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  • 060815 LD UNA Tuition Hike 6pm PKG

    UNA Board of Trustees votes to increase tuition costs to students

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The cost of going to college is going up at the University of North Alabama. In front of a standing room only crowd, the UNA Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition costs by $10 per credit hour for undergraduates and $12 per credit hour for graduate students. University officials said over the last 10 years, students have seen significantly higher tuition increases each year. Clinton Carter, the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs said […]

  • 060515 LD Indian Mound WEB

    Native Americans to be honored with new museum in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The gates have been locked, and the museum cleared out of all its artifacts. A building which hosted Elvis Presley in the 1950’s as a guest on AM radio station WJOI will soon be demolished. The city of Florence is moving forward with plans to build a new Indian Mound Museum. City leaders said the museum has exceeded its life expectancy, and it’s time to bring the attraction up to date. Florence Community Services Director Todd […]

  • James Greene (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    Man charged with attempted murder in Leighton shooting

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – The Colbert County Sheriff’s Department says a man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenager was shot in the area of Jarmon Way in Leighton Wednesday evening. Friday, James Greene, 32, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling, according to the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said a fight between the victim and another teenager on Jarmon Way drew a crowd of spectators Wednesday evening. […]

  • A police car blocks drivers from using Walnut Street. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Florence Police give “all clear” after suspicious package found at Florence Social Security Office

    FLORENCE, Ala. – At 1 p.m. Florence Police gave the “all clear” for people to resume their day at the Social Security Office on Walnut Street. They evacuated the building for about an hour while teams checked a suspicious package found in the mailroom. That package turned out to contain a coffee mug.  The package was addressed to a family member of a former federal judge.  All mail is scanned, and for some reason, this one sent up a red […]

  • 060415 LD Warning System 5pm PKG

    Lauderdale County launches public warning system for residents

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Residents in Lauderdale County could be getting a wake-up call if they choose next time severe weather rolls in overnight. The Florence-Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency has launched a new warning system which is free of charge. Severe weather can strike the Tennessee Valley at any time, day or night.  We have grown accustomed to hearing the outdoor weather sirens and weather radios in our homes. But the Sentry Public Warning System launching this week in Lauderdale […]

  • 060315 CO Helen Keller Festival Announcement 630pm PKG

    Organizers try to keep Helen Keller Festival evolving after 37 years

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Later this month, the Helen Keller Festival will take over the city of Tuscumbia for its annual celebration. With so many years behind them, how do organizers keep the story of “America’s First Lady of Courage” relevant for new audience’s? Each year the event draws an international audience. Sue Pilkilton has worked on the festival’s executive board since its inception 37 years ago. “It’s hard work. We start in July and we start planning the next […]

  • AMSTI instructors go over content teachers will learn over the next two weeks of class at Russellville Middle Schools. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Northwest Alabama teachers return to the classroom as students

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rather than taking the summer off, dozens of teacher are spending the next two weeks in the classroom. The teacher is now the pupil, and they’ll be taking their new-found skills back to classes this fall. Science learning kits sit ready and waiting for the newest group of teachers to be trained in AMSTI learning at Russellville Middle School. The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative began in 2004 as a way to improve student’s comprehension […]

  • 060115 CO Summer Feeding Program WEB

    Nutrition program ensures Shoals students are fed away from school

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Schools are out across the valley, but there are still hundreds of kids showing up to the lunchrooms of schools in their area. Tuscumbia City Schools is beginning its third year of a summer feeding program designed to make sure kids get proper nutrition year around. A slice of sausage, a biscuit, and an orange may not seem like a huge breakfast, but for some school age children, it may be all they get during the summer. […]

  • 052915 LW Town Creek Post Office 6pm PKG

    Lawrence County post office closed after storm damages building

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) – Damage from severe weather this week has shut down a Lawrence County post office. Yellow caution tape blocks the front entrance of the Town Creek Post Office to keep people away. On the west side of the building, a blue tarp covers the hole created by a rather large tree being blown over Wednesday night during a storm. Postal officials had no choice but to close down the building after surveying the damage. “Kind of […]

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    RV repair business burns in Tuscumbia

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A business burned Thursday on Gann Boulevard in Tuscumbia. The fire started just after 12 p.m. at Jerry’s Mobile RV Repair.  Firefighters arrived and found the business engulfed in flames. Firefighters are unsure how the fire started at this point.  There were workers inside the business, but everyone made it out safely. The video above was submitted by Jordan Abrams – thank you, Jordan. The pictures below were submitted by Kris Mahbubani. Thank you for the […]

  • 052715 CO Tax Vote Failure 6pm PKG

    Colbert County superintendent reacts to failed tax increase

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Colbert County Board of Education officials say a tight budget will be getting even tighter in the future.  After the votes were counted on a special referendum Tuesday, residents overwhelmingly voted down a 3-mill property tax increase for education. “I can appreciate that,” stated Colbert County Schools Superintendent Anthony Olivis. “The voters had the opportunity to have a say in what goes on in education.” By a margin of 6 to 1, voters across Colbert County […]

  • James Gibson awaits word from the mayors of Florence and St. Florian about a possible sewage line being shut-off in October, and if there has been a compromise made. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Mobile home park owner pleads for Shoals mayors to resolve sewer line issues

    ST. FLORIAN, Ala. (WHNT) – A resolution could soon be reached between St. Florian and city of Florence officials concerning the shut-off of a sewer line in October. Florence says businesses there have illegally tapped into the private sewage line and more than 50 families could be forced to move if the shutdown takes place. James Gibson and his family are playing the waiting game. The Gibsons own Woodland Hills Mobile Home Park near St. Florian. In late April, the […]

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