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  • Opelika resident crowned 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home

    Opelika resident crowned 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:20:10 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - 89-year-old Opelika resident Edna Farrell said people describe her as a ditsy blonde. "...I am very silly...i enjoy people i always have...so it makes it interesting" And queen can be added to that description. Just this week the Brooklyn native and retired nurse took home the crown and sash as 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, a win she said made her feel wonderful. "it's a nice thing to look back and say....ah, look at me and what I did" Farrell has been ...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - 89-year-old Opelika resident Edna Farrell said people describe her as a ditsy blonde. "...I am very silly...i enjoy people i always have...so it makes it interesting" And queen can be added to that description. Just this week the Brooklyn native and retired nurse took home the crown and sash as 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, a win she said made her feel wonderful. "it's a nice thing to look back and say....ah, look at me and what I did" Farrell has been ...More >>
  • Russell County correction officers facing charges

    Russell County correction officers facing charges

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:13:42 GMT
    By Natalie Fultz PHENIX CITY - Their badges are gone. Their titles are stripped. Brandon Williams, Justin Hill and Oscar Hicks landed themselves on the other side of the prison bars. All three are facing felony bribery charges for trying to sell drugs to inmates.More >>
    By Natalie Fultz PHENIX CITY - Their badges are gone. Their titles are stripped. Brandon Williams, Justin Hill and Oscar Hicks landed themselves on the other side of the prison bars. All three are facing felony bribery charges for trying to sell drugs to inmates.
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  • Woman in Black part 2

    Woman in Black part 2

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:50:24 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanMOTTS, AL - "I say she's an angel...I think she's an angel," Motts resident Mary Love Thomas said. It's clear social media phenomenon Elizabeth Poles left a lasting impression recently in Motts, Alabama. Residents describe Poles as sweet and very intelligent. "she is a mystery...but now she is not crazy," Thomas said. Motts residents 81-year-old Mary Love Thomas and her brother Milton Cook say Poles...known as the "woman in black"...was living in Thomas' winnebago in Mo...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanMOTTS, AL - "I say she's an angel...I think she's an angel," Motts resident Mary Love Thomas said. It's clear social media phenomenon Elizabeth Poles left a lasting impression recently in Motts, Alabama. Residents describe Poles as sweet and very intelligent. "she is a mystery...but now she is not crazy," Thomas said. Motts residents 81-year-old Mary Love Thomas and her brother Milton Cook say Poles...known as the "woman in black"...was living in Thomas' winnebago in Mo...More >>
  • Free Downtown Parking August 1st - 15th, 2014

    Free Downtown Parking August 1st - 15th, 2014

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:30:08 GMT
    Downtown parking is free in Auburn starting Friday, August 1 and continuing through Friday, August 15.More >>
    Downtown parking is free in Auburn starting Friday, August 1 and continuing through Friday, August 15.
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  • Investigation underway into small plane crash

    Investigation underway into small plane crash

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:33:08 GMT
    Plane was flying from Panama City, FL to TN.More >>
    Plane was flying from Panama City, FL to TN.More >>
  • Motts residents shed light on lady dubbed "Woman in Black"

    Motts residents shed light on lady dubbed "Woman in Black"

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:10:03 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanMOTTS, AL - She's captured on social media sites...known as a mysterious, quite woman...a woman in all black, but a familiar face to residents in Motts, Alabama. "I knew her when they was going up over here...and there was...four...five...there was Jack...Bobby...Raymond...Colonel...and Elizabeth," Motts resident Bennie Seldon, Jr. Residents said Elizabeth Poles, a military veteran known as the mysterious "woman in black", grew up in a small home in Motts, before moving ...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanMOTTS, AL - She's captured on social media sites...known as a mysterious, quite woman...a woman in all black, but a familiar face to residents in Motts, Alabama. "I knew her when they was going up over here...and there was...four...five...there was Jack...Bobby...Raymond...Colonel...and Elizabeth," Motts resident Bennie Seldon, Jr. Residents said Elizabeth Poles, a military veteran known as the mysterious "woman in black", grew up in a small home in Motts, before moving ...More >>
  • Opening arguments begin in capital murder trial

    Opening arguments begin in capital murder trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:45:17 GMT
    Sally Day recalls talking to her son everyday before his murder.More >>
    Sally Day recalls talking to her son everyday before his murder.
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  • SOLVED: The Mystery of The Woman In Black

    SOLVED: The Mystery of The Woman In Black

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:16:28 GMT
    The mysterious woman in black who has captured the attention of people in several states has been solved by WLTZ NBC 38 Reporter Dorothy Sherman.More >>
    The mysterious woman in black who has captured the attention of people in several states has been solved by WLTZ NBC 38 Reporter Dorothy Sherman.
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  • AU's new black box theatre: Ask not what is it, but what isn't it?

