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  • Isiah Thornton (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

    Florence Police make arrest in connection to downtown assault, release more about investigation

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence Police have made an arrest in connection to an assault that happened downtown two weeks ago. Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said Isiah Thornton, 28, was arrested and charged with assault third degree and criminal mischief third degree Tuesday. Investigators said 20 to 30 juveniles assaulted Kevin Dawes, a Lauderdale County man and his 14-year-old son at Wilson Park on Friday, June 5.  The victim’s wife, Juli Dawes, witnessed the attack and said the group “was […]

  • 061515 LD DTF Expansion 630pm PKG

    Lauderdale Sheriff wants additional staff for drug task force

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fighting illegal drug activity is a costly proposition for local law enforcement across the valley. They normally work in the shadows, developing leads to arrest drug dealers. With budget cuts to state offices like the district attorney’s office, the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force has dwindled in participating agencies and agents. Florence Police Department has three full-time members; the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has one. Sheriff Rick Singleton said he wants to change that, “We got […]

  • 061115 LD City Wide Recycling 5pm PKG

    Florence recycling pleased after 1 month of city-wide collections

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With one month of total city recycling behind it, the Florence Recycling Center has seen an overwhelming response of participation. A mound of recyclable materials sits in the center, while sorting employees there now work at a dizzying pace. More than 15,000 collection bins are now saturating the city. Recycling director David Koonce had hoped for this much cooperation, but coming so quickly has forced some changes. “We’re probably 20 to 30 percent more than what […]

  • 061015 LD Animal Shelter WEB

    New Florence animal shelter at a standstill while city locates property

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – When the city council approved a capital projects list in 2013, a new animal shelter topped the list. Two years later, there’s been no dirt moved and the current shelter is bursting at the seams. Any visitor to the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter can quickly identify there’s an overcrowding issue. Dogs are often doubled up in kennel’s both inside and outside the building. Shelter director Vinnie Grosso said the city is making significant progress in moving forward with […]

  • Christopher Trail (Photo: Red Bay Police Department)

    UPDATE: Man charged in Tuesday’s hostage situation at Red Bay pharmacy

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. –  The man accused of holding six people hostage at a pharmacy in Red Bay on Tuesday has now been charged in the case. Red Bay Police say Christopher Trail is charged with kidnapping, theft, and robbery of the pharmacy. Prior to that, a residence was broken into, and he is also charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.  He appeared in court for a hearing Wednesday and was transferred to the Franklin County Jail.  Trail’s bond is […]

  • 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 […]

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