The Wire

  • Huntsville city councilman arrested and charged with DUI

    Excerpt from WHNT:

    Huntsville Council Member, Will Culver, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sunday morning according to jail records. Culver represents the 5th district which is the furthest west district according to the Huntsville City Council website.

    Records show that 57-year-old Culver was booked into the Madison County Jail at 2:26 a.m. and is also charged with Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Failure to Signal and Improper Lane Change.

  • Auburn equestrian defeats No. 1 Georgia to win 2018 national championship

    Excerpt from OANOW:

    The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team put together a true team effort Saturday afternoon and captured the 2018 NCEA Championship crown, defeating No. 1 Georgia, 10-5, in the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.

    The national title was the program’s fifth overall and the 21st in Auburn athletics history. Coach Greg Williams’ equestrian team has won the last four of those in 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018.

    “It’s always wonderful to win a national championship, but it was also very nerve-wracking when you go in with a team that should win it like the one we had,” Williams said. “Georgia is a great team and they weren’t going to give it to us. This Auburn group deserves it and I’m so proud of everyone for their efforts this whole week.”

  • Center Point homeowner calls 911 after witnessing shootout between drivers

    Excerpt from WBRC:

    A Center Point homeowner is fed up with the crime in her neighborhood.

    She said that around 6 p.m. on Friday she was stopped at a traffic light on Center Point Parkway when the two cars in front of her started shooting at each other.

    As other cars swerved to avoid getting hit, the two cars then sped off.

    She said she immediately called police.

    For safety reasons, she didn’t want to give her name or show her face on camera.

    “Everyone is very frustrated,” she said. “It’s common news now because it happens so often. It’s negative right now because there’s nothing being done. We just need to stick together and eventually something will be done.”

3 days ago

Alabama National Guard sniper keeps cool as snake slithers across his rifle barrel

A snake slithers across a sniper’s rifle (U.S. Army)

Snakes … why did it have to be snakes?

U.S. Army Sgt. William Frye took what had to be his unit’s photo of the year: a southern black racer slithered across a rifle held by an Alabama National Guard sniper during a recent training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The sniper was Pfc. William Snyder of Alabama’s 1-174 Infantry, and he kept his cool in a way that would have even impressed the late c.

“Our snipers are trained to remain perfectly still for hours on end when in position and remain invisible to enemies … and even wildlife,” read a post on the unit’s Facebook page.

Army Strong!

2 weeks ago

Yellowhammer News to begin carrying articles from the Mises Institute in Auburn


Yellowhammer News announced today that it will begin carrying articles written by the scholars at the Mises Institute, a world-renowned economics research center located in Auburn.

“Many conservatives are likely unaware that our beliefs in the free market were significantly, if not entirely, shaped by Ludwig Von Mises and his students,” said the site’s editor, J. Pepper Bryars. “In this era of tribalism and partisanship, getting back to our core principles — knowing them, abiding by them, teaching them — is more important than ever, and the scholars at the Mises Institute, located right here in Alabama, can help us achieve that goal.”


According to its website, the Mises Institute was founded in 1982 to “promote teaching and research in the Austrian school of economics, individual freedom, honest history, and international peace, in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard.”

“As both Mises and Rothbard demonstrated with their work, free markets are really at the heart of a just society,” said Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute. “We don’t support markets for their own sake, but because they are so essential in promoting peace and freedom in the world today.”

The Mises Institute hosts faculty, students, and other researchers at its Auburn campus, and it works with dozens of associated scholars worldwide on a variety of research projects. The Institute has held hundreds of teaching conferences and seminars on subjects from monetary policy to the history of war, as well as the international and interdisciplinary Austrian Economics Research Conference.

From these programs, the Institute has sponsored many books and hundreds of scholarly papers, in addition to thousands of published popular articles on economic and historical issues.

For more information or to contribute to the Mises Institute, visit their website.

2 weeks ago

YH FILM: Former homeless Montgomery man shares hard-earned wisdom


A 63-year-old man known as “Wise William” is well-known in the Montgomery historic garden district for riding his bike all around town and sharing his smile and sunny outlook on life. William took a freight train from Birmingham to Montgomery forty years ago and stayed in Montgomery. He was homeless for some time but now has a room with an elderly lady.

