Monday, December 9 2013 12:43 PM EST2013-12-09 17:43:37 GMT
The family of a teenage girl fatally shot while visiting family during Christmas break has filed a $150 million lawsuit against a gun company hoping the move "will save lives." Lawyer Willie Gary filedMore >>
The family of a teenage girl fatally shot while visiting family during Christmas break has filed a $150 million lawsuit against a gun company hoping the move "will save lives."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-09 23:28:57 GMT
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is says a section of US 321 has been shut down after a wreck involving an overturned truck. Troopers say the southbound section has been shutdown just prior to NC10 nearMore >>
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is says a section of US 321 has been shut down after a wreck involving an overturned truck.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:33 PM EST2013-12-09 22:33:19 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says they saw Jadeveon Clowney coming and promptly cited the Gamecocks star defensive end with going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. Troopers say Clowney was pulled over inMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says they saw Jadeveon Clowney coming -- perhaps a bit too quickly -- and promptly cited the Gamecocks star defensive end with going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.More >>
An Upstate sheriff said in Facebook post on Friday that he would not lower his flag for Nelson Mandela, even after an executive order from the president. More >>
An Upstate sheriff said in Facebook post on Friday that he would not lower his flag for Nelson Mandela, even after an executive order from the president. (12-6-2013) More >>
ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) -
It's a problem most any storm ravaged city would welcome: Way too many donated items and citizens organized to bring in more, a lot more. In the city of Eclectic in Elmore County, the city has reached its limit, for now, as is asking folks not to bring in any more donations.
Mayor Helen Rowe said her city is overwhelmed and overloaded with donations and is asking folks to halt their giving for now. Those wanting to give are being very vocal in their opposition to the mayor's request.
A total of 6 people died when the EF-4 tornado swept through the county last Wednesday. Since that time the only thing stronger to move through the air has been the volunteers and donors.
Viewers of WSFA 12 News' Facebook page say trucks are being turned away in Eclectic, though that has not been confirmed independently. We've assigned a reporter to look into the matter and will have further details this evening. They immediately started contacting the WSFA 12 Newsroom wanting light shed on the situation.
"We need you now, more than ever, to come get to the bottom of this story!," wrote Ginny Hughes. Sherry Monismith responded, "Yes please go there and stop them from shutting down, people need them."
The Elmore County Commission and Emergency Management Agency said Thursday, for now, they no longer need "spontaneous" donations.
They thanked all the volunteers who have helped with the tornado recovery effort and said, "The outpouring of help, from donations of necessities for storm victims, to property cleanup and tarping, to providing food for volunteers, the citizens of Elmore County have come together in a spirit of love."
The work to identify needs for specific items and assistance continues, and the Commission said it would make an announcement if any more supplies were needed.
Thursday, October 27 2011 10:40 PM EDT2011-10-28 02:40:39 GMT
Hello from the newsroom. A serious series of stories tonight, dealing with the death an destruction inflicted on Alabama 6 months ago. * While chasing a tornado in north Alabama, an Elmore County manMore >>
Thursday, October 27 2011 5:32 AM EDT2011-10-27 09:32:29 GMT
Thursday October 27, 2011 Good Morning! Investigators are trying to figure out if remains found on an isolated Tallapoosa County road are human remains. If they are, the next step will be trying toMore >>
Monday, August 29 2011 11:54 PM EDT2011-08-30 03:54:17 GMT
The scenes of destruction in Alabama during the April tornadoes reminded Makers Mark Founder and Chairman Emeritus Bill Samuels, Jr. of the 1974 Super Outbreak in Kentucky. So he came up with the idea of doing a series of fundraisers in Alabama, with the proceeds benefiting the Governor's Relief Fund. More >>
Friday, August 26 2011 11:35 PM EDT2011-08-27 03:35:30 GMT
If you drove by today, you would never guess a tornado struck Children's Harbor on Lake Martin in April. Over the last four months, volunteers have rebuilt the camp for children with disabilities and the work goes on...More >>
Wednesday, August 17 2011 10:54 AM EDT2011-08-17 14:54:32 GMT
Former competitors in the fiercest rivalry in the state – Auburn University vs. the University of Alabama – will meet in a pre-season clash in Hoover on Saturday, Aug. 13 to raise funds for tornado relief.
