Babylon makes merchants and kings rich

 Just like most other portions of the book of Revelation, chapters 17 and 18 are problematic for those who want to believe the book is merely symbolic, and therefore may be interpreted many different ways—especially their own unique way. I agree with Finis Dake (of Dake’s Annotated Bible) that the material must be taken literally unless it becomes obvious that some portion is symbolic. And even then let the book of Revelation itself, or some other Bible book, explain the symbolism.

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TWO DENIED PAROLE, TWO MORE SET FOR HEARINGS

JEFFREY CHILDERS

Parole was denied Monday for two inmates stemming from convictions in Florence cases, authorities said.
Jeffrey Daniel Childers and Jason Lynn Wise had requests denied by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, said Terry Abbott, spokesman for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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SEX OFFENDER BACK IN JAIL

JOSEPH GATTMAN

TUSCUMBIA– A Colbert County sex offender is back in custody after violating regulations and failing to register with the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

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Forest Hills receives safe school award

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall presents Forest Hills Elementary School Principal Laurie Fowler the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Attorney General’s 2019 Safe School Award.

FLORENCE – Forest Hills Elementary School received the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Attorney General’s 2019 Safe School Award for this area’s district.

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SUSPECT IN MUSCLE SHOALS CAR THEFT ARRESTED

MUSCLE SHOALS– Authorities have arrested a suspected car thief. Police say Matthew Butler is now in custody in the Muscle Shoals Jail.

At approximately 2:00 pm today members of the MSPD Detective Division, along with Investigators and Deputies of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, effected the arrest of Matthew Jacob Butler, 20, at a residence in northern Lauderdale County.

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SEN. DOUG JONES SAYS HE WILL VOTE TO IMPEACH TRUMP

US Senator Doug Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Alabama US Senator Doug Jones is ending all of the speculation on how he’s going to vote Wednesday afternoon by announcing his vote to impeach and remove President Trump.

Political observers have said Jones may not vote to impeach in an effort to retain his seat in the November election, but that is apparently not the case.

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TUSCUMBIA MAN DIES IN CRASH

HATTON– A Tuscumbia man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 157 late Monday afternoon in the Hatton Community.

According to State Troopers, 46-year-old Wesley David Whitfield was killed when the 2002 Chevy S-10 truck he was driving struck the rear-end of a 2009 Sierra truck and utility trailer.

The crash occurred around 6:00 p.m.

Whitfield was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the crash.

Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the incident.

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RUSH LIMBAUGH SAYS HE HAS ADVANCED LUNG CANCER

RUSH LIMBAUGH

Rush Limbaugh announced on his show today that he has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of lung cancer.

Limbaugh, who is the most prominent political radio host in the country, will start treatment immediately.

Limbaugh’s show has been running continuously nationwide for the past 31 years and is the most- listened- to radio show in America.

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HUNTER JACKSON NEW MORNING HOST AT MY101.5

HUNTER JACKSON

TUSCUMBIA– You will hear a new voice on the FM dial starting Monday morning at 6 until 10 am. Singing River Media Group has added Hunter Jackson as the new Morning Show Host on MY101.5 FM.

Hunter is the son of former WVNA Operations Manager and Morning Show Host, Jim Jackson, who passed away from a heart attack in April of 2005, when Hunter was 14 years of age.

Hunter grew up at the WVNA radio station in downtown Tuscumbia. His birth was even on air. The station held a contest for listeners to win concert tickets if they could pick the correct time of Hunter’s birth.

So, it’s safe to say that radio is in Hunter’s blood.

“I want to invite all of my former listeners to tune in to MY 101.5 FM weekday mornings from 6-10 am, they will definitely love all the current hits we play and our on-air guest,” said Jackson.

Hunter wants listeners to know he will have a special music category for Shoals Area Music.

Hunter’s first musical guest will be Alecia Elliott. You can listen live at my1015.com.

Hunter will be taking your calls at 256-801-1015.

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ST. FLORIAN OFFICER CLEARED IN SHOOTING

FLORENCE– A Lauderdale county grand jury has cleared the St. Florian officer involved in a December shooting.

