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  • 052314 LD Wilson Lock Opening

    After 12 Years, Wilson Lock Reopens to the Public

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s literally the largest landmark in the Shoals and for the last 12-years public access has been restricted due to security concerns. On Friday morning security was lifted and the public will once again be able to visit the historic navigational lock located at Wilson Dam. Other than a few employee vehicles in the Wilson Lock parking lot all is quiet right, but that’s expected to change. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the visitor […]

  • Eric Watkins

    Florence Police Continue To Look For Suspect in Watkins Homicide

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Six months have passed since a Florence man was found shot and killed inside his vehicle near a north Florence neighborhood. In that time, police have worked countless hours investigating the death, but there is still not a suspect in custody. Police say the shooting happened here at the intersection of Marion Avenue and Chisholm Road. On the night of November 10, 2011, investigators say someone approached the vehicle of Eric Watkins and shot through the […]

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    Spring Park Waterfall Shutdown Due to Vermin

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’ve been to Spring Park in the last couple of months you may have noticed one of the biggest attractions has been shut-down. Heralded as the largest known man made natural stone waterfall in existence, Cold Water Falls in Spring Park has dried up. Since the water feature and waterfall were installed more than a dozen years ago, city leaders said a creature has continued to wreak havoc on the attractions. “I guess they like […]

  • 052014 LD Job Fair 6pm PKG

    Hillshire Employees Seek Jobs After Layoff

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – In April, more than a 1,000 Hillshire Brand employees in Florence were notified the plant would be shutting down by the end of 2014. As you can imagine that announcement came as an overwhelming surprise to everyone in the Shoals. Hundreds of soon to be laid-off employees from Hillshire in Florence have started the process of seeking new employment. On Tuesday, cars filled the parking lot of the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. Jamitra Murphy is one of the […]

  • Darnell Gilbert (left), Marquis McCray are accused of burglarizing Florence Pharmacy early Monday morning.

    Accused Pharmacy Burglars Caught By Resident Tip to Florence Police

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police catch a break in an early Monday morning pharmacy burglary investigation and make two arrests. Just before 5am Florence police responded to a burglary alarm at Florence Pharmacy on Veterans Drive. When police arrived they found where someone had cut a hole in the back of the building and made their way inside. Investigators said the burglars were able to escape before police arrived, or so they thought. While police were securing the burglary scene, […]

  • 051614 CO Sheffield Officer Suspended 6pm PKG

    Sheffield Officer Suspended After Arrest Incident

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – A police officer in Sheffield has been suspended from duty for what the chief of police describes as not following department procedures. Following an internal investigation, Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray is recommending the officer be fired for an incident involving a man’s arrest. Ray tells us he’s limited in the details he can release pending a Sheffield Civil Service Board hearing. Ray confirms the suspension stems from an incident involving the arrest of a resident […]

  • Maria Springer

    Lauderdale County Woman Charged in Sister-In-Law’s Abuse

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County woman is behind bars and charged with the abuse and neglect of a family member. Investigators with One Place of the Shoals, a division of the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office, give a chilling description of Maria Springer leaving her sister-in-law in the floor after a fall for several weeks without medical attention. Maria Springer was escorted to the Lauderdale County Detention Center Thursday morning after being charged with abuse and neglect of […]

  • 051414 LD Superintendent Evaluation 6pm PKG

    Florence School Superintendent Gets Passing Grade in Evaluation

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The report card for Florence’s superintendent of education is in and her bosses are pleased with the results. One month ago, school board members sent out evaluation forms to get the communities input on Janet Womack’s job performance. Just as each student in the Florence City School System gets a report card to show their progress during a school year, so does the superintendent of education. For three years, school board members have solicited public input […]

  • 051314 LD St Florian Traffic Light PM PKG

    Traffic Woes Could Soon End in St. Florian

    ST. FLORIAN, Ala. (WHNT) – After years of traffic congestion the town of St. Florian is one step closer to solving its traffic problems. Joint approval has been given by the Lauderdale County Commission and town council to move ahead with plans for a traffic light at Church Road and county road 47. “For us, I mean this is a Christmas present man. This is a life saver.” Beaming with joy, St. Florian Mayor Don Strait could not be happier […]

  • Waylan B.J. McClellan (Photo: Russellville Police Department)

    Russellville Officer Shoots Man After Chase, Fight on Filmore Street

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is conducting a police officer involved shooting investigation in the city of Russellville. According to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett, the shooting happened Friday night behind an apartment complex south of downtown. “This was just a typical call that they probably answered thousands of times that turned out to were someone almost lost their life over it,” explained Hargett. Just before midnight Friday, Chief Chris Hargett says a patrol officer responded […]

  • Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19

    Landmark Franklin County Restaurant Destroyed by Fire

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – A southern Franklin County landmark has been destroyed by fire. Late Thursday night, fire heavily damaged the Chat-N-Chew restaurant in downtown Phil Campbell. City officials say the restaurant has been open on Main Street in Phil Campbell for more than fifty years and it’s a sad day for the town. Five fire departments responded to the restaurant just after 10 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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    HON Company in Florence to Close; 190 Workers to Lose Jobs

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – More manufacturing jobs are leaving Florence after the second announcement of a shut-down in just over a month. After a record setting 2013 in job creation in the Shoals, HON company became the second corporation in the first half of 2014 to say they are closing their plant. HON produces commercial office furniture at their Florence plant and employ 190 people. Steve holt, president of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce said both Hillshire Brands and HON […]