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Alabama man jailed for scaling kids on purpose

ATHENS, Ala. An Alabama man accused of intentionally scalding two children in a bathtub has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. 33-year-old Derrick Defoe pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of aggravated child abuse just before opening statements in his trial were set to


Alabama woman pleads guilty to attempted murder of toddlers

SNEAD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her two children, then ages 1 and 2, and aggravated child abuse. Al.com reported Monday that 25-year-old Melissa Ann Miller, of Snead, was initially arrested in 2016 after the children were hospitalized that April for


Severe storms cause damage in parts of Central Alabama

Clanton, Ala. (WBMA/NNS/CBS Newspath) -- Severe weather is to blame for some damage in central Alabama Monday, but no injuries were reported. In the city of Clanton, a roof was ripped off a building and thrown into the street.


5th fattest city in America is in Alabama

An Alabama city has landed in the top 10 of a list of the fattest places in America. WalletHub’s ranking looked at the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas across 19 key indicators of weight-related problems. The categories included things such things as obesity rates and access to healthy foods to d


Alabama is Offering Free Genetic Testing. Here’s Why.

Twenty-four-year-old Erika Garrett is not afraid of needles. She didn’t flinch while giving blood recently at a pop-up clinic in Hale County, about 45 minutes from Tuscaloosa. Garrett is participating in the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative, a state-funded project that offers free genetic testing t


Body found in Fort Payne creek identified as Jacksonville, Ala., man

A man's body found March 21 in a small creek in Fort Payne, Alabama, has been identified as that of a 25-year-old Jacksonville, Alabama, man. According to a statement from Fort Payne police chief Randy Bynum, the body was identified as James Thomas Phillips following an autopsy was performed at the


Students raise funds for babies

Students at the School of Discovery presented a $500 check to Alabama March of Dimes Senior Development Manager Ashley Gorum Friday during a presentation on the history and mission of the organization.


‘Passing’ not involved in fatal crash

Alabama State Troopers reported last Friday, March 15, that the Monroe County man involved in a head-on crash that claimed the life of an Atmore man was not passing several vehicles when the wreck occurred, as was reported in the March 13 edition of Atmore News.


12 students attend Southern Pine youth tour

Twelve students from Southern Pine Electric Co-op’s service territory recently participated in the Montgomery Youth Tour. The students traveled to Montgomery on March 12-14, where they visited historical monuments, including Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the capitol and spent time with state legisla


Goshen baseball and softball in action on Tuesday night

The Goshen Eagle varsity baseball and softball teams were in action on Tuesday afternoon. The Goshen baseball team righted the ship after Monday’s loss when they defeated Georgiana 11-1 on Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles fell to Luverne in area play 12-10.


BULLDOGS BLANK TIGERS: Andalusia opens area play with big wins

The Andalusia Bulldogs took care of business as the swept the Monroe County Tigers on Thursday in in area action. In the opening game of the series, the Bulldogs struck early and often on their way to a 25-0 blowout.


Baldwin County Commissioner involved in minor bus accident

EVERGREEN, Ala. (WPMI) — Commissioner Billie Jo Underwood posted on Facebook Thursday she was "thankful for God's protection" after she was involved in a minor crash on 1-65. Underwood posted pictures of the charter bus she and other Leadership Baldwin classmates were riding in when the bus was rear


SPRAG collecting items for tornado relief

Single Parents Raising a Gift (SPRAG), a Monroeville-based non-profit, is currently conducting “Helping Hands for Lee County,” a project through which the organization is collecting toiletry items for victims of the March 3 tornadoes that ripped across eastern Alabama.


JUB’s varsity rallies past Excel

Landon Mura struck out 13 batters, and Tucker Spence singled, tripled and scored twice as J.U. Blacksher’s varsity baseball team topped its rival, the Excel Panthers, 7-4 on March 5.


FHS Wildcats run rule Georgiana

The Florala Wildcats used timely hits and strong pitching to knock off the Georgiana Panthers 11-1 in Tuesday baseball action in Florala. Caleb Wood got the start on the mound and breezed through the opening frame.