Pell City, AL – A 23-year-old Pell City soldier has been killed in Iraq. The Department of Defense says Specialist Brian Vaughn died Tuesday in Ramadi. His unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. Specialist Christopher Hoskins, of Connecticut, was also killed in the attack. Both soldiers were assigned to the First Battalion, Ninth Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division that was based in Colorado.
Mobile, AL – Sponsors awarded $23,000 in scholarships Thursday night at the second preliminary round of America's Junior Miss. 50 contestants competed in the areas of scholastics, fitness, talent, self-expression and interviews. 20 scholarships were awarded by the America's Junior Miss Council and by Mobile Gas and Regions bank. Four $1,000 awards were also presented in each category, along with a $3,000 spirit prize. The young women will compete in the national finals Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.
Fort Rucker, AL – The U-S Army is reporting one death in Thursday morning's military helicopter crash. Three crew members were on board when the T-H-67 Creek helicopter made what the military is calling a "hard landing." Fort Rucker had been withholding the pilot's rank and name until next of kin was notified. The Army says the surviving crew members were being treated at a local hospital. The Army has not said exactly where or what time the accident occurred.