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Man arrested in Calhoun Co. on rape, kidnapping charges

A man was arrested Monday in Calhoun County on multiple charges related to kidnapping and sexual assault.

  Gadsden students return to campus for in-person instruction

  WATCH: Leeds running back celebrates heart-warming touchdown with teammates and opponents

Pelham graduate named Miss Talladega College

  Green Pastures residents up in arms over proposed zoning change

  Absolutely Alabama wins award from North Alabama tourism group

Attalla woman found dead inside burned van

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  Oxford Police now use 3D technology to investigate wreck scenes

  Financially troubled Oxford EMS to close, be replaced by new ambulance service

  Plane makes emergency landing on I-59

St. Clair County is latest victim of cyberattack

  Gadsden Human Relations Committee holds first meeting

  Jacksonville HS football game canceled Friday over COVID-19 case

  Noccalula Falls drawing crowds amid COVID-19

The falls view and hiking trails stayed open during the COVID-19 emergency, but now Pioneer Village has reopened.

Lee County nursing home now allowing outdoor family visits

Arbor Springs Health and Rehab Center, located in Opelika, said it will start allowing families to visit loved ones at the facility’s outdoor courtyard. However, the nursing home will continue to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Boaz mother charged with child abuse of 3-year-old

Deputies said Thompson, the mother, admitted to spanking the child.

Calhoun Co. first responders deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sally

A team of approximately 20 Calhoun County first responders from law enforcement and fire services were deployed Sunday to areas affected by Hurricane Sally.

  Iron Mountain Road in Anniston to be finished soon

  8th graders in Anniston sent home for 10 days after student shows symptoms of COVID-19

  Anniston council votes to move Confederate monument out of city

Made in Alabama ‘The Devil All the Time’ premieres on Netflix

Gadsden parents arrested for abuse of 2-month old, deputies say baby had 12 fractured ribs

  City councilors urge Gadsden residents to wear masks

Reward offered for information leading to arrest in Auburn teen’s murder

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of 18-year-old Thomas Green.

  Dog rescued from chain sworn in as Anniston K9

On Tuesday, Police Chief Nick Bowles sworn in Jack with an oath that forbids him from sniffing other dogs without their consent and not to tear up Sgt. Michael Webb’s garbage while living with Webb and his family.

  COVID-19 cancels Anniston’s annual Veterans Day parade

A concern over the highly contagious coronavirus, and the veterans who are part of a vulnerable age group, are the reasons for the cancellation.

  Homecoming birthday bash for young Opelika hit & run victim

Keston Miles was welcomed by sounds and sirens for his ninth birthday.

  UPDATE: Pilot killed, missing plane found in Etowah County

The pilot has been identified as 76-year old William “Bill” Elliot McClain, of Acworth Georgia.

Hyundai ad features Alabama employees reading crash survivor’s story

The Montgomery Hyundai plant takes center stage in the company's new ad.

New VA clinic to open in Anniston/Oxford area

The new 15,000+ square foot clinic will be the first of its kind in a true Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) concept and will offer primary care and mental health services, as well as the addition of two new services with audiology and optometry.

UPDATE: Missing Auburn teen found dead; two charged with his kidnapping

Two men are in custody in Auburn and charged with kidnapping after the disappearance of a teenager.

  Downtown Gadsden’s First Friday canceled until sometime in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns

The bands, food and antique car event is usually held on the first Friday night of every month from March to December.

  Five more miles added to McClellan bike trails in Anniston

Good news for east Alabama cyclists: five more miles of bike trails are now available in the Anniston area. Those five miles are an expansion of the McClellan Bicycle Trails.

Man found shot to death inside Sylacauga home

The victim has been identified as Frslandez L. Cook. He was 52.

  School leader temporarily close two Blount County school over COVID-19 concerns

Locust Fork Elementary School and Locust Fork High School will be closed for in-person learning through September 14th.

  Large yellow ribbon in Glencoe raises childhood cancer awareness

Motorists on Green Valley Road in Glencoe may notice a big yellow ribbon on the east side of the road.

  Gadsden City Schools to offer in-person instruction as an option

The system went to an all-remote learning format due to a spike in COVID-19 cases over the summer in Etowah County.

  Gadsden Human Relations Committee to hold its first meeting in two weeks

A new sub-committee of the Gadsden City Council will begin looking into racism and other community issues two weeks from now.

  Anniston schools return for in-person instruction

Superintendent Ray Hill says students were asked to wear masks to school, and he saw students ranging from young children to high school, wearing them.

  Motocross park opening in Piedmont aims to bring community together

A new attraction brings more outdoor recreation to East Alabama.

  Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year receives check

Thursday, Dr. Jackson was presented with a check for $1,000 from the Scottish Rite Foundation.

  Anniston firm experimenting with possible COVID-19 treatment

Pinnacle Research is a company located right across the street from Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center.

  JSU completes fall football schedule; home game policy announced

Jacksonville State University announced their fall football schedule on Thursday.

  Gadsden Etowah EMA Director: Numbers down, but don’t get your hopes up yet

The county still hasn’t seen steady declines over 14 days to get it out of the very high-risk category.

  Oxford forms medical authority

At a special called meeting Tuesday, they appointed members to the authority and allocated $100,000 to fund it.

Now Hiring at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Pay rates range from $15.25 to $16.01 an hour depending on the shift, with a $500 sign-on bonus being offered.

Planning for a tornado in the age of COVID-19

During Severe Weather Preparedness Month, the Calhoun County EMA warns not to let COVID-19 slow down your preparedness activities.

  Dog found with chain embedded in neck will become member of Anniston Police Dept.