    AU's new black box theatre: Ask not what is it, but what isn't it?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:56:46 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - Auburn University's Department of Theatre is seeing a new $3.9 million addition. Construction recently finished on a new black box experimental theatre and dance studio adding on to the existing Telfair B. Peet Theatre. Auburn university's new black box experimental theatre is a space you can ask not what is it, but what isn't it? "you can set up risers to be fifty people in there or you can set it up for 150...the space is made to be whatever you want it to...More >>
    Auburn University's Department of Theatre is seeing a new $3.9 million addition. Construction recently finished on a new black box experimental theatre and dance studio adding on to the existing Telfair B. Peet Theatre.
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  • Gov. Bentley to Send Top Aid to Testify at EPA’s Public Hearing on Clean Power Plan Regulations

    Gov. Bentley to Send Top Aid to Testify at EPA’s Public Hearing on Clean Power Plan Regulations

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:10:20 GMT
    Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday will send his Senior Advisor, Blaine Galliher, to the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing in Atlanta to testify about the negative impact the EPA’s new plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants will have on Alabama.More >>
    Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday will send his Senior Advisor, Blaine Galliher, to the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing in Atlanta to testify about the negative impact the EPA’s new plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants will have on Alabama.
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  • Death row inmate gets new trial in Russell County

    Death row inmate gets new trial in Russell County

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:09:08 GMT
    James Harrison Jr. spent more than ten years on death row before getting another chance at life. Harrison is getting a new trial based on the grounds of jury misconduct.More >>
    James Harrison Jr. spent more than ten years on death row before getting another chance at life. Harrison is getting a new trial based on the grounds of jury misconduct.More >>
  • Auburn resident gets worker's comp. after 3 yr. battle

    Auburn resident gets worker's comp. after 3 yr. battle

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:20:52 GMT
    It's the morning after the first time Auburn resident, Arlene Patillo, has had a full nights sleep three years.More >>
    It's the morning after the first time Auburn resident, Arlene Patillo, has had a full nights sleep three years.
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  • Opelika man faces burglary charges

    Opelika man faces burglary charges

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:13:09 GMT
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    On Sunday July 27, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Jacob Dalton Lewis of Opelika, for Burglary in the Third Degree, Theft of Property in the First Degree and Receiving Stolen Property in the First Degree.More >>
    On Sunday July 27, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Jacob Dalton Lewis of Opelika, for Burglary in the Third Degree, Theft of Property in the First Degree and Receiving Stolen Property in the First Degree.
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  • Police search for man accused of dousing his ex-girlfriend

    Police search for man accused of dousing his ex-girlfriend

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:43:01 GMT
    Manhunt for Alabama suspect accused of dousing his former girlfriend with gasoline, lighting her on fire.More >>
    Manhunt for Alabama suspect accused of dousing his former girlfriend with gasoline, lighting her on fire. More >>
  • Opelika Police Department Weekend Update

    Opelika Police Department Weekend Update

    Opelika Police Department Weekend Update

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:42:20 GMT
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/25/14-07/27/14 · A Theft of Property, Second Degree, occurred between 12:00 P.M. on 07/24/14 and 9:00 A.M. on 07/25/14 in the 500 block of Comanchee Drive. The victim reported that an air conditioning unit was stolen. There are no suspects and the case is currently under investigation. · A Theft of Property, Second Degree, occurred between 9:00 P.M. on 07/24/14 and 10:00 A.M. on 07/25/14 in the 1200 block of Samford Court. The victim reported th...More >>
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/25/14-07/27/14 · A Theft of Property, Second Degree, occurred between 12:00 P.M. on 07/24/14 and 9:00 A.M. on 07/25/14 in the 500 block of Comanchee Drive. The victim reported that an air conditioning unit was stolen. There are no suspects and the case is currently under investigation. · A Theft of Property, Second Degree, occurred between 9:00 P.M. on 07/24/14 and 10:00 A.M. on 07/25/14 in the 1200 block of Samford Court. The victim reported th...More >>
  • Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:01:50 GMT
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/24/14 · A Robbery occurred at approximately 2:30 A.M. on 07/24/14 at Circle K, 511 Second Avenue. According to the complainant two suspects entered the store with scarves wrapped around their faces. One of the suspects pointed a gun at her and demanded the money from the cash register. The suspects fled the scene, taking $50.00 in cash with them. There were no injuries reported. There are no known suspects and the case is currently under investi...More >>
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/24/14 · A Robbery occurred at approximately 2:30 A.M. on 07/24/14 at Circle K, 511 Second Avenue. According to the complainant two suspects entered the store with scarves wrapped around their faces. One of the suspects pointed a gun at her and demanded the money from the cash register. The suspects fled the scene, taking $50.00 in cash with them. There were no injuries reported. There are no known suspects and the case is currently under investi...More >>
  • Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:23:33 GMT
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/23/14 · A Burglary occurred at approximately 8:25 P.M. on 07/22/14 in the 300 block of North 3rd Street. The victim reported that someone tried to kick open their front door while they were at home. Entry was not made into the house. There are no suspects and the case is currently under investigation. · A Theft of Property, Second Degree, occurred between 12:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. on 07/19/14 in the 1000 block of Covenant Drive. The victim repor...More >>
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/23/14 · A Burglary occurred at approximately 8:25 P.M. on 07/22/14 in the 300 block of North 3rd Street. The victim reported that someone tried to kick open their front door while they were at home. Entry was not made into the house. There are no suspects and the case is currently under investigation. · A Theft of Property, Second Degree, occurred between 12:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. on 07/19/14 in the 1000 block of Covenant Drive. The victim repor...More >>
  • Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Opelika Police Department Overnight Update

