Principal resigns amid texting allegations

Dr. Alan Willingham

MUSCLE SHOALS– McBride Elementary Principal Alan Willingham resigned his position this morning amid allegations of improper texts.

Sources familiar with the situation confirm to that Willingham resigned this morning at a specially called board of education meeting due to allegations that he improperly texted more than one of the teachers at the school.

Administrators have been especially tight-lipped concerning the allegations made against Willingham, who has been on paid administrative leave.

Lindsey reportedly recommended that Willingham resign and the board accepted the recommendation. – Keeping You Informed


Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

As I observe the legislature, it occurs to me that I am getting older. A lot of the legislators and lobbyists I have known over the years have moved on.

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Most Wanted – Lauderdale County Worthless Check Unit

The following individuals have active arrest warrants for worthless checks:

Susan Abernathy $ 2,722

Dyanne Blackstock $ 3,700

Cindy Davis $ 280

Christopher Gargis $392

Mark Heald $ 3,270

Pamela McDaniel $ 459

Tara Silva $ 553

Ray Smith $ 885

Sabrina Taylor $ 735

Tykeshia White $ 1,251

Musa Zookari $ 1,234

If your name appears on this list, contact the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office at 256-764-6351 immediately.

God took a risk in creating angels and men with freedom to choose

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Human beings have been from the beginning representatives of the Creator. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the earth and everything in it (Genesis 1:26).” And that dominion extended even into outer space. Read Psalms 8:3-8. Angels, who were created long before man came on the scene, were made to be God’s servants.

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Tuscumbia Radio Stations have new owner and a new format

TUSCUMBIA– Singing River Media LLC, headed by veteran broadcaster Mike Self, is the new owner of the radio station cluster on Main Street in Downtown Tuscumbia.

Singing River Media took over operations April 1st and big changes are on the way.

Mike Self is the son of legendary broadcaster Mitch Self, who owned WLAY AM/FM for several years while the station was located on 2nd street in Muscle Shoals.

Listeners have been wondering all week what is going on with FM 101.5.

The station 101.5 FM has been playing Britney Spears’s song “Baby one more time” over and over in repetition for the past few days. The station is expected to announce the new format at 5:00 pm today on Friday, April 12th. Many expect the station to play Top 40 to compete with KISS FM 102.7

‘We’re going to be much more involved on a local level and there’s a lot of excitement about the format change,” said Vincent “Mojo” Wilson, Program Director for the station.

Wilson hails from 105.1 The Bounce in Detroit, Michigan, and was the Readers Choice Award Shoals Best DJ.

FCC filings state Urban Radio sold the stations to Singing River Media LLC for more than $1.2 million. – Keeping You Informed

UNA Alumnus Skipworth Wins Academy of Country Music Award

Skipworth on stage

FLORENCE, Ala. — Ben Skipworth, a 2012 graduate of UNA’s Department of Entertainment Industry and producer, won Video of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday. Skipworth produced the video for Chris Janson’s “Drunk Girl” and shared the award with director Jeff Venable and Janson himself.

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Two die in early morning house fire

LAUDERDALE COUNTY– Authorities tell that two people have died in an early morning house fire.

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Ivey was thinking of next generation rather than next election

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

There is no question that Governor Kay Ivey’s Infrastructure/Gas Tax Program was the cornerstone issue of this legislative session. This monumental legislation will be a tremendous enhancement for Alabama’s economic development for decades to come. Gov. Ivey and the legislative leadership deserve accolades for addressing this important project. They were indeed thinking of the next generation rather than the next election. Gov. Ivey deserves most of the credit. She reached across the aisle and garnered almost unanimous support from the Democratic legislators. Indeed, the legislation passed the House on an 84-20 vote and passed 28-6 in the Senate.

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Let’s talk about the two witnesses

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

 Dealing with the last three and one half years of this present age introduces the subject of the two witnesses of Revelation 11. Not coincidentally, those two men’s ministries in Jerusalem will coincide with the same time period.

