GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a woman being booked into the Etowah County Detention Center was found to have hidden drugs on her person.
Goodyear to lay off workers this year at Alabama plant
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A Goodyear official says the tire company is planning layoffs at an Alabama plant.
News outlets quote a Goodyear communications manager as saying that the layoffs will happen at the company's plant in Gadsden. Barbara Hatala said in a statement Tuesday that employees will be laid off in the second quarter of this year as the factory reduces tire production.
She says Goodyear doesn't know yet which jobs or how many people will be laid off.
Plan aims to transform old rail line into a pedestrian trail
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Community leaders in a northeast Alabama city are hoping to transform an old railroad line into a pedestrian trail.
The trail could eventually run from Alabama City to nearly the Coosa River, The Gadsden Times reported .
Alabama man opposing Tennessee parole in 1982 slaying
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Almost 37 years later, it's not easy for David Engle to talk about what happened to his former Southside High School classmate, Rodney Long.
More than two weeks after classmates learned Long was missing in early 1982, his body was found in Tennessee, close to the Kentucky state line. He'd been shot in the back and in the head. Officials announced his death over the school PA.
Assisted living worker accused of over-medicating indicted
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An employee at an assisted living facility in Alabama who acknowledged over-medicating a patient who later died has been indicted.
Alabama man accused of threatening Jewish man on Facebook
SOUTHSIDE, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama say a man used Facebook to threaten another man with whom he had disagreed online.
Southside police Sgt. Jay Freeman tells The Gadsden Times 55-year-old Stanley Gregory Bell was arrested Monday at a bird sanctuary and charged with making a terrorist threat.
Local pastor works to raise awareness of domestic violence
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Teresa Smith's introduction to the impact of domestic violence came 19 years and one month ago.
She was living in Georgia at the time when she learned that her cousin was dead, shot in the head by an abusive boyfriend. Her cousin was 25 years old. She left behind two children, ages 9 and 2.
Kick-off to creation of ‘mega’ sports complex to happen soon
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Work is set to begin soon on a "mega sports complex" in northeast Alabama.
Clearing the land for construction on the 139-acres (56 hectares) is set to begin this month, The Gadsden Times reported.
State Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden says he wants to have 12 to 14 soccer fields ready to use by spring to accommodate the 900 soccer players in Etowah County's two soccer leagues.
Alabama community college is selling radio station license
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama community college is in the process of selling the license to its FM radio station.
The Gadsden Times reports Gadsden State Community College announced Monday that it's selling the license for WSGN. The station was part of the school's radio/television broadcasting program until 2004, when the program was discontinued.
Koch Foods announces $80M expansion at Alabama plant
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Koch Foods has announced an $80 million expansion at an Alabama plant that's expected to bring around 200 jobs to the area.
Woman tells investigators she used drugs while pregnant
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a woman who told investigators she used drugs while pregnant has been arrested.
News outlets report deputies found a pipe with residue in the vehicle of 25-year-old Felicia Rae Mitchell during a traffic stop. The Attalla woman was initially charged with drug paraphernalia.
‘World’s Longest Yard Sale’ spans 6 states
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — "Rust sells," Cookie Watson and Mary Mauldin agreed as they stood surrounded by a fair amount of rust and much more.
The sisters-in-law started setting up their offerings for the World's Largest Yard Sale, and already were getting customers days before the sale's official kickoff on Thursday.
The yard sale route stretches from Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, passing through six states and covering 690 miles. It lasted through Sunday.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Sacha Baron Cohen duping celebrity politician (all times local):
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is among the political figures duped by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during interviews for his upcoming Showtime series.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say they recovered nearly 2 ounces (56 grams) of methamphetamine from a man who fled arrest.
AL.com reports Etowah County Drug Enforcement says in a statement that 25-year-old Westphaleon Bernardo Thomas was charged with drug trafficking Monday.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A train that is popular with visitors of Noccaulua Falls Park in Alabama has derailed, injuring around 10 people.
Officials tell news outlets that the injuries sustained were not life-threatening. Gadsden Fire Department Assistant Chief Lee Dye Jr. said 10 people that ranged in age from 4 or 5 years old to 75 were transported from the scene.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A youth evangelist in Alabama accused of sexually abusing children has been indicted on another child sex charge.
Al.com reports 37-year-old preacher Paul Edward Acton Bowen was indicted June 22 on a charge of traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act. Bowen already is charged with child sex crimes in Etowah and Jefferson counties, as well as Bay County, Florida.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama college is citing declining enrollment for a decision to ends its aquaculture program after 27 years.
Gadsden State Community College says it will discontinue the courses next spring.
School spokeswoman Jackie Edmondson tells The Gadsden Times the program was one of the few of its kind in the nation.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — For the second year in a row, Gadsden City High School hosted a summer program for students who are new to the English language. Most of them are newcomers to the United States as well.
