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U.S. Dept. of Commerce awards funds to Mobile, Tallassee for booming Alabama manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) on Tuesday announced that it is awarding a $500,000 grant to support the development of the new Flight Works Alabama Aviation Education Center in Mobile and a $2.4 million grant to the city of Tallassee to make critical infr


Pelham asks residents, "what's most important"

PELHAM, Ala (WIAT) - The City of Pelham held an open house Tuesday to gather feedback from residents on the city's future comprehensive plan. The city is working to update its comprehensive plan since the last plan adopted in 2003. The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) is he


Freshman needing remedial courses decreases

A study released by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama shows that the percentage of freshman college students in the state being required to take remedial courses in math or English has decreased since 2013.


Strong Storms Soon To Move Into The Birmingham Metropolitan Area

The strongest segment of the line of storms is now stretching from the northeastern corner of Tuscaloosa County and stretching to the south through Brookwood and Vance, then down into Heiberger and Marion in Perry County, and down into the eastern parts of Marengo County.


Alabaster becomes 4th city in state to win finance award

ALABASTER – Alabaster is now among only four cities in Alabama to have won the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, earning praise from the organization for its 2019 fiscal year budget.


Valley Grande City Council agrees to fix city’s Fire Department truck

The Valley Grande City Council agreed to repair one of the fire trucks in the Valley Grande Volunteer Fire Department. The five Valley Grande council unanimously voted at its council meeting Monday at Valley Grande City Hall.


On this day in Alabama history: Renowned forecaster J.B. Elliott was born

Well-known Alabama meteorologist J.B. Elliott was born on this day in Havana Junction in Hale County. Elliott was a forecaster for the National Weather Service (NWS) near Calera for 32 years, from 1957 to April 1989. The son of James and Alva Elliott grew up fascinated by weather and news reporting.


Helena Amphitheater Park named Cahaba Blueway access point

HELENA, AL (WBRC) - The city of Helena is proud to have Amphitheater Park named one of 15 Cahaba Blueway access points. The University of Alabama Center of Economic Development and other partners started the program to make the Cahaba River more of a recreational destination.


Oak Mountain Amphitheatre warns about fake tickets

PELHAM, AL (WBRC) - With a full schedule of concerts planned this summer, the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre has a warning for ticket buyers. They want folks to be aware of scalper sites - some that are even selling fake tickets.


Vance residents calling for more storm shelters after maxing out capacity

VANCE, Ala. (WIAT) -- Sirens blared in the town of Vance just after 2 A.M. Sunday morning, and CBS 42 was there with wall to wall severe weather coverage. Less than an hour earlier, only two people were inside the Vance Town Hall storm shelter with our crew. But once the area went under a tornado wa


Autauga County EMA Working to Repair Two Weather Sirens

For many people, weather sirens are a call to take shelter. But with severe weather in the forecast for Thursday, 2 Autauga County weather sirens in the Marbury area will not be working due to recent lightening strikes.


The World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Shelby County

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are set to arrive at the Windwood Equestrian in Shelby County, tomorrow, Tuesday Aptil 16th. They will spend the week visiting multiple locations.


Community pitches in to make first Helena Miracle League baseball game possible

HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) -- Opening day for the Helena Miracle League is set for Saturday. The baseball league is for children and adults with special needs and the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at John Tucker Park on a donated field near the tennis courts.


OLJ 5K organizers set a $10K goal

MONTEVALLO – This year’s Ora L. Jones Memorial 5K Walk and Run has another number—and a lofty goal—attached to it. The event, named for the late Ora Lee Jones of Montevallo, is an annual fundraiser for the OLJ Foundation, which awards scholarships to students from Shelby and surrounding counties.


Calera pulls off area win against Pelham

CALERA – It hasn’t been the season Calera’s softball team hoped for, but on Tuesday, April 16, the Eagles had a reason to celebrate after scoring five unanswered runs between the fifth and sixth innings to pull off a 7-6 upset of the Pelham Panthers.


Alabama tornado count from weekend storms up to nine

The National Weather Service is continuing to survey the damage left over from severe storms over the weekend. So far nine tornadoes have been confirmed, one in Franklin County, one in Colbert County, two in Shelby County, one in Crenshaw and Pike counties, one in Etowah County, two in Pike County a


Thorsby explores plan for grass cutting

It is that time of year when the grass starts growing at a rapid rate, and it forces municipalities to devise a plan of attack for the summer months. This was the primary discussion during the Thorsby Town Council’s meeting on April 15.


A Clanton church prepares for Easter play that dates back 30 years

CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) -- In preparation for Easter, Providence Baptist Church in Clanton held the dress rehearsal for its annual sunrise service play reenacting the story of Easter.


Baseball playoffs set to start

Six baseball teams from the area qualified for the AHSAA playoffs across three different classes. Two first-round matchups will pit familiar foes against each other when Billingsley (7-15) hosts Isabella (4-13) and Maplesville (8-13-1) welcomes in Verbena (5-15) in class 1A.


Alabaster OKs funding for July fireworks show

ALABASTER – The date for Alabaster’s Independence Day fireworks display has not yet been finalized, but the City Council voted to continue the yearly tradition during a recent meeting.