East Alabama

  St. Clair Co. dealing with limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Some rural areas continue to trail the state in vaccinations. Local medical leaders in St. Clair County say the efforts are slowed because they didn’t get a lot of doses upfront.

Buc-ee’s opening in Leeds

61-year-old man killed while walking along U.S. 431 in Calhoun County

Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon

  COVID-unit staff at RMC in Anniston get ‘desperately needed’ PPP

Records: Alabama man on bond arrested after Capitol riot

Collinsville man killed in accident involving tractor

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Three arrested after Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office finds 300+ gallons of moonshine

58-year-old East Alabama man killed in single-car accident

9-year-old hero pulls sister out of car after mom is robbed at Moody gas station

Man arrested for homicide at convenience store in Talladega Co.

Over 400 vaccinations for group 1A, 1B administered in Gadsden

  Calhoun Co. allows vaccinations for those 75 years or older, reaches allotment Wednesday morning

  Civil lawsuit filed after alleged assault in Piedmont High School locker room

The lawsuit accuses the coaches and students of negligence, intentional and reckless, infliction of emotional distress, assault, and more.

UPDATE: JSU President Emeritus headed home after COVID-19 hospitalization

Dr. Meehan was recovering at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.

81-year-old Piedmont man struck and killed on Hwy 278

Officers responded to the traffic accident on US Hwy 278 West on January 1, 2021.

Search for missing Talladega man

Officers said Stacey Lynch was last seen leaving his residence on December 23, 2020.

  Man once involved in police standoff arrested in East Alabama bank robbery

Rainbow City man arrested for using counterfeit money

Gadsden City Hall closed effective immediately

Florida man killed in Etowah Co. plane crash

Gov. Ivey has phone call with President Trump, counties to get assistance for Hurricane Zeta

Gadsden City Schools moving to virtual instruction

Etowah Co. man receives 8 life sentences for shooting at law enforcement officers

Battles was convicted in October of the attempt on taking the lives of eight law enforcement officers.

  Calhoun County hosts COVID-19 testing clinic, prepares for vaccines

Calhoun County residents jammed a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site Wednesday as cases rise in the county.

  Protesters, businessman bring rendering plant opposition to Gadsden City Council

Opponents of a proposed rendering plant near the Gadsden airport once again took their case to the city council.

Calhoun Co. Schools moving to virtual instruction Dec. 14

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and isolations within faculty and staff, Calhoun County Schools says they will have virtual instruction Dec. 14-18.

  RMC Health System restricting all visitation

“We have carefully considered the current care environments given the increased incidence of COVID-19 in the community, combined with other seasonal and ongoing care needs. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of patients in our hospitals and our team members caring for them.”

Pell City Schools moving to distance learning

The distance learning will go from December 8 through December 18.

Former longtime Calhoun Co. Sheriff passes away, funeral to be livestreamed to public

Sheriff Matthew Wade announced on Facebook that Amerson died Thursday night after a strong battle with cancer.

Buc-ee’s is hiring for Leeds location

Buc-ee’s is opening a superstore in Leeds in January 2021.

  Representative of Pilgrim’s Pride explains rendering plant proposed for Gadsden

Gadsden’s city council heard Tuesday from an executive of a company who wants to put a controversial animal rendering plant in the city.

UPDATE: Opelika police locate missing teen

The Opelika Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.

Hundreds turn out for community meeting on proposed animal rendering facility in Gadsden

A company called Pilgrim’s Pride wants to build a factory that turns animal parts into animal food before shipping it elsewhere.

  Anniston receives new fire chief

Stephen Folks announced he’d chosen Jeff Waldrep as the city’s new fire chief.

  Anniston using hotel rooms for warming centers

Anyone who needs help should contact The Right Place by phone, email or social media.

Anniston teams up with nonprofit to shuttle people in need to warm hotel rooms

Starting Monday, Nov. 30, the Anniston Parks & Recreation Department will work to shuttle those in need of shelter to hotels throughout the area that The Right Place has secured through the use of emergency hotel vouchers.

Glencoe church gives out community Thanksgiving meal by curbside

It was mainly meant to serve the Glencoe area, but turkey dinners went out to Attalla, Rainbow City and Daugette Towers in downtown Gadsden.

  Man will attend his 61st Iron Bowl

He’s gone every year since 1959, when his father, the late Alan Cohn, took him.

Gadsden entertainment complex to open Saturday

A new and long awaited entertainment complex opens Saturday at the Gadsden Mall.

Hokes Bluff man arrested on child pornography charges

Donald “ONeil” Paulsen of Hokes Bluff was arrested on Nov. 20, 2020 on 10 counts of possession of Child Pornography and 7 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, according to Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton.

Anniston RMC Health System ER visitation guidelines updated

Regional Medical Center (RMC) and Stringfellow Memorial Hospital (SMH) have updated hospital guidelines for emergency room visitors.

Lincoln police investigating deadly hit and run

Late Friday night or early Saturday morning a pedestrian was hit and the driver left the scene.

Homicide under investigation in Sylacauga

The victim has been identified as 65-year-old David Earl Whetstone of Sylacauga. He had been shot to death.

Anniston woman dead after attempting to shoot a deputy during drug arrest

According to the Calhoun Co. Sheriff's Office, the pistol had live ammunition but the chamber was empty when the woman pulled the trigger.

Proposed rendering plant brings out angry residents in Gadsden

An industrial prospect is getting an angry reception from a number of Etowah County residents.

Man and woman arrested for drugs and child endangerment in Etowah Co.

