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Man embarks on campaign for local dog park

Greenwood resident Bob Basford rescued a mixed-breed dog from an area shelter not long ago and found himself dreaming of a local dog park. He has to drive 30 miles to take his new buddy, “Emmett,” to the nearest one he can find, in Cottonwood, Alabama. That circumstance got him thinking about trying


James Spann: Strong storms for Alabama Saturday

PLEASANT AFTERNOON: Temperatures are in the 57- to 60-degree range over much of north and central Alabama this afternoon, and we note a few thin spots in the overcast. To the south, Montgomery and Demopolis report a pleasant 65 degrees at mid-afternoon. There’s nothing on radar, and we will be dry t


Lady Hawks pick up back-to-back area wins

The Daleville Lady Hawks (8-4) picked up their second and third consecutive wins last week with area wins over Houston County 54-32 and 48-43 over Cottonwood, both on the road.


ALEA issues new hardship driver's license law

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)-- A new law by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency could reinstate the driver's licenses for nearly 20,000 Alabamians, whose licenses were suspended, for an inability to pay traffic tickets.


Smuggling plot leads to arrest of 5

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Sheriff's Office foiled an "organized plan" to smuggle contraband into the Washington County Jail, a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release states.


Warhawks face back-to-back area opponents

The Daleville Warhawks (8-6, 1-1) hit the road last week for consecutive road matchups in Class 2A, Area 3. The Warhawks started off the week Tuesday, Jan. 8 with a disappointing 71-62 loss to Houston County before rebounding for a big 75-29 win over Cottonwood on Jan. 11.


Grand jury to hear case against woman facing murder charges

A Houston County grand jury will consider the case of a woman charged with murder in the November death of her boyfriend. Nafeesah Quardirah-Shante Thomas, 26, of Dothan, faces murder charges after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the chest. Thomas has been in jail since her arrest. Her bond is s


Houston County’s debt payments on pace to significantly diminish in next fiscal year

Houston County commissioners’ concerns about budgets could be somewhat alleviated within the next few years, as the county is poised to shed significant amounts of debt. Bill Dempsey, the county’s retiring chief administrative officer, presented an evaluation of the county’s finances to the commissi


Alabama mayor Elbert Melton convicted of voter fraud, removed from office

The mayor of Gordon, Alabama, has been convicted of voter fraud and removed from office. News outlets report Elbert Melton was convicted Wednesday of unlawfully falsifying ballots when he was elected in 2016. He defeated challenger Priscilla Wilson by a 16-vote margin. This conviction strips him of


Five decades of hard work, Local woman makes national company history

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- It was 1969. Neil Armstrong made history when he took made the first footsteps on the moon and in Dothan, Mittie Barber took her first career steps at a laundry business. Today, that company celebrated her.


Man drowns in rural Alabama pond while fleeing police

TROY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a man has died while attempting to flee police by swimming through a rural pond. State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Heath Carpenter says the man fled on foot from a traffic stop Wednesday morning and then attempted to swim across the pond to evade Troy pol


Houston County employees unharmed in first few months of Hurricane Michael cleanup

The nearly 400 employees of Houston County’s government completed fiscal year 2019’s first quarter without registering a worker’s compensation case – and that includes the response to Hurricane Michael.


Answer Man: Original Houston County courthouse too small for growing county

Q: Why was the original Houston County courthouse torn down? It was a beautiful building. A: According to speakers at the June 1962 dedication of its replacement, the original courthouse had structural problems and was too small to handle the needs of the growing county.


Curbside recycling pickup in Dothan may not change after new solution identified

After months of working to ensure the city’s recycling program remains financially viable and effective, Dothan Public Works Director Charles Metzger has found a strong solution.


WDHN Storm Team: Storms likely Saturday

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) - A warm and humid day is expected Friday. A few stray showers will be possible on and off though the day. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s.


Davenport gaining new perspectives as he begins new term as Houston County probate judge

Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport’s recently rearranged office communicates the very method he uses to run the various departments he oversees. “I want a new and fresh perspective about approaching this new term of office,” he said. “I don’t want to be complacent in serving and making i


Houston County District 3 Commissioner Ricky Herring desires more accountability for hospital board

Houston County District 3 Commissioner Ricky Herring hopes one day the board that oversees operations at Southeast Health will be more accountable to the public. Herring made the comments on a post to his Houston County Commission Facebook page earlier this week. The post began as an answer to quest


Juvenile sex offenders in your county: What must Alabama schools do?

Right now, in Alabama, there are 1,300 juvenile sex offenders registered with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, or ALEA, according to numbers released to AL.com this week by the agency. That number includes juveniles of all risk levels---low, moderate, high and unknown or as yet unassessed.


Ponder family sells all 38 Hardee’s franchises it owns, including those in the Wiregrass

What began as an effort to create his own career, Dan Ponder opened his first Hardee’s restaurant in Donalsonville, Georgia, in 1984. Thirty-five years and 37 establishments later, he and his brother Ernest have sold the Hardee’s portion of Ponder Enterprises, Inc., to Phase Three Star – another lar


Local unemployment rose slightly in December

Houston County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in December compared to the previous month, reflecting a slight increase for most counties in Alabama for the same time period.