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Wood Takes Plea Deal for Murder

A Butler County family finally has closure after the woman who shot and killed Steven Faulk pleaded guilty to his murder. Barbara Wood took a plea deal for the December 2012 murder of Faulk in exchange for two of her lesser charges being dropped. Faulk’s body was found in the front yard of Wood’s family home in December of 2012. He died…

17 Arrested on Felony Charges in Morning Round Up

The 5 AM wake up call some Greenville residents received was not exactly pleasant. “It’s the police, come to the door!” Sergeant Tommy Anderson shouted at a closed door. Nearly two dozen homes were visited by Greenville Police and Butler County Deputies early Thursday morning during an organized round up. The round up was the finale of months of hard…

Butler County Authorities Looking for Kratom

A tropical Asian plant has made its way to Alabama – and onto a list of banned substances. It is called Kratom, and Alabama is the latest of six states to ban the substance. State legislature has placed Kratom in the same drug class as heroin. Products containing Kratom were once commonly sold in gas stations and could be found online….

Law Enforcement Concerned About Class D Felonies

A new class of felony has local enforcement worried the state will be releasing prisoners too soon. The Prison Reform Act signed by Governor Bentley in May of 2015 was designed to help prisons deal with over-crowding. Part of the act lowers the sentencing of Class C felonies to a new type of crime known as Class D felonies, allowing non-violent offenders…

Greenville Zaxby’s Construction on Hold

A Zaxby’s restaurant was slated to move into the city of Greenville sometime during the summer of 2016, but construction issues have put the project on hold. “We thought we’d already be eating chicken out there, but things have changed,” says Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon. “The problem is the parking lot that we’d planned to put it in, which is…

High Schooler Students Finally CERTified

A group of Greenville High School students are graduating, but they are not going to college just yet. These are students who will be prepared for any situation. They are not your typical first responders, but these high school students are dedicated to serving their community. For the past few months, the students have devoted their time and energy into become…

Butler County Population Shrinking

Butler County population numbers have been on a steady decline since 2010, according data from the U.S. Census Bureau. On average, more than 150 left Butler County every year. County Commission Chairman Joey Peavy attributes this loss on Butler County’s businesses moving out of the area over a number of years. “We have lost some textiles jobs over the past…

DEA Hopes to Loosen Laws on Marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to change the laws around marijuana. While there are no major plans to legalize the drug, the type of crime might be changing. Currently, marijuana – both medicinal and recreational – is considered a Schedule I drug. The DEA defines these drugs as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high…

Butler County Superintendent Nationally Recognized

Superintendent Amy Bryan started her career in education teaching, but after 13 years was looking to branch out. “I got interested in writing grants,” Bryan explains. “It was a challenge to me. I don’t gamble, but that was my high, I guess, that gamblers get! I wanted our name in the pot for any amount of money that was out…

Greenville Police Searching for Burglary Suspect

Greenville Police are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate a burglary suspect. On February 23, police received a call about a possible break-in. Police discovered the QV station on Fort Dale Road had been broken into. Once security tapes were reviewed, a man could be seen breaking the glass door, walking up to the counter, grabbing two…