Shoals Insider has learned that, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, a Lauderdale County Grand Jury cleared St. Florian police officer Zack Tippett of any wrongdoing stemming from a December 20, 2019, shooting in which Officer Tippett was forced to defend his life against an individual who allegedly refused to stop his vehicle and allegedly drove his vehicle straight at Officer Tippett, threatening Officer Tippett’s life. Officer Tippett fired at the individual in defense of his life.

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Man faces drug charges after fleeing police

CEDRIC TAYLOR

FLORENCE – Police said they arrested a man Thursday night who led police on a short chase and had drugs in his vehicle.


Cedric Taylor, 32, was arrested following the 11:10 p.m. incident, Florence police Sgt. Robbie Howard said.

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Shoals unemployment remains at low 3%

The Shoals unemployment rate rose slightly in December but remains low at 3%, according to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.
The rate is an increase over November’s 2.7% but is down from December 2018’s 4%, according to the department.

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COLBERT MAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY

TUSCUMBIA–A Colbert County man has been charged with animal cruelty charges in connection to several head of cattle that have been neglected, authorities said.
Syvalious Nance, 2730 Cook Lane, turned himself in to authorities last Friday, officials said.

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Nextran Truck Center in Tuscumbia Named Mack 2019 North American Dealer of the Year

(Left to right) Martin Weissburg, president, Mack Trucks; Dennis McDaniel, regional vice president, Southeast, Mack Trucks; Jon Pritchett, president and CEO, Nextran; Jonathan Randall, senior vice president, North American sales and marketing, Mack Trucks at the Mack 2019 Dealer of the Year Awards Ceremony.
Photo: Mack Trucks

TUSCUMBIA – Nextran Truck Center of Tuscumbia is Mack Trucks’ 2019 North American Dealer of the Year. Mack announced the winner during its annual dealer meeting, which brings together dealer leadership from the U.S. and Canada.

The Dealer of the Year awards are presented to dealers that consistently exceed their business targets for sales, parts and leasing, as well as recognizing dealers who continue to grow their businesses and rate highly among customers for satisfaction.

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ALABAMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FOUR

From top left to bottom right, Mervyn Warren, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, Elton B. Stephens and Gary Baker. (courtesy: AMHOF)

TUSCUMBIA – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame inducted four new members Saturday night, with Gary Baker, Mervyn Warren, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and Elton B. Stephens joining the hall.
“We are excited about this slate of inductees because it demonstrates the diversity of the musical genres represented by Alabama’s music achievers,” AMHOF Board chairwoman Sara Hamlin said.

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KOBE BRYANT KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH

KOBE BRYANT

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Superstar basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, according to media reports.

The crash occurred in Calabasas, California, near Malibu.

Bryant was one of five people killed on the helicopter that crashed into the side of a mountain. His wife, Vanessa, was not on board.

The weather conditions may have played a factor. There was fog in the area of the crash.

Bryant was 41 years old.

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FIRST DISTRICT HAS HAD OUTSTANDING CONGRESSMEN

Senate Candidate Bradley Byrne


Current First District Congressman Bradley Byrne is leaving his safe congressional seat to take a shot at the U.S. Senate this year.

The Mobile First Congressional District has had quite a legacy over the last century. Alabama’s First District has always been primarily made up of Mobile County. Historically, the rural southwest Alabama counties north of Mobile have been a part of the First. Washington, Clarke, Monroe and Escambia do not amount to much of the population. Baldwin and Mobile, which are now essentially one county, have been tied together for the past few decades, and they comprise most of the district.

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ALABAMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME TO HONOR LEGENDARY BROADCASTER MITCH SELF

MITCH SELF

TUSCUMBIA – Looking back, Kevin Self laughs when recalling something that he had thought was just a normal part of a boy’s life.

Son of radio icon Mitch Self, Kevin Self said being around big names in the music industry was as routine for his siblings and him as playing a game of backyard football.

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DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

SHEFFIELD– Police are asking the public for help in identifying this man.

He is a suspect in a crime.

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EARTHQUAKE HITS FORD CITY

FORD CITY- Colbert County experienced a minor earthquake Thursday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The survey indicates a 2.3-magnitude earthquake hit at 9:03 p.m. in the Ford City community.

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