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Bullying Victim Wins Gold Medals In World Martial Arts Competition

In October, we told you about Dianna Sipper- a young girl who used karate to overcome bullying she faced at school. Sipper and her parents recently got back from London where she competed in the World Martial Arts for Team USA. Along with her baggage, the 9-year-old brought back some new hardware from the competition. Dianna won two gold medals and…

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 with the bullying she faced in school. “There was a class that I could do karate in and mom signed me up for it. And I just…

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 wearing a seatbelt and was killed at the scene. The wreck happened shortly before 11 p.m. on Alabama 106 at…

City of Andalusia Receives $500,000 for Victim Services in Covington and Butler Counties

The City of Andalusia has been awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women for the continuation of victim services in Covington and Butler counties. According to Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson, the city began providing direct services to victims in Covington and Butler counties in January 2017 through a partnership with Youth Advocate Programs Adult…

Butler County House Fire Claims Life of 6-Year-Old Boy

A tragic situation in Butler County after a 6-year-old boy lost his life in a house fire Tuesday night. School officials and neighbors are heartbroken. “To see the staff and the principal broke up about this, it just makes it a tough situation,” Butler County Schools Superintendent John Strycker says. “It hurts me to my heart,” neighbor Don Thigpen says….

Butler County Probation Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

63 year old Terry Van Lewis faces sex charges

  The Alabama Attorney General’s Office describes the charges against him this way: one indictment charges that Lewis engaged in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex by forcible compulsion, first-degree rape. The two remaining indictments charge that Lewis subjected another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. The victims in the cases were juveniles who were under…

Crenshaw and Butler Counties Elect New Sheriffs

It’s been a whirlwind of emotion for Terry Mears and Danny Bond. Terry Mears beat out opponent Rome Odom in Tuesday’s election to win the Crenshaw County Sheriff seat. “I’m grounded. I am still grounded. I’m the same guy I was yesterday,” Mears said. Bond becomes the sheriff-elect of Butler County, receiving more votes than his two opponents. “I’m just…

Work Force Professionals Receive Active Shooter Situation Training

What to do if an active shooter comes into your work place. That’s what the Georgiana Police Department wanted to teach work force professionals through an active shooter training course Wednesday. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency sent a state-certified administrator to talk to those professionals about what they can do to protect themselves and others from a gunman. “We opened…

New Butler County Memorial Pays Tribute to 19 WWI Soldiers

A memorial unveiled Thursday in Butler County pays pays tribute to a group of men who died from that area fighting for the country. The memorial, which hangs on the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, lists the names of the 19 men who lost their lives in World War I. Gerald Johnson is the Alabama World War I Centennial Committee…