“William is an inspiration,” said Chason Smitherman, Sr. who creates Yellowhammer Films and owns Growing Dreamz Media. “…We all need a little get up and go like William, and we all need to have that faith that William has.”

WATCH the 1-minute Yellowhammer film “Wise William”:

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2 weeks ago

Alabama’s Yellowhammer Multimedia and Mississippi’s Y’all Politics announce strategic partnership

Birmingham-based Yellowhammer Multimedia on Monday announced a new strategic partnership with leading Mississippi political news site Y’all Politics.

Y’all Politics was founded in 2004 and has built a loyal audience who value honest news and insightful conservative opinion. The site has been recognized around the country for its work and is regularly cited in national publications.

Yellowhammer Multimedia is a leading online and radio-based news content provider in Alabama.

The scope of the partnership will include increasing Y’all Politics readership though additional content and social media, editorial guidance, event planning including the MSTop50 event sponsored annually by Y’all Politics, and development of new streams of revenue through digital production.

“We’ve watched as Yellowhammer has grown into a mature media presence in Alabama,” said Alan Lange, founder and CEO of Jackson New Media, Inc., (parent company of Y’all Politics).

“There is a lot of affinity between the two organizations and between the leaders of both organizations personally. This partnership is going to propel Y’all Politics to a different level and give readers in Mississippi a distinctly different platform for news and information.”


Yellowhammer Multimedia’s owner and publisher is Allison Ross, a successful consulting, real estate and public relations entrepreneur, who grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and earned a degree in broadcast news and political science from the University of Alabama.

“Mississippi is my home and we are thrilled to become part of the Y’all Politics team,” said Ross. “This collaboration is incredibly exciting on both a personal and professional level.”

Ross, her husband John, and their twins Mac and Clara have lived in Decatur, Birmingham and Montgomery and currently reside in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brian “B.J.” Ellis, chief executive officer of Yellowhammer Multimedia, said he looks forward to establishing an active presence in Mississippi and partnering with Y’all Politics to combine experience and expertise going into the coming Mississippi elections in 2018 and 2019.

“After living in Mississippi for more than six years, the partnership will provide a great opportunity to reconnect with its people,” said Ellis, a former basketball coach for Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University.

Y’all Politics added its first full-time reporter in January. Sarah Ulmer’s daily reports from the State Capitol have created an immediate impact on how news is reported there and additional reporting resources for Y’all Politics are planned in the coming months.

“Yellowhammer has positioned itself as Alabama’s premier source for conservative news, opinion and analysis,” Ross said. “We are proud of the multimedia enterprise we have built in Alabama and with the next two active years of Mississippi political cycles, we knew it was the right time to expand and amplify the Y’all Politics platform to the fullest.”

1 month ago

Evangelist Scott Dawson wins Pike County GOP straw poll in Alabama’s governor’s race

(Dawson Campaign)

Evangelist and gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson won a straw poll earlier this week conducted by the Pike County Republican Club.

Dawson received 52 percent of the vote from the club’s members, followed by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle with 38 percent, Governor Kay Ivey with 6 percent and State Sen. Bill Hightower with 4 percent, according to a release from Dawson’s campaign.

He recently won another straw poll, taking 39 of the 55 votes cast during a meeting earlier this month of the Tennessee Valley Republican Club in Huntsville.

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(Image: Scott Dawson for Governor)

1 month ago

VIDEO: Alabama Rep. Roby thanks Air Force secretary for decision to bring F-35s to Montgomery

U.S. Representative Martha Roby participated in a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing this week where she expressed her appreciation to Secretary Heather Wilson for the Air Force’s decision to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

Roby also discussed other military-related programs in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, including helicopter training at Fort Rucker near Enterprise and the professional education programs at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

(Image: Representative Martha Roby/YouTube)

1 month ago

VIDEO: Sen. Shelby speaks on bill to reform harmful Dodd-Frank regulations, improve economy

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) voted this week in support of a bill to reform some of the harmful effects of the Dodd-Frank regulations enacted during the Obama era and brings relief to community banks and credit unions throughout Alabama.

The legislation, which passed 67-31, shifts the focus of regulatory agencies away from small institutions to larger ones that could pose significant risks to our economy, according to Shelby’s office. This will allow smaller banks and credit unions to focus on their customers rather than burdensome regulators.

