I have seen the face of the enemy it is us

Publisher Jeff Roland

That old quote came to mind last week when 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school. This young man who had been expelled from the school a year earlier mowed his former faculty and fellow students down. The images that came out of the massacre have the whole country in mourning. A week has almost passed and if you’re like me, still grieved for the families and students.

I can remember in the 80’s the pain and grief we felt as students at Sheffield High School when we lost two of our student body to accidents. My friends Todd Mussard, who died in a motorcycle crash, and Sharon Pace, who died in an automobile accident, were taken from us and the community as a whole. Let me tell you it hurt. So I cannot imagine the dread times 17 that must have befallen this school in Florida and that entire community.  These 17 deaths were not accidents. It was cold-blooded murder. This week, the young gunman’s lawyers are trying to avoid the death penalty with a guilty plea. Will one more death help anything? Continue reading I have seen the face of the enemy it is us

Steve Flowers: “Siegelman prosecuted for political reasons”

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

I have written about the legendary capitol reporters who use to cover Goat Hill. There was Bob Ingram of the Montgomery Advertiser, Al Fox of the Birmingham News, Hugh Sparrow of the Birmingham News, Rex Thomas of the Associated Press, Don Martin of UPI and Clarke Stallworth of the Birmingham Post Herald. A young cub reporter named Jim Bennett joined the Post Herald in 1961 and later had a distinguished career in Public Service. None of these legends is any longer with us.

Today’s capitol press corps also works hard, they stick with “just the facts” by conscientious research of their stories and leave out the speculations, “what-ifs”, opinion and political slants. Continue reading Steve Flowers: “Siegelman prosecuted for political reasons”

Craig: We too are the seed of Abraham

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Do you see yourself in God’s Word? Does it seem that the Bible is in one world and you are in another? Do you have a desire to experience the good stuff you read in that Book, but question if you have the right qualifications to gain those benefits? You will remember that King David, in Psalms 103:3, said plainly: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all of your iniquities, Who heals all of your diseases.” Was David better off than we New Testament Christians? Jesus said in Luke 7:28 that no one under the Old Covenant was greater than John the Baptizer, but that the very least disciple in God’s Kingdom (under the New Testament) is greater than he. Many obviously do not realize that we believers are under a BETTER COVENANT, that has BETTER PROMISES, because we have a BETTER MEDIATOR (Jesus Christ), and, therefore, have a BETTER INHERITANCE than those Old Covenant believers (Hebrews 1:4, 7:19, 22, 8:6, 9:23, 11:40). Continue reading Craig: We too are the seed of Abraham

Hamilton woman dies in crash on 247

RED BAY–A one vehicle crash at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018, has claimed the life of a Hamilton woman. Continue reading Hamilton woman dies in crash on 247

COLBERT COUNTY ARRESTS 02/15/2018

BREWER, AMANDA GRACE
Booking #: 1802142249
Booking Date: 02-12-2018
Charges: PROMOTING PRISON CONTRABAND; VIOLATION SUSPENDED SENTENCE

MOORE, ANTHONY DEWAYNE
Booking #: 1802142252
Booking Date: 02-11-2018
Charges: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE

Continue reading COLBERT COUNTY ARRESTS 02/15/2018

The face of the gunman in Valentine’s Day Massacre at Florida High School

Nikolas Jacob Cruz

PARKLAND, Fla.–Authorities have released the picture of the gunman in yesterday’s Valentine’s Day High School shooting. His name is Nikolas Jacob Cruz. He stands accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Continue reading The face of the gunman in Valentine’s Day Massacre at Florida High School

Craig: Bible interpretation has fragmented the church

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Bible interpretation has fragmented the church! Modern Christians are concerned about many modern problems, but questionable or contradictory interpretations seem not to be important to most of them. Please be not offended, but believers seem to walk around in a stupor. I have observed through the years that most church members fear that they might be led into heresy if they associate too closely with members of some other denomination. They do not consider the possibility that they might have already been led astray, and are themselves heretical in some of their own beliefs. Have I been called to straighten everybody out? No! But, just as a believer, I have the responsibility to both believe God’s Word, and to minister what I have learned to all who will listen. Continue reading Craig: Bible interpretation has fragmented the church

Jake Landers Bluegrass legend dies at 79

Jake Landers

FLORENCE–Shoals Bluegrass extraordinaire Jake Landers has died at the age of 79. Landers was born in 1938 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Continue reading Jake Landers Bluegrass legend dies at 79

UNA President and First Lady to Provide Books for Area Elementary Schools

Dr. Ken and Dena Kitts

FLORENCE, Ala. – University of North Alabama President Ken Kitts and First Lady Dena Kitts will provide area third graders with copies of the book “Looking for Leo.”

