A little red tossle –headed boy visited Santa Claus in a big department store. He then went with his mom across the street to another store where Santa was also listening to Christmas wishes. “Santa Claus is dumb,” the little boy told his mom. “I had just told him what I wanted for Christmas and […]
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I was nine years old. It was Christmastime and there was magic in the air. I had written my letter to Sandy Claus and, since Mama said I’d been “borderline” good, I was hopeful of getting the BB gun I’d seen in the window of the Western Auto Store and a zillion BBs to go […]
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Mary Rhodes Finlay February 4, 1931 – December 12, 2022 Mrs. Mary Rhodes Finlay passed away peacefully on December 12, 2022 at the age of 91 after a battle with cancer. She was born in Spring Hill, AL to parents Oris G. Rhodes and Mavis R. Rhodes. She moved to Goshen AL after high school […]
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Rep. Marcus Paramore (R-Troy) attended New Member Orientation at the Alabama Legislature this week where he participated in informational meetings on a variety of topics including the budget process and the logistical processes of filing and advancing legislation. “The New Member Orientation was a fantastic opportunity to for us to get up to date information […]
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The No. 24-ranked Troy Trojans (12-2) capped off an eye-popping turnaround season with an 18-12 win over the No. 25-ranked UTSA Roadrunners (11-3) in the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 16. Despite struggling for much of the game offensively, the Trojan defense – which has been the heart and soul […]
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Staff Reports According to a release from Troy Fire Chief Michael Stephens, the Troy Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the morning of Friday, Dec. 16. The Pike County Communications District received a call at 8:55 a.m. on Dec. 16 for a reported structure fire located at the 700 block of U.S. Highway […]
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By Savanah Weed Nearly 250 student-produced films from across the country were submitted to the Second Annual YellowHammer Film Festival hosted by Troy University. The community is invited to attend the free, day-long festival and film screenings, on Saturday, Dec. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. According to Festival Director and design professor Chris Stagl, the concept behind […]
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The Charles Henderson Trojans and Lady Trojans hit the road on Thursday night and both teams picked up basketball wins over the Pike Road Patriots and Lady Patriots. The girls team earned a 50-39 win, holding the Lady Patriots to single digit scoring in three of the four quarters. The Lady Trojans took a 15-14 […]
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The Troy Exchange Club has long been known for its support of the Troy community and beyond. On Wednesday, Donna Jones, club president, and the club members welcomed Kaylee Green, Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center director, and Erin Turner, forensic interview specialist, to its lunch meeting. Green expressed appreciation to the Troy Exchange Club for […]
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The Pike Medical Foundation presented Troy Regional Medical Center with $70,000 from the 2022 Virtual Balloon Launch to use for the replacement of surgical laparoscopic instrumentation in the hospital’s surgical services area. Since 2013, the 501(c)(3) foundation has raised and contributed more than $500,000 to Troy Regional. Funds are used for specific services that enable […]
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Christmas is many things. It’s the birth of the Christ Child, Santa Claus and The Grinch. Christmas is fir trees, gaily wrapped presents, fruit cake, eggnog and company coming. But Christmas also has a quiet side – stories told, marshmallows roasting on an open fire, candles burning and songs sung. And, it was the quiet […]
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Enterprise High School senior Taylor Danford announced her commitment to the Troy University softball team on Dec. 14. Danford announced her decision on social media. The Enterprise shortstop/third basemen is entering her senior season at EHS and comes into the 2023 season holding a .396 batting average with a .461 on-base percentage in 47 games […]
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The Troy Trojans (5-5) women’s basketball team throttled the LaGrange College Panthers (5-4) on Wednesday by a score of 114-49 at home. Troy came out swinging, opening up on a 10-0 run and led 40-8 going into the second quarter. The Trojans led 63-22 at halftime and never let off the gas, outscoring LaGrange 51-27 […]
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On Friday night, the Sheila Jackson and Friends Christmas Concert at the Claudia Crosby Theater welcomed Christmas with songs, with music, with dancing and in the “wonderful spirit of community.” “The Christmas concert brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life,” Jackson said. “Christmas is such a special time of year […]
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The City of Troy invites shoppers to wrap up their Christmas shopping at the city’s “Last Minute Shopping Event” from 1 until 5 p.m. Sunday, December 18. In downtown Troy, there is something for everyone on every shopper’s list, said Leigh Anne Windham, Troy community development director. “And as a shopping bonus, with every purchase […]
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With the regular season and conference championships in the rearview mirror, All-America teams have begun to be released and Troy senior linebacker Carlton Martial has already earned two All-American honors. Martial was named Pro Football Network (PFN) First-Team All-American and PFN Walk-On of the Year on Dec. 8. Then, on Dec. 13, Martial was named […]
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By Savanah Weed Troy University and Troy’s TrojanVision surprised Banks School journalism students with an early Christmas present Tuesday afternoon with the donation of multiple cameras and other broadcast equipment. TrojanVision TV Manager Aaron Taylor said he had the idea to donate the studio’s surplus equipment after LaToya Gay, a 17-year English teacher, reached out for […]
