Sponsored by Russell County Cattlemen;s Association at Crawford Market Days
Victor Cross received a proclamation from Russell County Commission Chair Peggy Martin for nearly 30 years of service as the Phenix City/Russell County Chamber of Commerce President. Victor retired from that post as of December 31, 2017. At the same December 13 meeting, Victor was hired as the new Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Russell County. His new job begins January 2, 2018.
Supported by his family and his community, Money Powell IV began his boxing career in 2011 quickly ascending to the top of his game; ranking No.1 in the United States and entering the professional ring in 2017. He is now training and attending Columbus State University, preparing for life inside and outside of the boxing arena.
The Russell County Commission congratulates Money Powell IV, his family and coaches, for his outstanding and remarkable achievements, and; would like to encourage him to continue on his championship mission.
A far cry from the snow days of mid-January…the sun came out and the temperature rose a touch above 70; just in time for the Grand Opening of the Fort Mitchell Playground. The Fort Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department served up some excellent hot dogs and burgers while youngsters tested the new equipment. The playground, situated along HWY165 in the front yard of the FMVFD/ Fort Mitchell Community Center, was constructed in late January in not so clement weather by the Russell County Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers county-wide. A grant from Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development, submitted by Russell County Commissioner Cattie Epps, covered the cost of the materials. The FMVFD leased the property without cost to the county for the park site.
Russell County Probate Judge Alford Harden helps Ayden Hoskins, age 5, take a turn on the zip-line; while Russell County Commissioner Cattie Epps gives Ayden a big high-five for his first ride on the new zip-line at the Grand Opening of the Fort Mitchell Playground. Once Ayden got the idea, he got Josiah Riley, age 6, on the ride. Jaxson Cox, 18 months, shares a hot dog with grandma and mom after a quick slide on the new equipment and Ava Aurigema, age 2, brought her painted rocks for other kids to find and post on Facebook. Alise, 10, and nine-year- old Jasmine Vazquez reach new heights as they test-drive the swings with a little help from dad.
Family Fun Day 2018
After over 25 years of
Staff Sergeant Gregory Thomas (center) received a Proclamation from the Russell County Commission, upon his retirement. Staff Sgt.Thomas has served at the Russell County Jail under two Sheriff's Administrations, Thomas F. Boswell and Heath D. Taylor(left). His colleagues in corrections and Russell County deputies joined him in celebration.
Justus Armstrong and Carsen Storey, representing the Alabama Youth Infrastructure Coalition receive a resolution from the Russell County Commission asking for support from Alabama Legislators and the local delegation for the Interstate 14 Highway extension. Both are students at Auburn University.
I-14 is a major interstate that will run from Meridian, Texas, to Augusta. The first 25-mile stretch officially opened on Jan. 26, 2017, near Killeen, Texas, and Fort Hood.
Breakfast was served as were some high school students in Russell County.
Willie J. McCoy, Cynthia McKinney and Russell County Commissioner Larry Screws joined the Fraternal Order of the Police Marcus Bruce Lee Lodge#14 at the Fletcher McCollister American Legion Post 135 for fellowship, “the best pancakes ever” and a little something “ BeYond Expectations.”
Local Candidates, Judge Alford Harding and Circuit Court Clerk Jody Sellers, provided sponsorship; the American Legion gave the time, kitchen and dining area; FOP members hunted, gathered, cooked and served; Retired Sgt. Ricky Lawrence won a 32-inch flat-screen and the S&M Russell County Scholarship Fund-a part of BeYond Expectations Community Outreach- received a check for $250.00.
BeYond Expectations Community Outreach is a non-profit organization designed and created in 2010 to assist low income families in Russell County. The B.E. goal is to “advocate and bring public awareness to the issues of hunger, encourage self-sufficiency, restore and empower individuals to reach their full potential;” through programs and services such as the S&M scholarship fund. The organization has a website: beyondexpectaionsoutreach.weebly.com and a Facebook page. The BeYond Expectations Community Outreach office is located in Hurtsboro at the Marian Wright-Edelman Center; 403 Red Fox Drive; 36880. Please call 334-520-7774 for more information and how you can help.