Former Controller Sentenced to 1½ Years in Prison for Defrauding Fitness Company and Retail Store

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced the former controller for a Birmingham-based fitness center franchise and a subsequent retail store to 1½ years in prison for defrauding the companies out of more than $100,000, announced federal officials.
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins sentenced REBECCA FRITH, also known as Rebecca Wilson, 44, on two counts of wire fraud. Frith pleaded guilty to the charges in March. As part of her sentence, she must pay $102,806 in restitution. Frith was living in Texas when she was indicted and arrested in December. She must report to prison Aug. 28. Continue reading Former Controller Sentenced to 1½ Years in Prison for Defrauding Fitness Company and Retail Store

Franklin County Mugshots

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Booking Date: 06-20-2017
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Colbert Coroner killed in accident

FLORENCE–The Shoals Area has lost a dear friend today as Colbert County Coroner Carlton Utley died in an accident. Continue reading Colbert Coroner killed in accident

Spirit of Freedom Celebration canceled due to lack of sponsors

FLORENCE–The Shoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration has been canceled this year due to a lack of sponsorships.  Urban Radio Group of Tuscumbia, who usually coordinates the event says this year businesses were just not willing to pay for the event. Continue reading Spirit of Freedom Celebration canceled due to lack of sponsors

Program Potts helped establish 20 years ago at UNA benefiting students today


FLORENCE, Ala. – October 6 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Presidential Mentors Academy (PMA) at the University of North Alabama and faculty and staff are working diligently to celebrate the milestone.

In honor of the anniversary, the PMA will celebrate with “A Night of Class and Elegance, Celebrating 20 Years of Success,” at the Radisson in Sheffield.

Dr. Ernestine Davis, professor emerita of Nursing at UNA, has served as the director of the Presidential Mentors Academy since its inception in 1997.

“PMA is designed to help underrepresented students, both financially and by providing mentoring,” Davis said. “And while this is the University’s only minority scholarship, I choose not to call it that because to me, the word can sometimes have a negative connotation,” she said.

The PMA program targets high school seniors from underrepresented groups who desire to attend college and have completed the admissions process. PMA looks for opportunities to create a positive image of the college environment and fosters an appreciation of cultural differences, while also increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in various majors.

Davis said they set the bar high for students in the program, which they have seen grow from three graduates in 1997 to approximately 300 students who have now benefitted from PMA.

“They must maintain UNA’s scholarship requirements, but they also have to meet and maintain PMA requirements too,” Davis said.

Those requirements include meeting once a month with Davis and providing her with a progress report each semester, the results of which that student has already discussed with each professor.

“Our students have a 90 percent success rate,” Davis said. “Most maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and many continue on to get their master’s degree as well,” she said.

Accepted students must attend a SOAR session in June and are admitted to UNA during the month of July. Students receive no less than $2,000 yearly, along with a book scholarship that starts their sophomore year. Additionally, money for tuition increases each year as well.

Davis credits former UNA President Dr. Robert Potts, Dr. Wilbur Shuler and the Minority Scholarship Committee for getting behind the program and helping it become a reality 20 years ago.

“This is a family affair,” Davis said. “Students work together, support each other and mentor each other. We want more people to know about the program and the benefits it brings to students and the campus,” she said.

For more information: Dr. Ernestine Davis at (256) 765-4583 or


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Flooding hits Muscle Shoals during torrential downpour

Flooding on Woodward Avenue (Twitter)

MUSCLE SHOALS–Flooding has hit the City of Muscle Shoals rather hard today. As you can tell the water has some area residents wanting to build an ark. Please be weather aware today as you travel throughout the Shoals Rea. Continue reading Flooding hits Muscle Shoals during torrential downpour

Former Alabama Legislator Charged in Bribery Conspiracy

Oliver Robinson Jr.

BIRMINGHAM – The U.S. Attorney’s Office today charged a former Alabama legislator with accepting bribes from a Birmingham lawyer and an Alabama coal company executive in exchange for advocating their employers’ opposition to EPA actions in North Birmingham, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey, and other federal officials.

An information filed in U.S. District Court charges former state representative OLIVER L. ROBINSON JR. with conspiracy, bribery and honest services wire fraud for accepting a valuable contract between the Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham and the Oliver Robinson Foundation to influence and reward Robinson for using his position as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, vice-chairman of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation, and an elected representative of citizens of Birmingham to pressure and advise public officials to oppose EPA’s prioritization and expansion of a North Birmingham EPA Superfund site. Continue reading Former Alabama Legislator Charged in Bribery Conspiracy




Thursdays from 3PM-7PM

Florence, Alabama, May 11, 2017– The Market was created to provide a place for producers to

come together to provide access to locally grown and produced, healthful, and adorable food.

Founded by local farmers and producers, College Street Farmers Market opened its doors on

May 4, 2017 on 526 E. College St. in Florence, Alabama.





Troopers Encourage Parental Involvement to Prevent Underage Use of Alcohol, Tobacco

MONTGOMERY – Summer has officially arrived. Teens are out of school, giving them more free time – often at home alone or with friends. What is to stop them from consuming alcoholic beverages and tobacco products?

“Parental involvement is key,” said Lt. Darick Wilson, an Agent with the State Bureau of Investigation’s Alcohol/Tobacco Enforcement Division. “Some parents may not realize just how important a role they play in preventing underage use of alcohol and tobacco.” Continue reading Troopers Encourage Parental Involvement to Prevent Underage Use of Alcohol, Tobacco

UNA Summer Theatre Brings Back Alumnus for New Production


FLORENCE – Michael Baldwin, former UNA theatre student, is back in Florence for the summer theatre production ofThe Mountain Top.

The play is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth. The entire play is set in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968, after delivering his legendary “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Performances will be June 29, 30, and July 1 at 7:30 p.m., and July 2 at 2 p.m., and will take place in the George S. Lindsey Theatre. Continue reading UNA Summer Theatre Brings Back Alumnus for New Production