Mansions Cheapest in Birmingham

A real estate web site says a survey shows if you are a millionaire, you can live large better in Birmingham than anywhere else. The typical million-dollar home in Birmingham is more than eight-thousand square feet. “Trulia” says that’s bigger than a million dollar home anywhere else in the country. The real estate website said in New York City, one-million dollars will only get you about 15-hundred square feet.

Obamacare Reduces Uninsured in Alabama

The number of adults in Alabama without health insurance is declining. Gallup says in 2013, the year before Obamacare took effect, 17-point-seven-percent of Alabamians were uninsured. In 2014, that dropped to 14-point-five-percent, a decline of more than three-percent. Of the eleven states with the greatest reductions, ten expanded Medicaid, a move that’s run into strong opposition in Alabama.

Wine Fest Coming to Guntersville

Thoughts of summer on a winter’s day. Guntersville will be having a wine festival this summer. The event will be called City Harbor Crush and will include more than 150 wine labels and food trucks. It is part of the creation of the downtown entertainment district.

Wine Fest Coming to

Thoughts of summer on a winter’s day. Guntersville will be having a wine festival this summer. The event will be called City Harbor Crush and will include more than 150 wine labels and food trucks. It is part of the creation of the downtown entertainment district.

Arrests for Child Endangering

Two Gadsden men are being held without bond after a little girl was found alone in a room with loaded guns and drugs. Nicholas Wade Ingram and Josh Paul Pettis were taken to the Etowah County Detention Center. Police had responded to a call of a possible burglary at an apartment complex when the smell of marijuana took them to the unit where the men were staying. Authorities say when they found the girl Sunday afternoon, she had not eaten all day.

Christian Defense Coalition Joins Justice Moore in Marriage Fight

Chief Justice Roy Moore’s stance against same-sex marriage is being joined by the Christian Defense Coalition. This is the same group that stood with Moore as he placed a monument to the Ten Commandments on state property in 2003. Yesterday, the Reverend Patrick Mahoney accused a federal judge of judicial overreach when she struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Bush, Obama, Partner in Selma

Former President Georgia W. Bush is going to join President Obama for the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. The “Montgomery Advertiser” says they’ll share the stage on Bloody Sunday, March 7th. At least 95 members of the U.S. Congress will also take part in the event. It was 50 years ago when police attacked a group of marchers who were trying to walk from Selma to Montgomery.

Thursday Weather Headlines

As of 10pm last night Marshall County reported upwards of 9 inches with roads impassable and one lane going up and down the hill on 431. Most roads in this part of northern Alabama are reported impassable.

The skies should begin to clear up around lunch time with temperatures climbing into the 40s in central Alabama. It’ll remain cold tonight and tomorrow night but things should start to warm up by Saturday. There will be a chance of rain on Sunday.

No school in Albertville today. Same with most others.

With the winter storm passing across northern Alabama the Department of Transportation activated the Emergency Call Center. The Department provides road condition info on state, US and interstate roadways at 888-588-2848. And the same info is at .

Car Burglar at Large

In Gadsden a witness told police he saw a man running down Park Avenue carrying a bag and that the man dropped a cell phone. The witness says he hollered to tell the man he’d dropped his phone, but the man kept running, which is when he figured the phone didn’t belong to him. Police following up discovered two cars had been broken into on Garden Street. The thief is at large.

Etowah County Jury Selection Called on Account of Snow

In the murder trial of Joyce Hardin Garrard in Etowah County, 40 prospective jurors who had been ordered to report as part of the jury selection today got a snow day and should report on Monday instead, because asking them to drive might put them in harms way.

Snow on the Way Again

Here we go again. Many school cancellations ahead of a winter storm. A storm alert is posted for much of North Alabama with the snow could be heavy, falling 1 to 2 inches an hour. The areas between Interstates 59 and 20, along the US Highway 278 corridor in Etowah and Blount counties could get socked the hardest. Albertville City Schools are closed again today. So are schools in Attala City, Boaz City, Guntersville City and Marshall County. Etowah County and Gadsden City, closed, too, as well as Gadsden State Community College.

Etowah Copunty Commissioner Dies

An Etowah County Commissioner died on Saturday. District 2 Commissioner Kenney Tidmore died at a hospital in Birmingham after a short illness. He was elected in 2012 and served two years of his 4 year term. The Governor will appoint a replacement.

Dog Owner Charged with Cold Weather Animal Cruelty

Most animal owners acted responsibly when the temperatures dropped to dangerous levels, but a Gadsden man was cited for making his bulldog stay outside in a small cage standing in mud and feces. The only shelter was a dog carrier with slots on the side. There was ice on top of it and inside, too. The owner was cited for animal cruelty.

Probate Judges Asks Governor to Give Direction on Same-Sex

An Elmore County probate judge is telling Governor Bentley to get off the fence regarding same-sex marriage. John Enslen is among those who filed a response to the Alabama Supreme Court regarding two groups who are opposed to same-sex marriage. Enslen’s office stopped issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. He told “A-L dot com” that Governor Bentley should give probate judges some direction on the issue.

Governor to Propose Tax

Governor Bentley says the state needs the money, so he’s going to propose a 700-million dollar tax increase. He gave very few details yesterday, but said he would unveil his plan during his State of the State speech on March 3rd. He said the proposal could be passed by lawmakers without the need for voter approval.

Etowah Murder Trial Jury Nearly Seated

Final jury selection will be this week in the trial of the Etowah County grandmother charged with making her granddaughter run for punishment until she died. Opening arguments will begin as soon as the jury is seated. The prosecution says Joyce Garrard was a drill sergeant from hell who kept her granddaughter running until she collapsed. But the defense says his client’s granddaughter died tragically from a medical problem.

Weather Closes, Postpones Schools

Because of freezing rain in the forecast Albertville, Boaz, Guntersville and Marshall County Schools will be closed today. Etowah County, Gadsden City and Attalla schools will be delayed 2 hours. DeKalb County Schools will have a three hour delay.

Humane Society Urges Care of Animals in Cold

During bitter cold livestock growers should make sure animals are sheltered and that drinking water is unfrozen. And pets that live outdoors should be brought in during bitter cold. If a pet must stay outdoors, the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center has supplies to help, including donated blankets and food. Red Barn, Tractor Supply and Walmart have all made donations to the Pet Rescue, and Anyone needing animal cold weather help can call the HSPRAC.

Dangerous Weather Continues

The cold is followed today by the potential for rain, freezing rain, snow or sleet continuing through tomorrow. In the higher elevations of Marshall, DeKalb and other counties there is a higher chance of snow and an accumulation of more than an inch is possible. The Gadsden-Etowah County Emergency Management Agency is keeping warming shelters open through tomorrow. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the rest of today.

Calhoun County Killer Gets 105 Years

A Calhoun County man known for making meth is getting a 105 year prison sentence for drug making and murder. Jimmy Steed pleaded guilty in December to killing Carla Fuqua, who was last seen in October 2009. “A-L dot com” reports Steed is a suspect in three other missing persons cases. Investigators hope that somebody will step forward now that Steed is locked up and poses no danger to anyone.