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Quit the spit during ‘Through With Chew Week’

 

The Alabama Department of Public Health encourages smokeless tobacco users to quit the spit during “Through With Chew Week,” February 17-23.

The education campaign to decrease spit tobacco use and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using these products is an annual event begun in 1989 by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Continue reading Quit the spit during ‘Through With Chew Week’

Muscle Shoals police offering Citizen’s Police Academy

MUSCLE SHOALS-The Muscle Shoals Citizen’s Police Academy is a unique experience conducted by the Police Department and designed to give citizens a better understanding of the day-to-day operation and mission of the Muscle Shoals Police Department. Continue reading Muscle Shoals police offering Citizen’s Police Academy

Two Leighton residents die in crash

A single-vehicle crash at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, has claimed two lives.  Kenneth David Pugh, 49, and Pamela Denise Brooks Thrasher, 36, both of Leighton, were killed when the 2000 Yamaha motorcycle they were occupying left the roadway and overturned. Continue reading Two Leighton residents die in crash

NW-SCC to Celebrate Black History Month

MUSCLE SHOALS, PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) announces events in celebration of February as Black History Month. This year’s events include music, an inspirational speaker and a taste of “Soul Food”.
NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a program on each campus.

Continue reading NW-SCC to Celebrate Black History Month

Police trying to identify suspect

CRIME OF THE WEEK – Police are trying to identify a theft suspect in this week’s Shoals Area Crime Stoppers report. Investigators said the card was used several times before being deactivated.

It’s not the best photo but it’s all Florence police could get.

The suspect seen in the pic is using a stolen credit card at Foodland on Cox Creek Parkway. Continue reading Police trying to identify suspect

Counselor’s Corner: 5 Parenting Strategies to Head Off Teen Substance Use

Elysia Tucker, LPC, ADC
is the Executive Director of
Southern Wellness Services, Inc.

Parenting a teenager can be hard. Hormones are raging, cell phones are constantly buzzing, and suddenly, it’s embarrassing to be seen with you in public. In that space between childhood and adulthood, teenagers still need guidance, and parents can find themselves struggling with the right way to approach such topics as drinking, drugs, and smoking. Here are five strategies for heading off teen substance use: Continue reading Counselor’s Corner: 5 Parenting Strategies to Head Off Teen Substance Use

UNA Professor Honored with Nation’s Highest Geography Teaching Award

FLORENCE, Ala. – Dr. Michael Pretes, University of North Alabama professor of geography, is the 2017 recipient of the American Association of Geographers Distinguished Teaching Honors.

The AAG is the largest academic and professional organization for geographers in the United States, and it awards honors in several categories for “outstanding accomplishment.” Its Distinguished Teaching Honors is the highest recognition given for teaching geography. As the AAG notes, AAG Honors are “among the most prestigious awards in American geography.” Continue reading UNA Professor Honored with Nation’s Highest Geography Teaching Award

Effects of Drought Continue to Plague Trees across State

Trees are dying. The question is, why? Although the rainfall during December and January relieved much of the drought and related wildfire issues in Alabama, the harmful effects and complications associated with drought continue to plague the state’s forestlands. While exact economic impacts are unknown at this time, the losses may be significant according to forestry professionals with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC). Continue reading Effects of Drought Continue to Plague Trees across State

Newly Appointed Attorney General Steve Marshall Takes Oath of Office, Addresses Public

Newly appointed AG Steve Marshall

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert J. Bentley appointed Marshall County District Attorney, Steve Marshall, to serve as the 48th Attorney General of Alabama. Former Attorney General Luther Strange was appointed to the United States Senate following Senator Jeff Sessions nomination and confirmation as Attorney General of the United States. Continue reading Newly Appointed Attorney General Steve Marshall Takes Oath of Office, Addresses Public

Hard-Hitting Billboards Urge Hospitals to Protect Patients From Choking and Cancer Risk

 

Hard-hitting billboards and other advertisements are urging children’s hospitals in six cities, one in Birmingham, to protect patients from #HazardousHotDogs. Hot dogs should not be served to patients because they are the No. 1 choking risk for children and are linked to high risk of colon cancer says the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors. The six targeted hospitals are in the colon cancer corridor, a cluster of nine states with high death rates from colorectal cancer. Continue reading Hard-Hitting Billboards Urge Hospitals to Protect Patients From Choking and Cancer Risk