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:42:40 GMT
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/22/14 · There were four (4) more Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle/Theft reports taken on 07/22/14 at different locations throughout the city of Opelika. Again, small items that are easy to carry were stolen. Items such as; wallets, prescription medication, and cash were stolen. There are no suspects and the cases are currently under investigation. · A Burglary and Theft occurred between 8:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. on 07/21/14 in the 1400 blo...More >>
    Press Information Opelika Police Department 07/22/14 · There were four (4) more Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle/Theft reports taken on 07/22/14 at different locations throughout the city of Opelika. Again, small items that are easy to carry were stolen. Items such as; wallets, prescription medication, and cash were stolen. There are no suspects and the cases are currently under investigation. · A Burglary and Theft occurred between 8:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. on 07/21/14 in the 1400 blo...More >>
  • new Lee Co. EMA training officer looking forward to teaching others

    new Lee Co. EMA training officer looking forward to teaching others

    Friday, June 27 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-06-27 22:19:05 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanLEE COUNTY, AL - Jeremy Jones is no stranger to serving the people of Lee County. "I was a communications officer with the city of Auburn most recently as supervisor. I was there...just under 10 years dispatching with them. I've been at East Alabama Medical Center for six years as an EMT working on the ambulance, and I'm also the volunteer fire chief at Southwest Fire Department" Son of an Auburn police officer and husband to an EMA volunteer, 28-year-old Jones will cont...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanLEE COUNTY, AL - Jeremy Jones is no stranger to serving the people of Lee County. "I was a communications officer with the city of Auburn most recently as supervisor. I was there...just under 10 years dispatching with them. I've been at East Alabama Medical Center for six years as an EMT working on the ambulance, and I'm also the volunteer fire chief at Southwest Fire Department" Son of an Auburn police officer and husband to an EMA volunteer, 28-year-old Jones will cont...More >>
  • Lightning safety tips

    Lightning safety tips

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-06-25 22:19:05 GMT
    By: Dorothy Sherman LEE COUNTY, AL - It's probably not surprising to say with all the storms rolling through that now is the peak season for lightning strikes. "The whole entire southeast is the most prominent area for lightning in the country and we're definitely in one of the peak zones..." NBC 38's Meteorologist Matt Wintz said. A weather phenomenon that can very deadly. "a lot of people have died from it, you know statistically wise most people do survive a lightning strike, but there...More >>
    By: Dorothy Sherman LEE COUNTY, AL - It's probably not surprising to say with all the storms rolling through that now is the peak season for lightning strikes. "The whole entire southeast is the most prominent area for lightning in the country and we're definitely in one of the peak zones..." NBC 38's Meteorologist Matt Wintz said. A weather phenomenon that can very deadly. "a lot of people have died from it, you know statistically wise most people do survive a lightning strike, but there...More >>
  • UPDATED: Former employee allegedly victimized by Tuskegee VA

    UPDATED: Former employee allegedly victimized by Tuskegee VA

    Monday, June 23 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-06-23 15:28:24 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - For Auburn couple Charles and Arlene Patillo the last few years have been a struggle. “It's been a hell of an adjustment. I've been reduced to husband to caregiver in all aspects. I am no happy camper by no stretch of the imagination. But.....i'm seeking justice” Charles Patillo said. The couple said Arlene a former nurse of the Tuskegee VA serving 23 years was shocked in 2011 on the job by exposed wires coming from a light switch in one of the rooms inside ...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - For Auburn couple Charles and Arlene Patillo the last few years have been a struggle. “It's been a hell of an adjustment. I've been reduced to husband to caregiver in all aspects. I am no happy camper by no stretch of the imagination. But.....i'm seeking justice” Charles Patillo said. The couple said Arlene a former nurse of the Tuskegee VA serving 23 years was shocked in 2011 on the job by exposed wires coming from a light switch in one of the rooms inside ...More >>
  • Bugs active this summer

