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Gordon mayor 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.


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


Jury selected for Gordon mayor's trial

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A small town of about 400 people, Gordon has been making headlines the past few years. Elbert Melton Junior, Gordon's mayor, faces two counts of voter fraud. His arrest happened after an eight-month investigation.


Marianna woman accused of shoplifting from Dothan Kohl’s

A Marianna, Florida, woman was arrested Wednesday after law enforcement said she shoplifted more than $500 worth of merchandise. Shakola Danielle Reed, 23, of Marianna is charged with shoplifting.


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


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


Dothan area arts and entertainment

Pianist Julian Lawrence Gargiulo will perform Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Long Hall on the campus of Troy University in Troy. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. A composer and recording artist, Gargiulo was recently named a Steinway Artist and has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Franc


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.


EXCLUSIVE: East Alabama man wanted in 1985 Capital Murder arrested in Puerto Rico

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) An East Alabama murder suspect on the run for nearly 34-years has been captured. News 3 has confirmed 57-year-old David Anthony Pike was taken into custody in Puerto Rico.


Jackson County Sheriff's Office issues warning over suspicious mail

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has had several reports of suspicious packages left in peoples’ mailboxes. They say they have determined the pictured flyer and a key for an advertisement are the contents of the package and not anything harmful.


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.


Tosh Lupoi leaving Alabama; Butch Jones back for 2019 season

Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is leaving Tuscaloosa to take a job on the Cleveland Browns' staff, sources confirmed to ESPN. Lupoi's departure adds another hole for Alabama head coach Nick Saban to fill on his coaching staff.


Houston County commissioners vote to publish 2018 budget

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Houston County commissioners are gearing up to release the final budget of the 2018 fiscal year to the public. The commissioners voted on adding the presentation to Monday's meeting Thursday afternoon.


Dothan man re-indicted on murder charges taken into custody by U.S. Marshal Task Force

A Dothan man whose murder charge was dropped after witnesses failed to show up for trial has been re-indicted. A Houston County grand jury indicted Brandon Allen Ransom in the 2016 ambush shooting of 26-year-old Christopher “Chris” Bailey at Plum’s Lounge; Ransom was arrested without incident along


Alabama man accused of locking toddler in running dryer

ALABASTER, Ala. – An Alabama man faces multiple charges after authorities say he abused a toddler on multiple occasions by locking the child inside a dryer and turning it on.


Retired Coast Guardsman feels effects of shutdown

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Tuesday was supposed to be payday for thousands of active duty United States Coast Guard servicemen and women, including retirees like Jeff Thompson. Due to the partial government shutdown, it didn't happen.


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


Jackson County man arrested for sexual abuse of child

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A 51-year-old man is facing multiple charges for sexually abusing an 11-year-old child in his care. Anthony Rex Edge, 51, of Sneads, was taken into custody at an Orange County hotel on Wednesday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.


Jalen Hurts Is The 12th Quarterback In 12 Years To Leave Alabama Under Nick Saban

Nick Saban loses quarterbacks at about the rate he loses games at Alabama. With Jalen Hurts on his way to Oklahoma the tally is exactly one per year on average. In Saban’s 12 years as coach of the Crimson Tide he has now had 12 quarterbacks leave the program. He has lost only 21 of 167 games since t