Three Birmingham Area Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

BIRMINGHAM –Three Birmingham area men have pleaded guilty in federal court to a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in the Northern District of Alabama, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge David W. Archey. JOEL PATRICK McCARN, 43, entered his plea Tuesday before U.S. District […]

Former Controller Sentenced to 1½ Years in Prison for Defrauding Fitness Company and Retail Store

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced the former controller for a Birmingham-based fitness center franchise and a subsequent retail store to 1½ years in prison for defrauding the companies out of more than $100,000, announced federal officials. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins sentenced REBECCA FRITH, also known as Rebecca Wilson, 44, […]

Franklin County Mugshots

PARSONS, WALTER ANDREW Booking #: 1706212219 Booking Date: 06-20-2017 Charges: RAPE 1ST DEGREE; SODOMY 2ND DEGREE View Profile >>> […]

Colbert Coroner killed in accident

FLORENCE–The Shoals Area has lost a dear friend today as Colbert County Coroner Carlton Utley died in an accident.


Spirit of Freedom Celebration canceled due to lack of sponsors

FLORENCE–The Shoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration has been canceled this year due to a lack of sponsorships. Urban Radio Group of Tuscumbia, who usually coordinates the event says this year businesses were just not willing to pay for the event.


Program Potts helped establish 20 years ago at UNA benefiting students today


FLORENCE, Ala. – October 6 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Presidential Mentors Academy (PMA) at the University of North Alabama and faculty and staff are working diligently to celebrate the milestone.

In honor of the anniversary, the PMA will celebrate with “A Night of Class and Elegance, Celebrating 20 Years of Success,” […]

Flooding hits Muscle Shoals during torrential downpour

Flooding on Woodward Avenue (Twitter)

MUSCLE SHOALS–Flooding has hit the City of Muscle Shoals rather hard today. As you can tell the water has some area residents wanting to build an ark. Please be weather aware today as you travel throughout the Shoals Rea.


Former Alabama Legislator Charged in Bribery Conspiracy

Oliver Robinson Jr.

BIRMINGHAM – The U.S. Attorney’s Office today charged a former Alabama legislator with accepting bribes from a Birmingham lawyer and an Alabama coal company executive in exchange for advocating their employers’ opposition to EPA actions in North Birmingham, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey, and other federal officials.

An […]




Thursdays from 3PM-7PM

Florence, Alabama, May 11, 2017– The Market was created to provide a place for producers to

come together to provide access to locally grown and produced, healthful, and adorable food.

Founded by local farmers and producers, College Street Farmers Market opened its doors on

May 4, 2017 on 526 […]

Troopers Encourage Parental Involvement to Prevent Underage Use of Alcohol, Tobacco

MONTGOMERY – Summer has officially arrived. Teens are out of school, giving them more free time – often at home alone or with friends. What is to stop them from consuming alcoholic beverages and tobacco products?

“Parental involvement is key,” said Lt. Darick Wilson, an Agent with the State Bureau of Investigation’s Alcohol/Tobacco Enforcement […]

UNA Summer Theatre Brings Back Alumnus for New Production


FLORENCE – Michael Baldwin, former UNA theatre student, is back in Florence for the summer theatre production ofThe Mountain Top.

The play is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth. The entire play is set in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of […]

Mexican Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Drug Distribution, Illegal Weapons Possession

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced a Mexican man to nine years in prison for distributing methamphetamine and illegally possessing firearms, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido. U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor sentenced OSCAR ADRIAN […]

Governor Ivey Issues Statewide State of Emergency in Preparation for Severe Weather

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

MONTGOMERY– Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday declared a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather moving through Alabama starting on Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting significant flash flooding possible Tuesday through Thursday as tropical moisture moves northward into the state.

The National Weather Service predicts […]

OPINION: How John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle Helps Us Navigate Social Discord

Stephen Cooper


Rarely since the Great Depression has our country been as polarized and angry as it is today. On television, in newspapers, on social media, around the office water cooler, in line at the supermarket, even at the family dinner table, there is constant clashing and creating of divisions. […]

Federal Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes for Prison Contraband

BIRMINGHAM – A former correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution at Aliceville pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $5,695 in bribes to smuggle contraband into the prison and lying about it to investigators, federal officials announced. ERIC C. PENDLETON, 54, of Montgomery, entered his guilty pleas before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala […]

Beloved Shoals Area Author Danny Creasy excited about Keller Fest to be at ColdWater Books for Book Signing Monday

Danny Creasy with two of his recent books

TUSCUMBIA–Shoals author Danny Creasy is psyched about Monday (the first day of the Helen Keller Festival), June 19th. He will be at ColdWater Books on 6th Street in beautiful downtown Tuscumbia from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. interacting with readers and signing books.


Florence man killed in Thursday night crash

LAUDERDALE COUNTY- A single-vehicle crash at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, June 15, has claimed the life of a Florence man. Randall Keith Patterson, 58, was killed when the 2000 Ford F-150 he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree.


Florence Man Arrested After Officer Injured During Fight

James Daniel Moss

FLORENCE–James Daniel Moss, 34, of Florence was arrested Wednesday following a trespassing call which led to a fight with officers. Florence police responded to a trespassing call in the area of Glendale and Florence Blvd shortly before 1 pm on Wednesday. Officers arrived to find Moss inside of a business […]

Florence Woman Charged with Chemical Endangerment

Stephanie Kokales

FLORENCE–Stephanie Kokales, 39, of Florence has been arrested and charged following a March 2017 call involving an intoxicated person. On March 17, 2017, officers responded to the Seven Points area of North Florence to an intoxicated person. Upon arriving in the area Kokales was located and found to be under the […]

Birmingham CPA Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison, Must Repay $11 Million Embezzled

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced a Birmingham man to eight years in prison and ordered him to repay $10.9 million he embezzled from the Shelby County scrap metal brokerage where he was chief financial officer, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton. U.S. District […]