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Florence police arrest man linked to multiple burglaries

On February 15, Florence police investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Sherrod Avenue. The suspect, John McGee, was home at the time. Prior to the the search, an arrest warrant was issued for McGee's suspected involvement in multiple burglaries dating back to October of 2018. Officials


Huntsville, Florence hotels named among the best in Alabama

U.S. News & World Report named the Top 15 hotels in Alabama, and two North Alabama establishments made the list. The Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa in Florence came in at No. 4 and The Westin in Huntsville came in at No. 6 on the ranked list. The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa in Mobile


11 businesses open in Florence

FLORENCE — The city saw 11 new businesses open in January, according to a release from Mayor Steve Holt's office. • Ashley Feltman attorney, 2222 Chisholm Road #12. • Mefford Gem and Gemology, 409 N. Court St., Suite 120.


Florence sales tax increase to begin March 1

FLORENCE, Ala. – In less than two weeks, those purchasing anything in the city of Florence may notice a slight change at the cash register. On March 1, a sales tax increase goes into effect, which creates capital to fund pay increases for public safety.


Florence closes McFarland Park Campground in preparation of possible flooding

Shoals portions of the Tennessee River are expected to be at flood stage later this week. According to TVA, flood stage is anything above 370ft, the river is expected to crest Sunday February 24th at 390ft.


Florence Middle School Prepares for Tuesday opening

FLORENCE — Boxes upon boxes of teaching supplies were all that remained to be moved to the new Florence Middle School over the weekend in preparation for Tuesday's opening. Teachers worked throughout the weekend and will continue today to get last-minute touches in place.


Alabama woman who joined ISIS wants to come home, report says

A Hoover woman who traveled to Syria and joined ISIS wants to come back home, according to a recent interview. In an interview with The Guardian released Monday morning, Hoda Muthana said she “deeply regrets” joining the Islamic State.


East Alabama math teacher’s $1.5 million cash bond is excessive and unconstitutional, lawyer says

The attorney for an east Alabama high school math teacher facing criminal charges in two counties is asking for a reduction in his client’s $1.5 million bond. David Brenton Burkhalter, a 30-year-old Randolph County High School teacher, is on administrative leave after his arrest last week on eight f


Flood Watch: multiple rounds of rain likely through Friday

The National Weather Service issued an Areal Flood Watch for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee from Tuesday morning to early Friday morning. What is the difference between an Areal Flood and a Flash Flood? Via NWS Birmingham:


Graves to discuss the "Will Reynolds Incident"

TUSCUMBIA — Lt. Col. Arthur Graves will discuss the Will Reynolds Incident on Saturday as part of the Tuscumbia Bicentennial Commission's Bicentennial Speaker Series. The discussion will take place at 10 a.m. at Coldwater Books in downtown Tuscumbia. It's the second event in a series of historical t


2-year-old Alabama child grazed in drive-by shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a bullet grazed a 2-year-old Alabama child in a drive-by shooting. WVTM-TV says the shooting happened Monday in Birmingham, and the child was taken to the hospital but was considered in good condition. The child was not identified.


Presidents Day 2019: Alabama omits Civil War leader Abraham Lincoln from Presidents Day holiday

Presidents Day – at least on a federal level – isn’t a holiday. Instead, the official federal holiday is known as George Washington’s birthday, a time to honor America’s first president, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732.


Tree giveaway set for Wednesday

The Alabama Forestry Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority will partner for an annual tree giveaway Wednesday. The giveaway begins at 8 a.m. and will continue until all trees are gone.


Widow mourns Alabama man killed in Illinois warehouse shooting

The widow of an Alabama native killed in an Illinois workplace shooting on Friday has posted an account of learning about her husband’s death, including a text message from him after he was wounded.


Class 3A boys: Lauderdale County's 3-point barrage buries New Hope

HANCEVILLE — New Hope boys basketball coach Todd Jeffers watched his team seize control of its sub-regional game against Winfield by knocking down its first five 3-pointers. Saturday, Lauderdale County made New Hope the victim of a 3-point barrage.


Alabama community saves 1848 lodge from collapse

In 2012, a beautiful historic lodge in Russell County appeared doomed. The 1848 Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge was listed on the Alabama Historic Commission’s Places in Peril that year and seemed on the verge of collapse or demolition. Today, the building has been restored to its original state and serv


Alabama town celebrates 54 years of Jimmie Lee Jackson’s sacrifice

MARION, Ala. – About 100 people gathered Sunday in a small wooden and brick church in the city where it all began, Marion Ala., a rural town with few stoplights and less than 3,600 residents, to honor the 54th Annual Jimmie Lee Jackson Day.


Human trafficking trial underway in Lauderdale County

The victim testified she was 22 when she agreed to meet Timothy Staggs for a cleaning job. She testified when she met Staggs he exposed himself and asked her to have sex in exchange for money.


Former Alabama police officer suspected of murder dies after police chase in Montgomery

SAMSON, Ala. (WPMI) — UPDATE: James Chadwick Green was found on I-65 in Montgomery on Sunday. Police got a tip from a caller who spotted Green's car. After a short pursuit, police managed to force his vehicle off the road. He was transported to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He di


Peach State DB shocked to earn Alabama offer

Alabama hosted 3-star safety Brian Branch on Saturday for its second Junior Day of 2019. The Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek product left his...