west Alabama

Selma Teenager Shot and Killed in Apparent Shootout

A Selma teenager was killed in an apparent shootout over the weekend. Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford said a 17-year-old was shot and killed in the 800 block of First Avenue Saturday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Amari Bonner. Police have charged 16-year-old David Cole with capital murder and a 15-year-old with felony murder. Cole is expected to…

Update: Three Suspects Identified in Marion Shooting Investigation

Authorities in Perry County have now identified three suspects arrested in a shooting in Marion. Lawrence Johnson, 36, Christopher Roberts, 38, and Gerald Hogue, 59, who are all from Missouri, are charged with two counts of attempted murder. They are charged with shooting a man in the 200 block of Booker Street in Marion, as well as shooting at one…

National Guard COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Hale County Moved to Saturday Because of Severe Weather Threat

Today’s severe weather threat across Alabama, especially West Alabama, had led to the postponement of the Alabama National Guard’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Hale County. The clinic will now be held on Saturday, March 27, from 9AM to 5PM. No appointment is needed. The location is the Boys and Girls Club (the old National Guard Armory) at 515 Greene Street…

As 2020 Comes to a Close Judson Colleges Future looks a Little Brighter

Judson College has seen progress in raising funds that are needed in order for the school to remain open in January. The private Baptist college has revealed that thanks to the help from alumnae and friends they have received $357,643.39 in donations that went toward the $500,000 needed by December 31. As of December 23, alumnae and friend have pledged to…

Judson College Faces Uncertain Future

Judson College in Marion is facing an uncertain financial future.  It is the fifth-oldest women’s college in the country and is home to the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame. It was founded in 1838. Judson President W. Mark Tew says money is needed to make sure the private Baptist college can reopen in January following the Christmas holiday. Tew has…

Dallas County Officials Preparing for Hurricane Sally

As Hurricane Sally begins to move inland, Dallas county officials are preparing for flooding. ‘Right now we’re monitoring the direction of Hurricane Sally,” Dallas county EMA Director Toya Stiles says, “also we are monitoring the river gauges at the Alabama River as well as the Cahaba river and if we have to evacuate citizens in low-line areas and areas that…

Do you know this woman? 40-year-old Cold Case is Reopened with Ties to Selma

Authorities in Grundy County, Illinois are trying to identify a woman. Her remains were found in 1976, and officials believe the victim may have ties to Selma and the West Alabama area. Authorities in Seneca, Illinois say the woman was found shot and killed in October of 1976… They were never able to identify her. After exhuming her body in…

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….