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We go to the polls May 24 to cast our votes in the primary election. This means that we will be casting our vote to narrow down the two candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot in November. When you visit the polls in two wee…

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is incredibly grateful for the support of the community in Phenix City and Russell County this year. Because of an amazing effort from our Alabama-based businesses, foundations, individual donors, and ou…

We are now close to the two-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hospitals have weathered four surges of overwhelming numbers of patients with COVID-19 and, unfortunately, we are now seeing a fifth surge associated with…

School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision-making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children…

Miss Phenix City is back, and the sparkles will drop this weekend with the first event. The Little Miss Phenix City competition will be at Golden Acres Baptist Church on Saturday. Categories for the competition include Baby, Toddler, Tiny, Li…

This is the first week of November, and one thing I love about this time of the year is reading the thankfulness posts on social media. With Thanksgiving coming up later this month, people challenge themselves to post what they’re thankful fo…

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Smiths Station was incorporated on June 22, 2001. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, but the city is celebrating its birthday this weekend. There is a lot of fun to be had, and certainly a lot of people to attend the events.  I grew up …

The annual Alabama Press Association Media Awards were announced recently. This year, 54 publications submitted 1,852 editorial entries. The Citizen competed in the awards against similar community newspapers across the state and won 14 award…

Earlier this week, I was looking back on opinion pieces I wrote last year. It was March of last year that everything changed for us. We have never had someone tell us where we could or couldn’t go as free citizens, and all of a sudden, busine…

Going into what will have been almost a year of completely unprecedented times, this year’s legislative session is sure to be different – yet, safe, of course. However, even with the differences surrounding this upcoming session, I am most lo…

As you know on Jan. 28, the Phenix City Council will be holding our eighth State of the City Address for our outstanding citizens.  Since I’ve been Mayor, this has always been one of the highlights for me and the other council members to pres…

For years, Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe and the city council have been hosting an annual meeting to inform citizens of what’s been going on the last year in government.  The State of the City address has been a time when citizens can ask ques…

On Tuesday, more than 21,000 Russell County residents visited the polls. You all braved the cold, the long lines, and quite likely making small talk with line neighbors while still being socially distant. And now it’s over. No more social med…

It’s the Presidential election. It’s the Congressional election. It’s the local election. On Tuesday, it’s Americans’ patriotic duty to vote. It matters every time we get the opportunity to elect a president. But local elections directly affe…

It’s good to live in a small community. East Alabama has a lot of people, but it’s still considered a small community compared to much of the country. It’s more rural. It’s nice. And the best part is people know each other.  I was raised in E…

Alabama is still lagging behind in the responses for the 2020 Census. At best, approximately 57 percent of Alabamians have filled out the form. In 2010, 72 percent of the state filled out the census. Many people probably wonder why the census…

Alabama is opening, and I couldn’t be happier about it. For months, residents have had to shelter in place, stay at home, and watch local businesses lose money. There are some that will probably never recover. Local businesses make up the fab…

During what has been dubbed by social media as “corona quarantine,” we’re getting information from all kinds of sources. There are more articles circulating on Facebook about COVID-19 than I care to count. Some of them are good, informative a…

Two weeks ago, I refused to write about the corona virus that has circled the globe. I read reports from local and national news outlets, scientists, and more only to decide for our newspaper that I didn’t want to fuel panic. Besides, everyon…

Dear Editor, Thank you to the Citizen of East Alabama for the wonderful spread of articles that your paper ran just prior to the First Annual Festival of the Arts presented by our Phenix City Schools on Feb. 1, 2020. Your cover and several pa…