(Image: SenatorRichardShelby/YouTube)

1 month ago

Roll Trump Roll – ‘Bama football to visit White House for national championship celebration

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team is travelling – yet again – to the White House to celebrate another national championship victory.

President Donald Trump will host Coach Nick Saban and the team at the White House on April 10, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The president attended the national championship game in Atlanta where Alabama defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in a stunning 26-23 overtime win.

An official announcement is expected later today.

(Image: White House/Flickr & Alabama Football/Facebook)

1 month ago

VIDEO: Alabama lawmaker explains his bill to arm teachers on national talk show

(Image: State Rep. Will Ainsworth on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show – J.L. Peterson/Youtube)

Alabama State Rep. Will Ainsworth, a Republican lawmaker from Guntersville, recently appeared on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show to promote his legislation to allow trained teachers to carry firearms on school grounds.

Watch the video here:

(Image: State Rep. Will Ainsworth on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show – J.L. Peterson/Youtube)

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1 month ago

Check out our new website design!

Out with the old, in with the … news feed!

Our website has undergone a complete redesign to better provide our readers with the information they want and need, including innovations like:

— The Wire, which will feature excerpts and links to relevant news from around the internet.

— A scrolling, news feed-based design so you can quickly scan our stories.

— And a “Latest Stories” tag (that stopwatch on the menu bar for you smartphone readers) so you can quickly see what’s new.

It was developed by Wes Thompson and the team at

And as with anything new, it’ll take some getting used to. We’ll also be working on a few glitches and bugs here and there, so your patience and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

– The editors

2 months ago

Craig Ford’s newspaper deletes favorable reference to Mack Butler made by syndicated columnist – Heard in the Hallway

Yellowhammer News just heard in the hallway that the weekly newspaper owned by State Rep. Craig Ford, I-Gadsden, apparently removed a favorable reference to his Republican opponent that appeared in a statewide syndicated column it carries.

The column, Inside the Statehouse by Steve Flowers, was issued online February 28 and — between mentions of the races between Mary Scott Hunter and Sam Givan, and Donnie Chesteen and Harri Anne Smith — you could find this sentence:

“State Representative, Mack Butler, is favored to win the Republican Gadsden area seat of retiring Senator Phil Williams.”

However, when the column was published days later in the print edition of the Messenger, the sentence was apparently removed:

March 2, 2018 print edition of the Gadsden Messenger

Flowers told us that he doesn’t mind if editors remove certain portions of his column.

Regardless, Heard in the Hallway feels a little bit embarrassed for Ford … but just a little bit.

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2 months ago

Eufaula High School basketball player delivers amazing post-game speech despite losing title game


Eufaula High School’s boy team lost a heartbreaker this week in the Class 5A state championship game.

According to Dothan Eagle, Eufaula overcame a nine-point deficit with three minutes remaining to force overtime, only to see their squad trail by seven points down three starters with just over a minute left in the extra period.

The Tigers had multiple chances to take the lead, but fell to Sylacauga 79-78 in Birmingham’s BJCC Legacy Arena.

After the game, Eufaula senior Terrell Jones delivered an amazing speech that not only brought his coach to tears, but everyone else in the room, too.

Transcript as follows:

It’s been a long time since, you know, Eufaula has been in the state championship. Since day one, I remember the first day Coach Smith came in the gym. He said, “If you want to be a state champion, you gotta be different. Everybody can’t be a state champion.”

I never forget a word that man said to me. Each and every second that wind down, I was just thinking, “I gotta be different. I gotta separate myself. I gotta separate myself to show that I’m different.” Because I wanted to be a state champion. And we fell one-point short.

But I know all those young guys in that locker room, they have a bright future. Because everything that I’ve been through, they’re going through and they still have to go through. So, it’s only gonna make them better. This man right there is the best coach I’ve ever had in my life. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

2 months ago

VIDEO: UAB Hospital’s special Air Force surgical team appears on NBC Nightly News

Special Operations Surgical Team from Birmingham during a reenlistment. Back, left to right, Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, Capt. Cade Reedy, Maj. Nelson Pacheco, Lt. Col. Matthew Uber. Kneeling, Maj. Justin Manley, left, and Tech. Sgt. Richard Holguin. (Air Force)
Special Operations Surgical Team from Birmingham during a reenlistment. Back, left to right, Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, Capt. Cade Reedy, Maj. Nelson Pacheco, Lt. Col. Matthew Uber. Kneeling, Maj. Justin Manley, left, and Tech. Sgt. Richard Holguin. (Air Force)


Members of a U.S. Air Force special operations surgical team that’s based at UAB Hospital in Birmingham were recently awarded Bronze Stars for their service during a mission to an undisclosed location in 2016.