    Bugs active this summer

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:30:31 GMT
    By: Dorothy Sherman OPELIKA, AL - Termites and ants are just two bugs active in east Alabama this time of year. "We actually have a couple we're seeing a lot of. We're seeing a lot of ants...a lot of ant calls...a lot of fleas...fleas are really bad this time of year for whatever reason...and bed bugs," Scott Ballard of S S Termite and Pest Control said. Ballard has been in the pest control business for 13 years, and said problems that come from each pest is different. Ants often times ge...More >>
    By: Dorothy Sherman OPELIKA, AL - Termites and ants are just two bugs active in east Alabama this time of year. "We actually have a couple we're seeing a lot of. We're seeing a lot of ants...a lot of ant calls...a lot of fleas...fleas are really bad this time of year for whatever reason...and bed bugs," Scott Ballard of S S Termite and Pest Control said. Ballard has been in the pest control business for 13 years, and said problems that come from each pest is different. Ants often times ge...More >>
  • Several remember Auburn's biggest fan at memorial service

    Several remember Auburn's biggest fan at memorial service

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-06-17 22:18:09 GMT
    By: Dorothy Sherman AUBURN, AL - Family, friends, and those that knew Johnny Richmond also known as Mr. Penny came to honor his life Tuesday afternoon in a memorial service at the Auburn United Methodist Church. "He'll be remembered a long time because most everybody liked him they loved him...you know what im saying," Mr. Penny's cousin, Jimmy Collier said. Some wore Auburn University colors, orange and blue, for Mr. Penny, an A. U. fan who was known for doing push-ups at Auburn football ...More >>
    By: Dorothy Sherman AUBURN, AL - Family, friends, and those that knew Johnny Richmond also known as Mr. Penny came to honor his life Tuesday afternoon in a memorial service at the Auburn United Methodist Church. "He'll be remembered a long time because most everybody liked him they loved him...you know what im saying," Mr. Penny's cousin, Jimmy Collier said. Some wore Auburn University colors, orange and blue, for Mr. Penny, an A. U. fan who was known for doing push-ups at Auburn football ...More >>
  • Body of missing swimmer recovered in north Alabama

    Body of missing swimmer recovered in north Alabama

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-06-17 12:48:42 GMT
    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who went missing after jumping from a rock overlooking Bates Landing at the Bear Creek Reservoir.Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said the body of 18-year-old Isaac Edward Linzer was located Monday afternoon. He tells the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/1vzhZMF) that the body was found about 15 feet away from the rock area where Linzer jumped in Sunday evening.Oliver said the man and some family members were ju...More >>
    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who went missing after jumping from a rock overlooking Bates Landing at the Bear Creek Reservoir.Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said the body of 18-year-old Isaac Edward Linzer was located Monday afternoon. He tells the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/1vzhZMF) that the body was found about 15 feet away from the rock area where Linzer jumped in Sunday evening.Oliver said the man and some family members were ju...More >>
  • Chambers Co. Courthouse undergoes security changes

    Chambers Co. Courthouse undergoes security changes

    Monday, June 16 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-06-16 22:12:08 GMT
    By: Dorothy Sherman LAFAYETTE, AL - For Chambers County Courthouse Administrative Assistant, Sherri Foster, a new security measure is easing worries. "It makes me feel better knowing that can't nobody just come right in behind me and after punching a code..." Recently, a video surveillance system, alarms and a key fob system on employee entrances was installed at the Chambers County Courthouse. The key fob system allows employees to gain access to the building through I. D. cards and key ...More >>
    By: Dorothy Sherman LAFAYETTE, AL - For Chambers County Courthouse Administrative Assistant, Sherri Foster, a new security measure is easing worries. "It makes me feel better knowing that can't nobody just come right in behind me and after punching a code..." Recently, a video surveillance system, alarms and a key fob system on employee entrances was installed at the Chambers County Courthouse. The key fob system allows employees to gain access to the building through I. D. cards and key ...More >>
  • Alleged nooses in Opelika business upsetting employees, FBI investigates possible hate crime

    Alleged nooses in Opelika business upsetting employees, FBI investigates possible hate crime

    Thursday, June 12 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-06-13 00:00:56 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - A reported possible hate crime at an Opelika business is being investigated by the FBI The opelika police department was notified of the incident happening at SEMYOUNGJINHI - TECH, LLC, a manufacturing plant, Wednesday afternoon. A person claiming to be an employee of SEMYOUNGJINHI - TECH, LLC...who does not want to be identified for fear of retribution..said he's losing sleep over several incidents involving nooses the business. "I mean, it been worrying me...More >>
    A reported possible hate crime at an Opelika business is being investigated by the FBI.
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  • Lee Co. Justice Center expansion possibly complete early 2015

