JC Penny’s stores are closing in 140 locations.

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140 of JC Penny’s retail stores are closing across the nation.  There will be a massive loss of jobs, income,  and convenient shopping. However, the company is attempting to stay in profit range while competing with other big retail stores, like Macy’s, Khols, Dillards, and Wal-Mart. This will adversely put employees in a position to find new employment in the near future, rather than wait till the big shut down. There is a JC Penny in the Montgomery area that may be at risk of closure in the later half of 2017. The employees may be at the risk of lining up for unemployment. Will this shut down intefere with your shopping routine, or even worse your income?

Faulkner sweeps Stillman in extended-inning showdowns

Written by Ryan Bartels

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Faulkner (4-6) battled to a 3-1 victory over Stillman College with a two-run eighth inning in this afternoon’s opener before again utilizing the international tie-breaking run in the eighth inning to earn the sweep with a 2-1 win here in the nightcap.

Caitlin Perry (2-1) allowed just a single earned run on four hits while striking out nine batters to claim the opening victory in a complete game performance.

Tori Davis (1-2) clinched her first win of the season while also pitching a complete game in the second event. The junior gave up no earned runs and just three hits while striking out six at the plate.

Leadoff hitter Hannahlee Harris was 5-for-8 on the day with an RBI and a run.

Alicia Richardson was 3-for-4 in the second game and Bailee Trotter was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the opener.

Faulkner will next enter the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores next weekend. The Lady Eagles open the three-day event against Concordia University (Mich.) at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Di’mar Hill Dominates as Faulkner Men’s Basketball holds off Bethel 98-89

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McKENZIE, Tenn. – Di’mar Hill’s career night anchored Faulkner’s (17-11, 12-7 SSAC) 98-89 Southern States Athletic Conference victory over Bethel (18-12, 9-11 SSAC) here tonight.

The Eagles shot an impressive 59 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point territory, but it was Hill’s 42-point offering that proved the knockout blow.

The senior guard shot 63 percent from the field while scoring twice as many points as any two players and hit 12-of-13 free throws. Hill also had a court-high seven assist and added four rebounds for good measure.

Marquis Grays followed with 13 points while going 3-for-3 from deep territory and added five boards to the statistical printout.

Lucas Luttrell and Rene Scott each had 11 points and were both 2-for-3 from behind the arc while Logan Jozwiak contributed 10 points.

Faulkner will close out the regular season against Martin Methodist in Pulaski, Tenn., on Saturday at 4 p.m.

No. 14 Bethel Blasts Faulkner 97-42

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McKENZIE, Tenn. – Fourteenth-ranked Bethel (21-9, 17-3 SSAC) closed out the first half of tonight’s Southern States Athletic Conference battle with a 21-3 run and never looked back en route to a monster 97-42 victory over Faulkner (18-11, 10-9 SSAC).

The Lady Eagles were held to just 15 first-half points while the home team averaged 24 per quarter throughout the night.

Faulkner shot just 25 percent from the field and 23 percent from behind the arc. Even free throw shooting, which registered at 50 percent in the outing, was below the team’s 62 percent standard.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, shot 47 percent from the field, 49 percent from 3-point land and 92 percent from the stripe.

Faith LeGate paced the Lady Eagles on both sides of play with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Olivia Adamson followed with eight points and three boards.

Faulkner will close out the regular season against No. 25 Martin Methodist in Pulaski, Tenn., on Saturday at 2p.m.

Alabama State to play four games at Hoover Classic

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University baseball team, fresh off its first victory over the season, will hit the road this weekend to take on Iowa and Morehead State at the Hoover Classic in Hover, Ala.

 

The Hornets (1-3) will take on Iowa (2-2) in the first game of the day at noon on Friday. Alabama State will conclude its first day of the classic against Morehead State (3-2).

 

In the Hornets win on Wednesday night against UAB, Alabama State picked up its first win of the year and gave head coach Jose` Vazquez his first career coaching victory. Also, the win snapped a five game winning streak by the Blazers as the Hornets’ last win came in April of 2013.

 

Iowa comes into the weekend fresh off an 8-1 win over Loras College on Wednesday, while Morehead State defeated Mississippi State, 13-8, in its only mid-week game.

 

On Saturday, Alabama State plays at noon against Morehead State, followed by the final game of the weekend for the Hornets at 4 p.m. against Iowa.

 

First pitch on Friday is set for 12 p.m. at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala.

Senator Rusty Glover Announces Plans to Run for Lt. Governor

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Senator Rusty Glover plans to run for Lt. Governor in 2018.

He has been a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives since 2006.

Check out his first campaign video:

Faulkner Lady Eagles Barrel through Coastal Georgia in home Finale

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Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (18-10, 10-8 SSAC) methodically worked its way into a comfortable lead by halftime in tonight’s Southern States Athletic Conference contest against Coastal Georgia before exploding in the third quarter and catapulting into the 79-53 victory in the home season finale.

Olivia Adamson had a monster night for the Lady Eagles leading all scorers with a career high 22 points. She also had eight rebounds and a steal.