The small team of active duty doctors and nurses treated 750 patients, responded to 19 mass-casualty events, conducted 16 life-saving surgeries, and treated victims of a chemical weapons attack, according to a news release.

The airmen were featured Saturday’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News (video below).

A special arrangement between UAB Hospital and the Air Force allows active duty medical officers to serve in the facility’s level one trauma center when not deployed, handling emergency room and surgical cases. In return, the airmen gain valuable experience treating injuries that are often seen during combat operations – gunshots, stabbings and serious vehicle accidents.

“Military hospitals in the states typically don’t see a lot of trauma,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, a director of surgery at UAB, in a news release. “For a medical team to keep their skills sharp, they need a more challenging environment.”

For their efforts during the deployment, the following airmen who work at UAB received Bronze Stars, the fourth highest honor the military and bestow upon a service member:

— Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell
— Lt. Col. Matthew Uber
— Maj. Justin Manley
— Maj. Jonathan Chin
— Maj. Nelson Pacheco
— Capt. Cade Reedy.
— Technical Sgt. Richard Holguin

 Here’s the video, courtesy NBC Nightly News:

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2 months ago

‘Thin Blue Line’ fundraiser collects more than $15K for family of slain Mobile cop


Thin Blue Line, maker of police-themed apparel and flags, has raised more than $15,000 for the family of City of Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa, who was shot and killed last week while apprehending a murder suspect.

Billa has been on the force for two years and leaves behind a wife and one-year old son.

The apparel company said 100 percent of the proceeds from its fundraiser will be given to the memorial fund established for the Billa family.

2 months ago

VIDEO: Lithuanian Jacksonville State University basketball player reunites with mother after being apart more than four years

Screenshot/JSU Athletics
Screenshot/JSU Athletics


Jacksonville State basketball player Norbertas Giga left Lithuania for the United States in 2013 to play basketball and has not seen his family since.

That changed this week when Giga went to watch film with coaches to prepare for the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

JSU coaches sat Giga down, and in walked his mother.

A stunned Giga tried to turn away to hide his tears before the two hugged for the first time in more than four years.

“I’m just speechless right now,” Giga said of the surprise. “I’m just happy for her to be here and just happy for her to see me play on the big stage.”

2 months ago

20 Alabama women to be honored in inaugural Yellowhammer event hosted by media personality Dr. Gina Loudon

Alabama history is filled with dynamic women such as Julia S. Tutwiler, Condoleeza Rice, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks and Harper Lee, whose leadership styles may differ, but whose courage and palpable Alabama spirit represent so much of what we aspire to be.

Throughout March, Yellowhammer News will spotlight 20 Alabama women who embody a similar mixture of grit, service, leadership, dynamism, class and strength and whose contributions propel our state forward as we proudly announce the winners of our inaugural Yellowhammer Women of Impact awards.

“The Women of Impact honorees are forces in Alabama whose powerful contributions have moved the needle across business, government and non-profit sectors,” said Yellowhammer Multimedia Owner & Publisher Allison Ross.

“These remarkable women have made significant achievements and empower others through the lives they devote and trails they blaze,” Ross said. “Yellowhammer’s editorial board had a very difficult time narrowing it down to just 20 winners and we look forward to honoring a packed list of Alabamians next year as well.”

The Women of Impact winners will be honored March 29 in an evening event at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. Event information and registration details may be found here and all are invited.

The event will be hosted by media personality and special guest Dr. Gina Loudon, who frequently appears on Fox News and various major news outlets such as MSNBC and CNN to discuss politics and culture. Loudon is a columnist, bestselling author and former radio host for Birmingham’s WYDE.

Check back in with every weekday in March to read about that day’s Women of Impact honoree.