A team of UNA representatives, including Dr. and Mrs. Kitts, will be heading to every public elementary school in Colbert and Lauderdale Counties Feb. 22. Continue reading UNA President and First Lady to Provide Books for Area Elementary Schools

Jury returns guilty verdict in Capital murder case

Benjamin Owen Young

TUSCUMBIA–After deliberating this afternoon, a Colbert County jury found Benjamin Owen Young guilty of Capital murder. Continue reading Jury returns guilty verdict in Capital murder case

UNA to Host Author Michael Eric Dyson as Part of Black History Month Events

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity will host renowned professor, speaker and author Michael Eric Dyson as part of the Black History Month celebration.

The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Mane Room, 310 N. Pine St., Florence, Alabama.

Dyson, a Detroit native, ordained Baptist minister, former church pastor and professor, has taken the nation by storm with the publication of his most recent book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, an instant New York Times bestseller. Continue reading UNA to Host Author Michael Eric Dyson as Part of Black History Month Events

ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT AGAINST MAJOR OPIOID MANUFACTURER PURDUE PHARMA FOR VIOLATION OF ALABAMA DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES ACT

MONTGOMERY -Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that the State of Alabama has filed suit against Purdue Pharma, L.P., Purdue Frederick Company Inc., and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, L.P. (collectively “Purdue”), the manufacturers and sellers of prescription opioid pain medications, including the brand name drugs OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid/Dilaudid HP, Butrans, Hysingla ER, and Targiniq ER, as well as generic opioids. Alabama’s complaint asserts that Purdue violated Alabama’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act in the marketing and sale of opioid drugs and, in so doing, jeopardized the public health, welfare, and safety of Alabama residents. Continue reading ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT AGAINST MAJOR OPIOID MANUFACTURER PURDUE PHARMA FOR VIOLATION OF ALABAMA DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES ACT

Ron Craig: Interpretation of God’s Word continued

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Most modern church members have evidently become accustomed to the universal practice of interpreting the Scriptures, and that with greatly varying interpretations; and have never thought about the fact that the Bible itself outright forbids such. Even I do not recall ever hearing anyone suggest, or even imply, that interpreting the Bible is heresy within itself. People only argue about which interpretation is correct.

     

Deuteronomy 4:2: “You must not add to the word that I [God] command you, neither diminish anything from it, so that you may KEEP the commandments of the LORD.” (People want to interpret God’s Word simply because they do NOT want to obey it!)
Proverbs 30:5-6: “Every word of God is [already] pure [So, how can man’s interpretation improve it?]. Add not to God’s words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.” (The same can be said about deleting anything from God’s Word. Either way, it is altered.)
Romans 3:3-4: “What if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: Yes, let God be truebut every man a liar; as it is written, ‘That You may be justified in Your sayings, and may overcome when You are judged.’”

Continue reading Ron Craig: Interpretation of God’s Word continued

Colbert Drug Task Force nabs “major player” in Shoals heroin business

Jo Ann Misso Young

MUSCLE SHOALS–Thanks to tips from members of the community and complaints from neighbors, a Muscle Shoals woman has been arrested for trafficking heroin. Continue reading Colbert Drug Task Force nabs “major player” in Shoals heroin business

The Downtown Florence Chocolate Crawl is back for its 4th year in a row

Do you like chocolate and shopping? Then we’ve got a deal for you! Grab your date or group of friends and enjoy a day filled with chocolate treats and good deals! Downtown Florence boutiques, salons, and other stores will be turning into Chocolate Shops for one day only and they want you to come see them! Continue reading The Downtown Florence Chocolate Crawl is back for its 4th year in a row