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Gadsden entertainment complex to open Saturday

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

Lincoln police investigating deadly hit and run

Homicide under investigation in Sylacauga

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

Proposed rendering plant brings out angry residents in Gadsden

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

  Anniston Christmas Parade cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

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Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive works around COVID-19

Cherokee County opens new veterans affairs office

  Jacksonville State drops ACT, SAT testing requirements for incoming freshmen

Birmingham, Anniston cancel Christmas parades due to rising COVID numbers

  City of Anniston acquires more land for Chief Ladiga bicycle trail

Hokes Bluff schools transition to online learning until after Thanksgiving break

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

Gadsden recycling center reopens

  Historic Gadsden cemetery erects new headstones for veterans

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

Gadsden husband and wife arrested in child pornography investigation

  Riverview Regional Medical Center suspending visitation

  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.

  Power restored at all Chilton County voting locations

Chilton County Officials expect to have all polling precincts open Tuesday for voting after Hurricane Zeta knocked out power to more than half of the buildings.

City of Oxford opens warming station ahead of freezing weather as many are still without power

The move may be particularly helpful to some as many are still without power following Tropical Storm Zeta last week.

Country music star Riley Green coming home to JSU for a benefit concert for athletics

Green and musical guests will take the stage on Burgess-Snow Field in JSU’s football stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

Numerous school systems across Alabama remain closed Friday

Numerous school systems across Alabama will remain closed Friday, October 30.

  Weaver has several Zeta-related problems

Power and water were affected.

Calhoun County 911 gets 600 calls by 10 a.m. Thursday

The calls were for trees and power lines down across the county. Power outages were widespread as well.

  Churches stepping up in Etowah Co. after CommUnity Thanksgiving canceled

Gadsden’s CommUnity Thanksgiving may be off for this year, but churches and community groups are stepping up to provide meals.

  COVID-19 could impact Halloween at Anniston’s Glenwood Terrace

Whether Halloween will be a safe activity this year is at the heart of one of Anniston’s most beloved traditions.

  Gadsden CommUnity Thanksgiving canceled for 2020

Gadsden’s big, annual CommUnity Thanksgiving has been canceled for this year due to concerns for COVID-19.

UPDATE: Phenix City man murdered in parking lot between Columbus nightclubs

A Phenix City man is dead after an overnight shooting on Victory Dr. in Columbus.

  Talladega College announces new partnership, $3 million grant from USDA

A big economic boost for one of Alabama’s historically Black colleges as Talladega College announced a new $3 million partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Thursday.

  Losing Anniston city council candidates file suit over election results

A suit was filed alleging the city council has relationships with the county commission which call the fairness of the election into question.

  Calhoun County to hold drive-through Prescription Drug Takeback Day

The event will take place at the Walgreen’s in Jacksonville and on Quintard Avenue in Anniston, and at the CVS in Oxford.

  UPDATE: Fire at Pine Ridge Apartments in Gadsden ruled accidental

The fire destroyed buildings number four and five at Pine Ridge Apartments in East Gadsden.

  One injury reported in large fire at Gadsden apartment complex

The fire at the Pine Ridge Apartments started Tuesday morning

  Rainbow City marina destroyed in early-morning fire

Officials with the Southside Fire Department say they responded to Little Bridge Marina on the corner of Hwy. 77 and Whorton Bend Road early Tuesday morning and found heavy fire showing.

Gadsden man arrested for Ball Play Grocery robbery

Police say Coshatt admitted to holding the store clerks at gunpoint with a toy gun.

  JSU rededicates tornado-damaged Mason Hall

Monday JSU’s President and it’s board of trustees cut the ribbon on Mason Hall, the music building, which had been damaged in the March 2018 tornado that left widespread damage across the campus.

  Calhoun County listed as ‘high risk’ in COVID-19 numbers

Barton urges Calhoun County residents to continue taking preventive measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.

IAC’s $55.9 million in expansion projects will create 182 jobs in Alabama

The International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc. (IAC) plans to invest over $55.9 million in expansion projects that will create 182 jobs at two Alabama facilities.

  Gadsden Public Library reopens after COVID-related shutdown

Gadsden’s Public Library did something two weeks ago it hadn’t done in six months.

Jacksonville State football coach tests positive for COVID-19

Jacksonville State University Head Football Coach John Grass announced Thursday evening he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

  “Anniston Changers” raise hopes for community-based improvement program

City officials are asking volunteers to meet up and tackle projects that will improve the city.

  Gadsden Library offers memorial rocks in the rock garden

Library patrons can now leave a rock in the library’s rock garden to honor someone who has passed away.

  Gubernatorial proclamation shared with JSU respiratory school

October is National Respiratory Therapy Month.

’Anniston Changers’ raise hopes for community-based improvement program

Anniston city officials are looking for some folks to take pride and help make some improvements in their community.

  New mural to welcome visitors to downtown Gadsden

It depicts a postcard design with an area landmark inside each letter. They include the Broad Street Bridge, the Citizenship Monument, Noccalula Falls, a botanical garden, a steam locomotive and the Pitman Theater.

2 juveniles charged in Pell City gas station robbery

Each suspect will be charged with robbery and receiving stolen property.

  Home Depot stores Birmingham, Oxford prepare cleaning kits for hurricane victims

About 300 of the orange Home Depot barrels have been filled with cleaning supplies, such as garbage bags, paper towels and bottled water.

  Confederate Park to be renamed for late commissioner

Janney Furnace Park, which includes a furnace once used to make cannonballs, will be renamed Eli Henderson Memorial Park.

UPDATE: 16-year-old twin girls missing in East Alabama found safe

Two 16-year-old twin girls missing from East Alabama were found safe.

Gadsden man arrested on multiple drug charges

Authorities say approximately ½ pound of methamphetamine, approximately 29 grams of cocaine, and three guns were seized during the investigation.

Jacksonville State officials cut ribbon on new kinesiology department

The program that exams the movements of the human body cut the ribbon Thursday on its new home in Stephenson Hall.

  Civic group gives important device to Calhoun County EMA

A local civic group gives the Calhoun EMA a new piece of equipment it’ll share with the rest of the county’s first responders.

Giant pill bottle to make rounds in Calhoun County

Calhoun County’s Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention has something new to make their point about the fight against opiate abuse.

Sylacauga City School students to return to the classroom

Students currently on a two-day a week schedule will attend classes each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

  Fire that destroyed former homeless shelter appears to be arson, according to Gadsden fire chief

Fire Chief Stephen Carroll said the fire appeared to be set, and two homeless men were known to stay there.

  Anniston hosts public flu shot clinic

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Calhoun County EMA teamed up for a drive-thru flu shot clinic in the city.

Reward offered for information in Talladega Co. homicide case

Ameir Sherrod Townsend was shot and killed on September 28.

  A great show is what makes the Gadsden City HS marching band go on Fridays

The Gadsden City High School Marching Band took a chance this fall, and it is really paying off!

Gadsden Patriots’ Day festivities postponed until May due to coronavirus

COVID-19 has forced the postponement of another big event in east Alabama.