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The publisher of an Alabama newspaper is leaving for Missouri, to take over operations for a group of community newspapers.
Rex Maynor has been publisher at the Opelika-Auburn News since 2013. He will work in Branson, Missouri, as a publisher for Tri-Lakes Newspapers Inc., which is owned by Gadsden-based Lancaster Management Inc.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff who was criticized for making money from the county jail's food program has been defeated in a primary election.
In Alabama, it's possible for sheriffs to personally profit from jail meals. In many cases, the less a sheriff spends on feeding inmates, the more he or she can make.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A challenger will remain on the Republican primary ballot for sheriff in a northeast Alabama county.
The Gadsden Times reports that the Etowah County Republican Executive Committee declined to remove Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton from the ballot.
He's challenging incumbent Sheriff Todd Entrekin in Tuesday's primary. No Democrat has qualified.
Alabama senior gets free car for good grades
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama student got more than good grades for working hard in the classroom — she got a free car.
Etowah High School senior Maleah Johnson was awarded a used vehicle by an area car dealership because of her academic performance.
Staying on the school's A/B honor roll earned her entries into a drawing by Devan Lowe Cadillac Buick GMC, and she was awarded a 2016 Buick Verano by the company on Wednesday.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama have identified man whose body was found in a pickup truck that plunged into a river after driving off a bridge.
Authorities say 56-year-old Bobby Lee Benefield of the Ball Play community in Etowah County was identified after the truck was removed from the Coosa River at Gadsden on Monday.
Truck found in Alabama river after bridge plunge
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Searchers have located a truck that drove off a bridge and plunged into a river in northeastern Alabama.
Crews were attempting to pull the vehicle out of the Coosa River after the discovery on Monday, and it wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside.
Gadsden Fire Chief Steve Carroll tells news outlets witnesses reported the truck plowed through a guardrail on the Meighan Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have filed additional charges against an Alabama youth evangelist accused of sexually abusing children.
Etowah County sheriff's officials said Thursday they've filed new sodomy and sexual abuse counts against 37-year-old Paul Edmond Acton Bowen of Southside.
Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the charges involve a juvenile who was allegedly sexually abused over several years.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — All six judges in an Alabama county have recused themselves from presiding over the lawsuit filed by failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore against some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
News outlets report Etowah County's four circuit judges and two district judges filed recusals with interim Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart on Monday, a week after Moore filed a political conspiracy lawsuit.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is opening the door to a possible return to politics.
Moore told reporters at a news conference Monday that he doesn't plan to run for anything, including governor at this time.
But Moore issued a statement Thursday saying plans change. It quotes Moore as saying he won't be reluctant to seek office again "if the opportunity arises." And he says that includes the governorship.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama filed a new lawsuit Monday against some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, claiming they were part of a "political conspiracy" to derail his 2017 campaign.
Moore's attorney, Melissa Isaak, said at a news conference in Gadsden that the accusations raised against Moore shortly before the special Senate election are "false." She also said that his accusers, and others, hoped to see him lose the Dec. 12 ballot.
Gadsden businessman changes life after incarceration
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Cats really do get stuck in trees.
Their claws are shaped like little hooks, perfect for digging into tree bark and climbing up, up and up, into trees that are far taller than most household ladders.
New sex abuse charges filed against Alabama evangelist
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama youth evangelist arrested last week on charges of sexually abusing children was back in jail Tuesday on additional charges, authorities said.
Paul Edmond Acton Bowen, 37, of Southside is accused of abusing four juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 for years, according to a statement from the Etowah County Sheriff's Department.
Alabama columnist, Post’s Moore stories win Pulitzers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama columnist John Archibald on Monday won a Pulitzer Prize, and so did The Washington Post for its stories uncovering misconduct allegations against Republican Roy Moore during Alabama's U.S. Senate campaign last year.
Gadsden company releases guitar effects pedal
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Distorted guitar and youthful rebellion go hand in hand.
Distorted guitar also goes hand in hand with electrical know-how, circuit boards, complicated schematics and hours of research, but "School's Out" is less fun if Alice Cooper sings about getting back to class in August.
Alabama man accused of raping girl, 5, has been arrested
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama man who is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl has been arrested.
An Etowah County Sheriff's Office news release quotes investigator Brandi Fuller as saying 41-year-old Shelton Samuel Welch was arrested and charged with first-degree rape. News outlets report that jail records show he was taken into custody Saturday.
Shooting victim visits her school, hopes to return soon
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Qhiniyia Hester never thought she'd miss going to school the way she has the last few weeks.
Niyia on Jan. 22 made her first visit back to Oscar Adams Elementary School, more than two weeks after she was shot — an innocent bystander when a fight ended with gunfire Jan. 6 at Waffle House on Rainbow Drive in Gadsden.
Another young man, Yhung Tooly, 18, was shot as well. He continues to recover from his injuries.