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  • 111914 LD Florence Recycling Grants 5pm PKG

    Florence recycling to quadruple collections in the coming months

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Since 2013, blue carts have been popping up in neighborhoods across Florence to help support recycling efforts. With the commercial demand for those recycled materials in the manufacturing process ever increasing, several companies have come together to form the Curbside Value Partnership. To get their partnership off the ground, they picked the city of Florence as one of their first test cities to increase residential recycling. “The materials are needed. In other words, they want city’s […]

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    Florence warming center looks for additional help from churches

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With temperatures plummeting across the Tennessee Valley, groups in the Shoals have opened warming shelters to take care of the homeless population. A warm meal, coupled with a blanket and cot may not seem like a lot but it’s all some people may get to help survive this winter. Last winter, The Warming Center in Florence opened 39 nights and they have already opened for five nights this year.  It is currently located on Tennessee Street […]

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    Land purchases for new Florence hospital could restart soon

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Not much in east Florence has changed since a sign depicting a new hospital went up along Veterans Drive in 2012. The proposed site of a new 280-bed hospital by RegionalCare has slowed to a crawl with numerous appeals and hearings with the Alabama Certificate of Need board. But we could see some movement in the coming weeks. “This will go ahead and satisfy some of the property owners, and go ahead and get them their […]

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    Florence asks tourism officials for help in luring sports tournaments

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Even though winter is about to set in, park and recreation officials in Florence are already looking to baseball and softball season. They’re especially interested in luring tournaments to the area, and looking to tourism officials for help. With some experience in holding tournaments under their belt, the Florence Park and Recreation Department wants to take hosting to a new level. Todd Nix, the Director of Community Services for the city, has approached Florence-Lauderdale Tourism officials […]

  • Carla Crowell (Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

    Sheriff: Lauderdale County woman points gun at tree trimmers

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals woman has been arrested for allegedly threatening a utility worker who was trimming trees. According to Sheriff’s deputies, 44-year-old Carla Crowell has been charged with two counts of menacing and harassment. Deputies say Crowell approached the tree trimmers who were working on her property and pointed a gun at them.  Authorities say she then forced them off her property. Crowell was booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon.

  • A veteran strikes a bell for each name read honoring a Lauderdale County soldier who died in World War I during a service Tuesday in Florence. (Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    World War I soldiers honored at Florence memorial service

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – On this Veterans Day, thousands across the Tennessee Valley gathered to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country’s freedom. With every bell toll Tuesday morning, the name of a soldier from Lauderdale county who died in World War I was read to the crowd gathered at the Veteran’s Memorial in Florence. A somber mood came over the crowd as the names […]

  • Justin M. Green; Indicted for Reckless Manslaughter (Courtesy: Florence Police Department)

    Florence man indicted in connection with his daughters death

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County grand jury has upgraded the charges against a father in connection with the death of his infant daughter. The indictment was handed down late last week, and the father has again been arrested in the case. On August 7, 2013 emergency responders were called to apartment 12H at Hermitage Hills Apartments on a report of an infant who was unresponsive. The 14-month-old’s father told investigators at the time that he found her in […]

  • Shoals Angel Tree adoption location asked to move from Florence Mall

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With Christmas fast approaching, the Salvation Army has been forced to re-locate Angel Trees across northwest Alabama. As struggling families sit and wait their turn to apply for the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, organizers continue to secure locations for the Angels to be adopted. A few weeks ago, the Salvation Army got word from the owners of the Florence Mall they would not be allowing non-profits to solicit on the mall property. “We’re not […]

  • Police are at Russellville High School to investigate a bomb threat. The school was evacuated Thursday morning. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Russellville High School given ‘All Clear’ after bomb threat, student charged

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police say a 16-year-old student has been charged in the investigation into a bomb threat made against Russellville High School earlier Thursday. The Russellville High student is charged with making a terrorist threat and rendering a false alarm. RHS Bomb Threat: Police say a 16-yo RHS student has been arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat and rendering a false alarm. — WHNT Shoals Bureau (@WHNTShoals) November 6, 2014 Students and faculty were evacuated from […]

  • The Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigates a bomb threat on Thursday at Tharptown High School.  (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Student arrested in bomb threat at Tharptown High School

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Classes have resumed at Tharptown High School after the second bomb threat at a high school in northwest Alabama caused students and staff to evacuate Thursday. Law enforcement gave the ‘all clear’ to Tharptown students and faculty after sweeping the school just before 2:00 p.m. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in this case, too.  A 17-year-old Tharptown High School student is charged. Tharptown: Franklin SO has arrested a 17-yo THS student for making a terrorist […]

  • Defense attorneys discuss a plea deal with Shannon Brewer prior to a hearing on Tuesday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court. (WHNT - Carter Watkins)

    Brewer pleads guilty in Lauderdale County capital murder case

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A surprising turn of events in Lauderdale County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon, as a capital murder suspect pleaded guilty. The plea comes just 10 days before the trial for Shannon Paul Brewer was scheduled to start. Scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon, Brewer was escorted into the courtroom of Judge Mike Jones.  But instead of the hearing, Brewer’s attorneys and prosecutors finalized the paperwork in which he entered a guilty plea to murder, assault, and […]

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    Florence polling site loses power for brief time, all restored now

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Some voters in Florence experienced a power outage Tuesday morning while trying to cast their votes. According to the Lauderdale County Probate Judge’s office, for about 30 minutes Tuesday morning at Harlan Elementary, voters were unable to process their ballots electronically. The judge’s office says emergency procedures were followed, allowing voters to fill out their ballot and submit it into a secured drawer for electronic counting after polls close tonight. Polling inspectors report things have been […]

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