Kayla Tillman followed with 12 points, anchored by 4-for-7 shooting from behind the arc, and had four assists and a steal.

Faith LeGate’s 11-point evening launched her into the 1,000 point career club and she had four rebounds.

Chelsea Burt offered up 10 points, seven assists and three rebounds on the night.

“Our defense played awesome tonight and that gave us a lot of opportunities,” said head coach Reed Sutton after the game. “I think we’re fun to watch when we play like this and we get into a flow. Olivia had a great night and there’s never a better time to do it than your last game at home and on senior night. She’s been a vocal leader and everyone roots for those kinds of people. Faith has made a big impact on this team. She’s had a great career on the court, but she’s been far more than that. She’s a culture builder and off the floor she’s been amazing. All of our seniors that could play had double-digit points and that’s great to see. Now have to play well on the road.”

The Lady Eagles will next travel to McKenzie, Tenn., to take on Bethel in SSAC action Thursday evening. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Faulkner Cripples Coastal Georgia in Home Finale

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Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (16-11, 11-17 SSAC) trailed for just 28 seconds in total, but led by as many as 24 points en route to the 90-73 victory over Southern States Athletic Conference foe Coastal Georgia (4-23, 1-17 SSAC) here in the home season finale at Tine Davis Gymnasium this evening.

The Eagles were paced on the scoring front by Di’mar Hill who had 21 points while adding a pair of rebounds and assists.

Logan Jozwiak was also stellar with a double-double night that included 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Jose Jimenez offered up 13 points, five assists and there boards win the lopsided win.

“The thing I liked the most tonight was our energy,” said head coach Scott Sanderson. “We had great energy across the board. I broke it up a bit trying to sub guys in, but I knew that could happen if we got going. I thought we were locked in defensively and that allowed us to keep them to 33 percent shooting from the field. We have a big game Thursday against Bethel. Right now I want us to work on developing confidence in each individual player. That will strengthen us as a team moving forward through the weekend and into the conference tournament.”

Faulkner will next travel to McKenzie, Tenn., where it will take on Bethel in SSAC action beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

Alabama and Her New Prisons.

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Written by Andre DeMorion Carter

Alabama’s legislator has been sitting on a new prison plan for about a year now. For some reason the state’s over crowded prisons only need more prisons to fix the problem. So why not build 8 new ones, closing 14 others in the process.

Alabama is a prison state. That’s no secret, with a high number of prisoners being of African descent. As we all know Alabama has a history of exploiting prison labor to replace slave labor.  This process commonly called “class to cell” pipeline has been in place sense the end of reconstruction. African Americans are punished with prison senetences that tend to be disproportionate to the crime. The prisoners are then exploited for cheap slave labor.

Alabama needs more prisons like a drug dealer needs more fiends. The bill proposed will funnel money into literal prisons but neglect rehabilitation programs that will actually deter prisoners from going back into the system of subjugation. In Alabama black lives matter, just as long as they can be counted on a chain gang. Black prisoners are the new negro of that peculiar institution of the OLD SOUTH.

No. 2 Faulkner Pummels Shawnee State in Series Sweep

Written by Ryan Bartels

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (10-1) responded to last night’s second game loss with brutality at the plate in this afternoon’s doubleheader blasting of Shawnee State. The Eagles scored in five of nine innings in the 15-7 Game 1 victory before icing the Bears 9-0 in the seven-inning finale here at Harrison Field.

After posting three runs in the first inning Faulkner sparked a seven-run second inning with a leadoff homer from Deivy Palmeiro in the second.

Shawnee State logged two immediate outs before the Eagles lined up seven singles and capped the scoring spree with a bases-loaded walk to move into a 10-1 lead.

The Bears retaliated with six runs on five hits in the third inning, but the offensive threat stopped there.

Meanwhile, Faulkner delivered five more runs over the ensuing four innings to finalize the lopsided win.

Mike Peters anchored the Eagle defense for 2 2/3 innings in the opener and allowed five earned runs on as many hits while striking out four batters.

Tylier Campbell (1-0) locked down the win over the following 3 1/3 innings while allowing just two earned runs on three hits and booking a pair of strikeouts.

Jose Agosto and Tanner Disibio allowed no hits in two and one inning of work, respectively.

The second game looked much like the first, but with a scrappier Eagle defense.

Israel Fuentes (1-0) delivered five solid innings from the mound in the second game shutout. The sophomore right-hander fanned seven batters and allowed just three hits in five innings of work.

Preston Szuch and Tra’mayne Holmes each logged a no-hit inning from the rubber in the nightcap.

Holmes was even better at the pate for the Eagles going 5-for-7 with five RBIs and four runs on the day.

Reid Long was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs in the series while Olivier Basabe was 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored in the opener.

Palmeiro was 3-for-7 over two games and knocked in three runs while scoring twice, once in each game, on his own home runs.

Paolo Montezuma knocked in three runs on two hits in the second game while Luke Parker when 2-for-3 and scored.

Faulkner will hit the road for the first time this season Monday afternoon when it heads to Tuscaloosa to take on Stallman College. First pitch in the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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