2 months ago

WATCH: Emotional former Alabama high school star Isaac Haas thanks Purdue Boilermaker fans for supporting his sister with epilepsy

(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)


Monday was senior night for the Purdue Boilermakers and former Hokes Bluff High School star Isaac Haas broke down.

The seven-footer addressed the crowd, thanking Boilermaker fans for supporting his younger sister Erin during her battle with epilepsy.

Per SB Nation, Purdue raised money for epilepsy research earlier this season.

“I just want to thank everybody in the community for helping my sister. you have no idea how much that means in our family. You have no idea. Thank you so much,” a tearful Haas said to applause Monday.


Isaac and Erin share a close bond, their mother, Rachel, told ESPN in a 2016 profile. Isaac even dedicates his play to his sister.

“I can still remember, Erin would have one of her seizures and Isaac would go into her bedroom,’’ Rachel Haas said. “He’d be sitting there, holding her like a baby. They still fight like brother and sister sometimes, but he’s always there for her, whatever she needs.’’

Although his college basketball career is soon coming to an end, Isaac’s fight against epilepsy carries on.

2 months ago

Infographic: Cash on hand – Alabama attorney general’s race

(Paul Shashy/BIG)

Graphic depicting candidates and their cash on hand as of February 2018, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

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2 months ago

Report: Alabama sees billions of dollars in economic activity from physicians in the state

Alabama’s more than 8,700 physicians support more than 100,000 jobs and generate nearly $17 billion in economic activity, according to a new report released by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the American Medical Association.

The report found that each individual physician:

— Creates 11.7 jobs in the state.

— Generates nearly $2 million in economic output.

— Pays more than $800,000 in wages, totaling more than $7 million statewide.

— Provides nearly $65,000 in local and state tax revenue, with more than $550 million across the state.

View the full report here.


2 months ago

Warning: Alabama beach goers cautioned about Portuguese Man o’ Wars in coastal waters

Portuguese Man o' War (City of Orange Beach / Twitter)
Portuguese Man o’ War (City of Orange Beach / Twitter)


Orange Beach and Gulf Shores officials kept the purple flags flying today as more dangerous Portuguese Man o’ Wars were seen floating off coastal Alabama.

Purple flags at the beach mean dangerous marine life.

Facts about the Portuguese Man o’ War, from Oceana:

— “The Portuguese man o’ war is a highly venomous open ocean predator that superficially resembles a jellyfish but is actually a siphonophore.”

— “Each man o’ war is actually a colony of several small individual organisms that each have a specialized job and are so closely intertwined that they cannot survive alone. “

— “This species is predatory.  It uses its feeding tentacles to sting and paralyze small fishes, pelagic crustaceans, and other invertebrates.”

— “The feeding tentacles may be up to 160 feet long.”

— “These tentacles deliver a powerful sting and are also used for defense against predation.”

— “This species’ sting can be very painful if encountered by people.  When there are large numbers of individuals in an area, it is best to avoid swimming.”

2 months ago

Infographic: Cash on hand – Alabama chief justice’s race

(Paul Shashy/BIG)

Graphic depicting candidates and their cash on hand as of February 2018, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

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2 months ago

Infographic: Cash on hand – Alabama lieutenant governor’s race

(Paul Shashy/BIG Communications)

Graphic depicting candidates and their cash on hand as of February 2018, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

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2 months ago

Infographic: Cash on hand – Alabama governor’s race

(Paul Shashy/BIG Communications)


Graphic depicting candidates and their cash on hand as of February 2018, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

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2 months ago

Alabama’s attorney general walked homeless woman safely to Montgomery shelter – Heard in the Hallway

AG Steve Marshall walks an unidentified woman to a homeless shelter in downtown Birmingham, February 2018 (Anonymous)
AG Steve Marshall walks an unidentified woman to a homeless shelter in downtown Montgomery, February 2018 (Anonymous)


Yellowhammer News just heard in the hallway that as Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and a group of colleagues were walking back from the Alabama Republican Party’s dinner last Friday night in Montgomery, an apparently homeless woman asked the group for money.

Instead of dismissing her, Marshall spoke with the woman and then walked with her several blocks to a nearby homeless shelter.

A bystander snapped a smartphone picture of the incident and sent it to Yellowhammer News.

(Mathew 25:35)

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