Lactation Pod Arrives on UNA Campus

FLORENCE – The Guillot University Center on the University of North Alabama campus is home to a new Mamava lactation pod, making UNA just the second college campus in Alabama to house this equipment designed to give nursing mothers a place to breastfeed or pump.

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TWO CHARGED IN SHEFFIELD DRUG BUST

SHEFFIELD– Agents with the Colbert County Drug Task Force made two arrests after a search warrant was executed on Tuesday around 1 pm at a home on 20th Street in Sheffield.

According to agents, Willie Bernard Jones, 50, of SE 20th Street, Sheffield, and Brittany Howard Reaves, 36, same address, were both arrested after officers reportedly found them to be in possession of over 10 ounces of cocaine in powder and crack form, a variety of other controlled substances and two firearms.

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Salvation Army opens new Sheffield store

SHEFFIELD – The Salvation Army of the Shoals opens its new family store on Hatch Boulevard on Monday, Capt. Benjamin Deuel said.
The grand opening for the 4100 Hatch Blvd. location was 10 a.m. and the public was invited, Deuel said. The previous location at 500 S. Montgomery Ave. is now closed.

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Jefferson County Man Charged with Aiming a Laser Pointer at Helicopter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury recently indicted a Jefferson County man for aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a helicopter, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

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Sex Offender Sentenced for Distribution of Child Pornography

HUNTSVILLE – A federal judge sentenced a Pinson man recently for distribution of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Prim F. Escalona, FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr., and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger.

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Florence man arrested with $50,000 of meth in apartment

FLORENCE – A Florence man faces trafficking charges after authorities found him with a large amount of methamphetamine at his apartment.


Demarcus L. Robinson, 44, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, according to a release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

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Paramedic Sentenced for Tampering with Drug Vials

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A federal judge on Monday sentenced a supervisory paramedic for theft of fentanyl from a local ambulance service, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Special Agent in Charge Justin C. Fielder, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations Miami Field Office.

U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Michael Greenhaw, 43, of Arab, to 51 months in prison. Greenhaw pleaded guilty to on one-count of tampering with a consumer product in October 2019.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR FORMER FORMER SHOALS INSURANCE SALESMAN

RONALD WARREN POWELL

MONTGOMERY– The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole for a former Muscle Shoals Insurance agent convicted of fraud.

According to Matt Estes, spokesman for the parole board, 58-year-old Ronald Warren Powell, also known as Ronnie Powell, had his application for parole denied on Tuesday morning.

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ARREST MADE IN DOUBLE MURDER AT JODYS RESTAURANT

SHAUN MICHAEL RYAN

MUSCLE SHOALS – A man charged with capital murder in the 2015 double homicide that occurred outside Jody’s Restaurant, has been transferred to Colbert County authorities said.

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THOR INDUSTRIES PURCHASES TIFFIN MOTOR HOMES

RED BAY- One of the regions largest employers Tiffin Motor Homes of Red Bay has sold to one of its competitors, company officials announced on Monday.

Thor Industries of Indiana has purchased Tiffin Motor Homes of Red Bay for $300 million recently. Above is a video of the two company heads discussing the merger.

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TWO DIE IN LAUDERDALE CRASH

CLOVERDALE– A one-vehicle crash around 11 am on Saturday, December 19, has claimed the life of two Florence residents.

According to Corporal James Howard of the Quad Cities Trooper Post, Mary Montgomery Smith, a 53-year-old female, was driving a 2016 Toyota Prius that left the roadway and struck a tree. Smith was taken to NAMC in Florence and pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

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2020 AN ELECTION YEAR TO REMEMBER

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

As we close out this year of COVID and presidential politics many of you are still in discussions about Donald Trump. Some are still enthralled with the most colorful and controversial character in my presidential memory and are saying the election was stolen from him. Others are saying he is the most egocentric and crooked person to ever sit in the oval office.

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Two Students Awarded Keller Key at December Commencement

FLORENCE, AL – Two graduates from the recent commencement ceremonies at the University of North Alabama were honored as part of the event as recipients of the Keller Key. The Keller Key is awarded at each commencement to graduating seniors who have achieved the highest scholastic achievement. Recipients of this award are selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students.

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KILLEN WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

LAUDERDALE COUNTY– A two-vehicle crash at approximately 3:39 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, has claimed the life of a Killen woman and injured three others.

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Alabama Man Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An Alabama man was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison for tax evasion, authorities announced today.

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4 arrested for Florence Boulevard vehicle theft, break-ins

LUNDON MATTHEW MICHAEL MEYERS
Antawn Decarlo Thomas II


FLORENCE – Four men were arrested recently in connection with a vehicle theft and multiple vehicle burglaries at a Florence Boulevard business, police said.

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BODY FOUND IN COLBERT COUNTY

COLBERT COUNTY- A body was found around noon on Wednesday off of Jarmon Lane in rural Colbert County.

According to Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson, the body was found in a wooded area off of Jarmon Lane by some rabbit hunters.

When asked if the body is that of a male or female, Williamson replied
“All we can say right now is that a body has been found. We’ll release more information in the future, but that’s really all we can say right now,”

TYRUS MANSELL SWORN IN

Tyrus Mansell

TUSCUMBIA– Colbert County Commissioner-elect Tyrus Mansell is set to be sworn in on Wednesday, November 11th at the Colbert County Courthouse.

Mansell, who represents District #2, handily defeated incumbent David Black in the Republican Primary with a platform of honest and truthful government, for the position.

The oath of office will be administered immediately after the commission meeting that evening.

131 NEW JOBS COMING TO FLORENCE

FLORENCE—Kith Kitchens, an established cabinet manufacturer in Alabama, announced plans to invest approximately $11 million to open a new manufacturing facility in Florence, AL. This high-quality cabinetry producer will create 131 new full-time jobs at their new facility in the Shoals.

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SPOONER OLDHAM MAKES NASHVILLE HALL OF FAME

The Shoals’ own Spooner Oldham has been elected into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to MusicRow Magazine.

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