East Alabama

  4,000 Chromebooks meant for Etowah County Schools held up in customs, new order on the way

The Chromebooks are meant to help with the 20 percent of students who will start digital learning on August 17.

  ADPH: Please don’t retest multiple times for COVID-19

Talladega Co. Sheriff’s Dept. looking for 2 missing teenage girls

Gadsden forms new committee to look into diversity-related social issues

  Meet Anniston’s New Police Chief Nick Bowles

  Jacksonville State University plans to have students on campus at beginning of fall semester

  Cherokee County teen raises money to buy tombstone for former slave

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  Etowah County deputies to receive hazard pay due to COVID-19 risks

  Incentive deal helps Gadsden Mall attract Martin’s Family Clothing

Missing 19-month-old girl out of Etowah County found safe

  RMC Anniston and Stringfellow hospitals are going to ‘no visitors’ policy, RMC reaches unit capacity

Sylacauga City Schools announce reopening plan

  Black Lives Matter Gadsden holds children’s fun day

  Etowah County now has 1,200 people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19

Emergency management specialist Josh Tanner tells us the EMA's best weapon against new cases, in fact its only weapon, is to educate the public about COVID-19 and ways to stop or slow the spread.

Piedmont poll worker in hospital with COVID-19

Piedmont city leaders informed people, via Facebook, that a poll worker who worked on runoff Election day Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.

Leader of Black Lives Matter Etowah arrested following search warrants

A statement from Black Lives Matter Etowah describes Gunn as a leader in that organization, and a leader in the area’s Black community even before that.

  Calhoun County schools move start of school back six days

Calhoun County's school system will open one week later than planned, following Wednesday's news conference from Governor Ivey about COVID-19.

  Pleasant Valley Elementary School receives honor and check

Family member calls Saks murder-suicide ‘unnecessary’ act of domestic violence

Gadsden woman accused of taking more than $1 million in property from a senior

Al. Rep Ronald Johnson, longest serving member of the house, dies at age 76

  Gadsden council members express enforcement concerns about proposed mask ordinance

  Anniston joins cities considering a mandatory mask ordinance

7 employees at state veterans home in Pell City test positive for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) continues universal testing of the COVID-19 virus for all residents and employees at the state veterans homes.

  Young people fast-growing segment of COVID-19 positives in Calhoun County

Calhoun County EMA director Michael Barton says the age 25-to-49 group still holds the largest number of people testing positive for the coronavirus.

  Solar powered audio post at former Anniston bus station allows Freedom Rider to tell his story

A solar audio panel was unveiled at the former Anniston Greyhound station where in 1961 the Freedom Riders were faced with violence.

Grateful Oxford residents give gift cards to first responders

Hamilton originally set $1300 as a goal, but reached the amount of $2,120.

What will Alabama, Auburn sorority rush look like?

Sorority rush will look different this fall on the campuses of Alabama and Auburn.

  Gadsden to consider mandatory mask ordinance

The announcement comes two days after council member Thomas Worthy, a retired police officer who says it's a matter of public safety, called for the ordinance. At the news conference he reiterated how much he wanted to see the council vote on the matter.

  Weaver COVID-19 testing clinic brings out hundreds of cars

So many people showed up, a queue was set up so the cars could line up around the First Baptist Church across the street.

  Anniston passes ordinance allowing outdoor dining permits downtown

Diners in downtown Anniston will soon have another seating option.

  Gadsden council members want council to vote on mask ordinance

The request comes as Etowah County has 790 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 322 just in the last two weeks, and 13 deaths.

  Gadsden council votes against removing Emma Sansom monument

The council voted 4-3 to keep the monument in place.

Gadsden State cancels commencement ceremonies, schedules ‘drive-through’ graduation event

The drive-through graduation will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Wallace Drive Campus and will include those who graduated during the spring and summer 2020 semesters.

Oxford police officer saves choking baby’s life early Sunday morning

The officer saved the life of a 1-month-old early Sunday morning when the baby stopped breaking on I-20.

Gadsden PD looking for missing girl

Dominga Diego Juan left her home in the 2300 block of Norris Avenue around 11 p.m. and hasn’t been seen since.

Former Glencoe police chief dies from COVID-19

Former Glencoe Police Chief Johnny Chambers died over the weekend from COVID-19, according to Mayor Charles Gilchrist.

All clear given after shelter in place issued at Gadsden State

Gadsden State Community College officials have given the all clear at 11:30 a.m.

Jump around! Cool call for Springville police

Two Springville Police officers got a kangaroo surprise when they responded to an alarm call Saturday.

Gov. Ivey announces $163 million expansion to SiO2 facility in Auburn

The expansion is for $163 million and will allow the facility to meet the U.S. government’s need for vials and syringes as the battle against COVID-19 continues.

Children of fallen Auburn officer presented with donation for trust fund

The family of a fallen Auburn police officer received a generous gift in his honor Tuesday.

  Protesters in Gadsden march against police brutality

They were no chants or signs that said "Defund the police," but there were signs that said "Fund the community."

Relatives of Emma Sansom from Gadsden write letter calling for removal of statue

"Our community may have forgotten why this statue and others like it were erected. We must remember why in order to take wise action.

  Bystander shot and killed after Tuscaloosa party; 2 teens arrested

A man was shot and killed Saturday night at a party after police say a fight broke out nearby and suspects began firing weapons.

Calhoun Co. Sheriff: Man on meth shoots a person who tried to help him after a traffic accident

As Guiford was traveling South on Hwy 21, he drove his Ford F-150 off the roadway striking the Liquor King. The truck crashed right into the store.

