Monroeville man drowns

Franklin James Banks, II, 20, of Monroeville drowned at Desoto State Park near Fort Payne in northeast Alabama Friday afternoon.

Banks graduated from from Monroe County High School in 2016 where he was a decorated athlete and student. He was pursuing a Forestry degree while enrolled at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University. He played one year for the football and baseball teams at AAMU.

“Franky was a bright spot in the lives of everyone he met,” his mother Carole Banks said. “Young people from all over the state were drawn to him and adults admired and respected our son. People don't h...