west Alabama

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…

Judson College Searching For New President

Baptist-affiliated Judson College in the west Alabama town of Marion is searching for a new president. The small, all-women’s school says President David Potts is leaving the position after 27 years. He’s been on a medical leave, but the statement didn’t elaborate on his medical condition. A search committee will seek the next president while another administrator serves in the…

Fatal Accident

Selma Man Dies.

Authorities say 68 year old Earnest Hatcher died Thursday afternoon when the car he was driving left the road and struck a tree. Troopers say Hatcher was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from his C1500 Chevy Pickup. The accident happened about 3:10 PM on Alabama 140 about four miles West of Selma. Categories: Montgomery, West Alabama Tags: Earnest Hatcher,…

Man Missing 10 Days found Dead.

Truck ran off road, into pond.

William Anthony Scott State officials say the body of a missing West Alabama man has been found in his truck in a pond near the Sumter County Line…ten days after he apparently ran off Highway 39, struck some trees and ended up upside-down in a pond. The victim is identified as 61 year old William Anthony Scott of  Emelle. His…