A man and woman are facing multiple charges after they were arrested in Gadsden Thursday with methamphetamine, heroin and a young child inside their car.

  Anniston Christmas Parade cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

The Anniston Christmas Parade, a fixture on Noble Street for decades, is being called off this year.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive works around COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced some changes, but in many areas the bell ringing tradition will prevail.

Cherokee County opens new veterans affairs office

For the first time in nine years, Cherokee County has a veteran services office.

  Jacksonville State drops ACT, SAT testing requirements for incoming freshmen

Jacksonville State University will now make testing optional for freshman admission through Fall 2021.

Birmingham, Anniston cancel Christmas parades due to rising COVID numbers

Birmingham also announced the city will not have a Christmas tree lighting ceremony because of the large crowds that tend to gather.

  City of Anniston acquires more land for Chief Ladiga bicycle trail

The city’s mayor says he and the general manager of the Anniston Waterworks have signed an agreement to convey a piece of land for the project.

Hokes Bluff schools transition to online learning until after Thanksgiving break

All three public schools in Hokes Bluff transitioned to online learning Tuesday due to coronavirus issues.

4 men arrested in meth trafficking enterprise in St. Clair County

Four men were arrested in an undercover investigation into a Methamphetamine Trafficking Criminal Enterprise in St. Clair County.

6 people hurt after Gadsden trolley overturned

One victim was flown to Birmingham and five others taken to Gadsden hospitals.

Governor breaks ground on Highway 411 widening project

The first project approved under the “Rebuild Alabama” plan is now under construction.

  ‘Be thankful’: World War II veteran has message as he celebrates his 100th birthday

Massey flew a B-17 bomber in Europe during the war, bombing supply lines to keep fuel from reaching the Germans.

Lincoln PD partners with DNA lab to identify woman found dead behind house near Superspeedway

The woman had sandy brown hair that was graying and wore dentures engraved with the name “Powders.” The state forensics department determined she likely had lung cancer.

Gadsden recycling center reopens

Gadsden’s recycling center has reopened, but only for limited hours.

  Historic Gadsden cemetery erects new headstones for veterans

Volunteers restoring a historic Black cemetery in Gadsden say they were able to restore nearly two dozen tombstones of veterans buried there.

  Gadsden Black Lives Matter activist loses business in fire; fire chief suspects arson

Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll suspects a fire that broke out at a local business owned by a Black Lives Matter activist is a case of arson.

Gadsden husband and wife arrested in child pornography investigation

Investigator Brandi Fuller with the Etowah County Sheriff’s office received a cyber tip on November 4 from the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) on 29-year-old Christopher Sistrunk.

  Riverview Regional Medical Center suspending visitation

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions, Riverview Regional Medical Center will suspend ALL visitation until further notice.

  Alexandria boy gets treehouse from Make-A-Wish of Alabama

Many little boys want a treehouse and some even have one. But few have one like Rylan Hughes.

  Anniston man named Patriot of the Year by statewide veterans group, given a car

Tracy Stephens was named Patriot of the Year for his work with various veterans groups including WWA and Flags for Vets.

  Oneonta City Schools moving to remote learning until December

The decision was made due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and related illnesses.

  Etowah County sets new COVID-19 record

The EMA reports more than 43 new cases a day in the last six days with a total of 60 deaths, eight deaths in just the last week.

  Etowah Co. man convicted of firing several shots at officers during a search warrant

Investigators say while agents were trying to come through the front door, Battles fired several rounds from a shotgun.

3 men arrested in drug, firearms investigations in Etowah County

Three Etowah County men face drug charges after multi-agency investigations involving large amounts of Methamphetamine, firearms, and other drugs.

Fantasy football business in Gadsden shuttered, pending court hearing

A court hearing in December could decide whether a fantasy football business in Gadsden will ever open its doors.

  Fresh-Value to open new supermarket in Gadsden

Fresh-Value will open a location in Canterberry Station, a shopping center in the part of Gadsden known as Alabama City.

New public hearing date set for Gadsden coal ash pond closing

A public hearing on an Alabama Department of Environmental Management permit for the closing of a coal ash pond in Gadsden is now scheduled for next week.

Kitty Kat Haven rescues dozens of cats from hoarding abuse in Randolph County

Local animal rescues are working together after discovering a tragic hoarding situation in Randolph County that ended in a horrific way.

  Calhoun Co. bingo amendment passes overwhelmingly

It wasn’t to bring bingo to the area, but to clear up the language in an earlier law that had the effect of threatening numerous bingo operations.

  Self-testing COVID-19 clinic held in Jacksonville

Organizers used the self-administered tests developed at UAB. The tests will also be sent to UAB for results.

Man accused of sexual misconduct arrested at Sylacauga nail salon

Minh Ngoc Tran was arrested at his place of business in Sylacauga. Tran is accused of the unwanted touching of a juvenile female.

Man charged with terroristic threats, accused of pointing a pistol at an Oxford Police Officer

Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said the man pointed a .45 caliber Glock pistol at a uniformed Oxford Police Officer in a marked SUV at the intersection of US 78 and Al. Hwy 21 on Monday, November 2.

  Calhoun County residents await word on when power might be restored

Crews working on behalf of Alabama Power are making progress getting electricity back on in east Alabama.

  Verbena High closed Tuesday, other Chilton County students return to class

Students at Verbena High School will remain out of school Tuesday as crews continue work to restore power at the school site. The rest of the county schools will re-open Tuesday after sites were closed for several days as the community dealt with the impact of Hurricane Zeta.

  Anniston city council sworn in for new term

Anniston’s new city council members say they’re willing to work with others for Anniston' future.