    Lee Co. Justice Center expansion possibly complete early 2015

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-06-10 22:29:15 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - Construction moves forward on what will be an added 40,000 square foot building to the 1980's T. K. Davis Jr. Lee County Justice Center. "The county has almost doubled in size in population since this original building this original complex was constructed it was long over due," Lee County Administrator, Roger Rendleman said. The original building houses the circuit clerks and district attorney's offices, But once construction is finished the new building is...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - Construction moves forward on what will be an added 40,000 square foot building to the 1980's T. K. Davis Jr. Lee County Justice Center. "The county has almost doubled in size in population since this original building this original complex was constructed it was long over due," Lee County Administrator, Roger Rendleman said. The original building houses the circuit clerks and district attorney's offices, But once construction is finished the new building is...More >>
  • Auburn University takes extra steps preparing for new oaks

    Auburn University takes extra steps preparing for new oaks

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-06-04 22:21:09 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - Achieving a better environment for future auburn oaks is a priority. "One thing we keep hearing is failure in this is not an option we have to keep these trees alive. It was such a beloved area and the trees were so beloved by the auburn family before. So the new one is going to come in and the tradition is going to continue," Auburn University spokesperson, Mike Clardy said. The university has installed silva cells where the trees will grow. The cells are a...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - Achieving a better environment for future auburn oaks is a priority. "One thing we keep hearing is failure in this is not an option we have to keep these trees alive. It was such a beloved area and the trees were so beloved by the auburn family before. So the new one is going to come in and the tradition is going to continue," Auburn University spokesperson, Mike Clardy said. The university has installed silva cells where the trees will grow. The cells are a...More >>
  • Historic Columbus Foundation joins Eufaula effort

    Historic Columbus Foundation joins Eufaula effort

    Thursday, May 29 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-05-29 13:52:19 GMT
    EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — The Historic Columbus Foundation has joined an ongoing effort to prevent a road widening project in the eastern Alabama town of Eufaula.Travelers heading through southeast Alabama to Florida Panhandle beaches have a four-lane road the entire way except for a half-mile stretch in Eufaula that narrows to two lanes and is filled with Southern mansions and giant oaks.Now the town finds itself in a battle of Southern charm vs. traffic congestion as the state considers a plan t...More >>
    EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — The Historic Columbus Foundation has joined an ongoing effort to prevent a road widening project in the eastern Alabama town of Eufaula.Travelers heading through southeast Alabama to Florida Panhandle beaches have a four-lane road the entire way except for a half-mile stretch in Eufaula that narrows to two lanes and is filled with Southern mansions and giant oaks.Now the town finds itself in a battle of Southern charm vs. traffic congestion as the state considers a plan t...More >>
  • Principal photography begins on "Selma" movie

    Principal photography begins on "Selma" movie

    Friday, May 23 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-05-23 12:47:18 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in Alabama."Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and ...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in Alabama."Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and ...More >>
  • Trial over Alabama abortion law begins

    Trial over Alabama abortion law begins

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-05-20 13:12:00 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The owner of a Montgomery abortion clinic says she's never had a Montgomery-based physician performing abortions at the clinic during her 36 years at the facility and she has always used out-of-town doctors.June Ayers, the owner of Reproductive Health Services, was the first witness Monday in the trial of a suit that she and others filed over an Alabama abortion law. It requires clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals in case of c...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The owner of a Montgomery abortion clinic says she's never had a Montgomery-based physician performing abortions at the clinic during her 36 years at the facility and she has always used out-of-town doctors.June Ayers, the owner of Reproductive Health Services, was the first witness Monday in the trial of a suit that she and others filed over an Alabama abortion law. It requires clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals in case of c...More >>
  • More than $1M in loans approved for disaster aid

    More than $1M in loans approved for disaster aid

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-05-20 13:10:49 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration say more than $1 million in disaster assistance loans have been approved for Alabama residents trying to recover from severe weather in late April and early May.SBA field operations director Frank Skaggs said in a statement Monday that the department has approved 33 loans for $1,017,000 for Alabama residents trying to recover from recent storms, tornadoes and floods.Officials say the deadline to submit applications ...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration say more than $1 million in disaster assistance loans have been approved for Alabama residents trying to recover from severe weather in late April and early May.SBA field operations director Frank Skaggs said in a statement Monday that the department has approved 33 loans for $1,017,000 for Alabama residents trying to recover from recent storms, tornadoes and floods.Officials say the deadline to submit applications ...More >>
  • Tuscaloosa may tweak rules over tornado recovery

