FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama has released its 2017 football schedule that includes eight Gulf South Conference contests and non-conference games against Texas A&M-Commerce and Central Washington.



Governor Ivey

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (April 10, 2017) – Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart.


Authorities search for escaped inmate

Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick


FLORENCE–Authorities are actively searching for an escaped inmate.

Around 9:22p last night Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick, W/M, 43, escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Kilpatrick was being held without bond and was awaiting trial for the attempted murder of a Florence Police Officer.


Alabama House Minority Leader to speak at Shoals Democratic Club

Anthony Daniels

FLORENCE–Shoals Democratic Club will host a very special event open to the entire community on Monday, April 17, 2017 at IUOE Local Union 320 Union Hall located at 405 Dr. Hicks Blvd in Florence.

The Guest Speaker will be Anthony Daniels who currently represents the 53rd District in the Alabama State […]

One in custody, one dead in Jackson law firm shooting

Shurnue Bratton

JACKSON, Tenn.-Police have arrested an ex-employee in connection with a shooting at a law firm that left one employee dead.


Colbert County Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Shipping Meth Via U.S. Mail


Vennis Oates Jr.

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced a Colbert County man to more than eight years in prison for drug distribution that included an attempt to ship methamphetamine from Los Angeles to the Colbert County town of Leighton using the U.S. Mail, federal officials announced.



MONTGOMERY – Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall joined a 10-state effort this week urging a federal appeals court to support a religious organization’s right to free speech.


Rick Oates Appointed New State Forester for Alabama

Rick Oates

At a meeting in Montgomery on Monday, April 3, members of the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) selected Rick Oates as the new State Forester for Alabama. His appointment was later confirmed by Gov. Robert Bentley. Beginning his duties on Monday, April 10, Oates replaces Gary M. Cole, who has served […]

UNA Gains Two New Professors in Special Education Field

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama’s College of Education and Human Sciences has two new professors in special education.


University of North Alabama Appoints New VPAA and Provost


FLORENCE, Ala. –Dr. Ross Alexander will become the next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of North Alabama, effective July 1, 2017. Alexander was selected as the candidate of choice in a national search that yielded over 40 applicants for the position.


Florence man arrested on sodomy charges

Eric L. Johnson

FLORENCE- Authorities have arrested Eric L. Johnson, 42, of 1302 Co Rd 457, Florence, on two counts of 2nd-degree sodomy charges.


Conagra Recalls Hunt’s Chili Kits Due To Possible Salmonella In Spice Packet

Conagra Brands, Inc., announced it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Chili Kits due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the chili seasoning packet contained in the kit. The chili seasoning used in the packet originated from a supplier who informed the company of the potential presence of Salmonella in a […]

Sheffield man dies in crash

A two-vehicle crash at 5:25 p.m. Friday, March 31, has claimed the life of a Sheffield man. Mark Edward Horton, 45, was killed when the 1986 Mazda B2000 he was driving collided with a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Hallie Carlita Cravens, 29, of Florence.