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She lost her home in the Alabama tornadoes. Her photos showed up all over Georgia.

OPELIKA, Ala. — Roads piled with remnants. In Lee County, Alabama, these images define a tragedy. They don’t define the community that has emerged in its wake. In this case, the community extends 50 miles from where the tornadoes touched down.


Police reports from March 21

>Harriet Jackson Boyd, 37, of Valley, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. >Third-degree possession of a forged instrument and first-degree theft of property occurred on Feb. 19 at BB&T Bank, 600 Second Avenue.


Body found in northeast Alabama creek

An investigation is underway in Fort Payne, where a body was found in a creek this afternoon. Officers were called around 12:40 p.m. to Willis Creek off of Prestwood Drive. The body of a white male was found in the creek, said Fort Payne police Chief Randy Bynum in a statement.


House bill proposes cannabis card for medical marijuana in Alabama

State Rep. Mike Ball, a Republican from Huntsville who is a former ABI agent, on Wednesday introduced House Bill 243 that would legalize medical marijuana in Alabama. “This is about helping sick people,” said Ball, who sponsored bills that became Leni’s Law and Carly’s Law for CBD oil use. He said b


Lions Club receives update on West Point Lake

VALLEY — This is a busy time of year for the West Point Lake Project Management Office. In recent weeks, park rangers and project contractors have been dealing with shoreline debris removal caused by winter flooding. There’s a good deal of prescribed burning taking place on the project lands, and pr


W.F. Burns welcomes Beauregard in postponed doubleheader

VALLEY — Wednesday afternoon was about more than a junior high baseball doubleheader at Crestview Field. The students and players from the W.F. Burns baseball team welcomed Sanford Middle School from Beauregard as the team’s bus came in with balloons, signs and wristbands that read “Rams for the Gar


Two more acts of kindness manifest after the storm

LEE COUNTY, AL (WRBL) - If we've learned anything from the deadly tornado that hit Lee County, it's that a community can come together when it needs to. It's been two weeks since the Lee County area heard the train-like sounds of a tornado that took 23 lives. But acts of kindness, love, and support


Jeep missing in Alabama man's drowning death found in DeKalb County

Updated at 7:37 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, with a photo of the Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep Cherokee lost when a Geraldine, Alabama, man was swept to his death at a creek crossing in Buck's Pocket State Park in February has been found.


Alabama Senate approves bill to change marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill to abolish judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Alabama is surrounded by lotteries that suck

This is an opinion cartoon. Just look around. We’re surrounded by states with lotteries sucking up our money: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee. And Mississippi, already taking Alabama money at their casinos, will add a lottery later this year. Alabama is one of only five states without a lottery.


LaGrange police searching for missing 18-year-old last seen on Freeman St.

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - The LaGrange Police Department is asking the public for assistance locating a missing man. Zion McFarland, 18, was last seen on Freeman Street. Police say he may be in the Phenix City, Alabama or Atlanta, Georgia area.


Phase III of Lanett streetscape project underway

LANETT — Phase III of the Lanett downtown streetscape project is underway. On Monday, demolition work began on the existing sidewalk on the portion of North Lanier Avenue that runs from the Tanyard Creek bridge toward Cherry Drive.


2 Opelika manufacturing companies announce expansion

OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - Two of Opelika’s existing manufacturing companies will be expanding, according to city officials. Opelika Mayor Gary fuller announced the expansion on Wednesday. Fuller says Pharmative, a manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and other supplements, plans to invest $8.9 million and


Opelika police hoping for new leads in cold case of woman’s 2000 murder

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Opelika police are hoping for new leads in the case of woman murdered in her home in 2000 that remains unsolved. Mary Rearden was killed in the early morning hours of September 4, 2000 during a burglary of her residence.


Opelika native Mary Adkins to be buried at Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery will be the scene today where Mary N. Adkins of Opelika will be laid to rest. She is the wife of Medal of Honor recipient Bennie G. Adkins, widely known for his heroics during the Vietnam War as documented in his book, “A Tiger Among Us.” But Mary Adkins deserves her own


Joe Medley's prep notebook: Sacred Heart plans for softball, baseball programs

Sacred Heart is getting back in the baseball and softball business, the school announced late last week via Facebook. Teams will begin play in the 2019-20 school year, second-year Sacred Heart athletics director Brock Harrell said.


Valley Haven’s Annual Hike, Bike, Run

Hike, Bike, Run is Valley Haven’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Valley Haven has been providing education, training, special instruction and other services for individuals, preschool and adult, who are intellectually disabled and/or developmentally delayed and who are not receiving these training


Lanett baseball overcomes slow start to run rule Loachapoka

When Loachapoka pitcher Jesus “Zeus” Criollo was on the mound Wednesday, the Lanett Panthers struggled to get things going at the plate. Once Zeus bolted, however, the Panthers took advantage.


Happy First Day of Spring!

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Couldn’t ask for more beautiful weather on the first day of spring! A little less pollen around though would be nice. Regardless of the seasonable yellow dust blanketing the Valley, lots of sunshine around for the spring equinox today with highs still running slightly below ave


Linking arms, Lee-Scott and Springwood baseball teams honor tornado victims

LANETT, Ala. (WRBL) - A touching moment at Tuesday nights Springwood versus Lee-Scott baseball game is a visual reminder of the togetherness shared by communities in Lee County and Chambers County.