    Tuscaloosa may tweak rules over tornado recovery

    Monday, May 19 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-05-19 13:09:22 GMT
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Local officials in Tuscaloosa are considering changes to local ordinances that govern rebuilding of commercial areas after the devastating tornadoes of April 2011.The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1j1TNK1) Mayor Walt Maddox planned to present amendments to the city code Monday night to the Planning and Zoning Commission. One of the changes being pushed by the mayor would require businesses to hide larger trash bins from public view. Others proposals deal with ...More >>
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Local officials in Tuscaloosa are considering changes to local ordinances that govern rebuilding of commercial areas after the devastating tornadoes of April 2011.The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1j1TNK1) Mayor Walt Maddox planned to present amendments to the city code Monday night to the Planning and Zoning Commission. One of the changes being pushed by the mayor would require businesses to hide larger trash bins from public view. Others proposals deal with ...More >>
  • Auburn trash amnesty week starting Monday, everything to know

    Auburn trash amnesty week starting Monday, everything to know

    Friday, May 16 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-05-16 22:20:10 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - During trash amnesty week the City if Auburn normally brings in double the waste than a typical trash week, and city officials expect this amnesty week to be no different. It's a week with no trash fees for the spring cleaning citizens of Auburn. "The volume limit is typically 5 cubic yards per week. So, now of course they can put as much as they would like to put out," Environmental Services Director, Timothy Woody said.No fees on Bulky waste items like furn...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - During trash amnesty week the City if Auburn normally brings in double the waste than a typical trash week, and city officials expect this amnesty week to be no different. It's a week with no trash fees for the spring cleaning citizens of Auburn. "The volume limit is typically 5 cubic yards per week. So, now of course they can put as much as they would like to put out," Environmental Services Director, Timothy Woody said.No fees on Bulky waste items like furn...More >>
  • New snapper limit to hit hard in Ala

    New snapper limit to hit hard in Ala

    Friday, May 16 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-05-16 12:48:36 GMT
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will only hurt the state's industry.The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1.The president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association, Tom Steber, says there's a chance some anglers won't even come because the season is so short. He calls the length of the upcoming season "insane."An arm ...More >>
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will only hurt the state's industry.The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1.The president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association, Tom Steber, says there's a chance some anglers won't even come because the season is so short. He calls the length of the upcoming season "insane."An arm ...More >>
  • Opelika fast-food strike takes unexpected turn

    Opelika fast-food strike takes unexpected turn

    Thursday, May 15 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-05-15 22:19:05 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - A strike e took an unexpected turn after police were called. Burger King and McDonald's workers demanded $15 an hour almost double what they're paid. A strike early Thursday morning that started in front of the McDonald's at Tiger Town in Opelika. "My youngest two, they like sports, and they want baseball and I don't have money to do that my rent is four hundred dollars. The first check of the month goes straight to rent" Burger King employee, Tempest Reese...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - A strike e took an unexpected turn after police were called. Burger King and McDonald's workers demanded $15 an hour almost double what they're paid. A strike early Thursday morning that started in front of the McDonald's at Tiger Town in Opelika. "My youngest two, they like sports, and they want baseball and I don't have money to do that my rent is four hundred dollars. The first check of the month goes straight to rent" Burger King employee, Tempest Reese...More >>
  • Moonshine still destroyed in Barbour County

    Moonshine still destroyed in Barbour County

    Thursday, May 15 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-05-15 13:10:56 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State liquor agents have destroyed an illegal moonshine still near the Midway community near Eufaula in Barbour County.The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced agents found the 18-barrel still Tuesday. The board says the still was operational and had recently been used. No arrests were made.The ABC Board found and destroyed another still Friday about 30 miles away in the Still Crossroads community in Bullock County.The board says 17 moonshine stills have ...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State liquor agents have destroyed an illegal moonshine still near the Midway community near Eufaula in Barbour County.The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced agents found the 18-barrel still Tuesday. The board says the still was operational and had recently been used. No arrests were made.The ABC Board found and destroyed another still Friday about 30 miles away in the Still Crossroads community in Bullock County.The board says 17 moonshine stills have ...More >>
  • Lee Co. EMA asking citizens to safely put debris in piles