  Etowah County Sheriff questions whether protesters are marching without permits

Sheriff Jonathon Horton says he’s concerned about traffic issues and protesters possibly getting hit by cars.

  Lincoln officials hold groundbreaking on fishing park

A new fishing park being built in Talladega County is expected to have quite an impact on the area’s economy.

  Talladega church serves lunch to essential personnel as a thank you

Members of the New Life Covenant Church - including deacons and even the pastor - served lunch to essential workers.

Phenix City police release statement on death of assistant chief

The Phenix City Police Department is mourning the loss of Assistant Police Chief Gail Green-Gilliam, who passed away from COVID-19 complications.

  Ohatchee City Hall hosts COVID-19 drive-through clinic

The state health department conducted another drive-through testing clinic in East Alabama on Wednesday.

Woman thanks officers after her car was stolen, Oneonta PD Chief responds to car chases

Oneonta’s Police Chief responded Wednesday after a woman posted in Facebook thanking them for helping her after her car was stolen at knifepoint.

  Meet Madonna: St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office has new K-9 deputy

Madonna is a three year old Labrador, presented to the sheriff by iK9.

  FBI: Video evidence shows noose found in garage of Bubba Wallace had been there since Oct. 2019

“Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”

  Discussion continues over whether to remove Emma Sansom monument from downtown Gadsden

The discussions continue in Gadsden over whether to move a Confederate monument to another part of town.

  Gadsden EMA updates spiking COVID-19 numbers

Gadsden-Etowah County EMA workers say they’re getting especially concerned about the COVID-19 data in the area.

JSU names Dr. Don Killingsworth as university president

Killingsworth has served as interim president since Oct. 2019.

  St. Clair Co. neighborhood holds parade and cookout for first responders

A neighborhood in St. Clair County coming together to show their support for first responders. Residents lined the street for a parade and cookout.

Jacksonville citizens speak on the idea of removing a Civil War monument

The battle over a Civil War monument in Jacksonville’s town square, spilled over Monday night into the city council chambers.

  Gadsden hemp store vandalized

The vandalism happened just after she reopened the store.

  ‘Shocked and appalled’: Gov. Ivey releases statement regarding incident at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR president holds news conference

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Monday regardless an incident over the weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

‘Start Your Engines’: Astronaut to give command to Talladega drivers 250 miles above Earth

Astronaut Doug Hurley will serve as the Grand Marshal for the GEICO 500.

  Amtrak to cut daily service to 3 days a week; affects Crescent in Alabama

Later this year, Amtrak will cut its long distance routes from daily service to three days per week.

  Hobson City residents paint ‘Black Towns Matter’ on city’s main street

Hobson City residents celebrated Juneteenth with one simple message: Black Towns Matter.

  Gadsden Head Start receives masks from Birmingham law firm

Richard Dickerson, who works with the Richard Rice law firm in Birmingham, delivered 500 masks to the Gadsden Progress Council Head Start location Thursday.

Missing 12-year-old Gadsden girl has been located

She left her Forrest Avenue home Tuesday, June 16.

  Petition seeks name change for Wallace Hall at Gadsden State Community College

Their petition at change.org had some 1,330 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

  Gadsden-Etowah EMA director says COVID-19 spiking in area

The EMA director in Etowah County says people need to keep doing what they've been doing in the battle against COVID-19.

  More talk for and against moving Emma Sansom monument from downtown Gadsden

More people are speaking out about a proposal to move a Civil War monument from downtown Gadsden.

Student COVID-19 cases rising says Auburn University Medical Clinic director

“There is no doubt in my mind we are seeing the after effects of Memorial Day parties, weekends at the lake or beach, and visits to some downtown venues,” said the medical director for the Auburn University Medical Clinic.

  Anniston mayor wants council to discuss possible removal of Confederate monument

Anniston’s mayor wants the city council to discuss removing a Confederate monument from the city.

  Spike in COVID-19 cases delays reopening of Gadsden Public Library

A spike in COVID-19 cases has resulted in a delay in the reopening of the Gadsden Public Library.

Etowah County Health Dept. conducting COVID-19 testing, Hepatitis-A vaccination drive-through clinic

The clinic will operate on Wednesday from 8-11 a.m. at Dwight Baptist Church, located at 520 N. 29th Street in Gadsden.

Memorial bike ride for Lt. Stephen Williams in Moody

The ride starts at 2:13 p.m. That was Lt. Williams’ badge number.

Unity rally in Moody

The group said they are gathering to bring awareness of racism and police brutality in America.

Premiere Cinertainment Complex to reopen in Pell City

Face masks remain optional for guests but staff will wear gloves and face masks and be temperature-screened.

  Etowah County Rural Transportation reopens to public Monday with extra precautions

Etowah County’s Rural Transportation System reopens to the public Monday with new measures to make it safe from COVID-19.

  Move afoot to rename Bibb Graves Hall at Jacksonville State University

The school’s acting president, Dr. Don Killingsworth, announced a student task force has been organized to look into the possibility of renaming some buildings on campus whose current names may have racist origins.

Etowah County residents oppose planned construction of a nearby Dollar General

The newer Dollar General, just a couple of miles from another one in East Gadsden, would be located on a vacant lot near the entrance to Tillison Bend.

  Gadsden Variety Store scheduled to close July 3

An iconic piece of downtown Gadsden may soon be going out of business.

  Man buys 4 Pell City officers breakfast at Cracker Barrel

The man wouldn’t take no for an answer as he thanked the officers for their public service and wished them a safe day on the job.

  Talladega will have medical safety measures for fans

When the green flag waves at Talladega, it will be a full two months later than originally scheduled due to the pandemic.