Multimillion dollar whitewater park, outdoor center coming to downtown Montgomery

Posted by: Montgomery Advertiser on Friday, August 23, 2019

A $50 million, government-backed whitewater park and outdoor fun center is about to start construction on the outskirts of downtown Montgomery, and it’s a project that local officials are betting will redefine the area as a young professional and family destination.

The main attraction is a 25-acre central park that will feature rafting and kayaking along a man-made whitewater course that twists through restaurants, shops, a beer garden, an outdoor concert venue and a hotel and conference center. But the wider, 120-acre site will feature a climbing tower, zip lines, mountain biking, rope courses and more.

"This facility is going to be bigger and better than anything folks around here have ever seen," Montgomery County Commission Vice-Chair Ronda Walker said.

Former Prattville Mayor C. Gray Price dies

Posted by: Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Former Prattville Mayor C. Gray Price dies

Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser Published 5:24 p.m. CT Aug. 18, 2019 | Updated 5:24 p.m. CT Aug. 18, 2019


PRATTVILLE — Former Prattville Mayor C. Gray Price died Sunday.

Price, 76, served three terms from 1980-1992. He is being remembered as a visionary leader and true character. Before entering politics he was a teacher in the Autauga County School System and served as principal at the Prattville High School Ninth Grade School. The ninth grade was taught in a separate school then, in the current Prattville Kindergarten School building.

Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. and former mayor Jim Byard Jr. have direct and indirect connections to Price. The men's homes are within a half block of one another in downtown Prattville on Washington Street. It's a stretch dubbed "Mayor's Row," by locals.

"Gray Price was a friend, neighbor and mentor," Gillespie said. "He was my principal in the ninth grade. He taught me so much as a young man then, and later as an adult. So much of what we as a city take for granted today, goes right back to Mayor Price. It was his efforts that laid a foundation for Prattville to become what we are today.

"Prattville lost a leader today."

State overrules MPS vote denying breakfast, lunch for LEAD Academy students

Posted by: Copyright 2019 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. on Monday, August 19, 2019

State overrules MPS vote denying breakfast, lunch for LEAD Academy students

LEAD Academy, Montgomery’s first public charter school, is scheduled to open in August, school leaders announced Monday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

By WSFA Staff | August 16, 2019 at 11:03 PM CDT - Updated August 16 at 11:03 PM


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The state has overruled a decision recently made by Montgomery Public School board members.