Anniston, AL

Bellew sentenced to life without parole in 2016 slaying of Rainbow City man

Etowah County Circuit Judge Sonny Steen handed down the harshest sentence available for a man convicted in the November 2016 death of a Rainbow City man. A jury in April, after a four-day trial, found Hunter Bellew guilty of capital murder in the death of Tony McCartney. Bellew was accused of breaking into McCartney's home and shooting him as he lay in bed, then taking guns and a truck from McCartney's property.
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Update: Teen from Anniston Still Missing

Anniston, AL – Despite incorrect reports of Brain Barker being found this unfortunately untrue. Per his father, Jeremiah Barker, Brian was last seen in a hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was reported as safe, but left the hospital and is still missing. The hospital he was seen at was Chattanooga Memorial Hospital. As a reminder Brian is on the Autism spectrum and hasn’t had his medication in over a week. If you have any information please contact the Anniston Police Department at (256) 238-1800 or the Chattanooga Police. If Brian is found the Calhoun Journal will update this article as well as the original. Please make sure you confirm any details with the police or family before noting he has been found. False information can delay Brian from being found.
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Car in Ditch Monday Morning on Alabama Highway 278

Several emergency response agencies were dispatched to a report of a car in a ditch – just prior to 6:00am Monday on Alabama Highway 278 near County Road 111, east of Piedmont. Early reports indicate one possible injury with Piedmont Rescue, EMS units – and the Spring Garden Fire...

Crimson Tide Extends Offer to Son of Saban Era Great

This past weekend, the Alabama Crimson Tide extended an offer to another recruit for the 2024 class. This offer was extended to Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr. of Gadsden City High School who many will recognize as the son of former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. The junior recruit currently sits at 5-11,...

2022 Area Fireworks Show Calendar

Fort Payne’s annual Independence Day fireworks show will be June 30th at 8:45 PM. There will be no event this year due to renovations at the Sports Complex. Fireworks will be visible from the same locations as previous years’ festivities. For more information, visit the event page. Saturday,...

Weekly Anniston Police Stats 06/20/22 to 06/26/22

Anniston, AL – The Anniston Police Department shares their weekly stats. The stats for the week of 06/20/22 to 06/26/22 follow below:Anniston Officers answered a total of 876 calls for service. There were 93 criminal incident/offense reports taken. There were 46 miscellaneous (minor) incident reports taken. There were eight felony arrests. There were 24 misdemeanor arrests. There were 12 traffic accidents, 140 traffic stops, and 41 traffic citations. 22 warrants were served. There were five animals picked up and no animal related citations issued. In the Street Crime division there was one felony arrest, no misdemeanor arrests, and two warrants served.

Ty Cole Back on Top at Anniston City Championship

Anniston, AL – Ty Cole gets first Calhoun County Tour win of the season, holds off Brennan Clay to take Anniston City Championship. By most any measure this hasn’t been a good year for Ty Cole. He’s played his way into some flights one doesn’t usually associate him with and going into this weekend he had yet to win on the Calhoun County Golf Tour this year.

Jacksonville Shares Crime Stats for 6/19/2022 -6/26/2022

Jacksonville, AL – The Jacksonville Police Department has shared the weekly stats for the dates of 6/19/2022 -6/26/2022. There were a total of 170 answered calls for service. There were 28 criminal incident/ offense reports taken. There were two felony arrests made and 10 misdemeanor arrests. There were four traffic accidents, 94 traffic stops, and 23 citations issued. There was also one warrant served. The Jacksonville Police Department is also open 24/7. You can call them at 256-435-6448. They are located at 911 Public Safety Dr. SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Chief Marcus Wood also encourages residents to reach out with concerns by calling, emailing, or visiting the Jacksonville Police Facebook Page.

No One Hurt in Two-Vehicle Wreck on Alabama Highway 9 Saturday

According to Alabama State Trooper reports, there was a two-vehicle accident taking place just prior to noon Saturday on Alabama Highway 9. That wreck involved a 2019 Chevy truck driven by a male resident of Piedmont and a 2004 GMC truck being driven by a male resident of Cedar Bluff.

2nd Annual “Freedom Fest Car Show” Coming to Oxford

Oxford, AL – The 2nd Annual “Freedom Fest Car Show” takes place on Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be door prizes, 50/50 drawing, and admission is free. This event is located at the Oxford Civic Center: 401 McCillars Ln, Oxford, AL 36203. For more information contact Kip Chappell at 256-343-8017.

Children’s Sensory Storytime in Anniston

Anniston, AL – On Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am join the library for Storytime every Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Ayer’s Room! This will be a socially distanced storytime with a craft. This event is free and open to the pubic. The Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County provides equitable access to knowledge and supports the employment, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Anniston and Calhoun County.

Gadsden State to Offer Girls Volleyball Skills, Prospect Camps in July

Gadsden State to offer girls volleyball skills, prospect camps in July. Gadsden, Ala.—The Gadsden State Cardinals Athletic Department will host a volleyball skills camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 26 for second through sixth grades. The registration fee is $40 per camper. A volleyball prospect camp for sophomore,...

Investigation at the Oldest Saloon in Alabama, Anniston’s Peerless Saloon & Grille

Anniston, AL – Main Street Anniston asked “Any TrueCrime fans out there?” Jeepers Investigations announced their upcoming investigation at the oldest saloon still standing in Alabama, The Peerless Saloon & Grille! You may recognize the Peerless from a few scenes in the Netflix movie “Devil All The Time”, where Bill Skarsgård and Sebastian Stan filmed, and reportedly ate there even between scenes (the food REALLY is that good!)

Gadsden State’s New Cross Country Program to Host Clinic in July for Athletes, Coaches

Gadsden State’s new cross country program to host clinic in July for athletes, coaches. Gadsden, Ala.—The Gadsden State Cardinals Athletic Department will host a cross country clinic for boys and girls in seventh through 12th grades from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 20. This camp includes speakers who will discuss flexibility, strength, skills training, goal setting and nutrition.

Kids Friday Movie Matinee in Anniston

Anniston, AL – Enjoy a free kids Friday movie matinee at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County on Friday, July 1st from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Enjoy a movie and some FREE popcorn! If you like, bring a sack lunch to enjoy while you watch! To see a list of what movies will be playing, please visit their event calendar at:

Jacksonville State to Introduce a New Meaning to Contactless Delivery

Jacksonville, AL – Jacksonville State University’s public relations department along with JSU Dining Services accounted a new delivery system as well as some changes to their offering this fall. Get excited, Gamecocks, because we have new dining opportunities coming to campus this Fall! Buffy Lockette, Director of Strategic Communications, shared that joining the staff at JSU Dining is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Sodexo’s newest team member, Dex. A huge fan of the JSU Gamecocks, Dex has always dreamed of being a water boy for the football team. Now, he gets to do the next best thing – delivering food from on-campus eateries to JSU students, faculty and staff.