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  • Photo of some of the recent construction work at Phil Campbell High School (WHNT News 19 File)

    All-new Phil Campbell High School to open Monday

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s great news for students in the 2015 graduating class at Phil Campbell High School.  They will finally get to attend classes in a traditional high school, under one roof, for the rest of their senior year. The new high school will open to students on Monday.  The building passed final inspection today, and staff will begin moving in Thursday and Friday. It’s been a long time coming.  The old high school was destroyed by […]

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    Update: 6-year-old girl taken from school found in Mississippi, mom in custody

    7:43 a.m. Update: (WHNT) –   Police in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee say 6-year-old Ashlynn Tay Young has been found and her mother has been taken into custody. Police say the two were found just before midnight at a residence in Lucedale, Mississippi. Authorities say the girl’s mother, Amanda Taye Young, does not have custody of her daughter.  She will be extradited to Lawrenceburg to face charges of custodial interference. Ashlynn Young is being returned to the custody of her grandmother. The […]

  • One Place of the Shoals will be moving into an existing building in downtown Florence in October.

    “One Place of the Shoals” set to move into permanent facility

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been just under a year since a concept of building a domestic violence services center in the Shoals was developed. Now, the justice center has a permanent home in Florence, making only the second center of its kind in Alabama. For months, seven investigators and support staff have been cramped into one office on the second floor of the Lauderdale County Courthouse. They are part of the domestic violence task force for One Place of […]

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    Police continue search for armed ATM bandit

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT/Shoals Area Crime Stoppers) – In this week’s Shoals Area Crime Stoppers report, officers are still trying to locate a trigger happy burglar who never got away with anything in his pockets. Police say he shot up two ATM’s and needs to be caught. It may have been a few weeks since this masked bandit fired shots into two separate ATM’s in the city of Russellville, but police are still actively searching for him. According to investigators, the […]

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    Tuscumbia Police announce openings for reserve officers

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – They work behind the scenes, but they are a much needed part of any law enforcement agency. On the streets, Tuscumbia police officers depend on their fellow patrolman to watch their back. But there’s another slot open in the passenger seat for an eager volunteer who wants to ride as a reserve police officer. “They go through a lot of the training, the in-service training with our people so they’re aware of what the laws are […]

  • Sheffield police have one man in custody after a Labor Day stabbing death.

    Colbert County authorities discuss charges in Labor Day stabbing death; new details released

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – More details are emerging in the Labor Day homicide of a southeast Sheffield man. Not only do police believe someone tried to set the home on fire, they also believe the person responsible for the death stole a car to flee the scene. And police add that man is the victim’s son who they believe is responsible for the death. Tragedy struck the 9th Avenue home of 63-year-old George Morris Jr. on Monday. Police Chief Greg […]

  • Key Underwood Memorial Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County

    Hundreds attend celebration in Colbert County to honor coon dogs

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds of people descended into the backwoods of Colbert County Monday for a very unique Labor Day celebration. They were honoring man’s best friend at the only coon dog cemetery in the world. “Ranger,” “Bear,” “Queen” and “Boone” are just a few of the dozens of coon dogs buried at the Key Underwood Memorial Coon Dog Cemetery near Cherokee. Created in September of 1937, the cemetery draws people from across the globe. “They’re from Sweden, […]

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    Phil Campbell High School opening delayed at least one week

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – For three weeks now, high school students in Phil Campbell have been attending class in non-traditional classrooms. Now, it looks like they will be occupying those classrooms for a little while longer, because their school isn’t quite ready yet. As the concrete continues to be poured and gravel spread at the new Phil Campbell High School, students are across the street at Phil Campbell Church of God going over their English lesson. Three Phil Campbell […]

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    Vandals create thousands of dollars in damage at UNA construction site

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than $1,000 in reward money is being offered for the tip which leads to the arrest of those responsible for vandalizing a construction site in Florence. It happened at the site of a multimillion dollar building going up on the University of North Alabama campus.  Campus police say the vandalism was discovered Thursday morning at the site of the new Science and Technology building near Pine Street. Police say someone used red spray paint to […]

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    UPDATE: Russellville EMT arrested on the job, charged with public intoxication

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Details continue to emerge about a Franklin County EMT arrested while on duty earlier this week. Police say she was intoxicated, while her attorney contends the EMT was suffering a diabetic emergency of her own. According to Russellville Police, they received a call from fire fighters working a medical call that an EMT with Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service was acting suspicious while on a call. Police Chief Chris Hargett says patrol officers met the ambulance crew […]

  • Christi Lambert helps second grade students with a counting exercise at Weeden Elementary in Florence.

    Florence teacher honored for her efforts in the classroom

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An elementary school teacher is being recognized on the state level for making an impact on her students. In the second grade hallway of Weeden Elementary School in Florence, Mrs. Christi Lambert’s class is going over counting exercises for math work. They count everything from Lego’s to shapes on an iPad. Little do they know their teacher has been awarded one of the highest honors there is for teaching professionals. “They like to be up and […]

  • 082514 CO Sex Offender Policy Vote 5pm PKG

    Sheffield to vote on sex offender school visitation policy

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – More and more school systems are putting a sex offender visitation policy in black and white. The second school system in the Shoals is set to approve a policy this evening, and they say it will add another step of security for the students. Current state law mandates sex offenders can’t loiter within 500 feet of school property, bus stop, or athletic event without a legitimate reason for being there. The Sheffield Board of Education wants […]

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