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The Pike County Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted Class 2A’s Abbeville on Tuesday night with both teams taking a home loss. The girls team kicked things off with a tough 39-34 loss with both teams struggling to score all night long. Abbeville shot just 24 percent from the field, while Pike County shot just 26 […]
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The Troy City Council unanimously passed a resolution at its Dec. 13 meeting to allow business licenses for medical cannabis dispensaries in the corporate limits of the City of Troy. The medicinal use of cannabis was legalized in the State of Alabama in 2021 through a bill passed in the Alabama legislature. Patients must be […]
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The Troy City Council honored the Alabama Legion World Series Champion Troy Post 70 Summer Baseball Team on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Troy Post 70 team was the first team from the State of Alabama to win the World Series Championship since 1967 and the first from Troy to ever do so. The Troy City […]
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The students of Troy University have been singing the song of champions all week as The Troy Football team won The Sun Belt Conference Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3, against The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers with a win of 45-26. After the team’s win, in a cloud of tears, excitement, and crimson, the student section […]
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In 1969, the Troy Messenger features a series of articles on “careers for women.” Here is one on Wilma Mullis and her career with her beauty salon. Occasionally a profession chooses a person rather than the person choosing the profession. In Mrs. Wilma Mullis case, the profession which chose her has provided a […]
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The Pike County Board of Education voted on Monday night to appoint Cathy Lott of Troy to the fill the board vacancy. Chris Wilkes, Pike County BOE president, nominated Lott for the Pike County Board of Education District 4 position left vacant following the November general election. Pike County BOE District 4 candidate Tony May […]
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The Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival will be back with a full complement of nationally acclaimed storytellers the last weekend in January and it will be full weekend of laughter mixed with a few salty, tender tears. The16th annual festival of stories will get off to supper and stories at the We Piddle Around Theater in […]
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The Johnson Center for the Arts’ ‘Christmas Tree from the Past” is beginning to look a lot like Christmas trees from times long ago. Every day, someone brings in an ornament from his or her childhood or one they have fashioned to look like an ornament remembered. The ornaments from the past most recently […]
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William Eugene Wright William Eugene Wright, age 66, died Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Troy Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 10 am from the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Blake Smith officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 […]
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Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Richard H. Boutwell, a 1991 Troy University alumnus, has been named the University’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement effective Jan. 1, 2023. Boutwell’s new role will include responsibility for governmental relations, development/alumni affairs, public affairs and strategic oversight of the University’s relationship with all branches of the military services. A […]
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The 2022 college football season comes to a close for the No. 24-ranked Troy Trojans (11-2) on Friday, Dec. 16, in Orlando, Fla., in the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl against the No. 25-ranked UTSA Roadrunners. The matchup between Troy and UTSA presents one of the most exciting matchups in all of college football for bowl […]
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On Tuesday, Dec. 13, law enforcement from around the area responded to a report of an active shooter at Charles Henderson High School but that report was false. Troy City Schools Superintendent Cynthia Thomas confirmed that the report was false and all students and faculty are safe at CHHS and that the school system is […]
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According to a release from Troy Fire Chief Michael Stephens, the Troy Fire Department responded to a structure fire on West Orange Street on Tuesday morning. The Pike County Communications District received a call about a structure fire in the 400 block of W. Orange Street in Troy at 8:53 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. […]
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While most Troy University seniors that are graduating at the end of the Fall semester will be walking across the stage on campus on Friday, Dec. 16, Troy’s football players will be battling UTSA in the Cure Bowl. Troy Football’s seniors won’t get the chance to walk across the stage on campus with their fellow […]
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The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots won their first basketball game as a part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association on Monday, Dec. 12, defeating Emmanuel Christian by a score of 50-35. The Patriots came out of the gates swinging, opening up a 15-10 lead in the first quarter, and took a 23-15 lead into […]
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Some rainy weather couldn’t dampen the groundbreaking ceremony held at the future site of Baumhower’s Victory Grille in Troy on Dec. 12. Members of the state government, Troy City Council, Pike County Commission, City of Troy employees, Pike County residents and representatives from Baumhower’s Victory Grille were all on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. “We […]
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Charles Henderson High School sophomore defensive end Zion Grady has committed to play in the 2025 All-American Bowl. The All-American Bowl is a high school football all-star game that features some of the top college recruits in the country, played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Over the last several years future NFL players […]