Jack will be sworn in September 15th, then he’ll appear in area schools and at public events.

Sex offender arrested in FL, faces charges in Etowah County

On August 27, after pursuing Davis in multiple states, members of the USMS Fugitive Task Force arrested him. Davis was located at the Courtyard by Marriott, Gainesville, FL.

2 arrested after multiple vehicles stolen from Pell City dealership; Numerous suspects remain at-large

The suspects broke into the dealership, took keys to the vehicles and drove off in three new Dodge Ram pickups and a new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Lincoln woman, 20, killed in Auburn crash

The Lee County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Brantley Rayanna Powell. She was 20.

Runoff will decide Anniston mayoral race

Anniston voters will decide in less than two months who will serve as mayor for the next four years.

Freedom Rider, Alabama native Bill Harbour dies

Pete Conroy, who co-chaired the Freedom Riders National Memorial Committee with Harbour, said Harbour has lived in Atlanta since the Freedom Rides of 1961, when his family told him he shouldn’t return home for safety reasons.

East Ala. foster parents charged with child abuse after toddler suffers brain bleed

A pair of Russell County foster parents are behind bars on aggravated child abuse charges after a toddler suffered injuries consistent with abuse.

  COVID-19 testing clinic held in White Plains

The state department of public health set up again to test East Alabama residents for COVID-19.

  Blood drive at Talladega Superspeedway in desperate need of blood

The American Red Cross needs donors more than ever as they hold their annual blood drive at the Talladega Superspeedway.

In-person student organization events prohibited, no housing visitation at JSU

JSU leaders said, “Any organization that allegedly violates this directive will be referred to the Director of Community Standards and Student Ethics for disciplinary review.”

  Etowah Co. hosts conference for area DARE officers

Etowah County deputies, along with police officers from Southside, Rainbow City, and Altoona, received certifications as DARE officers.

Troy University renames Bibb Graves Hall for late Rep. John Lewis

Troy University has approved the renaming of one of the signature buildings on its main campus to honor the memory of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

UPDATE: Missing Etowah Co. teen found safe

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says Devon Wayne Copeland has been found,

  First Friday to return in Gadsden next week

There will be hand sanitizer stations and masks available to people who don’t have any, as well as enforced social distancing in stores.

  Number of positive COVID-19 cases going down in Etowah Co.

Etowah County is still ranked by the state health department in the “high” category, but their three-day average is going down.

  Anniston City Council candidate arrested, says it’s part of smear campaign

39-year-old Daniel Hughes bonded out quickly from the Calhoun County Jail, on a charge that he trespassed on someone’s property to replace a campaign sign.Hughes says he had written permission to be on the property, and specifically even to replace the sign.

GRAPHIC: Anniston Police organize gofundme account for abused dog, animals in need

Anniston police are investigating after a dog named Jack was found alone, on a chain. Jack was left on the chain for so long, he grew and the chain was embedded in his neck.

Deputies: Clay County woman shot a man in the legs after an argument

Deputies said they were called to the Clay County Hospital after Hershall Varnado from Clairmont Springs came in with gun shot wounds.

Freedom Rider, Charles Person shares his story

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Riders.

  Gadsden has ‘hotspot’ drive-thru testing clinic for COVID-19

Gadsden has been identified as a hotspot for COVID-19 so a special testing clinic was set up to address the area.

  Attalla police searching for missing man last seen at Walmart

No one has seen or heard from Juarez in the last two weeks.

JSU to play FSU in October

The Gamecocks will travel to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee for an Oct. 3 matchup.

  Etowah County Probate Office will soon offer services via drive-through

The office is converting a concessions trailer to house computers used by the office.

  Etowah HS principal says game against Gadsden City not a sellout

Officials at Attalla City Schools say social distancing will be observed at Friday’s football game.

  Gadsden Etowah EMA: Get children into after-school routine to avoid COVID-19

Officials urge parents to give their children their baths as soon as their arrive home, then wash their clothes that afternoon instead of letting a hamper fill up first.

Calhoun County’s EMA assists school systems, JSU

Calhoun County’s EMA has been working with all of the area’s school systems and Jacksonville State University as some prepare to return students to campus.

Attalla among schools opening campus to students this week

Attalla opted for a staggered start, with students whose last names began with A through K going to campus today and Wednesday.

Inmate found dead at Piedmont City Jail

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Piedmont City Jail.

UPDATE: Emergency Missing Child Alert Canceled for two St. Clair County boys, both found safe

Investigators say 14-year-old Trent Matthew Collins and 11-year-old Braxton Lee Collins were last seen on August 13, 2020 at 2:30 a.m.

Missing Child Alert canceled after 11-year-old Argo girl located and safe

An Emergency Missing Child Alert has been canceled after Argo Police say a missing 11-year-old girl was located Friday evening.

Mayor, council cut ribbon on downtown Oxford improvements

Friday, Mayor Alton Craft and Council members cut the ribbon on a renovation project, in historic downtown Oxford.

  Gadsden-Etowah EMA plans to used converted school bus in fight against COVID-19

EMA Director Deborah Gaither says it has been equipped with an “ambubus” kit, and they hope to use it in outlying parts of the county to test for COVID-19.

Man accused of stealing tablets, soft drinks and punching a store owner in Etowah County

Deputies said Brumbelow punched the store owner in the face and drug him with his vehicle for several feet before pushing the store owner out of the vehicle.

East Al man accused of spanking a 3-year-old with a phone charger cord leaving ‘excessive bruising’

Scotty Kilgore, 29, was arrested Wednesday, August 12, and charged with child abuse which is defined by torturing, willfully abusing, cruelly beating or otherwise maltreating a child under the age of 18.