ARTIST SHOWCASE CONCERT COMING TO HALL OF FAME ON JULY 31

TUSCUMBIA– Folks be sure and save the date, because a funfilled day of music is headed to the Shoals.

Alabama Music Concert – Sat., July 31 * 1:00pm – 10:00pm *15 Bands/Artists. (Food, Vendors & Live D.J.)At the Alabama Hall of Fame Outdoor Stage – Tuscumbia, ALFeaturing: Kari Erickson from American Idol, Tyler Jones & Band, Darien Omar. Anna Kate Warner, Twisted Country Band, Night Shift Band, Howell Sledge & the Revue, Justin Miller, Commom Ground Band, Rev. Jerry Reeves & Band & others.. 1:00pm – 10:00pmTickets: $10.00Concert Information https://www.facebook.com/distinguishedproduction

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SHEFFIELD VFW CLOSED BY HOME OFFICE

THE SHEFFIELD VFW LOCATED AT 419 RALEIGH AVENUE

SHEFFIELD–The Sheffield VFW located at 419 Raleigh Avenue was closed on Tuesday of this week pending an audit to determine if the local chapter is following all local, state, and federal laws.

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Wow!! If you haven’t been to 360 Grille, by the Marriot in Florence, AL you need to go. The atmosphere is very classy and part of the room where the diners sit rotates “360 degrees” every hour. This provides a great view of all of the Shoals. Having been FB friends with executive chef Angel Heinkel for quite some time she had been inviting me up there and I’m so glad I went. She is a professional and my it truly shows in her work.

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UNA’s College of Education and Human Sciences among 60 Educator Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence

FLORENCE– The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that the University of North Alabama’s College of Education and Human Sciences is one of 60 providers from 26 states to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The Spring 2021 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 60 newly accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 423 providers approved under the CAEP Accreditation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.

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CHARGE UPGRADED FOR SHEFFIELD MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING NEIGHBOR

MAJOR JULIUS RICE

TUSCUMBIA- A recent session of the Colbert County Grand Jury upgraded the charge of Major Julius Rice, 28, of Sheffield.
According to officials, Rice was initially charged with Assault 2nd degree after an incident where he reportedly attacked his neighbor, Sebastian Blu Devaughn, on August 11 of 2020, at Jackson Apartments in Sheffield.

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UNA Athletics Director Linder Steps Down from Duties

MARK LINDER

FLORENCE, AL – University of North Alabama Athletics Director Mark Linder will step down from his duties in that role, effective Tuesday, June 1. Linder will shift into the classroom as a Lecturer in Sport and Recreation Management in the Department of Kinesiology.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Athletics Director at North Alabama. I am so honored to have been a part of the success of our transition to Division I, our teams, our staff, and most important, our student-athletes over the past 14 years,” Linder said. “The time is right for me to request this change in responsibilities in order to focus my attention on other aspects of my life. North Alabama Athletics will always graduate champions, and I am proud to have been part of the success of these teams, coaches, and student-athletes.”

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Childersburg Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Wire Fraud

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Childersburg woman was sentenced recently for engaging in a wire fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced Tonya Bird Swain, 43, to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud. Swain was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $532,724.48 to the victim. Swain pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

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UNA and PCH Hotels and Resorts Sign Learning Agreement

Memorandum of Understanding between UNA and the PCH Hotels and Resorts. Photo by Leah T. Johnson. photo@una.edu

FLORENCE – Officials with the University of North Alabama and PCH Hotels and Resorts signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will benefit all PCH Hotels and Resorts employees seeking any online or on-campus, graduate or undergraduate degree from UNA. Further, the agreement highlights the opportunity for employees to take part in UNA’s New Start Scholarship program. Any PCH Hotels and Resorts employee who enrolls in two courses will qualify, and the first course will be free.

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Alabama Doctor and Husband Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance


BIRMINGHAM– An Alabama doctor and her husband were sentenced Tuesday to 52 and 30 months in prison, respectively, for prescribing and dispensing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice.

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AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING TERRORIST THREAT AT LISTERHILL CREDIT UNION

SAMANTHA CLEMONS

PETERSVILLE – (SHOALSINSIDER) A Florence woman is in jail after she reportedly threatened an employee at Listerhill Credit Union in Petersville on Wednesday morning.

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UNA SET TO GRADUATE MORE THAN 900

FLORENCE, AL – Spring commencement at the University of North Alabama will graduate more than 900 students during six ceremonies May 7 and 8 that are set to take place in the newly renovated Norton Auditorium.

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Birmingham Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Carjacking and Robbery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge recently sentenced a Birmingham man to federal prison for carjacking and for robbing a business engaged in interstate commerce, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

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Kennedy – Douglass Center for the Arts hosts: Renderings of Youth

FLORENCE– The Renderings of Youth art exhibit opened recently at Kennedy- Douglass and will continue through the end of the month. This exhibit features the work of students grades 7-12 from Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin counties, and was founded by Florence art educator Jerry Foster 30 years ago.

The public is invited to meet the artists this week from 4-6 pm and will be asked to observe social distancing.

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Muscle Shoals City Council to Purchase a Pump for Shoals Retention Pound

MUSCLE SHOALS– At the last meeting of the Muscle Shoals city council, council members approved the purchase of two new pumps totaling $64,825.00 from MWI Pumps in Florida.

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Systems Restored After Outage Impacts Driver License Services

MONTGOMERY – Service has been restored and normal operations have resumed at all the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Driver License Offices across the state after an outage affected certain customer services.

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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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