22 POUNDS OF COCAINE, 2 POUNDS OF METH SEIZED IN DRUG BUST

VICTOR HERNANDEZ GARCIA

A Muscle Shoals man, Victor Hernandez Garcia, 32, of 2219 East 6th St., is in jail after a drug bust by a multi-agency drug investigation comprised of the following departments:
Colbert County Drug Task Force
Colbert County Sheriff’s Department
Muscle Shoals Police Department
Russellville Police Department
Madison County Narcotics Unit
ALEA
DEA

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MAN DROWNS IN BOATING INCIDENT

Authorities say one man drowned after the boat he and another man were in capsized Wednesday morning.
The incident was reported to police and firefighters at 8:10 am, according to authorities.
The incident occurred near O’Neal Bridge and McFarland Park.
Some first responders speculated the two men may have struck a pylon or something causing the boat to capsize.

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Vivity High Tech Eyes Now Available in the Shoals

DR. DANNY LEE

With Vivity lenses, you could minimize the need for those pesky reading glasses.  And now, if you live in the Shoals area, you won’t have to travel to have the procedure performed.

Danny Lee, MD, a board certified ophthalmologist has brought Vivity High Tech eyes to the Shoals. “It is as close to your sight before cataracts that I have seen,” explains Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee is the first doctor to perform the procedure in North Alabama at Laser Eye Center in Huntsville. “Vivity gives most patients excellent vision at a far distance and great vision at arm’s length or computer distance. It also gives most people good vision for reading distance.”

The Vivity lens is designed with a new, non-diffractive technology that gives optimal vision in both bright and dim lighting. The Vivity offers protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays and filters harmful blue light rays from digital devices.

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A MO BROOKS STORY

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Over the years I have shared a lot of stories about Alabama’s colorful political figures. We have had some characters like Big Jim Folsom and George Wallace. Big Jim was gregarious and fun loving. Wallace was a political genius and without question the most prolific politician in Alabama history. Both Wallace and Folsom used theatrics to get elected governor, but both were effective once elected to office.

Ole Mo Brooks will make the history books as a colorful Alabama political character. However, unlike Wallace and Folsom, Mo will never be considered effective or important but Mo Brooks is no fool. He knows what he is doing. He is a graduate of Duke and Alabama Law School. He has always been a right-wing ideologue. He truly believes in less government even if that means cutting your district’s or state’s throat. He does not want to be an effective emissary for his people. He is proud of the title of being the least effective congressman in Alabama history. He believes his role is to be the most conservative person in the halls of the Capitol.

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THOMPSON AIMS TO BE YOUR VOICE IN MONTGOMERY

WESLEY THOMPSON

Wesley Thompson—a local pastor, educator, and community leader—announces his bid for the Alabama House District 3 seat.

A native son of the Shoals, Thompson and his family moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma when he was eight years old upon his mother’s enlistment in the Army. But his path has always led him home to the Shoals—first for college at the University of North Alabama and then again when he answered the call to pastor Bethel Colbert Missionary Baptist Church.

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TRIAL DATE SET IN CAPITAL MURDER CASE

RICHARD KEVIN HESTER

TUSCUMBIA–(SHOALSINSIDER) Officials have set a trial date for a man accused of murdering a Sheffield man.
According to court records, Richard Kevin Hester, 54, of Little Rock Avenue, Sheffield, was indicted by a Colbert County Grand Jury in January of 2020 for Capital Murder in the shooting death of John Thomas Call, also known as JT, 36, of Pinehurst Blvd, Sheffield.

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3-YEAR-OLD HOSPITALIZED, FATHER CHARGED WITH ARSON

JARED LYNN HAZELWOOD

ROGERSVILLE- Authorities say a man has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of arson after leaving his 3-year-old son in an apartment he set fire to.
According to police, Jared Lynn Hazelwood, 44, stands charged with seven counts of arson in connection with the early morning apartment fire in Rogersville.

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FLORENCE MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT ON UNA CAMPUS

JOSHUA CALEB DE LA HOZ

FLORENCE–On Tuesday, authorities arrested a Florence man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her dorm room at Mattielou Hall on the University of North Alabama campus.
Joshua Caleb De La Hoz, 19, of 724 North Pine St., Florence, stands accused of multiple serious crimes such as 1st Degree Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence Strangulation, Unlawful Imprisonment, furnishing alcohol to a minor, interfering with a domestic violence 911 call, and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
According to court documents, De La Hoz reportedly brought alcohol to the female’s dorm room on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

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UNA RECEIVES LARGEST FINANCIAL GIFT IN SCHOOL’S HISTORY

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama has received the largest gift in the institution’s almost 200-year history, a $6.5 million gift from the Charles C. Anderson family. The gift is being given to academic and athletic areas of campus, with $1 million specifically earmarked for the women’s athletic programs in memory and honor of Hilda B. Anderson.

