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Master Gardener class opens to Franklin County residents

Every year the Alabama Cooperative Extension System hosts a Master Gardener Class series for Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, and it is right around the corner. Jan. 22 at the Lauderdale County Extension Office, agent Taylor Reeder will host the orientation for the series at 8:30 a.m.


Colbert County Sheriff’s Office Issues Be On Alert Notice For Muscle Shoals

-On Thursday, January 17 the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning regarding a vehicle in the Muscle Shoals area stopping and the driver and passenger asking suspicious questions:


Why I Love Franklin County: Sherye Price

FRANKLIN LIVING— Sherye Price is the daughter of William and Linda Cowan, an electrician at Constellium and a retiree from ECM respectively. The eldest of four siblings, Price’s sister is a teacher in Mississippi and has three children, and her brother works at a local industry and has a 6-year-old


Ambassadors selected to promote north Alabama

The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association will ramp up its social media presence by using 22 ambassadors to post details about their adventures throughout north Alabama. The newly selected members of the North Alabama Ambassadors program are from throughout the 16-county region of the AMLA.


Man accused of forcing 8-year-old girl into sex acts

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Investigators arrested a Tennessee man living in Lauderdale County Wednesday on child sex abuse charges. Michael Tays, 32, faces numerous felony charges for sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under 12, and production and possession of child pornography.


Authorities confirm one dead in Franklin County wreck

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama State Troopers confirm a Florence man died in a single-vehicle wreck on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities identified the man as Tyler Dunkin Jolley, 23, of Florence. Troopers say the vehicle Jolley was driving ran off the road and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at


Russellville’s Bethany Cook to participate in UA’s Cooperative Education Program

University of Alabama student Bethany Cook, of Russellville, will participate in UA’s Cooperative Education Program for spring 2019, according to a press release from the university. Cook will be working at Alabama Power.


Tuscumbia man charged in connection with burglaries

TUSCUMBIA — A Tuscumbia man is in jail in connection with burglaries at two local businesses earlier this month. Police Chief Tony Logan said Bobby Joe McKinney, 53, 906 N. Board St., is charged with first-degree theft of property, third-degree burglary, and second-degree receiving stolen property.


Florence Police: State trooper arrested for violating protection from abuse order

On Thursday, State Trooper Michael Vernon, 32, was arrested at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Florence Police say he is facing two charges of violating a protection from abuse order. He is being booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center.


Florence Man Dies In Single-Vehicle Accident In Franklin County

On Tuesday, January 15the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has issued a statement concerning a single-vehicle accident that has taken the ife of a Florence man:. “A one vehicle crash at 12:20 p.m. today, January 15, 2019 has claimed the life of a Florence man.


Alabama inmate serving life sentence dies from apparent suicide

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. -- The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the apparent suicide of a state inmate reported Wednesday at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery County.


Basketball reigns in Franklin County

There are so many talented student-athletes here in Franklin County who never cease to amaze. Basketball has center stage right now, and this is primetime for the high school sport in Franklin County with the return of the Franklin County Tournament.


Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall during the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care. Franklin County citizens will have the opportunity to do


One dead after vehicle collides with petroleum tanker truck

ASHRIDGE - The collision of a Chevrolet pickup and a petroleum tanker truck on Highway 195 in front of Pleasant Hill #2 Church, left one driver dead and the other driver emotionally shaken on a rainy scene Thursday morning, Jan. 17.


Endangered Tennessee teen located in Alabama

GALLATIN, Tenn.--A missing Gallatin teen has been located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dylan Regenhold escaped from the Volunteer Youth Academy on December 14, 2018 and had not been seen until today. Police say he was taken into custody by the Birmingham Police Department.


Death touches staffs of 2 area hospitals

RED BAY — The climate around Helen Keller and Red Bay hospitals was somber Wednesday as employees mourned the loss of a member of their family. A pharmacy technician at Helen Keller Hospital and Red Bay Hospital was killed Tuesday afternoon in a traffic accident.


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.


Sanders: Department 'a mess' when he took over Monday

MOULTON — New Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders Sr. said he was shocked to see the sheriff's office and jail in disarray when he took over Monday morning and he blamed his predecessor, Gene Mitchell.


Alabama prison officials want to consolidate prisons

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) -- Alabama's Department of Correction Commissioner Jeff Dunn, says they are looking at new plans to address Alabama aging prisons system. The department is exploring the idea of consolidating its 15 men's prisons into three regional facilities.


Staying informed as 2019 begins

We’re only halfway through the first month of the new year, and Franklin County has already seen some notable changes. There have been personnel changes, new businesses and grant money allocated to the development of our county, just to name a few. If you haven’t been.