Thursday, July 21 2011 3:11 PM EDT2011-07-21 19:11:44 GMT
Nick's Kids, the philanthropic fund established by Nick and Terry Saban, has received a donation of $250,000 from music superstar Taylor Swift's "Speak Now…Help Now" fund to aid in the tornado relief effortsMore >>
Monday, July 18 2011 10:42 PM EDT2011-07-19 02:42:11 GMT
Monday - July 18, 2011 (***Follow me - bobhowell_wsfa on Twitter***) Tornado victims across Alabama have until midnight to complete an on line application for disaster relief. We'll tell you how toMore >>
Saturday, July 16 2011 1:03 PM EDT2011-07-16 17:03:53 GMT
In an effort to help the victims of the April, 2011 tornadoes, a group of Prattville educators and interested parents have organized the "Pack a Backpack" campaign with the goal of collecting 250 backpacks filled with supplies for students affected by tornadoes in Autauga County and in Hackleburg, AL. More >>
Tuesday, June 28 2011 7:37 PM EDT2011-06-28 23:37:00 GMT
Music star Rihanna is announcing she'll make a stop in Alabama during her critically acclaimed LOUD tour. The additional date will be in Birmingham and is set for July 11th at the Jefferson Civic CenterMore >>
Wednesday, June 15 2011 10:03 PM EDT2011-06-16 02:03:11 GMT
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is introducing legislation that would use tax relief to aid in the recovery from the tornadoes and flooding that have devastated parts of the Southeast in recent months. TheMore >>
Thursday, June 2 2011 5:05 AM EDT2011-06-02 09:05:02 GMT
Thursday June 2, 2011 Good Morning! More wild weather! This time in Springfield, Massachusetts. At least two tornadoes ripped through that area Wednesday killing 4 people. The damage is extensive.More >>
Friday, May 27 2011 10:54 PM EDT2011-05-28 02:54:33 GMT
Governor Robert Bentley visited Lake Martin with one message for tornado victims here and across the state. "We're going to make sure that every area of Alabama is taken care of--rural as well as urban," says Bentley...More >>
Friday, May 27 2011 7:02 PM EDT2011-05-27 23:02:03 GMT
Elizabeth Rankin lives about two miles from Middle Road in Eclectic. Rankin knew two of the four people who died there on April 27th, friends gone too soon. "We worked together," Rankin recalled. WhileMore >>
Wednesday, May 25 2011 6:52 PM EDT2011-05-25 22:52:33 GMT
This was the scene one week ago at the First Baptist Church in downtown Prattville; volunteers like Dave Burns and Larry Deavers scurrying around, loading up boxes of much-needed supplies to RainsvilleMore >>
Wednesday, May 18 2011 12:32 PM EDT2011-05-18 16:32:51 GMT
Grammy award winning singer Bruno Mars said he'll donate the proceeds from his performance Friday at Montgomery's Jubilee CityFest to tornado relief in Alabama. He's also holding an online "Bruno AuctionMore >>
Friday, May 13 2011 11:38 PM EDT2011-05-14 03:38:23 GMT
We've heard a lot about the cities and towns devastated by the tornado outbreak. But residents in Marengo County worry that they're being overlooked. The county was hit by multiple tornadoes on April 15th and April 27th. More >>
Wednesday, May 11 2011 8:18 PM EDT2011-05-12 00:18:01 GMT
Starting this week at the PLAYERS Championship, and through the TOUR Championship, Jason Dufner is going to donate $100 per birdie, and $500 for every eagle, to a fundraising program he created called "Birdies for Bama" to help raise money to assist with the rebuilding efforts in tornado-ravaged Alabama.More >>
Monday, May 9 2011 12:39 PM EDT2011-05-09 16:39:15 GMT
After a week and a half of intense clean-up from the storms, it was hard to find storm victims working outside Sunday. First Baptist Church Eclectic provided a place for folks to take a load off and get a hot meal. The only thing was, there weren't many of them out and about...More >>
Saturday, May 7 2011 10:40 AM EDT2011-05-07 15:40:38 GMT
In the wake of recent significant loss of life and property suffered by several states due to last week's horrific tornados and other storms, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen SebeliusMore >>
Friday, May 6 2011 11:00 PM EDT2011-05-07 03:00:47 GMT
Despite calls from Governor Robert Bentley, Jefferson County's Commission decided to employ the services of a Minnesota based company to spearhead its cleanup effort. According to Mark Kelly with theMore >>
Friday, May 6 2011 2:49 PM EDT2011-05-06 18:49:18 GMT
The tornadoes not only killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of people's lives; it also caused major damage to the state's poultry industry. Hundreds of chicken houses were destroyed, killing millions of birds. More >>
Thursday, May 5 2011 3:38 PM EDT2011-05-05 19:38:55 GMT
CEO Mike Warren of Children's Hospital in Birmingham said looking back that in the hospital's nearly 100 year history it was possibly "...the largest number of trauma patients and the most acutely injured patients in the history of the hospital."More >>
Wednesday, May 4 2011 5:10 PM EDT2011-05-04 21:10:46 GMT
Hey all, Many Alabamians are still dealing with the aftermath of last week's tornadoes. Today, Governor Bentley meet with insurance company executives. He called the meeting "crucial" as the claimsMore >>
Tuesday, May 3 2011 5:06 AM EDT2011-05-03 09:06:55 GMT
Tuesday May 3, 2011 Good Morning! Preliminary estimates show there were more tornadoes in a single day last week than any other day in history. We'll take a look at how many tornadoes touched downMore >>
Friday, April 29 2011 11:53 PM EDT2011-04-30 03:53:13 GMT
Alabama's death toll from Wednesday storms has now reached 238. In the hardest area of Tuscaloosa 45 people died. One of the dozens who died in Tuscaloosa was from the River Region. Loryn Brown grewMore >>
Thursday, April 28 2011 1:09 PM EDT2011-04-28 17:09:19 GMT
Frazer United Methodist Church is putting out a call for all trained Early Response Teams available to contact Dr. Chris Perry immediately. Church organizers are also offering a training session on SaturdayMore >>