“(Hilda) was very passionate about the women’s athletic programs at UNA, and she wanted to ensure they had the necessary funding,” said the family patriarch Mr. Charles C. Anderson. “Our sons, Charlie, Terry, Clyde, and Harold, wanted to honor her and her legacy with this gift.”

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AUTHORITIES RELEASE NAME OF WOMAN WHO DIED IN MOBILE HOME FIRE

BARTON–A Barton woman died late Thursday afternoon in a mobile home fire on the 300 block of Patrick Lane.
The fire was reported around 4:30 PM.

Firefighters arrived on the scene as the mobile home was fully involved in flames.

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NEWS ALERT 🚨 FULL-TIME LAUDERDALE COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO GET $4000

FLORENCE – Lauderdale County full-time employees each will receive an additional $4,000 over the next four months through American Rescue Act funds, county officials said.

The Lauderdale County Commission approved dedicating the funds to the employees beginning this month.

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Inmate Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison on Assault Charge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge today sentenced a federal inmate on an assault charge, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Patrick Davis.

U.S District Court Judge Liles C. Burke sentenced Lemond Lawrence Burns, 22, of Alpine, to 150 months in prison. Burns pleaded guilty to the assault of a Morgan County Corrections Officer resulting in bodily injury in October 2021.

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FLORENCE MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AND HOLDING WOMAN AGAINST HER WILL

RICHARD LEE LUND

FLORENCE–On New Year’s Day, the Florence Police Department was contacted by a female who reportedly ran from a home at 1901 Conway Drive Florence. The female victim had several injuries and was taken to North Alabama Medical Center.

After an investigation, it was determined that the female victim was being kept at the Conway Drive residence without her consent and being physically and emotionally abused.

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SHOALS COUPLE ARRESTED IN KENTUCKY ON THEFT AND DRUG CHARGES

At approximately 2PM New Year’s Day, a 1996 Camaro was observed by sheriffs deputies in Graves County, Kentucky, loaded with items, suspected as possibly stolen. The vehicle in question was bearing Alabama registration plates.
Campbell County and Graves County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the items loaded in the vehicle has just been stolen from a resident on Pritchett Road in Mayfield that has been destroyed by the December 10th tornado.

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POLICE GIVE UPDATE ON FATAL FORKLIFT ACCIDENT

(SHOALSINSIDER) Muscle Shoals Police gave an update Wednesday morning on the fatal forklift accident that occurred Saturday afternoon. Detectives say officers responded Saturday afternoon to an accident involving juveniles.

The juveniles were under the supervision of their parents and the incident occurred at the parent’s place of employment, in the area of 235 Boone Rd. Off of Reservation Road on the TVA Reservation in Muscle Shoals.

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Mississippi Resident Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Healthcare Fraud

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge recently sentenced a Mississippi resident for healthcare fraud and conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Phillip Minga, 56, of Amory, Mississippi, to 78 months in prison. In August, Minga pleaded guilty to four counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The court also ordered Minga to forfeit $7.1 million and to repay more than $16.1 million in restitution.

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Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin, TN

Last weekend Franklin, TN held their 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas. This festival has been going strong for 36 years. It’s held in downtown Franklin, TN. The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County recreated the time of Charles Dickens. People dress in clothing from that time and sing carols, sew quilts, show off woodworking and play music. It is so grand to be transporting back in time to another period that is also celebrating Christmas. There is fake snow spewing from the balcony of a building, people posing to take the perfect snowy Christmas photos while they’re lightly dusted with the stuff.

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Woman2Woman: Connecting Powerful Women

LINDA D. LAW

“If you educate a man, you educate a family and a village. To educate a woman, you empower a nation.” — Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Woman2Woman is a vision manifested by Linda D. Law with the WHOLE woman in mind.

Residing in Muscle Shoals since July 2008, Linda is an actual native of Marengo County, US Army Veteran, Entrepreneur, Educator, Life Coach & motivational speaker.

Her Facebook group has exploded within the past year to include women from all across the world and from all walks of life. She has begun to get a lot of traction and attention. I got with her over coffee to ask her about the group and this is what she said:

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Anne Rice dies at 80

ANNE RICE

Anne Rice, arguably the most prolific vampire writer of the modern era, passed away on December 11th, 2021 at the age of 80. She wrote over 35 novels, including her most popular best seller, Interview with the Vampire. 

Interview with the Vampire is part of The Vampire Chronicles series which consists of thirteen books. Some of her other series’ are Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and Songs of the Seraphim, including others. 

She died late Saturday from complications involving a stroke. 

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Holiday Leftovers Cookbook

Thanksgiving has ended and Christmas is less than two weeks away now. We’re all gearing up for the holy grail of the holiday season and another huge holiday meal. But, what do we do with all those leftovers after the holidays end? Well, I asked around and compiled a sort of holiday leftovers cookbook!

The classic Leftover Sandwich:

This one is pretty simple and I’m sure everyone has made it. All you do is stuff whatever leftovers you want between two slices of bread, add your condiment, and chow down!
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