    Lee Co. EMA asking citizens to safely put debris in piles

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-05-14 22:27:09 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - The Lee County Emergency Management Agency is asking citizens to help speed up the debris removal process by putting debris in separate piles as that could help speed up the recovery process. "There are different categories of debris and there's different ways of minimizing that debris vegetative is minimized of mulch and chopped then eventually burned down, eventually. There's different ways of disposing it. So, it's easier if they're separated," Rita Smith ...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - The Lee County Emergency Management Agency is asking citizens to help speed up the debris removal process by putting debris in separate piles as that could help speed up the recovery process. "There are different categories of debris and there's different ways of minimizing that debris vegetative is minimized of mulch and chopped then eventually burned down, eventually. There's different ways of disposing it. So, it's easier if they're separated," Rita Smith ...More >>
  • Defense, state set for sentence in college killing

    Defense, state set for sentence in college killing

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-05-13 22:20:11 GMT
    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Both prosecutors and defense lawyers say they're ready for the sentencing of a man convicted of killing his mother-in-law at an Alabama community college campus in 2011.A judge in Opelika held a hearing Tuesday to make sure both sides were prepared for the sentencing of 37-year-old Thomas Franklin May III.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for May, convicted of killing his mother-in-law and wounding estranged wife Bethany Mitchell at Southern Union Community Colleg...More >>
    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Both prosecutors and defense lawyers say they're ready for the sentencing of a man convicted of killing his mother-in-law at an Alabama community college campus in 2011.A judge in Opelika held a hearing Tuesday to make sure both sides were prepared for the sentencing of 37-year-old Thomas Franklin May III.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for May, convicted of killing his mother-in-law and wounding estranged wife Bethany Mitchell at Southern Union Community Colleg...More >>
  • Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday

    Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:20:09 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - It's something so simple that can make a huge difference. "Even though we might know where our next meal is coming from, our hearts and our heads must be with those people who they don't know where their next meal is coming from," Auburn resident, Chrissie Faupel said. Saturday is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive where anyone can feed the hungry just by putting food next to your mailbox. Last year 74 million pounds of food was donated across the United States ...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanAUBURN, AL - It's something so simple that can make a huge difference. "Even though we might know where our next meal is coming from, our hearts and our heads must be with those people who they don't know where their next meal is coming from," Auburn resident, Chrissie Faupel said. Saturday is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive where anyone can feed the hungry just by putting food next to your mailbox. Last year 74 million pounds of food was donated across the United States ...More >>
  • Lee County Sheriffs warns of law enforcement impersonator scam

    Lee County Sheriffs warns of law enforcement impersonator scam

    Thursday, May 8 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-05-08 22:23:08 GMT
    BY: Dorothy Sherman LEE COUNTY, AL - It's happened again. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said a caller claiming to be a lieutenant from the Chambers County Sheriff's Office recently attempted to scam a Lee County woman over the phone. "We've actually seen this before it's been a while been a year or so since we've last encountered it," Sheriff Jones said. In the recent case, the law enforcement impersonator told the victim there was a warrant out for the victim's arrest for skipping jury du...More >>
    BY: Dorothy Sherman LEE COUNTY, AL - It's happened again. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said a caller claiming to be a lieutenant from the Chambers County Sheriff's Office recently attempted to scam a Lee County woman over the phone. "We've actually seen this before it's been a while been a year or so since we've last encountered it," Sheriff Jones said. In the recent case, the law enforcement impersonator told the victim there was a warrant out for the victim's arrest for skipping jury du...More >>
  • Verizon expansion to create 400 jobs in Ala

    Verizon expansion to create 400 jobs in Ala

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-05-07 00:03:50 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area.Company officials joined the governor in Montgomery on Tuesday to announce that more than 300 customer service positions will be created in Verizon's state headquarters in Huntsville.The other positions will be in retail, mostly in north Alabama and in Birmingham and Dothan.The jobs will bring the company's total employment in the state to about 2,000 people.Verizon Wireless official Michelle...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area.Company officials joined the governor in Montgomery on Tuesday to announce that more than 300 customer service positions will be created in Verizon's state headquarters in Huntsville.The other positions will be in retail, mostly in north Alabama and in Birmingham and Dothan.The jobs will bring the company's total employment in the state to about 2,000 people.Verizon Wireless official Michelle...More >>
  • Alabama governor seeks aid for 5 more counties

    Alabama governor seeks aid for 5 more counties

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-05-07 00:02:09 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.Gov. Robert Bentley says his administration submitted an application to the president on Tuesday for individual disaster assistance in DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Tuscaloosa and Mobile counties.The state is already receiving federal assistance for Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin counties for the tornadoes and flooding that hit the state l...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.Gov. Robert Bentley says his administration submitted an application to the president on Tuesday for individual disaster assistance in DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Tuscaloosa and Mobile counties.The state is already receiving federal assistance for Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin counties for the tornadoes and flooding that hit the state l...More >>
  • Hoover schools to delay launch of bus fees

