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Past articles by Carter:

Senator Jones speaks out about possible impeachment

FLORENCE, Ala. – While Washington is in recess, U.S. Senator Doug Jones is visiting every corner of Alabama. While his main focus is on the economy there’s still an elephant in most rooms he visits. At the University of North Alabama Monday afternoon, he spoke about workforce development and job recruitment. But, it’s hard to keep his focus outside of Washington with things heating up. → Read More

Lauderdale County Ag Center moves forward with money in hand

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – It’s the largest public works project to hit northwest Alabama in many years. Pieces are beginning to fall in place for a proposed agricultural center along U.S. 72 near Florence. There are 260 acres sitting ready. → Read More

Dangers to students with smartphone apps to be addressed at Florence High School

FLORENCE, Ala. – For parents, we like to trust our kids to do the right things and make the right decisions. But with technology staring into their eyes on every turn, kids and parents face a lot of dangers. Florence City Schools is offering parents some help in a meeting Thursday night. → Read More

Family of missing Lauderdale County man seeks answers

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – It has been three years of worry and wonder for a Lauderdale County family. Their brother disappears without a trace. Investigators call it a missing person’s case that appears suspicious. → Read More

Hall makes first court appearance in Lauderdale County capital murder case

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – A woman accused of murdering her ex-husband appeared in court for the first time Thursday morning. While she was in the courthouse, investigators were out continuing to dig into what led to the shooting. → Read More

Oka Kapassa Festival keeps nearly 200-year-old promise

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – “As long as our nation remains upon the earth, we will recollect Tuscumbia.” A quote from a Creek Indian Chief on the kindness Tuscumbia showed them during the Trail of Tears. The beat of a drum marks Oka Kapassa, a Creek Indian phrase which means “Return to Coldwater”. Tuscumbia and Spring Park is a special place for American Indians. → Read More

Florence theft suspects snatched someone else’s stuff

] FLORENCE, Ala. – Police need the public’s help in identifying two theft suspects. They caught them on-camera, and believe someone knows who they are. On August 27, Florence police say the man and woman you see in the photos are the theft suspects. They were tracked at Walmart on Hough Road. → Read More

Council changes the way Florence’s entertainment district operates

FLORENCE, Ala. – Change is coming to downtown Florence. In 2018, the city council adopted an ordinance designating a portion of the downtown area as an entertainment district. This week they changed the rules. The downtown area continues to prosper. → Read More

Jimmy Johnson, founding member of the Swampers has died

SHEFFIELD, Ala. – A founding member of the famed “Swampers” passed away Thursday afternoon. The family of Jimmy Johnson announced his passing just after 2 p.m. Johnson is known for his success as a record producer and guitarist at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. → Read More

Lauderdale County sheriff wants higher pay for deputies

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Imagine putting your life on the line every day you report to work. While others depend on you for their safety, your family at home is barely getting by. One northwest Alabama sheriff is wanting to help his deputies. → Read More

Muscle Shoals burglar caught on camera

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – A burglar hit a Muscle Shoals business this past weekend, stealing equipment and damaging property. Their crime was caught on surveillance cameras. Nothing good is usually happening at 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning. That is the exact time this burglar was walking through Coldwater Landscapes in Muscle Shoals. → Read More

First adaptive ball field set to open in northwest Alabama

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Eight years of planning has led to a big unveiling planned for next week in the Shoals. Kids of all ages and abilities will be able to participate in their favorite summer-time sports. The finishing touches are happening on the first adaptive playing field in northwest Alabama. It will give children with disabilities the opportunity to participate like never before. → Read More

New state marriage law coming to a courthouse near you

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – A new law goes into effect on August 29th which streamlines the marriage process in Alabama. No longer are people required to have a minister or judge involved. → Read More

Florence PD works to identify cell phone thief

FLORENCE, Ala. – Her sticky fingers could land a Shoals woman behind bars. Florence police are trying to identify a lady accused of taking advantage of someone else’s forgetfulness. Florence Police Department’s suspect strolled into Dollar General in Seven Points likely unaware she would be committing a crime. → Read More

Rogersville community steps up to add security measures to school

ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County town has come together to protect their schools. The program they came up with is a model being used across the state. This upcoming weekend, the town of Rogersville will be raising money to fund it. → Read More

Lauderdale County residents want an end to highway construction

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Frustration is reaching its peak in northern Lauderdale County. Road construction has been going on for what residents say is 20 years, and it’s becoming dangerous around their school. “Just go, dogfight for that lane or half-a-lane,” stated Rogers School parent Matthew Stotler. → Read More

Thief takes away a child’s brand new toy in Colbert County

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – A child was left distraught after his new toy was stolen from his Colbert County home. Law enforcement are searching for leads which bring a theft suspect to justice. → Read More

Lauderdale County authorities hope to identify credit card thief caught on camera

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office is trying to solve a crime which is happening more and more often. They hope surveillance pictures can shut down at least one of the assailants. → Read More

Colbert County town cracking down on speeders

LITTLEVILLE, Ala. – If you drive through northwest Alabama here is your only warning. Fed up with speeders along U.S. 43 South, the town of Littleville is going “zero tolerance”. It’s hard to miss the signs. Posted in plain sight along Highway 43, drivers are warned of the speed limit. → Read More

Veteran in special need of a wheelchair ramp in Colbert County

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action on behalf of one of our nations service heroes. A Colbert County Army Veteran has multiple disabilities, and he is all but confined to his home. Gary Hartwell served his country with pride for more than 13-years. → Read More