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  • 010915 LD Twelve For Life 630pm PKG

    Florence graduation rates rise through “12 For Life” program

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Most high school students are in the classroom at 9:00 am, preparing for their next test or assignment. But the students involved in the “12 For Life” program in Florence are starting hour number two of a four-hour shift. The program was created by electrical wire manufacturer Southwire and helps the students get paid to work in a manufacturing environment while also getting school credit. There’s no another program like it in the state. Keanere Cole, […]

  • Surveillance picture of the man (Courtesy: Muscle Shoals Police)

    Muscle Shoals police work to ID man who broke into Verizon store

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Surveillance cameras captured a man breaking into a cell phone store on New Year’s Eve, and Muscle Shoals police hope you can help identify him. Muscle Shoals police said the burglary happened just after 2:30 in the morning on New Year’s Eve. According to investigators, the man walked up to the front of Verizon Wireless on Avalon Avenue and smashed his way in with a sledgehammer. Once inside the burglar headed straight to the back […]

  • 010715 CO Roads Closed Policy 5pm PKG

    Colbert County changes winter weather roadway warnings

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – When winter weather strikes in the Tennessee Valley, one of the biggest concerns residents have are about road conditions. And although we’re not expecting snow or ice in the coming days, winter weather travel has been on the minds of elected leaders for months. One Shoals county has adopted a plan which will hopefully help people determine if it’s safe to drive or not, and it could go state wide. The Association of County Engineers of […]

  • 010615 CO FreightCar Job Fair 6pm PKG

    Hundreds line up to apply for FreightCar America manufacturing jobs in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The December announcement of new jobs coming to the Shoals created a tremendous amount of buzz throughout northwest Alabama. Braving the bitterly cold wind, people lined up outside the Marriott Shoals Conference Center early Tuesday morning in hopes of landing one of the open positions. To keep up with current railcar demand, FreightCar America has up to 200 hundred slots to fill at its manufacturing facility in Barton. “To start the year off with an announcement […]

  • 010515 LD Capital Projects 6pm PKG

    Florence hires coordinator to jump-start capital projects

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A year and a half ago, elected officials in Florence borrowed almost $20 million to initiate several different capital improvement projects in the city. To date, only two of the eight projects have broken ground. On a chilly winter day, workers put the finishing touches on a group of ball fields at the Florence Sports Complex. The addition is one of the only projects the city of Florence has been able to almost complete since getting […]

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    Murder trial of Eugene Jones delayed in Lauderdale County

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The murder trial of Eugene Lee Jones has been delayed until later this year. During a pre-trial hearing Monday morning, Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Gil Self issued a continuance for Jones’ attorney, who was just appointed to the case late last year. Jones is accused of the July 3013 strangulation death of Lula Addison.  Police say she was found inside a hotel room at City Lodge in downtown Florence.  The two had met just hours prior […]

  • 010115 SACS 10pm PKG

    Shoals Area Crime Stoppers: FPD searches for suspect in clothing store burglary

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who went on an after-hours shopping spree worth thousands of dollars. And in this week’s Most Wanted, Russellville police are trying to locate a man for allegedly enticing an underage girl. It may only be one single black and white surveillance picture, but Florence police think it’s all they need to identify the man. A camera caught him Wednesday morning inside JAR and Co. on […]

  • Polar plunge participants in Phil Campbell quickly run in and out of the frigid waters of Mon Dye Landing on Thursday. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    People plunge into Bear Creek for Phil Campbell cancer survivors

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – A New Year’s Day tradition in Franklin County has turned from an event for the community, to an event to help the community. This year’s polar plunge in Phil Campbell went to help support two special kids, both battling cancer. On a cold winter day, normally fit for only some fishing at Mon Dye Landing, folks came out in droves to throw themselves into the frigid waters. They showed up to raise money funds for 3-year-old […]

  • Tuscumbia police officer's practice rescuing a downed officer in the hallways of Deshler High School during a training session. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    Tuscumbia officers step up their game during training

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – With some animosity building across the country against police, annual training for one Shoals police department has taken on new meaning. With intensity and focus normally reserved for the streets, Tuscumbia police officers have stepped up their game during training this week. In a simulated exercise at Deshler High School on Wednesday, they practiced rescuing one of their own – downed by a gunman. “We have police officers who are standing on a sidewalk and are assaulted […]

  • Mon Dye Landing will be the spot participants take the plunge on Thursday at noon. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    Franklin County residents taking the plunge to benefit children in need

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a tradition not for the squeamish or faint of heart. As a new year approaches, people from all walks of life will be throwing themselves into frigid waters, doing the polar plunge. But in Franklin County, they are doing it for a cause. The waters of Mon Dye Landing may look tranquil on the surface, but make no mistake, they’re cold. During the winter, it’s around 55-degrees cold. But on New Year’s Day, people […]

  • 121614 LD Salvation Army Meets Goals 6pm PKG

    Angel Tree volunteers overwhelmed by outpouring of Shoals support

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Shoals has come together in a big way to make Christmas special for almost 2,000 children. The Salvation Army of the Shoals has seen record responses this year with their Angel Tree program. From the trees, to the tables, hundreds of Angel Tree donation bags sit ready to be distributed on Wednesday and Thursday at their center in Florence. Each bag represents a child who could have gone without this Christmas. “People have been more […]

  • 120814 CO FreightCar Expansion 5pm PKG

    Shoals railcar plant announces expansion and new jobs

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – More jobs are headed to northwest Alabama, as a leading railcar provider announced plans to expand their operations. Monday afternoon, FreightCar America released plans in Cherokee for a multimillion dollar manufacturing expansion. Company officials addressed a host of government leaders, including Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. They made the announcement flanked by the two best selling railcars from the Colbert County FreightCar America plant. The company started production in the plant in July of 2013, and […]

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