    Hoover schools to delay launch of bus fees

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-05-06 23:59:28 GMT
    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Hoover schools officials have delayed a plan to charge fees for school bus service until fall of 2015.Superintendent Andy Craig and state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice met about the issue this week. Craig says the district will spend time working out how much parents will be charged if students don't ride department school buses on a daily basis.District officials have said the fees will allow the system to expand bus service, but questions have been raised over how lo...More >>
    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Hoover schools officials have delayed a plan to charge fees for school bus service until fall of 2015.Superintendent Andy Craig and state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice met about the issue this week. Craig says the district will spend time working out how much parents will be charged if students don't ride department school buses on a daily basis.District officials have said the fees will allow the system to expand bus service, but questions have been raised over how lo...More >>
  • Teen's body recovered from Ala. creek

    Teen's body recovered from Ala. creek

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-05-06 11:36:09 GMT
    LOWNDESBORO, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a teen who drowned in a creek west of Montgomery has been recovered.Relatives of 17-year-old Lucas Pantaleon told WAKA-TV (http://bit.ly/1iWwhOc) on Monday that the teen had moved to Alabama from Mexico just months ago and was trying to have a swimming race at Cypress Creek when he went under.Kelly Gordon of the Montgomery County Fire Department say the teen began struggling in about 14 feet of water.Authorities have examined the teen's bod...More >>
    LOWNDESBORO, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a teen who drowned in a creek west of Montgomery has been recovered.Relatives of 17-year-old Lucas Pantaleon told WAKA-TV (http://bit.ly/1iWwhOc) on Monday that the teen had moved to Alabama from Mexico just months ago and was trying to have a swimming race at Cypress Creek when he went under.Kelly Gordon of the Montgomery County Fire Department say the teen began struggling in about 14 feet of water.Authorities have examined the teen's bod...More >>
  • 10 in dog fighting case set for sentencing Aug. 12

    10 in dog fighting case set for sentencing Aug. 12

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-05-06 11:33:24 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled sentencing Aug. 12 in Montgomery for 10 people who pleaded guilty in a multi-state dog fighting investigation.U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ordered the 10 to appear in court in 15-minute intervals for sentencing. The 10 are from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Most face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy.The 10 pleaded guilty during court appearances last week in Montgomery. One more defendant has fi...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled sentencing Aug. 12 in Montgomery for 10 people who pleaded guilty in a multi-state dog fighting investigation.U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ordered the 10 to appear in court in 15-minute intervals for sentencing. The 10 are from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Most face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy.The 10 pleaded guilty during court appearances last week in Montgomery. One more defendant has fi...More >>
  • Development project for north Ala to be announced

    Development project for north Ala to be announced

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-05-06 11:31:59 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Leaders are making an economic development announcement they say will create jobs statewide and particularly in the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama.Gov. Robert Bentley's office has scheduled an event for Tuesday afternoon in the old House chamber. It's to announce a development project affecting Huntsville, but Bentley's office says the impact is statewide.Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says the announcement is significant for the valley region, but he wouldn't elabor...More >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Leaders are making an economic development announcement they say will create jobs statewide and particularly in the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama.Gov. Robert Bentley's office has scheduled an event for Tuesday afternoon in the old House chamber. It's to announce a development project affecting Huntsville, but Bentley's office says the impact is statewide.Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says the announcement is significant for the valley region, but he wouldn't elabor...More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Identity theft part 1

    SPECIAL REPORT: Identity theft part 1

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 7:29 AM EDT2014-05-06 11:29:12 GMT
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - Identity theft is what it sounds. It's the stealing of ones identity by gathering up your name, birth date, or social security, most commonly using that information to access your funds. "Identity theft now is the most popular way a thief can get your money. There's still a lot of burglaries and things like that, but identity theft is on the rise," Lt. Jimmy Taylor said.Identity theft can happen in various ways and may happen easier than you think. Lt. Taylor ...More >>
    By: Dorothy ShermanOPELIKA, AL - Identity theft is what it sounds. It's the stealing of ones identity by gathering up your name, birth date, or social security, most commonly using that information to access your funds. "Identity theft now is the most popular way a thief can get your money. There's still a lot of burglaries and things like that, but identity theft is on the rise," Lt. Jimmy Taylor said.Identity theft can happen in various ways and may happen easier than you think. Lt. Taylor ...More >>
  • Abortion opponents to rally outside Alabama statehouse

    Abortion opponents to rally outside Alabama statehouse

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 3:35 PM EST2014-02-25 20:35:46 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Abortion opponents will rally outside the Alabama Statehouse today as lawmakers consider a series of bills putting new restrictions on abortion. One of the bills would ban abortionMore >>
    Abortion opponents will rally outside the Alabama Statehouse today as lawmakers consider a series of bills putting new restrictions on abortion.More >>
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