Union Springs, AL

Alabama man in towed tractor killed after it detached from vehicle pulling it, authorities say

An Alabama man died Wednesday from injuries he sustained last week when the tractor he was in detached from a vehicle towing it on a county highway, authorities said. Malik D. Swanson, 24, of Union Springs, was critically injured around 3 p.m. Aug. 4 when the tire on the Ford 7700 tractor he was operating separated, which caused the tractor to become detached from the vehicle towing it -- a 1997 Ford Clubwagon Van --, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
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Union Springs Man Dies after Bullock County Tractor Crash

Alabama State Troopers say a Union Springs man has died after a crash involving a tractor. State troopers say 24-year-old Malik Swanson was on the tractor on Thursday, August 4, when a tire separated, causing the tractor to become detached from a van that was towing it. The tractor left the road, went down an embankment and overturned.
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Troy’s ‘ice box’ keeping the Trojans cool

Fighting the summer heat is always a difficult task for college football teams across the country but those in Alabama truly know the battle with humidity, and Troy coach Jon Sumrall has found a unique way of combating the heat. Sitting next to Trojan Arena, just up a small hill...
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Troy City Council approves the removal of another dilapidated building

At the Aug. 9 Troy City Council Meeting, the council approved a resolution to remove another dilapidated building in the city. The building in question resides at 505 E. Academy Street and City Building Official Chuck Ingram said that the city has been in contact with the owner about the potential removal of the property since spring of 2020. City Councilman Greg Meeks acknowledged that years prior the owner had also been given an extension from having the building removed before, as well. The council approved the resolution to remove the dilapidated building and the owner will have 30 days from Aug. 10 to respond to the city’s decision.
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History of Brundidge: Mapped out

The Brundidge Historical Society will host two programs on the Sanborn Maps of Brundidge on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the We Piddle Around Theater. Admission is free and open to the public but tickets are required and may be reserved by calling 334-685-5524. Courtney Pinckard, from...
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Troy softball hires new assistant coach

The Troy Trojans softball team announced the hiring of former Florida State catcher Anna Shelnutt as the school’s new assistant coach. Shelnutt comes to Troy after one year as an instructor at Champions Fast Pitch Academy in Marietta, GA. Shelnutt was one of the most prolific players in the history of Florida State softball and was the star catcher on the school’s 2018 National Championship team. During the 2018 College Series run, Shelnutt belted five home runs and scored 15 runs in the postseason.

Tractor operator dies nearly a week after Bullock County crash

BULLOCK COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A Union Springs man has died nearly a week after a crash in Bullock County, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. ALEA officials said Malik D. Swanson, 24, died Wednesday at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. He had been critically injured when a tire separated from the Ford tractor he was operating, according to ALEA, which caused the tractor to become detached from the vehicle towing it. Troopers said the tractor then left the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned.

Troy Football Surpasses 10,000 Season Tickets for 2022 Season

TROY, Ala. – For just the second time in program history, Troy Athletics has surpassed the 10,000 football season ticket mark with the all-time program record fast approaching, Director of Athletics Brent Jones announced Wednesday. "We are thrilled to announce that we have surpassed the 10,000 total season ticket...
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Troy track and field adds signing class

Over the weekend, the Troy University women’s track and field named announced its 2022 signing class. The class features transfers from other colleges along with state champions, as well. The class includes Auburn transfer Hope Igbinoghene, Miami, FL freshman Jasmine Jimenez, Temple, GA native Kierra Montgomery, Illinois State transfer Kyra Dalluge, North Miami, Fla. native Bernadette LaFleur, Huntsville native Jordan Bailey, Las Vegas, NV native Kady Schwietz, Woodstock, GA native Makenna Calbert, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.’s Narissa Clay and Shanyah Washington of Miami, FL.

Pike Road Football 2022

Most of the offense is gone from last year’s state championship team at Pike Road. That might be a good thing. Tackle Vysen Lang and guard Brendan Arrington are among the three returning starters and both seniors would be the first to share their appreciation of the new offense installed by first-year coach Ed Rigby.

Troy Names Anna Shelnutt Assistant Softball Coach

TROY, Ala. – One of the most prolific players in Florida State history, Anna Shelnutt, has been named one of Troy's softball assistant coaches, head coach Eric Newell announced Wednesday. Shelnutt joins the Troy staff following one year at Champions Fast Pitch Academy in Marietta, Ga., where she assisted...
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Odyssey for new students set for Aug. 14

Troy University will welcome new students on Sunday, Aug. 14 with the Odyssey Convocation inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus. The convocation will serve as the culminating event for Move-In Weekend, which begins on Saturday, and will start with a reception in the rotunda of Trojan Arena beginning at 1:30 p.m. followed by the event at 2:45 p.m. Fall semester classes on the Troy Campus will begin Wednesday, August 17.

100-acre no-cage, no-kill dog shelter opening in Alabama

Big Dog Ranch Rescue – the largest cage-free, no-kill rescue in the U.S. - is opening a 100-acre facility in Alabama. The ranch will be located at the former home of a greyhound training facility in Shorter in Macon County and will serve as a rescue, rehabilitation, medical and adoption center for dogs across the south.

Holman warden built career after altercations with women cost him Trooper job

Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore made national news last week after officials told a female reporter her skirt was too short and her open-toed shoes were unacceptable. Other female reporters and attorneys jumped in to share their own stories of being subjected to similar regulations that seemed to be capriciously applied to women.
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Troy’s Solomon, Jibunor strike fear in opposing quarterbacks

The Troy Trojans defense is one of the most accomplished and talented defenses in the Sun Belt Conference and a big part of the veteran group’s success can be attributed to sophomore Javon Solomon and junior Richard Jibunor. Solomon and Jibunor combined to total 27 tackles-for-loss and 19 sacks...

Annual rodeo raises money for local high school graduates

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - For 31 years the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association has used their annual rodeo to promote agriculture in the community. The event includes bull riding, barrel racing, bareback bronc riding, and more. President Dick Barnett says competitors each year are passionate about what they do. “It...

Troy football single-game tickets on sale

Single-game tickets for Troy's six home games at The Vet are now on sale through the Troy Ticket Office. A one-week United in Cardinal Flash Sale runs from until Aug. 14 for tickets to Troy's season opener against Alabama A&M on Sept. 10 to celebrate the occasion. The flash sale...

Florida no-kill dog shelter to open location in Macon County

Big Dog Ranch Rescue, a Florida no-kill and cage free dog shelter is set to open a location in Shorter in Macon County, said an announcement from the group. The Shorter location is 100 acres and will serve as a "second home-base" for Big Dog Ranch Rescue. "Our expansion will...

Troy and Eagle Eye Outfitters to Host Kickoff Event

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Troy fans are invited to join T-Roy, Troy Cheerleaders and members of the Troy Athletics Staff at Eagle Eye Outfitters in Dothan Saturday, August 13, from 12-4 p.m., where new Troy merchandise will be available for purchase. “Our fall sports seasons are quickly approaching, and this...