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  • 092515 CO Camp Courage WEB PIC

    Campers celebrate the life of Helen Keller and the courage she passed on

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – There are some very special children visiting Tuscumbia this weekend. They are taking part in the annual Camp Courage, a Helen Keller experience. It’s an intensive camp to help them celebrate their own disabilities. Just past the daisies which welcome visitors, 12 children are getting the experience of a lifetime. The group arrived at Ivy Green on Friday morning for a day of learning and fellowship with other kids with disabilities. Each child involved in Camp Courage […]

  • Mike Huckabee (Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / MGN)

    Florence leaders excited about Huckabee visit on October 1st

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Northwest Alabama is abuzz about the visit of an active presidential candidate one week from now. Governor Mike Huckabee has planned a visit to Florence on October 1st, the first visit by a presidential candidate to the city in more than 30 years. Just over a week ago, Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock received a call asking if the city would like to host a presidential campaign visit.  His obvious answer to Alabama Secretary of State John […]

  • 092315 LD Rogersville Jobs 630pm PKG

    New jobs heading to Rogersville in early 2016

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Economic development leaders in the Shoals are celebrating a win for the eastern part of Lauderdale County.  Not only are they leasing a building which has stood vacant for years, jobs will be added to the workforce and the building size doubled. There’s a parking lot along U.S. Highway 72 in Rogersville which has sat empty for close to five years now. The Shoals Economic Development Authority built a structure there in hopes of bringing industry […]

  • 092215 LD Johnson Sentencing PM VO

    Shannon Johnson sentence overturned; Lauderdale Co. judge gives maximum for escape charge

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – For the third time in as many weeks, Shannon Johnson made his way into Lauderdale County Circuit Court escorted by deputies on Tuesday morning. This was for a 2013 charge of felony escape from the Lauderdale County Work Release Center.  Johnson’s saga is complicated, though, and prosecutors aren’t finished with him yet. His attorneys appealed a life sentence handed down after the court learned a drug conviction in Georgia could not be used as a prior […]

  • 092115 LD Teacher Training 6pm PKG

    Florence teachers become students in professional development exercises

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday saw a reversal of roles within the Florence City School System.  With the students staying home, the teachers became pupils for an intense day of learning. “What about, I can identify key characteristics of the state of Alabama on a map. Is that a learning target?” asked the moderator for target learning to a gym full of teachers. Kindergarten through fourth grade teachers in Florence City Schools participated in professional development inside the Forest Hills […]

  • Theodore Alan Vaughn, after his arrest (Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

    Shoals man acquitted of rape, domestic violence from arrest earlier this year

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County jury has acquitted a man charged with sexually assaulting a woman and choking her. Late last week, a jury found 26-year-old Theodore Alan Vaughn not guilty of rape, domestic violence, and domestic violence strangulation.  Vaughn was arrested in January and later indicted in April. At the time of his arrest, investigators said Vaughn attacked the woman after something was sent from a cellphone by the victim.

  • Trail of Tears motorcycle ride

    North Alabama, town of Waterloo prepare for annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride arrives this weekend

    WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) – The roar of motorcycles will be heard from one side of north Alabama to the other this weekend, as riders commemorate the Trail of Tears. This year, a single ride will take place instead of the divided rides we’ve seen in years past. On Thursday morning it was relatively calm along the banks of the Tennessee River in Waterloo, but come Saturday this place will be packed.  For 22 years, the small town of only a […]

  • 091615 LD Scavenger Hunt 6pm PKG

    Scavenger hunters criss-cross Florence as part of an educational outreach

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a game going around Florence to highlight the history of the city. It’s a rather large scavenger hunt and the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is hosting it to not only educate, but bring attention to their vast archive. If you’ve been walking or driving around the streets of Florence you may have spotted some rather large posters set up. They’re photos of historic locations which helped shape a growing community, and part of the digital archives […]

  • Autumn Wood (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    Parole board denies Autumn Wood early release

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Autumn Wood, a young woman from the Shoals who is serving time for manslaughter, has been denied parole. Wood is in Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women for the 2012 stabbing death of 14-year-old Brooklyn Hollins.  This was Wood’s first hearing before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. Lauderdale County prosecutors say it will be Wood’s last parole hearing, too.  She was sentenced to 126 months, but she’s expected to be released in April of 2017.

  • 091515 LD Parking Woes WEB PIC

    City and university work to figure out parking woes in downtown Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city and University of North Alabama are facing a combined problem.  Both entities have seen considerable growth over the last couple of years, and very little parking has been added to help sustain the growth, especially around campus. Cars lining both sides of North Court Street in Florence are a daily occurrence near the University of North Alabama.  Students are forced to ignore the one hour parking signs, since they have nowhere else to park. […]

  • (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Two dead, one arrested in Lauderdale County shooting

    STEWARTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two people are dead and another in custody following a mid-morning shoot-out in Lauderdale County Friday. Just before 9am, deputies responded to a shooting at a home on Lauderdale CR-87 in the Stewartsville community. Inside the home, 50-year-old Michael Nicholas Linville and 25-year-old Margurite Victoria Garcia were found shot. “We don’t know a whole lot at this time. We do know that the residence has been shot into numerous times,” stated Lt. Brad Potts with the […]

  • Deputy Austin Hill is welcomed home by fellow deputies after recovering from a serious car crash in August. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    Lauderdale sheriff’s deputy escorted home after recovering from serious car crash

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – One month ago, a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department deputy was critically injured in a wreck while pursuing a suspicious car. Since then, Deputy Austin Hill has undergone numerous surgeries and rehab before being released from the hospital. He was given a hero’s welcome home Wednesday morning. A mangled car was all that was left after Deputy Hill crashed as he was attempting to pull over a car for drug activity. After the crash emergency crews rushed him […]


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