Patterson Named Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

RON PATTERSON

FLORENCE, AL – Ron Patterson has been named the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of North Alabama. With this promotion, Patterson leads a new division on campus dedicated to furthering the University’s mission of being a diverse and inclusive institution.

“Mr. Patterson has a long history of leadership at UNA, having come to campus in 2016 to lead our Enrollment Management area and serving as the Chief Enrollment Officer and as the Assistant to the President for Diversity,” said UNA President Ken Kitts. “Creating this division, and having Ron as the vice president of it, will allow for growth and evolution of our mission as a regional institution that takes diversity, equity, and inclusion seriously.”

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PARENTS ARRESTED IN DEATH OF CHILD

DAKOTA HEATH FOWLER
BRANDI MICHELLE BURKS

HODGES– Two Franklin County parents were arrested on Sunday and charged with the death of their three-year-old son.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, they received a call of an unresponsive 3-year-old in a car on Church Street in Hodges at around 4 pm on Sunday.

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OFF-DUTY FLORENCE POLICE OFFICER DIES IN CRASH

OFFICER JASON NOVAK

FLORENCE – An off-duty Florence police officer died in a wreck overnight, officials said.
Officer Jason K. Novak, 51, died in the hospital almost two hours after the wreck on Pine Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. today, Police Chief Ron Tyler said.

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SHOALS UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN TO 7.9 PERCENT

MONTGOMERY- Unemployment in the Shoals fell to 7.9 percent in June, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Labor.

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PETA ORGANIZATION OFFERS SANCTUARY FOR LEO III

FLORENCE – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has offered to provide an accredited sanctuary for Leo III following the death of Una.

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The Book of Revelation Describes The New Jerusalem

 People will likely ask this question: “If God just renovates the surface of this planet instead of making an entirely new one, where will the inhabitants of this planet be located while He renovates it?

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TWO DENIED PAROLE IN LOCAL CASES

MONTGOMERY — Two inmates serving on convictions in local cases have had their parole requests denied, authorities said.

Charles Edward Blankenship and William Paul Cosby had requests denied by The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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UNA CONFIRMED AS DOCTORAL-GRANTING INSTITUTION

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama has been approved to offer two doctoral programs. Beginning in Spring 2021, the College of Business will offer the Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA), and in the fall of 2021, the College of Education and Human Sciences will offer a Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR MAN SERVING 12 YEARS

ERIC C TERRELL

MONTGOMERY–The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a parole request yesterday for a man serving 12 years on a felony domestic violence conviction, authorities said.


The board turned down the request from Eric C. Terrell, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Terrell pleaded guilty in Colbert County to the felony domestic violence charge in 2018, authorities said.

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THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD

Wrapping up the judgment of the wicked on that great day: “The sea [ocean] gave up the dead [atoms and molecules of the bodies of the wicked dead] which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them [in other words, no human being will escape (avoid) God’s judgment]: And they were [all] judged; everybody according to their works. And [even] death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13-15).

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Suspected Shell station robber wore duct tape as mask, steals Cash, Yoohoo and Marlboro Reds

JASON LYNN DICKSON

FORD CITY- Authorities have arrested the man they say is responsible for the robbery last week of the Ford City Shell station and firing shots at Florence police in a chase the next day after the robbery.

Colbert Sheriff Frank Williamson says Jason Dickson, 45, of Muscle Shoals, is in custody on 1st degree Robbery charges in the Colbert County Jail.

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LEIGHTON MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT

MATTHEW MARTIN JOHNSON

FLORENCE- Authorities arrested a Leighton man over the weekend for theft from a heating and cooling firm.

According to police, Matthew Martin Johnson, 46, of 800 Duncan Lane, Leighton, was arrested Saturday for first-degree theft.

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TWO INMATES PAROLED ON LOCAL CHARGES

LEE VAUGHN HAMER
MATTHEW LEE VANDIVER

Parole was granted Tuesday for two inmates serving time for Shoals area crimes.
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles granted requests from Lee Vaughn Hamer and Matthew Lee Vandiver following hearings, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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SUSPECT SHOT AT OFFICER, FLED SCENE

Florence police are at the scene of the Residence Inn by Marriott on Tuesday searching for suspect

FLORENCE – Police are at the Residence Inn by Marriott Florence investigating the scene after a suspect shot at a police officer early Tuesday morning and fled in that direction, authorities said.

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All will give an account

The Bible makes it clear that heaven keeps record books—Revelation 20:12: All the wicked dead will stand before God at the Great White Throne judgment, just before the renovation of earth, and will be judged according to everything that has been written about them in those books. Every word, thought, action, and intention of every human being is recorded in heaven. That is true of every human being, including us Christians. But, when we get born again we become new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away, and all things are new; and all those new things are of God (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).

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NAMC TO ALLOW 1 VISITOR PER PATIENT

NORTH ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER

FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions, officials said.
The restrictions, which were established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, now allow one support person per patient during visiting hours, hospital officials said.

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MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AFTER DEADLY POLICE CHASE

ZACHERY JOHN MADDEN

FLORENCE– A man from Brilliant, Alabama, is facing manslaughter charges following a pursuit by the Florence Police Department.

Zachery John Madden, 21, was charged after he failed to stop for police who were attempting to investigate the vehicle Madden was driving after it was observed travelling in downtown Florence without headlights.

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Man dies after crashing into Cypress Creek

FLORENCE – A one-vehicle crash at 1:41 a.m. today, June 6, 2020, has claimed the life of a resident of Spring Hill, Tennessee. Joe Dewayne Cothrum, a 35-year-old, was killed when the 2011 Nissan Altima, being driven by 21-year-old Zachary John Madden of Brilliant, AL, left the roadway, continued travelling on private property and crashed into Cypress Creek.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR LOCAL OFFENDER

DAVID RAY ALEXANDER

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a parole request Tuesday from David Ray Alexander, who is serving a 20-year sentence on various crimes including unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle in Colbert County, according to corrections records.
Alexander has served more than 9 years of a 20-year sentence, according to the department.

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UNA SEES A 20 PERCENT INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama’s summer session enrollment and credit-hour production increased more than 20 percent this year compared to the 2019 summer session, university officials said.

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