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 TO BE SWORN IN NOV. 11

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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BETTERTON SWORN IN AS MAYOR

FLORENCE – Andy Betterton officially was sworn in as mayor Monday morning, as were each of the six-member City Council members.
Betterton narrowly eclipsed incumbent Steve Holt in the runoff for the mayor’s race. He was the District 6 councilman and a former school board member.

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Friend to Shoals Area Joel Anderson dies at 76

JOEL R. ANDERSON

FLORENCE- Joel Anderson, a member of the Anderson family businesses that is known for its business success and civil-minded spirit, died Monday.

Anderson, who was a friend to the Shoals area, died at his home around 5:30 pm Monday of natural causes.

Anderson had served on many positions in the community throughout the years. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Fist Southern Bank, which has an extensive biography of him on its website.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN FORD CITY FIRE

MICHAEL BEANE

FORD CITY – Authorities have arrested a Florence man in connection with the Sunday night fire at Ace Hardware & Beverage on the corner of River Rd. and County Line Rd. in Ford City.

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Florence man arrested for child abuse

THOMAS WAYNE MITCHELL

FLORENCE- Lauderdale County authorities have arrested a Florence man on felony child abuse charges.

Lauderdale County Investigators say, Thomas Wayne Mitchell, 27, of 114 N. Main Street, Florence, was arrested for child abuse after he was indicted by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury in August.

Mitchell was released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.
Mitchell is set to be arraigned on September 29 at 9 am in Judge Will Powell’s courtroom.

600 JOBS GOING TO MEXICO AS FREIGHTCAR CLOSES DOORS

BARTON– FreightCar America announced today around 4 pm that they will be closing the Barton plant, phasing out all 600 plus jobs.

This is probably the worst news the Shoals area has probably received economically in quite some time.

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Tuscumbia mayor moves city contract to avoid personal conflicts

MAYOR UNDERWOOD

TUSCUMBIA–Mayor Kerry Underwood merged his accounting firm with King, Leigh, and Associates in 2019 following his 2016 mayoral win. Tuscumbia, along with many other cities, relied on the services of King, Leigh, and Associates to complete the city’s annual financial audits, prompting Underwood to scout another agency to handle the city’s contract once a merger was deemed imminent.

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Parole denied for Sheffield murderer

MONTGOMERY — A woman convicted of a 1988 Sheffield murder had parole denied this week, authorities said.
In a separate case, parole also was denied for a convicted sex offender from a Colbert County case who failed to comply with Alabama’s sex offender registration laws, officials said.

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UNA Anticipates Record Enrollment for Fall 2020

FLORENCE – Officials at the University of North Alabama anticipate a record enrollment for Fall 2020 thanks to a four percent growth from Fall 2019; the news comes despite ongoing challenges related to the global pandemic.

“Like many other colleges and universities, UNA was also affected by the pandemic, but, unlike many of those other institutions, this University is seeing an increase in enrollment among most of its student populations, including our online and graduate students,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “This year’s success is a credit to the hard work among those on this campus, especially Admissions Director Julie Taylor and her team, along with many others.”

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3 PAROLED, 1 DENIED

JAMES MATTHEW LOCKE

MONTGOMERY- Parole was granted for three inmates serving time for local crimes and denied for another, authorities said.
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles approved the paroles Wednesday for Todd Alan Davis, Jesse Clinton Ford and James Matthew Locke, authorities said.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR LOCAL OFFENDER

BILLY HALE

An inmate serving 28 years for local theft and burglary convictions had parole denied Thursday by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, authorities said.
The parole board denied the request from Billy Hale, said Terry Abbott, spokesman for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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ALMOST 300 JOBS COMING TO MUSCLE SHOALS, $19 per hour

MUSCLE SHOALS – DURA Automotive Services announced this week a $59 million investment in an industry that will hire 279 workers.
The plant is at Shoals Research Airpark, in a speculative building the Shoals Economic Development Authority had built. SEDA is leasing the facility to the company.

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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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