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12 Years Later: Remembering the EF-3 Tornado that Hit Prattville in 2008

2008 Prattville Tornado 2008 Prattville Tornado 2008 Prattville Tornado 2008 Prattville Tornado Monday, February 17 marked the 12-year anniversary of an EF-3 tornado hitting Prattville. According to the National Weather Service, 50 people were injured and an estimated 200 homes and 40 businesses were damaged or destroyed during the storm. Winds were estimated to have been around 155 mph. The…

1 Killed After ATV Wreck in Autauga County

A single-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Verbena man. According to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Cpl. Jess Thornton, the crash happened at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.   Larry Tyus Jr., 44, was killed when the 2007 Yamaha ATV he was operating left the road and overturned. Tyus was not using a helmet and was ejected.  He was pronounced dead…

Sheriff: Inmates Making Veggie Alcohol at Autauga Metro Jail

Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger says inmates at the Autauga Metro Jail have been caught making alcohol out of fermenting vegetables. Sedinger says it was the first time he’d seen vegetables being used to make alcohol. He says the jail stopped serving inmates fruit years ago because they made wine with it. Sedinger says in a search for contraband, they…

1 killed, Another Injured in Autauga County Crash

A single-vehicle crash in Autauga County has claimed the life of a Marbury man. According to ALEA Corporal Jess Thornton, 40-year-old Terry Lee Oates was killed when the 2002 Cadillac Deville he was driving left the roadway and struck a utility pole. According to Thornton, Oates was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger…

Victim in Fatal Tractor Trailer Accident Identified

A South Carolina man has died after a two vehicle crash in Autauga County Monday afternoon. Troopers say 58-year-old Robert Atherton died when the tractor trailer he was driving hit head on by another tractor trailer that had crossed the median from the southbound lanes of I-65. The collision happened on I-65 North about 13 miles north of Prattville. Atherton…

ALEA Investigating Deadly Crash During Chase

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating a deadly crash in Autauga County Sunday evening. State Troopers say 29-year-old Justin Sims died when his motorcycle hit an SUV on Autauga County Road 65 near Autauga County Road 20.  Troopers say Sims was refusing to stop for Autauga County Deputies at the time of the crash. Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger says…

Autauga County Artist Has Work on Display at High Museum in Atlanta

We profile an Autauga County self-taught artist

Brenda Davis lives in Autauga County and can’t stop painting.  She paints framed works of art, but also art on ceilings, floors, even shoes. She is self-trained. She says her inspiration comes from visions, dreams and God. She said this to Alabama News Network Anchor Tim Lennox: “I wake up in the morning times, Mr. Tim, it goes on all…

Man Convicted in Grass-Cutting Killing in Autauga County

Jurors in Autauga County have convicted a man of killing his brother-in-law in a dispute that began over grass cutting. 75-year-old Joseph H. Huffman has been found guilty of murder in the gunshot killing of 59-year-old John Brown in July 2017. Huffman had argued he shot the man in self-defense. He claims Brown attacked him. But a taped interview showed that…

Sheriff Identifies Prattville Girl Killed in Accidental Shooting

Autauga County officials have identified the 9-year-old Prattville girl killed in an accidental shooting over the weekend. Sheriff Joe Sedinger says Alyssa Davis died at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham after she shot herself with a handgun Sunday afternoon. Davis was a student at Pine Level Elementary School. Counselors are now available for her classmates and other students. Sedinger is urging…