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    70 years later, the ‘Kissing Sailor’ tells all

    MIDDLETOWN, Rhode Island (CNN) — In a wood-paneled man cave in his basement, George Mendonsa sorts through dog-eared photos and other mementos from his service in World War II. Above the fireplace is a painting of the USS Bunker Hill, the mighty aircraft carrier crippled by kamikaze pilots in the closing months of the war. […]

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    Heart of the Valley YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs announce alliance

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Heart of the Valley YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama established a new strategic alliance at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding Friday. “By aligning the missions, visions and resources of our agencies, we believe together we can better solve some of the complex issues facing […]

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    Rocket City Swim League keeps Coach Glenn Carr young at heart

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – A tiny 7-year-old smiles big as Sharon Johnston Head Coach Glenn Carr praises her butterfly. When Carr offers a little advice, the girl pulls at her swim cap. She has something more pressing on her mind. “I like to do magic tricks,” she proudly proclaims, right out of the blue, like […]

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    Lawrence County Schools hires Johnny Yates as new superintendent

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lawrence County Board of Education selected a new school superintendent Monday night. His is a familiar face, having spent years in that school system. He has served in a number of capacities, most recently as the interim superintendent. District 3 Lawrence County School Board member Beth Vinson offered the motion. […]

  • Jackson County leaders say Google’s presence will be have an impact on schools, funding

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Officials say Google’s plan to build a $600 million data center in the Stevenson and Bridgeport area is about more than a boost to the economy. Google’s presence is expected to help the county’s schools as well; schools which funding for has been decreasing in the county. Google plans to build the […]

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    Butler High SGA Vice President discusses an emotional change

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – Nothing is permanent, except change.  That is evident with the recent closing of Butler High School.  A’jada Young was the final SGA Vice President at Butler and will soon be a senior at Johnson High School.  She stopped in to WHNT News 19 this week to tell us what it is […]

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    NY prison tailor arrested on charges she helped 2 murderers escape

    (CNN) — Joyce Mitchell, the New York prison tailor who authorities said may have aided a pair of convicted murderers before their brazen escape, has been arrested, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Friday. Mitchell was to be arraigned Friday evening. Mitchell has been charged with providing material assistance to the inmates, […]

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    End of an Era: Robert Reeves, reflects on Butler High memories as his school closes for good

    Someone once said, “all good things must come to an end.” I’m not sure I agree with that, especially when we are talking about the closing of S.R. Butler High School. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not an editorial or a rant about the Huntsville City School system. This is just expressing a […]

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    Your chance to own a piece of Butler High history

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the closing of Butler High, Huntsville City School administrators were tasked with deciding what to do with decades of school memorabilia. In going through the gym and field houses, school system employees found everything from baseball uniforms to signed basketballs, cheerleading megaphones to 1950s team photos, even the old City Football Championship trophy. […]

  • Butler High Students officially say goodbye to their school, welcome new opportunities

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Butler High School freshman, sophomores, and juniors participated in a bridging ceremony on Monday to mark the students’ move to Columbia, Grissom, Huntsville, Johnson, and Lee High Schools. Principals, students and staff members from each of the high schools greeted the Butler students with open arms as they crossed a bridge on […]

  • Lawrence County residents organize fight against proposed tax increase for schools

    SPEAKE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a fight brewing in Lawrence County, and it all has to do with funding for the county’s school system. School leaders say they need a tax increase to make up for money lost when the county’s largest employer shut down. “And we’re hearing all kinds of numbers that’s being thrown […]

  • Butler baseball team wraps up last homestand on brink of school closing its doors

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After a school year mired in uncertainty, it is all but a done deal that Butler High School will be closing its doors at the end of this year. A federal judge still has to make it official, but while the decision looms, Butler’s student-athletes have been tasked with the responsibility […]