery at BP station
Tarr offers no apologies, only explanation of how he fatally shot his neighbor
Murder suspect was involved in illegal gun sale with victim before shooting, police say
Man pleads not guilty to shooting innocent Columbus woman in revenge killing
Thousands line streets for annual Christmas Parade
Attorney elated for client, client's family after not guilty verdicts
Watch as verdict is read in Oakland Park murder trial
Defendant in murder trial takes the stand, says the victim had a gun
For seventeen years, Wanda Amos has brought gifts and joy to children hospitalized at Columbus Regional's Midtown Medical Center during the holidays. In years past, her elves on these visits were coaches and players from the Columbus Cottonmouths, the hockey team she and husband Shelby Amos owned and operated. The Cottonmouths ceased operations earlier this year. Amos then reached out to Scott Ressmeyer and the Miracle Riders to join her for this year's Christmas visit to the hospital.
Two Springer favorites continue this year what has become a holiday tradition for residents of the Chattahoochee Valley.Actors and comedians Jim Pharr and Ben Redding star in the Springer's 2017 production of "A Tuna Christmas." Pharr and Redding play all 24 citizens of Tuna, Texas, a fictional Texas town that struggles each year with a disastrous production of “A Christmas Carol,” has yard displays vandalized by a mysterious Christmas Phantom, and has a Humane Society filled with iguanas, coyotes, sheep and myna birds. An estimated 60,000 patrons have seen "A Tuna Christmas" at the Springer through the years. This year's run kicks off December 14.
Three and four-year-old children from the St. Paul Preschool at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, escorted by their parents and teachers, made the short walk from the church to Lakebottom Park Monday morning to tie scarves onto the railing of the bridge near the playground during their Second Annual "Hanging Out at the Bridge" event. Nearly 32 children in the classes have been collecting scarves since the fall leave at the bridge. A sign encourages anyone who needs one to simply take one. The school's motto is "If you think that our hands are full, you should see our hearts."
Combat veteran Timothy Tarr recounted how he shot neighbor Alcides Washington, and recalled his bloody experiences while serving overseas, and how that affected his reaction to Washington’s turning toward him with a paintball gun on May 24, 2016, after Tarr ordered him to quit shooting it. After his account, Chief Assistant District Attorney Al Whitaker questioned Tarr's account. This is an excerpt of his questioning.
Thomas Joseph Meade, 25, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty in Columbus Recorder's Court during a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Meade is charged with one count of murder in the death of Dieondre Murphy, 19. These are excerpts from remarks made by defense attorney Shevon Thomas, who represented Meade during the hearing.
Adrian Harris,30, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Columbus Recorder's Court to charges stemming from a Sept. 30 drive-by shooting that took the life of Takelia Johnson near Ewart Avenue. Harris,30, faces one count each of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. These are excerpts of an interview with Michael Eddings, the defense attorney who represented Harris during the hearing.
Here's a video montage from Saturday's 2017 Bi-City Christmas Parade through Columbus and Phenix City. The music is performed by the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band and the Central High School Red Devil Regiment from Phenix City's Central High School.
The jury reached a verdict early Friday afternoon in the murder trial of Gary Lee Jones Jr., charged in Robert Earl Bolden’s Nov. 5, 2014 fatal shooting on Riverland Avenue in Columbus’ Oakland Park community. Jones was found not guilty on all charges, which included malice or deliberate murder, felony murder for allegedly killing Bolden while committing the felony of armed robbery, armed robbery and using a gun to commit a crime. Michael Eddings, Jones' defense attorney, spoke with the media after the verdicts came in. These are excerpts from his comments.
The jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of Gary Lee Jones Jr., charged in Robert Earl Bolden’s Nov. 5, 2014 fatal shooting on Riverland Avenue in Columbus’ Oakland Park community. Jones was found not guilty on all charges, which included malice or deliberate murder, felony murder for allegedly killing Bolden while committing the felony of armed robbery, armed robbery and using a gun to commit a crime.Jurors deliberated about three hours before announcing they had a verdict at 1:15 p.m.
Gary Lee Jones Jr. took the stand Thursday morning to testify on his own behalf. Jones is facing murder charges in connection with the Nov. 5, 2014 shooting death of Robert Earl Bolden outside the Riverwind Apartments. This is an excerpt of Jones' testimony. Jones testified that Bolden "tussled" with Adrian Devon Patterson,26, that he saw Bolden with a silver gun, heard a gun shot, but did not see the actual shooting.
Detective Jeff Bridges said he asked his twin brother Joe, a patrol officer, to help track down a white Geo Prism witnesses reported seeing Nov. 5, 2014, at Riverwind Apartments in Columbus’ Oakland Park area, where Robert Earl Bolden fatally was shot shortly after noon.
Two shootings in Phenix City left one man dead Wednesday and another injured just west of 10th Avenue on Fourth Street South, police said.
A unidentified man who appeared to be in his early 20s was pronounced dead of a gunshot to the head at 4:19 p.m. at the scene, Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said. His body will be sent to the Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery, Ala. on Thursday. Sumbry said his office is trying to get in touch with relatives to identify the man.
We caught up with Toni Losonsky, Samantha Whitehead, and Lindzee Jones as they added ornaments Tuesday afternoon to a Christmas tree representing both Twelfth Street Deli & Catering Company and The Speakeasy. The tree is among those featured at this year's Uptown Tree Trail, a display of live Christmas trees in the Broadway median in downtown Columbus. The event is organized by Columbus State University’s Servant Leadership program and hosted by Uptown Columbus. Trees are purchased and decorated by local businesses, organizations, groups or families, with this year's proceeds going to Warrior Outreach. The Uptown Tree Trail kicks off on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. and closes on January 2.
The murder trial for a man charged in a 2014 fatal shooting in Columbus started Tuesday morning. Gary Lee Jones Jr.,25,is one of two suspects charged in the Nov. 5, 2014 fatal shooting of Robert Earl Bolden outside the Riverwind Apartments in Columbus. The case against codefendant Adrian Devon Patterson,26, was severed, so he will be tried separately later. The indictment charges Jones and Patterson with malice or deliberate murder, felony murder for allegedly killing Bolden while committing the felony of aggravated assault, and aggravated assault. Jones is charged also with using a gun to commit a crime. These are excerpts from the argument made by Michael Eddings, the defense attorney representing Jones.
The Old Russell County Courthouse in Seale, Alabama was built in 1868 and is known by many as the site of the annual Labor Day Fair. Many don't know it's available to rent for events and includes an elevator, handicap accessible event room, full kitchen and a ballroom large enough for a reception of 200. You can find out more by calling (334) 298-7979.