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  • A stone at the grave of Gypsy, another beloved coon dog (Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Hunters remember their ‘coon dogs in a unique Labor Day celebration in northwest Alabama

    FREEDOM HILLS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s one of the most unique Labor Day gatherings in the country, and it happens each year in rural Colbert County. Near the Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area, a tradition started in 1937 as a way to pay homage to man’s hunting companion. With flowers tightly held, men come to the Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery each year on Labor Day to decorate the graves. “This was kind of our meeting place. We’d meet here; […]

  • 090215 FR Trooper Funding 5pm PKG

    Troopers have continued concerns over possible budget cuts and safety

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – In less than a month the new budget year begins in Alabama, and lawmakers must try to resolve a general fund shortfall next week during the special session. With departmental budgets on the chopping block, state employees are concerned they won’t be able to provide the services the public expects. It’s a sight you don’t see very often anymore — a State Trooper monitoring traffic in the middle of a busy highway. Troopers say they […]

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    UPDATE: Two people hospitalized after shooting in St. Florian

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheriff’s department investigators were back at the shooting scene Thursday morning, using a drone to document the scene off Saltzburg Lane. Chief Deputy Richard Richey said three men were sitting around drinking Wednesday night when one left following an argument. He said when Jeffrey Wilson returned he had two long guns with him. “As the old saying goes, alcohol and guns do not mix, and that’s a perfect example of what happened last night,” Richey […]

  • 090115 LD Unite to Fight Hunger 6pm PKG

    Hundreds ‘Unite to Fight Hunger’ in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s all about people helping people, and an event Tuesday morning in the Shoals will touch thousands of lives. The United Way of Northwest Alabama kicked off their Day of Caring with a rally to feed the hungry. With each scoop of grain and rice, a family will have something to eat tonight. Teams participating in the United Way Day of Caring started the day packing meals for the hungry. More than 20,000 food bags will go […]

  • 083115 LD New Hospital Services 5pm PKG

    Florence to finalize utility needs for new hospital

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The most anticipated construction project in northwest Alabama is gearing up to launch after getting the green light from the state. RegionalCare Hospital Partners are getting ready for site clearing; while the city of Florence has already launched plans for expanding utilities. For more than a couple of years a sign has marked the spot where RegionalCare plans to build a 280-bed hospital in east Florence. Since 2010, Florence leaders have been looking forward to the […]


    Florence Police search for woman accused of charging thousands to a stolen credit card

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are searching for a woman who racked up thousands of dollars in purchases on a stolen credit card. She not only hit a Florence store, she took her crime spree on the road. The woman, dressed in a purple tank top, was caught on surveillance cameras leaving the Florence Walmart on Hough Road on July 23. Investigators said she used a stolen credit card to purchase $1,000 worth of gift cards. Then police explained she […]

  • 082715 LD Pet Ordinance Revisions 6pm PKG

    Florence leaders are debating stricter pet ordinances

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Animal control officers are asking for some changes to the current pet ordinances.They would like to do away with chaining dogs up, and while they’re at it, make pet licenses mandatory. Pets behind fences are the way Animal Control Director Vinny Grosso would like to see them. He has asked the Public Safety Committee in Florence to ban the tethering of animals to any object within the city. “Since I have been here at animal control, […]


    Florence breaks top 10 in best system to work for teachers

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The quest to become the top school system in the state continues in Florence as the system receives another accolade. This recognition is not for the students, but the teachers. According to, Florence City Schools is one of the top 10 systems in the state for a teacher to work. Superintendent Janet Womack sees the list as another way to affirm they are working in the right direction.  She said student achievement doesn’t come without […]

  • 082015 CO Seaport Asked To Leave 5pm PKG

    Shoals airport authority asks carrier to end service

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A bold move was made this week by the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport Authority. The board of directors asked Seaport Airlines to voluntarily stop servicing the airport, and Shoals leaders cite several reasons for the request. An empty tarmac has become a familiar sight behind the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals. Just as empty are the seats inside, where passengers wait for their flight. “We know there is a potential of 50,000 boarding’s out […]

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    Teams find man’s body in Wilson Lake following weekend boating accident

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Teams have found the body of a 62-year-old man missing in Wilson Lake since the weekend. Sid Elliott was on a pontoon boat that collided with a barge around 10:15 p.m. Saturday.  Seven others were on the boat, including 79-year-old Catherine Ekholm, who also died. Elliott went overboard.  His body was found near a shoreline Tuesday morning. Several agencies have been searching for Elliott, including the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency, Florence Fire Department and Florence […]

  • 081715 LD Maud Lindsay Moving 6pm PKG

    Historic Shoals kindergarten set to move locations this week

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a 102 year-old building in Florence which houses Alabama’s first free kindergarten, and by next week, it will have a new street address. Over the years, hundreds of 4-year-old’s have walked through the front door of the Maud Lindsay Free Kindergarten in east Florence. The iconic structure has stood as a symbol of hope for countless families who needed help preparing their children for school. “The program has always been there as a tradition for families. […]

  • 080715 CO Stadium Lights 630 PKG

    Tuscumbia forced to replace two stadium light towers after one collapses

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s tough to believe, but in just three weeks high school players will start their regular season on the gridiron. At Deshler High School, fingers are crossed in hopes that the lighting at their stadium will be ready after receiving storm damage back in July. A crumpled metal lighting tower rests on the ground behind the south bleachers at Howard Chappell Stadium in Tuscumbia. The tower was pushed to the ground by winds from an EF1 […]


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