NW-SCC awarded $661,878 per year for Upward Bound Programs

MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — The Upward Bound program at Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) has been funded $661,878 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, an increase of three percent from the previous grant cycle, by the U.S. Department of Education.

NW-SCC is one of 17 college or universities in the state of Alabama […]

Troopers Investigate 4 Traffic Fatalities, 2 Boating Fatalities during Memorial Day Weekend

MONTGOMERY — During the official Memorial Day holiday travel period — between 6 a.m. Friday, May 26, and midnight Monday, May 29 — Alabama State Troopers investigated four traffic fatalities, less than half of the 11 traffic fatalities Troopers investigated in 2016 for the same extended holiday. Troopers also investigated two boating fatalities, compared […]

FDA approves first generic Strattera for the treatment of ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic versions of Strattera (atomoxetine) to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pediatric and adult patients. Apotex Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Aurobindo Pharma Limited and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited today gained approval to market atomoxetine in multiple strengths.

“Today’s approvals mark an important step forward […]



Winner Will Take Home $120,000, Invitation To 2017 Forrest Wood Cup

FLORENCE – The T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) is heading to Florence, Alabama, June 1-3 for the 34th annual BFL All-American on Pickwick Lake, when 98 of the best boaters and co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit will cast […]

Authorities make drug arrests after receiving complaint


Chazz Taylor

FLORENCE–Authorities arrested Tahlia Cole and Chaz Taylor On Sunday. On 5/28/17 officers responded to a reported drug call in the 300 block of Patterson Street. Upon arriving at the home officers could smell burning marijuana in the area and noticed it coming from an open window on the home. As […]

Authorities make arrest in sexual abuse case

Daniel Keen

FLORENCE–Authorities have made an arrest in a sexual abuse case. According to Florence Police, Daniel Keen was arrested on Friday.


COUNSELOR’S CORNER: Questions to Consider When Choosing a Counselor

Elysia Tucker, LPC, ADCis the Executive Director ofSouthern Wellness Services, Inc.

People seek counseling for a number of different reasons. According to the American Counseling Association “Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.” Finding the right counselor can ensure […]


FLORENCE, Ala. — Two of the most prominent programs in the history of the NCAA football playoffs will meet in 2018 as the University of North Alabama will travel to Fargo, N.D. to face five-time Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Champion North Dakota State at the Fargo Dome.

The Lions and Bison will meet […]

Police horse “Sorely” will be missed

Sorely and his handler Officer Guy Lambert

FLORENCE– Over the weekend, Florence said goodbye to Florence Police Horse “Sorely.” “Sorely” was placed into service with the department in 2009 and was an asset to the police mounted unit. Sorely passed suddenly on Thursday morning.


Free Summer Meals for Children Launching Across Shoals Region

SHOALS–Summer vacation can be a period of uncertainty and anxiety for more than half of North Alabama’s schoolchildren. When school is not in session, many children lose access to their only reliable source of meals. Even a few weeks of food insecurity can have severe effects on children’s physical and cognitive development. It can […]

Alabama Legislature Passes Bill to Modernize Regulation of Money Transfers,Governor Ivey Signs Into Law

Sen. Arthur Orr

MONTGOMERY- The Alabama Legislature passed SB173/HB215 during the last week of the General Session on May 17, 2017 and then Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law. State Senator Arthur Orr (R), 3rd District and Representative Ken Johnson (R), 7th District, sponsored bills in the House and Senate which […]

Holden Performs Concert for UNA Bands


FLORENCE, Ala. – Edsel Holden will present “What a Wonderful World,” a fundraising concert for UNA Bands, Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 2 p.m., in Norton Auditorium on the UNA campus.

Holden, who is a well-known name in the Shoals area, has performed fundraising concerts for the past 10 years, and he’s excited […]

ALL GAVE SOME. SOME GAVE ALL..The Shoals Insider salutes those brave men and women this Memorial Day.

This Week in Alabama Politics

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Well, folks, the field is set for the sprint to fill the open U.S. Senate seat of Jeff Sessions. The primary is less than three months away on August 15. There will probably be a run-off on September 26 and the winner of that GOP run-off […]





Tommy Arthur (ALDOC)

MONTGOMERY-Tommy Arthur was pronounced dead at 12:15 am Friday at Holman Prison. Prison officials said Arthur was moved to the death chamber prior to the execution.

Arthur was convicted of killing Muscle Shoals resident Troy Wicker, whose two sons were in attendance late Thursday night at Holman […]

BREAKING: SCOTUS lifts temp stay, Arthur being prepped for execution

Alabama’s Death Chamber

MONTGOMERY–State officials are prepping inmate Tommy Arthur for execution after the temporary stay issued by the Supreme Court has been lifted. The death warrant expires at 12 midnight. Officials have until midnight to execute Arthur.


Don’t sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving

(BPT) – Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll […]

University of North Alabama Makes Chronicle of Higher Ed List of Private Gifts Thanks to McKinney Donation

Ms. Connie McKinney

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama is among some impressive company, ranking #57 on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list: Recent Private Gifts to Higher Education (May 2017).

The ranking came in response to a recent $1 million gift made by brothers Joe McKinney and Chester McKinney Jr., […]

Have You Seen This Man? If You Do Call Muscle Shoals Police or Call 911

Derick Montez Robinson

WANTED–The Muscle Shoals Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding this offender and the harassment of women at local businesses. Muscle Shoals Police have identified the offender as Derick Montez Robinson B/M 12/05/1973. MSPD has obtained an arrest warrant for misdemeanor harassment. Robinson is a registered SEX OFFENDER in Lawrence […]


Kevin Newsom

MONTGOMERY – Attorney General Steve Marshall led his counterparts from Georgia and Florida in voicing support for the nomination of Kevin Newsom, former Solicitor General of Alabama, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

“We write in support of President Trump’s nomination of Kevin Christopher Newsom to […]