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Volunteer firefighters put out Thursday blaze

By Tim Altork | February 22, 2024 |

A barn fire near the Potash Community on County Road 63 led to brief flare-up that consumed over an acre of brush before volunteer firefighters got the blaze under control Thursday afternoon. Resident Carrie Smith said she and some of her family members came home from Wedowee to find their barn on fire around 2:15…

Woodland couple awarded $1 million in case against Sheriff’s Dept.

By Editor | February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Woodland couple awarded $1 million in case against Sheriff’s Dept.

by Heather Gann – Al.com This article is reprinted with permission from Al.com Randolph County couple Greg and Teresa Almond were recently awarded $1 million in punitive and compensatory damages after a federal jury determined that deputies illegally raided their home six years ago. On Jan. 31, 2018, Randolph County Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Morrow arrived…

Heavy rains cause minor damage in county

By Editor | February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Heavy rains cause minor damage in county

Heavy, prolonged rain over the weekend caused minor flooding and road damage in the county. The worst of that damage came on County Road 286 near Rock Mills, where the road was completely washed out due to flash flooding. There were also reports of minor road erosion on Johnson Street in Roanoke. An estimated three…

Juvenile arrested on gun-related charge near Knight-Enloe

By Editor | February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Juvenile arrested on gun-related charge near Knight-Enloe

A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested last Wednesday after reports that he and another person were walking near Knight-Enloe Elementary School while wearing masks and carrying guns. According to the report from the Roanoke Police Department the juvenile and the other man were seen on surveillance video walking near the third-grade building at Knight-Enloe. The subjects…

Randolph County Sheriff’s and Roanoke City Police incident and arrest reports

By Editor | February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Randolph County Sheriff’s and Roanoke City Police incident and arrest reports

Roports are for the period ending on February 12th. A resident of County Road 281 near Liberty Church of Christ said that he was walking Feb. 6 to a deer stand on his property early in the morning when several deer ran past followed by a large white dog. The man said it growled at…

Body of Wadley woman found in Chambers County

By Editor | February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Body of Wadley woman found in Chambers County

FIVE POINTS, Ala. (WRBL) – The body of a Wadley, Alabama woman was discovered over the weekend in a ditch along Chambers County Road 258. On Sunday, February 11, Chambers County deputies were dispatched to the roadway in the Five Points community, about a body being spotted in a ditch by a pedestrian. Deputies located…

School choice, legalized gambling among priorities for 2024 legislative session

By Editor | February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on School choice, legalized gambling among priorities for 2024 legislative session

The Alabama Legislature began what is expected to be a highly charged Session with numerous controversial and impactful bills set to be debated. Both the House and the Senate used three out of their maximum 30 legislative days last week. In a shift from previous Sessions, there will be two legislative recess weeks in March.…

Local agencies meet for emergency preparations

By Editor | February 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Local agencies meet for emergency preparations

On Thursday, February 1, Randolph County Emergency Management Agency hosted a tabletop exercise at Station 9, Wedowee Volunteer Fire Department. The participating agencies worked through the process of preparing for severe weather, surviving the event, and dealing with the destructive aftermath of a tornado emergency. This was an opportunity for these participating agencies to get…

Absentee ballots now available for March primary election

By Editor | February 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Absentee ballots now available for March primary election

Absentee voting for the March 5 primary election is now open. The deadline to apply by mail for an absentee ballot is Feb. 27, and the deadline to apply in person at the circuit clerk’s office in the courthouse in Wedowee is Feb. 29 by 4:30 p.m. The application for an absentee ballot can also…

Forest Products LLC expanding pole mill facility

By Editor | February 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Forest Products LLC expanding pole mill facility

Dickert ‘s Forest Products LLC is in the middle of expanding their pole mill facility at on Highway 22 between Roanoke and Wadley. The expansion began in late October, and the expected finish date will be in the Spring of 2024. This will be phase two in a larger overall plan for their business. The…