Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:13 AM EDT2013-06-19 09:13:51 GMT
A fire damaged a Florence plant early Wednesday morning. Investigators said all workers were accounted for, after the fire at the Fiberex plant on Parkway Drive. Investigators told WAFF 48's Marie WaxelMore >>
Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that damaged a Florence plant early Wednesday morning.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:56:14 GMT
Under the Accountability Act, parents can get tax credits worth about $3,500 annually if they choose to send their child to a private school. More >>
Parents discuss their child's academic future after the state releases list that reveals nine schools in North Alabama are considered failing schools.More >>
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -
The Florence City Council voted to rezone land in Florence for during a meeting Tuesday evening.
The area is near the intersection of Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek. The land will eventually pave the way for a new Walmart.
Since January, the "CAUS" group has been very vocal on their stance against rezoning.
Dozens of people attended the meeting to discuss their opinions on rezoning. The crowd overflowed into the streets and police were on hand to deal with crowd control.
The meeting took nearly four hours. The council heard from both sides on the issue.
One resident in favor of the decision said Walmart will bring jobs for minorities that the mom and pop stores can't.
Another resident against the decision said she doesn't want the noise and traffic of Walmart so close to her home.
Other residents were in favor of a closer Walmart but were concerned it would bring more crime to the area. Others questioned the plan to build a Walmart so close to the existing one, but Walmart spokesperson Bill Wertz said they had a reason for it.
"You should ask our customers they're the ones who are telling us they really need another store on the other side of town."
The build is not set in stone yet. There are still a few more steps that must be made before it can be approved.