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  • Robert Franklin Branton

    Florence war veteran receives his high school diploma more than 60 years later

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After coming up one credit short of getting his high school diploma, a retired war veteran had a lifelong dream come true Tuesday. The year was 1953. Robert Franklin Branton was a senior at Coffee High School. Despite his best efforts, Branton was unable to pull up a physics grade to complete his requirements to graduate. Fast forward 62-years and a conversation between Branton and his wife. “We’ve done everything, seen everything, been everywhere, but I don’t have a […]

  • Dustin Bowling

    Manhunt over in northwest Alabama, burglary suspect captured

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A manhunt in northwest Alabama is over after a burglary suspect was taken into custody in Muscle Shoals Monday afternoon. Multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies were searching for 34-year-old Dustin Bowling. He is wanted for multiple thefts and burglaries which span two states. “As far as our department goes, I’ve allotted every resource I can at this point to actually try and locate him,” stated Lt. Brad Potts. Bowling was taken into custody Monday after […]

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    North Alabama high school students explore job fields in the IT industry

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Technology is the key, it seems, that opens doors to business and culture in these times. Behind the rapid evolution is information technology or IT as we know it. Thursday, students in the Muscle Shoals Career Academy IT department hosted an expo to learn from some of the industry’s leading professionals. The FBI, the National Guard, and even the healthcare industry all have IT professionals working for them. Not only does the FBI have technicians […]

  • Mykell Devon Ramsey

    Florence man sentenced on child pornography charges

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A Shoals man has been sentenced under a plea agreement for possession of child pornography. Mykell Devon Ramsey, 20, will spend the next 18 months in the Lauderdale County Work Release Program.  Ramsey was indicted earlier this year on charges of dissemination of obscene matter of a person under 17, intent to disseminate obscene matter of a person under 17, and possession of obscene matter of a person under 17. Police say Ramsey sent the child pornography […]

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    Driver license offices set to reopen across Alabama, but with limited hours

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – One month ago, state budget cuts forced more than two dozen satellite driver license offices across the state to shut down. Wednesday morning, one of those examination offices reopened in Russellville, albeit on a very limited basis. It’s the first day in more than a month residents have been able to seek exam services without driving out of Franklin County. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials said they will open the Franklin County Courthouse office one day a […]

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    Homeless shelter begins winter operations in the Shoals

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – What started as a grass-roots effort to bring the homeless out of the cold is now uniting congregations in northwest Alabama. “Room in the Inn” began as a warming shelter and has developed into a combined effort of churches across the Shoals to care for the homeless. Shelter, a cot and a couple of warm meals; it may not seem like a lot, but on a cold winter night it means either life or death to […]

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    Florence police warn of criminal activity as holidays approach

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you take a look at the calendar, you may realize we are only two months from Christmas. With the holidays comes a dark side, and law enforcement are trying to get ahead of the criminal element. It’s an unfortunate trend Florence police see each year as Christmas approaches. The number of car burglaries spikes and police are asking you to take precautions. “Criminals, they have holiday season just like we do. So, while we’re out […]

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    Leaf collections underway in Florence; officials offer tips to help the process

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the sun finally peering out from behind the clouds, the color of fall can once again be admired across the valley. But it’s also the beginning of leaf raking and collection trucks circling the city of Florence. “We prefer for people to have them all raked up by the end of January. But typically it never happens that way. The heaviest times for us is going to be November and December,” stated David Koonce, the […]

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    Colbert County District Attorney warns of arrest scam hitting the Shoals

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s another phone scam to report to you, and this one is threatening to have you arrested if you don’t pay up. From his courthouse office on the second floor, Colbert County District Attorney Bryce Graham fields all sorts of calls pertaining to the law. After receiving numerous complaints about a potential scam, he decided to call the folks behind it on Wednesday morning. “I got a hold of that particular number and called it to […]

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    Alabama among top states in educating students on financial responsibility

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A recent study has been released which gives Alabama schools an “A” for teaching students about personal finance. Composed by Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, Alabama is among five states in the 2015 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools to receive the “A” rating. There’s a school system in the Shoals which goes one step further with financial literacy and has brought banking to the high school. Among the […]

  • Timmie Dewayne Kelley (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    Petition circulates to keep Lauderdale County murderer in prison

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A campaign is underway in Lauderdale County to keep a man who pleaded guilty to murder in prison. In 2003, Timmie Dewayne Kelley was given a life sentence for the death of Troy Condrey. Now, the community is rising up to keep Kelley behind bars. “There are people in this community who still fear him getting out,” stated Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. “They fear retribution from him if he gets out.” Fifteen years after […]

  • Tonya Lynn Irwin (Photo: Russellville Police Dept.)

    Russellville woman charged with sexual torture of a child

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Franklin County woman is charged with sex crimes against a child.  After an early morning interview Friday, 37-year-old Tonya Lynn Irwin was arrested by Russellville Police. She’s charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and sexual torture. The victim was 10 years old at the time the alleged incidents took place. Police Chief Chris Hargett said this is a very disturbing case. “Any type of sex crime, regardless of what […]


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