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After a three-game road stretch, that saw the Troy Trojans go 0-3, the Trojans (7-4) returned home to pick up an 87-64 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (3-7) on Dec. 10 by a score of 87-64. Tennessee Tech came out firing, scoring six straight points, to go up 6-0 early before the Trojans […]
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The Troy Trojans (4-5) women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-73 win over the Mercer Bears (3-6) on Saturday. The Trojans never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 20 points going into the fourth quarter when Mercer rallied to outscore Troy 30-20 in the final period to […]
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On Dec. 9, Montgomery Catholic quarterback Caleb McCreary and receiver Luke Harkless both announced their commitments to Troy University. Harkless is a Class of 2023 recruit, while McCreary is a member of the Class of 2024. McCreary, one of the top rated quarterbacks in his class, threw for 2,809 yards and an eye-popping 43 touchdowns […]
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The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association (ALBBAA) announced the launch of the 2022-2023 Big Buck Photo Contest this week. The photo contest, which takes place online, will run through Feb. 10, 2023, with any photo from the current hunting season – which began in November – being eligible for submission. “Hunters of all ages enjoy […]
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Each year, the Pike County Farm City Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce visits a farm or city business within the county as way strengthening the relationship between the rural and urban communities within Pike County. On Thursday, members of the Pike County Farm-City Committee visited KW Plastics Recycling Division in Troy as […]
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MALE Jayden Spearman Charles Henderson High School Spearman scored 50 points in two games this week, including a 27-point performance against Marbury. Spearman also scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished four assists, earned two blocks and two steals in a CHHS win over Carver-Montgomery. FEMALE Alyssa Sparks Goshen High School Sparks had a […]
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The Goshen High School boys and girls basketball teams hosted the Elba Tigers and Elba Lady Tigers on Thursday night with Elba picking up wins in both games. The Eagles led for much of the game but were outscored 15-7 in the final period to give the Tigers a 40-33 win. Szemerick Andrews scored eight […]
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This week, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) announced that it had reached an agreement for a 5-year extension with the City of Oxford and Jacksonville State University to continue hosting the AHSAA Baseball and Softball Championships. The AHSAA has played its State Softball Championships at Choccolocco Park in Oxford since 2021, while the […]
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The Troy Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at Northridge Mobile Home Park on Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to a news release from Troy Fire Chief Michael Stephens. According the release, the Pike County Communications District received a call about a fire at 4:22 p.m. on Dec. 7, located at 175 County Road […]
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Army Maj. Gen. Michael C. McCurry, the commander of Fort Rucker, will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 16. More than 800 students representing 25 states and 11 countries outside the United States will participate in the exercises that are slated for 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena. The event […]
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The groundbreaking for the new Troy Pediatric Clinic was held with a special ceremony in Troy on Thursday, Dec. 8. The pediatric clinic will begin construction soon on the corner of John H. Witherington Drive across from the First Cahawba Bank. The clinic will be the newest satellite clinic of the Dothan Pediatric Healthcare Network, […]
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On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Troy University football team earned the commitment of Georgia athlete Jordan Lovett. Lovett is a Statesboro, Ga., native that also holds offers from other schools like Liberty, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Massachusetts, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Jackson State, Tulane, The Citadel and Southern Illinois. Lovett announced […]
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On Dec. 3, Troy resident Ricky Albright III traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to compete in Johnsonville’s Titanium Tongsman Contest. Johnsonville selected two contestants – out of 100s of entrees across the country – to compete in the nationwide sausage recipe contest during SEC Championship weekend. Albright was selected for his Seared and Braised Beer Brat […]
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On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Goshen Lady Eagles picked up a dominant 41-16 win over the New Brockton Lady Eagles at home. Goshen came out firing in the first quarter, holding New Brockton scoreless, and took a 10-0 lead into the second quarter. New Brockton didn’t manage to score its first point until hitting a […]
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The Troy Trojans women’s basketball team (3-5) finally returned home from their seven-game road trip on Wednesday and dropped a 103-100 double overtime thriller to the Tulane Green Wave (6-3). Troy got down early 24-17 in the first quarter but came soaring back in the second quarter and took a 44-41 lead into halftime. The […]
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Put together tractors, tons of hay and a barn-load of community spirit and that’s Ariton’s Christmas Tractor Parade. The Town of Ariton will welcome the Christmas season at 6 p.m. Friday with a Tractor Parade through the downtown area that is merrily decorated with rolled bales of hay. Ariton Mayor Dave Walsh said the idea […]
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