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A Good Solution To The Tier 2 Retirement System

Craig Ford

Unintended consequences are a common problem when it comes to making laws and government policy. A good example of this is the changes lawmakers made in 2012 to the retirement systems for education and state employees.

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Spring Commencement to Feature Speaker McCutcheon

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon

FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama’s Spring Commencement will feature Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. G. Rumay Alexander and Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon.

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University of North Alabama and City of Florence Work to Engage Public About Child Abuse Awareness Month

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama Office of Title IX and One Place of the Shoals Sexual Assault Division are working to get the word out about Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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It’s official: Dunkin Donuts coming to Muscle Shoals

MUSCLE SHOALS- Sweet tooths all over the Shoals will be happy to know that Dunkin Donuts is coming to Muscle Shoals.

City officials tell the new store will be located on Woodward Avenue where the Donut Shoppe is currently.

The Donut Shoppe’s last day of operation will be on April 30th.

Construction is tentatively expected to begin in 2019.

The Great Tribulation

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

The three-and-one-half-year mystery solved: I said that the Antichrist will be concerned first with securing his absolute authority over the ten kingdoms that will be the residue of the old Roman Empire Territory. However, right now there are more than twenty nations in that old territory.

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Local bakery goes out of business

TUSCUMBIA– Saturday, March 16th, was the last day of operation for Aunt Bea’s Gourmet Bakery & Bistro in Downtown Tuscumbia.

Aunt Bea’s was opened seven years ago by Laurie Smith.

No reason was given for the closure.

We’ll miss the chicken salad and goodies. Good luck in the future.

Tribulation is increasing around the world

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

   I need to take further one of my pertinent previous points. It is a sadistictheology that seeks to place the church in the middle of the Great Tribulation. It is a demonic concept that pain makes people better people. If that is so, then why did Jesus Christ bear our pains on the cross. Isaiah chapter 53 does teach that our Savior did bear on the cross everything sin had brought into our lives; including pain. Some translations say that “He carried our pains.”

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Only people who are loyal to Jesus Christ are destined to win

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

The literal title, “antichrist,” appears only in the letters of First and Second John. However, the actual human being, his plans and actions, are prophesied for the most part in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Additional information about the end-times and the shenanigans of the antichrist is found in Ezekiel 38-39, Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, Luke 21 and 2 Thessalonians 1 and 2; with a few snippets of information scattered throughout Holy Scripture.

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John Paul White Slated to Play Benefit Show at Shoals Theatre for Album Release

FLORENCE, Ala. – Grammy Award winner and University of North Alabama alumnus John Paul White, ’99, will host an album release show at the Shoals Theatre, Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.

The event, which is being sponsored by UNA’s Department of Entertainment Industry, will serve as kick-off for White’s latest album The Hurting Kind, and as a benefit concert for the John Paul White Entertainment Industry Endowed Scholarship.

“I’m an incredibly lucky person to be able to do what I love for a living,” said White. “I’ve seen the world. I’ve done things I didn’t even have on my bucket list. I know that these things were made possible by my good friends, instructors and co-conspirators at the University of North Alabama.”

Tickets are $25 and will be available for purchase March 8 at the Shoals Theatre Box Office or online at

Northwest-Shoals and UNA Partner to Make Transfer Seamless and More Affordable for Students

MUSCLE SHOALS ALA. — Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) students will now have a more seamless and affordable path to the University of North Alabama (UNA) through a newly formed partnership. Continue reading Northwest-Shoals and UNA Partner to Make Transfer Seamless and More Affordable for Students

Arrest made in Pizza Hut Robbery

MUSCLE SHOALS– Thanks to the quick response of the Muscle Shoals Police Department, an arrest has been made in the armed robbery of Pizza Hut Delivery on Avalon Avenue.

The robbery occurred shortly after midnight Thursday morning.

According to police, Richard Raekwon Foster was apprehended several blocks from the scene just minutes after the report was received.