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    UPDATE: Lexington man accused of violent domestic assault arrested

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Marshals apprehended a man accused of beating a woman and kicking her 5-year-old child. According to authorities, Timothy Joiner was taken into custody in Loretto, Tenn. When Lexington Police Chief Augie Hendershot first got to the home on Lauderdale County Road 51 Friday, he says his heart just dropped. “First thing I noticed was a small child, 5-year-old girl, sitting on the couch holding an ice pack to the back of her head and […]

  • Sheriff Rick Singleton has officially taken office in Lauderdale County. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Singleton takes over sheriff duties in Lauderdale County

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a new sheriff in Lauderdale County. Long-time Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton retired from the city police department to follow his dream of becoming sheriff in the county. After winning the November general election, he’s now behind the desk and looking to rejuvenate the department. Hanging on the wall of Sheriff Rick Singleton’s office is a reminder of where he’s been and where he wanted to get back to. 37-years ago, Singleton started at the […]

  • Demonstrators lay in the middle of Court Street in Florence as part of a "die in" to help bring attention to police brutality. (Carter Watkins/ WHNT News 19)

    Shoals group holds “die in” to protest police brutality

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  28 rallies against police brutality are taking place across the country, on a day when we observe the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  A group of Shoals residents gathered to demand equal justice by holding a “die in” on the steps of the Lauderdale County Courthouse. The North West Shoals Action Committee observed four and a half minutes of silence Monday, laying on the cold, hard pavement. The group wants to make […]

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    Florence Animal Control asking for help with influx of cats and dogs

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Animal Control is asking for help with more than 45 animals picked up Friday during a hoarding investigation. The city agency is asking for temporary fosters to help with housing cats and dogs surrendered by the owner. Animal control officers say it was one of the worst cases they have seen in Florence in recent history. The animal shelter says in addition to housing, they could use food donations, as well as cat litter and […]

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    Shoals Scholar Dollars program asks for gas tax to fund scholarships

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a plan being proposed to Shoals area county commissioners which could put 600 students a year into secondary education through public funding. One-hundred forty-one high school graduates, who had no other hope of going to college this past fall, were given a chance through Shoals Scholar Dollars. Executive Director Randy Pettus said the scholarships started this past year to help educate the future workforce. “We had too many young men and young women that were […]

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    Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Director resigns; gets new job with state

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Just more than 12 hours after Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Director Debbie Wilson announced her resignation from the agency, her future was made clear. State Tourism Director Lee Sentell announced Wednesday morning Wilson has been named the manager of the Alabama Tourism Department’s Welcome Center Program. Sentell said she will be responsible for operating eight information centers, while also serving as regional tourism director for north Alabama. Wilson’s resignation from Florence-Lauderdale Tourism came as a shock to many […]

  • Task Force members sit and listen to State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow during a recent meeting over education concerns statewide. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    NW Alabama task force formed to watch over Montgomery actions

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a newly formed group of educators in northwest Alabama, with a mission to take a stand for their students. This week the group met for the first time to discuss concerns facing Alabama educators and the upcoming state legislative session. They call themselves the P-12 Education Task Force. It’s a group made up of superintendents, teachers, students, and support staff from each school district in Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin counties. They have united to […]

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    Shoals men jailed in kidnapping case

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two men were arrested for kidnapping a woman in Russellville Tuesday. What police said started as a joy ride with two men and a woman ended in Russellville Monday afternoon in kidnapping charges. Police Chief Chris Hargett said his officers responded to a domestic situation at the Budget Inn on Highway 43. That’s when police discovered the plot. “They had brought her here with intentions to use her as a prostitute,” explained Hargett. “At that time, she […]

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    Florence graduation rates rise through “12 For Life” program

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Most high school students are in the classroom at 9:00 am, preparing for their next test or assignment. But the students involved in the “12 For Life” program in Florence are starting hour number two of a four-hour shift. The program was created by electrical wire manufacturer Southwire and helps the students get paid to work in a manufacturing environment while also getting school credit. There’s no another program like it in the state. Keanere Cole, […]

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    Muscle Shoals police work to ID man who broke into Verizon store

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Surveillance cameras captured a man breaking into a cell phone store on New Year’s Eve, and Muscle Shoals police hope you can help identify him. Muscle Shoals police said the burglary happened just after 2:30 in the morning on New Year’s Eve. According to investigators, the man walked up to the front of Verizon Wireless on Avalon Avenue and smashed his way in with a sledgehammer. Once inside the burglar headed straight to the back […]

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    Colbert County changes winter weather roadway warnings

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – When winter weather strikes in the Tennessee Valley, one of the biggest concerns residents have are about road conditions. And although we’re not expecting snow or ice in the coming days, winter weather travel has been on the minds of elected leaders for months. One Shoals county has adopted a plan which will hopefully help people determine if it’s safe to drive or not, and it could go state wide. The Association of County Engineers of […]

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    Hundreds line up to apply for FreightCar America manufacturing jobs in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The December announcement of new jobs coming to the Shoals created a tremendous amount of buzz throughout northwest Alabama. Braving the bitterly cold wind, people lined up outside the Marriott Shoals Conference Center early Tuesday morning in hopes of landing one of the open positions. To keep up with current railcar demand, FreightCar America has up to 200 hundred slots to fill at its manufacturing facility in Barton. “To start the year off with an announcement […]

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