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    Polls open Tuesday in Colbert County for property tax vote for schools

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Voters in rural Colbert County will head to the polls Tuesday to decide on a proposed 3-mill property tax increase. “What angers me most about this vote is when the school board scheduled it for,” explained Andrew Sorrell with the Political Action Committee that is fighting the tax increase. “They scheduled this for the day after Memorial Day, hoping that nobody is paying attention, and nobody will come show up to vote.” The millage increase […]

  • Colbert County native James Jackson Baker was killed during battle in World War II. He was never returned back home. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Colbert County family remembers lost World War II soldier

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Since the Revolutionary War started in 1775, almost 1.4 million soldiers have died in the heat of battle.  On this Memorial Day, groups around the country met to honor those soldiers and the ones who never made it home. As Tuscumbia American Legion Post 31 gathered on Memorial Day to honor their friends and fellow soldiers who died at war, a wall stood in the back of the room in remembrance. Dozens of men killed, all from […]

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    State deploys body cameras to Troopers and Marine Police

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the unrest towards police officers still plaguing the country, agencies are arming themselves not with more guns, but cameras. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is the latest department in the state to deploy these protection measures for State Troopers and Marine Police. It’s a small piece of technology, but one no law enforcement officer wants to do without. “With the way the world is now as far as law enforcement and things that have happened […]

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    Alabama Marine Police expect large numbers on waterways this weekend

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With Memorial Day on Monday, Alabama Marine Police expect huge numbers of people to hit the waterways this weekend.  It’s the official start of the boating season here in the Tennessee Valley, and authorities want everyone to arrive home safely after a day on the water. At the top of the list, wear a life jacket.  They’re required for children, but it’s a good idea for everyone. “Statistics tell us that the vast majority of fatalities […]

  • Dalton McDaniel receives his Central High School diploma Wednesday morning, 70 years after being drafted into World War II. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    World War II veteran graduates high school 70 years after being drafted

    CENTRAL HEIGHTS, Ala. (WHNT) – As high school seniors across the valley get ready to graduate, many schools are finishing up the year with their awards day. There was one awards day Wednesday in the Shoals which took on a more significant meaning. One by one, Central High School seniors entered the gymnasium to receive various honors and accolades for their accomplishments. As parents looked on with joy, there was a group of children there to support their father. “I […]

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    Florence debates turning downtown into entertainment district

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – City leaders and private business owners in Florence are exploring the pros and cons of declaring downtown an entertainment district. The move would allow visitors to walk the streets in the district with open containers of alcohol. Each day, thousands travel into downtown Florence for shopping and eating at their favorite local spot.  Over the past several years, $200 million has been privately invested to ensure the success of downtown for generations to come. “Restaurants are […]

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    Police: Russellville man arrested for selling spice to high school student who overdosed

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Police say they’ve arrested the man who sold “Spice” to a high school student who overdosed recently. In fact, police say they’ve answered at least eight calls for people needed service who have suffered medical complications due to smoking the drug. All eight were rushed to the emergency room, and some needed intensive care or had extended hospital stays. The latest overdose case involved a local high school student who suffered severe complications and required […]

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    Two Deshler Middle School students overdose on “spice”

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The battle continues to wage in the war against spice across the state of Alabama. Police said the fight has now reached the schoolhouse. In the last week, four individuals in Tuscumbia have overdosed, two of them being middle school students. “It’s a situation which happened in my neighborhood. I was aware of it and it’s very alarming,” stated Tuscumbia Schools Superintendent Mary Kate Smith. The story of two students from Deshler Middle School overdosing on […]

  • St. Florian mayor Don Strait identifies the location of a private sewer being cut-off by the city of Florence. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    St. Florian mobile home park & businesses being cut-off city sewer

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Business owners in a small Shoals town are scrambling after being put on notice they will no longer be getting sewer service. The city of Florence has sent letters to St. Florian businesses stating they will no longer be accepting their waste through a private sewage line. In late April, St. Florian mayor Don Strait got word letters from the Florence Waste-Water Department were sent to businesses in his town stating they were being cut-off. According […]

  • Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier speaks to the Florence Rotary Club about proposed budget cuts and the affects it will have on ALEA. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Secretary of law enforcement paints grim picture to Shoals residents

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – For weeks we’ve heard how a proposed house budget would decimate the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Monday afternoon the Florence Rotary Club heard first hand just how bad things look. Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier had a clear and unabridged message to the club of Shoals residents. “In the past we have said the general funds in bad shape, so I’m here to communicate to the public how bad the situation is,” Collier stated. Secretary Collier […]

  • The "Living Lands and Waters" barge is docked at McFarland Park through Tuesday, May 12. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    ‘Living Lands and Waters’ barge visits Florence to help with Tennessee River cleanup this weekend

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Tennessee River is the most important natural resource we have here in the Valley.  A crusade has been started to clean and preserve the river for generations to come. Mounds of trash, old tires, and everything in between sits on barges now docked in Florence.  The junk has been pulled from the waters of the Tennessee River in recent weeks. Living Lands and Waters has partnered with TVA to stop illegal dumping in the river. […]

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    Man killed in one-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 72 in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence man died when his truck wrecked on Highway 72 West near Barton on Friday morning.  It happened about 9:20 a.m. Jerical Pernell Goodloe, 51, was killed when the 2000 Ford Ranger he was driving left the roadway and overturned.  He died at the scene. The truck’s passenger, Jessie Goodloe, was flown to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the wreck.

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