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Montgomery Man Charged with Greenville Bank Robbery

A Montgomery man was arrested Thursday in connection with a robbery at the Community Neighborhood Bank in Greenville. According to Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn,  Gillispie Fannin, 29, from Montgomery, was charged with 2nd-degree Robbery and placed in the Butler…

Alabama City Closes Fiscal Year with Rise in Sales Tax

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The final numbers are in and officials say the city of Dothan has experienced a 10.7% increase in sales tax revenue growth in the 2019 fiscal year. Overall, the city collected $74.1 million from October 2018…

Florida Man Killed in South Alabama Crash

A single-vehicle crash in Barbour County has claimed the life of a Florida man. ALEA Sgt. Michael Simmons says Geraldo Jean Paul, 25, of Miami, was killed in a crash Friday when the vehicle he was operating left the roadway…

Butler County Celebrates 200th Birthday

Butler County is celebrating its 200th birthday this year- along with the state of Alabama’s 200th Bicentennial. A special celebration was held Saturday in downtown Greenville. ‘Its a once in a lifetime event,…

'Mockingbird' Courthouse Gets Preservation Grant

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The south Alabama courthouse linked to Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is receiving a preservation grant. The program Partners in Preservation says the old Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville is receiving $125,000 to repair…

National Peanut Festival Opens in Southeast Alabama

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - An event that bills itself as the world's largest celebration of the peanut is under way in Alabama. The National Peanut Festival opened Friday in Dothan and continues through next Saturday with rides, exhibits, music and…

Alabama School District to Stop Serving Alternative Meals

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Schools in one Alabama school district say they're no longer serving alternative meals to students who can't pay. Officials said schools in Dothan will now serve regular meals to all students - even if they don't…

State Releases "Failing Schools List"

The Alabama State Department of Education has released its list of failing schools.  It is required by state law under the Alabama Accountability Act.   In our area, 11 schools in Montgomery Public Schools made the list.  The only other…

9-Year-Old Girl Uses Karate To Overcome Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. And it raises awareness of the hardships that so many kids experience everyday at school. Nine-year-old Dianna Sipper of Butler County took up karate to help cope…

Dothan Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash

 A two-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Dothan man. According to ALEA Corporal Justin Vann,  Andrew Antonio Ousley, 52, was killed when his 2014 Chevrolet Corvette struck a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.  The crash occurred on Houston County Road…

Alabama City's Former Mayor, Judge Dies

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - A man who held several leadership posts, including mayor, judge and police chief in the Alabama City of Ozark, has died. Funeral services for Tom A. Goff will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Earl…

Ashford Woman Killed in Sunday Morning Crash

 A single-vehicle crash has claimed the life of an Ashford woman. According to ALEA Sgt. Michael Simmons, Ashley Brooke Crane, 40, was killed when the 2011 Honda CRV that she was operating left the roadway, struck a drainage culvert and…

9-year-old Boy Killed in Accidental Shooting in Covington County

A 9-year-old boy is dead after a firearms accident occurred on Saturday. According to Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman, the shooting happened in the Friendship community, which is north of Opp. Turman said the shooting was accidental. "Our sincerest condolences…

Trial Set for Alabama Trucker Charged in Teens' Slayings

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A judge has scheduled a February trial date for an Alabama trucker and part-time preacher charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two teenage girls two decades ago. The Dothan Eagle reports that a Dale…

Greenville Woman Killed in Butler County Wreck

Alabama State Troopers say a Greenville woman was killed in a wreck in Butler County late last night. State troopers say 29-year-old Rachel Renee Farrington was killed when her SUV left the road and overturned. Investigators say she was not…

Georgiana PD Searching for Stolen Log Truck and Trailer

The Georgiana Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a stolen log truck and trailer. According to a post via Facebook, the teal 2001 Peterbilt and log trailer was last seen at Alabama Loggers located at 200…

South Alabama School Broken Into Friday Night

According to the Covington County Sheriff's Office, Straughn School was broken into Friday night during an out of town football game. The break-in happened between 8 and 9 p.m. Sheriff Blake Turman said many items were stolen, including cash. If…

Play About Truman Capote, Harper Lee to Premiere in Alabama

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A new play about the relationship between Alabama authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee will have its debut performances in their hometown of Monroeville. "Truman Talks Nelle Harper Lee" is set to premiere at the old…

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