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Demopolis teams score region wins over Bibb County

The Demopolis boys’ and girls’ varsity teams each won region games against Bibb County on Friday to bring the boys their second area win and their thirteenth overall win while the girls gain their first area win and fifth overall win.


Police in Bibb County find drugs and cell phones near the prison in backpacks

BRENT, Ala. (WIAT)-Police in Brent are trying to track down whoever left drugs and other contraband. in several backpacks in the woods near the Bibb County correctional facility.


Largest solar farms in Alabama, Tennessee planned for new Google data centers

This story was updated Jan. 16, 2019, at 7:46 p.m. with more information. The world's biggest solar producer will build Alabama's biggest solar farm in Hollywood, Alabama, in the next two years to supply renewable energy for the $600 million data center Google is building on TVA's former Widows Cree


Shelby county adoption proposal goes viral

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala (WIAT) -- The bond between Leonardo Avila and his daughter Alessandra is stronger than steel. "It's always been peanut butter and jelly," Avila said. The Avila family said their friends are always surprised to hear that Leonardo and Alessandra are not biologically related.


JJ Evans motivated to be state’s best player

MONTGOMERY – A few years ago, Montevallo wide receiver JJ Evans contemplated never playing sports again and was in an internal battle to do so, now heading into his senior season with the Bulldogs in 2019, he’s ready to be the state’s best player.


Bibb County busts contraband smuggling

BIBB COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) -- Police in Bibb County intercepted nearly $100,000 worth of contraband they believe was on its way to the Bibb County Correctional facility in Brent.


PREP ROUNDUP: Central girls cruise past Bibb County

SaKya White had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Central High girls basketball team in a 57-29 win against Bibb County on Tuesday. Also for the Falcons, Quintasia Leatherwood had 12 points and 13 assists, MacKenzie Mahome scored 11 points with 12 rebounds and Yamiya Wilder had 12 points.


Shelby County authorities searching for man missing since December 30

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. — Shelby County authorities are asking for the public's help finding a man missing since December 30. The sheriff's office says Derek DeWayne Harris was last seen leaving his home in Columbiana in a 2015 GMC Terrain. The vehicle was found abandoned in Caleria the following day.

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Alabama’s federal employees affected by shutdown can apply for unemployment benefits

On Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) announced that federal employees in the state who have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation benefits.


Jo Bonner named Ivey's chief of staff

Former congressman Jo Bonner has been named Gov. Kay Ivey's chief of staff. "Jo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our administration, and I know we aren’t going to miss a step as my Cabinet, staff and I work, every day, to honor the support and confidence the people of Alabama gave us l


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.


Renovation of old THS is under way

ALABASTER – Crews are already working to transform the former Thompson High School building on Warrior Drive into the new Thompson Middle School, and the Alabaster Board of Education took a few more steps toward finalizing the project during a Jan. 14 meeting.


JHS band marches in inaugural parade

The Jemison Blue Regiment Band marched in Gov. Kay Ivey’s inaugural parade on Jan. 14. “This is the first time that Jemison’s band has ever done anything like this, and if we have [before], it has been years,” drum major Elijah Bittle said. “We just don’t really do that much stuff with that much pub


St. Vincent’s Chilton: Celebrating 2 years of serving you

Two years, 730 days, 17,520 hours, 1.05 million minutes since St. Vincent’s Chilton, which is a part of Ascension, first opened its doors on Oct. 7, 2016. Since that historic day, we’ve been constantly enhancing and expanding our services to best meet the needs of you and your family.


Strong effort leads Oak Mountain past Thompson

NORTH SHELBY – The Oak Mountain boys basketball team has shown it can compete with the best teams this season, and on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Eagles proved they could beat the best as well.


Asbury accepting applications for planned columbarium

NORTH SHELBY – Asbury United Methodist Church will soon install a structure that will allow church members and their families to have a final resting place at a place they know, love and cherish.


Calhoun sworn in as new probate judge

The end of an era came during a ceremony at the Chilton County Courthouse on Jan. 14, as newly elected probate judge Jason Calhoun took the Oath of Office. He takes over the position from Bobby Martin, who has been probate judge of Chilton County for the past 30 years.


Jalen Hurts is transferring from Alabama

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced Wednesday afternoon that he will play the 2019 season at Oklahoma as a graduate transfer. Lincoln Riley's Sooners have produced the past two Heisman Trophy winners — Baker Mayfield in 2017 and Kyler Murray this past season.


Vehicle thief arrested after short search

The man wanted for an alleged vehicle theft in Clanton was found and arrested after a short search on Jan. 11. Scottie Allen Johnson, 35, was taken into custody at his residence after a search by local authorities led them to believe he was the subject wanted for stealing a vehicle with a child insi


Two Alabama residents killed in Santa Rosa County crash

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) - Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating a crash in Santa Rosa County that claimed the lives of two East Brewton, Alabama residents. The crash happened Tuesday night around 10 p.m. near the intersection of State Road 87 and Hopewell Road. Investigators say th