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  • 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 […]

  • Town of Anderson council lady Jeanne Leanne Smith in a booking photo from the Lauderdale County Detention Center in November.

    Anderson council person arrested for DUI; suspended from VFD

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An Anderson town council member has been arrested for driving under the influence and has now been relieved of her other duties in the town. Mayor Leah Newton and officers of the Anderson Volunteer Fire Department met with council member and volunteer EMT Jeanne Smith behind closed doors Thursday morning. This was the first official meeting between Smith and the other town leaders to discuss a suspension for her November 16th DUI arrest. Fire department […]

  • L to R: Matthew and Patricia Ayers (WHNT News 19 file)

    Lauderdale County couple pleads guilty in child pornography case

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County couple pleaded guilty Wednesday in a child pornography case.  This follows their federal conviction in October. Today’s plea was in Lauderdale County Circuit Court.  Matthew Ayers pleaded guilty to sodomy of a child under 12.  Before Judge Mike Jones, Ayers admitted to sodomizing the victim and to having pictures made while the act took place.  The judge scheduled the sentencing for January 29 at 1:30 p.m. Patricia Ayers was brought in next.  She pleaded […]

  • James Christopher Martin (center) is on trial for the shooting death of Grant Campbell in Sheffield. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Martin murder trial underway in Colbert County

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Prosecutors and defense attorneys laid out their cases to the jury Tuesday morning as a Colbert county murder trial began. James Christopher Martin is on trial for the shooting death of Grant Campbell. Prosecutor say Saturday November 16, 2013 was a day filled with heavy drinking and watching football at Chris Martin’s home on 17th Street in Sheffield. In opening statements, defense attorneys countered the state by saying Martin was having some friends over when Campbell […]

  • Larry Stutts was sworn into office Friday in front of the Colbert County Courthouse with his wife Jackie standing by his side. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Stutts sworn into office; election now official after recount confirms he wins State Senate Dist. 6

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – After 24 days of waiting to see which Alabama State Senate District Six candidate would come out victorious in northwest Alabama, a new state senator has been sworn into office. UPDATE: Larry Stutts won the race, as confirmed by the official state recount on Monday, December 1.   Stutts had 17,643 votes to Roger Bedford’s 17,573  – a difference of 70 votes. Official recount totals: Colbert County Stutts 9,030 Bedford 6863 No change Lauderdale County Stutts 2333 […]

  • 112614 FR Helping Santas Kids 6pm PKG

    Russellville fire fighters ask community to help Santa this year

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – To make sure every kid has a Christmas present to open in Franklin County this year, some public servants are asking for some helpers for Santa. Wednesday morning, fire fighters in Russellville kicked off their efforts by placing boxes across the city. In their firefighting turn-outs they may seem a bit gritty, but underneath all that soot they have a servant’s heart. “It’s just another way outside of our job that we can do and go and […]

  • Volunteers prepare desserts from scratch at First United Methodist Church in downtown Florence on Tuesday. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Volunteers prepare to feed thousands in Florence Thanksgiving feast

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With travel plans getting into full swing and families preparing their Thanksgiving dinners, there’s a group that could easily be forgotten during the holidays. In the Shoals, several church congregations are banding together to feed thousands of people in need this Thanksgiving. With a frenzied pace, volunteers have started preparing a rather large scale Thanksgiving meal at First United Methodist Church in Florence. Wannell Scott, a discipleship minister at the church, is spearheading efforts to feed more […]

  • Dr. Larry Stutts (left) and Roger Bedford (right)

    Stutts/Bedford race now headed for recount December 1

    (WHNT) – The State Senate District 6 race between Larry Stutts and incumbent Roger Bedford is now officially headed for a recount. Official returns have Stutts, the Republican candidate, defeating Bedford, the Democrat, by 67 votes. Alabama law requires an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than half of a percent. A state board certified the results on Monday, November 24. The canvassing board will conduct the recount next Monday, December 1 in Montgomery.  State Senate District […]

  • 112414 Sheffield Downtown

    Sheffield’s downtown seeing first signs of growth in decades

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Teetering on the brink of extinction for many years, Sheffield is making a comeback.  For the first time in more than 50 years, construction is taking place in downtown Sheffield, and it’s sparked several renovations. ‘For Sale’ signs in the windows of vacant buildings have been commonplace over the years in downtown Sheffield.  But drive through today, and you’ll see orange cones and building construction taking place all around. “I’ve been here when things weren’t so […]

  • Florence High School junior Jackson Sneed reviews his technical work from a previous internet broadcast of a Falcon football game. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Falcon football broadcasts featured nationally for excellence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A northwest Alabama high school is in the spotlight as they broadcast a third round football playoff game in Gardendale Friday night. The Florence High School Sports Network is one of 4 from across the  nation getting a shoot to show off their skills during a live internet broadcast. It’s no secret fans get passionate about any level of football in the state of Alabama. But Florence High School junior Jackson Sneed put his passion into […]

  • 112014 LD Angel Tree 630pm PKG

    Angels ready for adoption across the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A host of volunteers will be spread across the Shoals starting today for the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Brenda Tease is one of those volunteers, and she has helped with the Salvation Army Angel Tree program for the past 16 years. She said it’s her passion; it’s a Christmas gift to herself. Brenda starts helping when the application process begins in early November, and she knows there’s real people on each card. “I see […]

  • 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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