Dothan, AL – The Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic has a new sponsor. Dothan-based Movie Gallery Incorporated will sponsor the game on Christmas Day. The Blue-Gray Association also has announced Delta Air Lines is the game's official airline. The Blue-Gray game has been played Montgomery's Cramton Bowl, but this year it will be at Troy State's newly renovated Movie Gallery Stadium. Longtime-sponsor Kelly Tires was absorbed by parent company Goodyear Tires and did NOT renew its sponsorship after the 2000 game.
Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid did not avoid a runoff in yesterday's mayoral election. He won the most votes with 32 percent, but he will face City Councilwoman Carole Smitherman next month. Smitherman won 23 percent of the ballots. Polls showed Kincaid as the strongest candidate in the field of 18 contenders, but the large number made it unlikely anyone would win more than 50 percent of the vote. Kincaid and Smitherman will hold a runoff election November fourth.
Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright easily won a second term in office yesterday. Montgomery voters re-elected Bright with 61 percent of the vote. The closest of five challengers received 31 percent. Bright used his first term to begin revitalizing Montgomery's downtown riverfront area. Part of that effort includes a new 26 million-dollar baseball stadium. Bright says he will continue making plans to improve the area.