Friday, August 22 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:37:37 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -
Even though this winter storm is not hitting east Alabama has hard as the one two weeks ago, officials in Lee County are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws their way.
"We knew when we had the first set of snow days there was a potential for more so we're very grateful that the governor declared its a state of emergency so we can apply for those days to be forgiven, we don't make those up," says Opelika City Schools Public Relations Coordinator Becky Brown.
Officials from Opelika City Schools met with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency Wednesday afternoon to track the storm system and due the icy roads Opelika City Schools will be closed Thursday.
"It's complicated because you have to think about the kids and the parents that work. You have to think about feeding the kids lunch. So we just want to make sure we make the best decision. The up most concern is that safety of all the children," says Brown.
Just like the school systems, safety is the top priority for City officials and they are prepared to work overtime when the weather gets rough.
The City of Auburn postponed its third Downtown Master Plan Meeting that was originally set for Tuesday night to a date that has not yet been released, but as of now all other city services are scheduled as planned.
"I don't think we expect necessarily more than one interesting weather storm event every year because of how far south we are, but public works is ready. They have the 170 ton of sand they needed to put down last time and they are ready this time," explains City of Auburn Public Relations Director, David Dorton.
Officials are urging people to turn to social media in these questionable times.
Facebook and Twitter are constantly being updated as well as the Opelika City Schools app, available for Iphone and Android.
"It just helps us to see it travel and to know people are sharing the information about the schools closing. We feel like it's a little more immediate than maybe it has been in the past," explains Brown, "So it's a positive avenue for us to communicate with our parents and our families."