Alabama

O.J. Howard Assists Local Girls with Lemonade Stand

Prattville, AL—2016 Offensive National Championship MVP O.J Howard returned to Prattville today to help two local girls, Maggie and Mylee Kervin, run a lemonade stand. All the proceeds from the stand went towards Operation Backpack, a program that provides nutritious and easy to prepare food to hungry children. “I came out today to help with the backpack for kids that they…

Luverne Man Charged in North Carolina Rape Case

A Luverne man is facing charges in a 2008 North Carolina sexual assault case. Joshua Wade Watson, 30, is charged with First Degree Rape, First Degree Sex Offense, and First Degree Kidnapping. Police say the rape occurred in the a parking lot in the Fayetteville, North Carolina. According to the Fayetteville Police Department the case went cold after investigators were…

SPLC Notes Uptick in Hate, Extremist Groups in 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Leaders of a civil rights advocacy group say the number of hate groups and anti-government militias increased in 2015 – and they say the rise coincides with the increasing presence of fear and hate speech in mainstream politics. Southern Poverty Law Center released its Year In Hate and Extremism report Wednesday. The report says the number…

Former University of Alabama Player Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges

A former University of Alabama and NFL football player has been arrested on drug and weapons charges in suburban Birmingham. Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Danny Reid says 34-year-old Alonzo Ephraim was stopped Monday night for a traffic violation and authorities smelled marijuana as they approached the vehicle. Reid says when Ephraim was questioned he told police there was a small…

Tornado Confirmed in Northwest Covington County

The National Weather Service as confirmed a Tornado touched down Northwest Covington County in South Alabama at about 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say that a mobile home was destroyed, and a woman has been left with minor injuries. According to Alabama Power, several customers in Central Alabama are without power as of 5:22 p.m. 100 customers are without…

2 Killed in Shooting at Alabama Lawyer’s Office; 1 Arrested

HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) – A man accused of fatally shooting two people at a west Alabama law firm and a nearby accounting office has been charged with two counts of capital murder. Marion County District Attorney Jack Bostick says 67-year-old Donny Miller and 61-year-old Linda Cole were shot Wednesday morning. Bostick says 57-year-old Jimmy Cooper was shot in the arm…

Former Troy Player, Huntingdon Coach Named Alabama Secondary Coach

Kentucky co-defenisve coordinator Derrick Ansley named secondary coach for Crimson Tide

TUSCALOOSA, AL — Former Troy All-Sunbelt player and Huntingdon coach Derrick Ansley is returning to Tuscaloosa. The Tallassee native was hired by Alabama to be the new secondary coach for Jeremy Pruitt and Nick Saban. Ansley was a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2010 and 2011. Ansley was promoted to co-defensive coordinator for the Kentucky Wildcats in January, with a…

Confederate Flag Planned Across From ASU

The newspaper in Tallassee reports a Neo-Confederate group in that city is planning to install a flagpole and Confederate flag along I-85 in Montgomery. The flag would be installed across from Alabama State University, a historically black university. The Tallassee Tribune reports the pole would be as high as 50 feet—and was donated by a Montgomery doctor who wants to remain…

Alabama Deputy Shot While Serving Papers; Suspect Also Shot

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – A northwestern Alabama deputy and a suspect both been wounded after a shootout in Florence. Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton tells local news outlets that Deputy Randall McCrary was hit twice Wednesday evening, but his injuries as of late Wednesday didn’t appear to be life-threatening. The suspect’s condition is not yet known. Singleton says deputies were…

Poultry Plant Layoffs

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – A poultry company that has seven plants in Alabama says its Laurel, Mississippi, plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June. Officials with Wayne Farms say one customer has contracted for the entire plant’s output, but wants only whole birds. They say some 200 workers will remain…