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Artist’s paintings stolen from Sheffield collection

SHEFFIELD, Ala. – Priceless paintings have been stolen from an artist’s collection, and Sheffield police are trying to find out who is responsible. A monetary value can’t be placed on these. The pieces represent the life’s work of an artist. Dozens of paintings were taken from a storage facility in


We are on WEATHER ALERT: Overnight storms enter our Alabama counties 1AM CT

The forecast continues to show signs of a much stronger event on the latest runs. This will be stronger than tis past Sunday’s storm system, which brought the EF-0 & 1 tornadoes. These could be stronger…


Alabama Senate approves armed security at schools

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –The Alabama Senate today approved a bill by Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence) to allow local school boards of education to hire retired law enforcement officers to serve as armed school security staff, provided they possess 25 years of experience, have completed active shooter preven


Florence Utilities making improvements at McFarland Park

FLORENCE — The Florence Gas, Water and Wastewater Department is making sure the next time McFarland Park floods, the wastewater lift station control panel serving the Florence Harbor will remain high and dry.


Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Parts Of North/Central AL Until 3:00 AM

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued starting immediately for the extreme north, northeastern, and eastern parts of North/Central Alabama until 3:00 am CDT Sunday morning.


Tornado Threat Extending Farther North Into The Northern Half Of Central Alabama

Strong storms are approaching the state line and NWS Birmingham has gone ahead and issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for all of Sumter County until 5:30 pm. A few tornado warnings continue for a few counties in the eastern parts of Mississippi that we’ll need to watch as they approach the state.


Empty Bowl luncheon a hit with Shoals crowd

FLORENCE — Salvation Army Captain Benjamin Deuel believes this year's crowd for the Empty Bowl event was the largest he's seen. "I'd say there were absolutely more people at this event than in the past two years, and I'll be surprised if we don't hit our goal," he said, referring to the $60,000 mark


300 law enforcement officers carry out predawn contraband raid at Alabama prison

Hundreds of law enforcement officers descended upon an Alabama prison Thursday morning in a joint operation targeting contraband. The Alabama Department of Corrections led the predawn raid at William C. Holman Correctional Facility beginning about 4:30 a.m. More than 300 officers took part in the ef


Alabama among first states where shoppers can use food stamps on Amazon and Walmart online

The U.S. government is testing a plan to allow food-stamp purchases through grocers online, potentially opening a $61 billion annual market to companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc. and Instacart Inc.


Lauderdale County archery students earn bid to national competition

The Lauderdale County 4-H archery team has earned a spot in this summer's national competition June 23-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. The senior division team of five, competed April 13 in the state competition in Childersburg, placing well enough to be invited to the national contest.


Tornado Watch For Parts Of Central Alabama Coming Very Soon

NWS Birmingham is currently on a call with the Storm Prediction Center about the issuance of a tornado watch for the western parts of the area. Tornado watch should be issued before 4:00 pm CDT.


Dateline NBC to feature story of Jesse ‘Madison’ Holton, Alabama teen accused of killing parents

An Alabama teen who was charged in the shooting deaths of his parents, only to have the charges dismissed last year, will be featured in a Dateline NBC segment Friday night. Jesse “Madison” Holton, then-17, was charged as an adult in the 2016 slayings of his father, former Eclectic mayor Mike Holton


Prep Roundup: Florence baseball beats Austin, advances to playoffs

For the first time since 2016, Florence High has advanced to the state baseball tournament. The Falcons beat Austin 6-5 in Wednesday’s decisive game to earn the second spot out of Class 7A, Area 8 behind area champion Bob Jones. Austin’s season ended, and the 9-1 Austin win in Wednesday’s late game


James Spann: Threat of severe storms across Alabama tonight

WATCHING THE RADAR: A line of severe storms is along I-55 in Mississippi as I write this update; a few tornado warnings are in effect for line segments where storms are in rotation. But here in Alabama, all is calm; it is a warm, windy afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the 7


Alabama teen gets 2 years in brother’s slaying

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced an Alabama teenager to two years in jail after he pleaded guilty to killing his older brother during a fistfight last year. The News Courier of Athens reports 18-year-old Kobe Keshon Peoples shot 21-year-old Mikus Peoples about eight times with a pistol after th


Alabama man dies in accidental shooting after gun discharges from diaper bag

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has died days after he was accidentally shot outside a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant when a gun discharged inside a baby’s diaper bag.


Muscle Shoals principal resigns after being placed on leave

Alan Willingham, principal at McBride Elementary School in Muscle Shoals, has resigned. The announcement came at a special called meeting of the Muscle Shoals City Board of Education on Wednesday morning.


Severe weather threatens Alabama: The latest on risk of tornadoes

Forecasters said Alabama could be hit by severe weather on Thursday night and into Friday morning. The National Weather Service in Birmingham said damaging straight line winds are the primary threat, but brief tornadoes are also possible. The agency urged Alabamians to have multiple ways to get warn


4 Alabama doctors among 60 charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

CINCINNATI — Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs.


Principal and assistant principal leaving local elementary school

McBride Elementary in Muscle Shoals will soon be looking for new leaders after Principal Alan Willingham resigned. Assistant Principal Michelle Swindall is retiring at the end of her contract in June.