west Alabama

Nearly $100M Wood Pellet Factory Planned in West Alabama

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) – A nearly $100 million factory to produce wood pellets is planned for the west Alabama city of Demopolis. The Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt is partnering with Canadian Pinnacle Renewable Energy to build a facility in Marengo County. The plant is set to start production in the first half of 2021. The plant will be located on the Tombigbee…

Study to Look for Signs of Hookworm in Alabama’s Black Belt

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Researchers are once again trying to determine whether Alabama’s Black Belt region has a problem with intestinal parasites called hookworm. A study led by University of Alabama at Birmingham is recruiting participants for a program that will screen hundreds of children in Wilcox and Perry counties for signs of hookworm. State health officials took issue with…

Selma City School Officials Prepare for New School Year

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Believe it or not — it’s only a few weeks away from the start of a new school year. And school officials in Selma are working hard to get everything ready. School superintendent Dr. Avis Williams says the final weeks leading up to a new school year are a busy time around Selma City Schools….

Tuscaloosa Mayor Takes Steps to Stop Spate of Gun Violence

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Tuscaloosa’s mayor is taking steps to curb a recent wave of gun violence. Among the steps announced recently: An emergency measure that allows the police chief to make staffing changes to address the problem. The Tuscaloosa News reports that it will allow Police Chief Steve Anderson to approve overtime and special details without going through the…

Fred’s in Marion Among the 159 Stores to Close

Fred’s Inc. says it will close 159 underperforming and unprofitable stores in 13 states by the end of May. The list includes 19 stores in Alabama. In our area, the store in Marion is scheduled to close. The Memphis-based company said in a news release liquidation sales at those stores were beginning Thursday. The company’s 398 other discount stores will…

Theo Ratliff Activity Center Hosts Career Fair

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The Theo Ratliff Activity Center hosted a career and job fair Thursday for people in the Demopolis area. The unemployment rate in West Alabama remains the highest in the state. Organizers say the job and career fair aims to help reduce those numbers. They say the event put employers, schools and people together under the…

OSHA Cites Selma Facility After Employee’s Death

Here is the Labor Department press release: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Globe Metallurgical Inc. for personal protective equipment violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries at its facility in Selma. OSHA inspectors determined that the employee suffered fatal burns after an explosion from a molten silicon spill. OSHA cited the company…

Have You Seen Leon Bradley?

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man reported missing. 86-year-old Leon Bradley was last seen at his home in the Marion Junction area around 2:00 pm on September 27, 2018. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, plaid shirt and a grey hat. Bradley may be suffering from a condition that may impair his judgement. Anyone who…

Selma Police Investigate the City’s 9th Murder of 2018

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A murder investigation is underway in Selma after a man is shot and killed early Sunday morning. Sgt. Ray Blanks says the victim was found lying outside on the ground when police arrived on the scene. “A 37 year old black male was on the scene, unresponsive from an apparent gunshot wound,” said Blanks. “The…