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    Spirit of Freedom attendees will see some noticeable changes

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Some noticeable changes have been made to the 2015 Spirit of Freedom celebration this Fourth of July weekend. As rain fell on McFarland Park Friday, workers continued setting up tents and food trailers in preparation for the scheduled festivities. Months of planning has gone into Saturday’s events, including where the fireworks show will be shoot from. In 2014 the show was land based, due to some scheduling conflicts with a barge company. “The location turned out […]

  • Geese lay dead in the back of a Russellville city vehicle after being shot at Sloss Lake Wednesday. (Viewer Picture)

    Russellville Police take heat for shooting migratory geese to control bird population at Sloss Lake

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to get answers about a city eliminating dozens of geese at a popular lake. Our email and social media has been flooded since Wednesday questioning why Russellville Police were shooting geese at Sloss Lake. It’s one of the most peaceful spots in the city of Russellville. That’s why people were so shocked at the sight of a police officer on the water Wednesday shooting the water fowl. Police chief Chris Hargett […]

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    Florence police change exit routes for Spirit of Freedom celebration

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A traffic change is coming for the thousands of people expected to attend the Spirit of Freedom celebration this weekend in the Shoals. With three days left before thousands invade McFarland Park in Florence, police are preparing for a very challenging time. They have had to divert from the normal exiting plans at the park due to restoration work being performed on O’Neal Bridge. Traffic is only able to travel in single lanes both north and […]

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    Shoals man sentenced to life for manslaughter conviction

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Judge Gil Self sentenced Eugene Lee Jones to life in prison with the possibility of parole Wednesday morning. Jones was convicted in May for the death of Lula Addison, whose body was found in the City Lodge Motel in July of 2013. During sentencing, the District Attorney’s office presented evidence of four prior felony convictions against Jones. Addison’s family members shared emotional statements, addressing Jones and the court. One even said she hated Jones and believes […]

  • Trooper Chad Dyer patrols Wilson Lake as boating increases before the upcoming holiday weekend. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    State water patrols increasing as Fourth of July holiday nears

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – With the Fourth of July holiday weekend fast approaching, people are making plans to hit the water for some outdoor fun. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wants everyone to enjoy the holiday, but take some precautions to stay safe as well. He could have the best job in law enforcement, but patrolling Wilson Lake day in and day out for Trooper Chad Dyer can be challenging, especially when there’s a holiday weekend coming up. “There’s […]

  • Angel Campos Nava being escorted into the Franklin County Courthouse shortly before pleading guilty to murder. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Illegal alien pleads guilty to 2013 Russellville murder

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An illegal alien charged in the death of his estranged girlfriend entered a guilty plea Monday in a Franklin County court. The plea ends more than two years of uncertainty for a family who dreaded sitting through an upcoming trial. Escorted by jailers, Angel Nava entered the courthouse Monday after weeks of negotiations between prosecutors and defense attorneys. District Attorney Joey Rushing said it was the family of Lesley Hope Plott who asked for some resolution in the […]

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    City and business leaders evaluate entertainment district in downtown Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With change comes great fear in many cases, and that saying is holding true with talks of creating an entertainment district in downtown Florence. It’s heralded as one of the best kept downtown areas in the South.  Millions of dollars have been invested to make it viable over the years. This is why when talks began about creating an entertainment district, Florence city leaders and business owners decided not to rush things. “We want it to […]

  • 061815 LD Fan Drive 630pm PKG

    United Way and Community Action partner to get fans for needy Shoals families

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The stifling heat of summer in the south is starting to set in across the valley. With the heat brings a growing concern for the elderly and disabled, who may not be able to afford a way to cool their homes. Tammy McDaniel with the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama sees the need to help the less fortunate first hand. Her agency helps more than 4,000 families every year. “It is hard for them to afford a […]

  • Isiah Thornton (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

    Florence Police make arrest in connection to downtown assault, release more about investigation

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence Police have made an arrest in connection to an assault that happened downtown two weeks ago. Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said Isiah Thornton, 28, was arrested and charged with assault third degree and criminal mischief third degree Tuesday. Investigators said 20 to 30 juveniles assaulted Kevin Dawes, a Lauderdale County man and his 14-year-old son at Wilson Park on Friday, June 5.  The victim’s wife, Juli Dawes, witnessed the attack and said the group “was […]

  • 061515 LD DTF Expansion 630pm PKG

    Lauderdale Sheriff wants additional staff for drug task force

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fighting illegal drug activity is a costly proposition for local law enforcement across the valley. They normally work in the shadows, developing leads to arrest drug dealers. With budget cuts to state offices like the district attorney’s office, the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force has dwindled in participating agencies and agents. Florence Police Department has three full-time members; the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has one. Sheriff Rick Singleton said he wants to change that, “We got […]

  • 061115 LD City Wide Recycling 5pm PKG

    Florence recycling pleased after 1 month of city-wide collections

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With one month of total city recycling behind it, the Florence Recycling Center has seen an overwhelming response of participation. A mound of recyclable materials sits in the center, while sorting employees there now work at a dizzying pace. More than 15,000 collection bins are now saturating the city. Recycling director David Koonce had hoped for this much cooperation, but coming so quickly has forced some changes. “We’re probably 20 to 30 percent more than what […]

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    New Florence animal shelter at a standstill while city locates property

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – When the city council approved a capital projects list in 2013, a new animal shelter topped the list. Two years later, there’s been no dirt moved and the current shelter is bursting at the seams. Any visitor to the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter can quickly identify there’s an overcrowding issue. Dogs are often doubled up in kennel’s both inside and outside the building. Shelter director Vinnie Grosso said the city is making significant progress in moving forward with […]

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