Authorities catch suspected arsonist in the act

Howard L. Vaughn

FLORENCE–Authorities have arrested a Florence man on Arson charges as police officers reportedly caught him in the act.


Black Friday is upon us so Pledge to Shop Shoals

Well, the big week is finally here! Unless you’ve lived under a rock your entire existence, everyone knows the ins and outs of Black Friday; long lines, stampeding crowds, all-night-campers outside big-box stores, hair pulling over Egyptian cotton sheets and Tickle-Me Igmos – we’ve all been there. And for those of you who like […]


FORT LAUDERDALE–National media outlets are reporting that 67-year-old David Cassidy has died as a result of complications from dementia. Cassidy was the star of the hit 70’s show The Partridge Family.

JoAnn Geffen, his publicist, confirmed his untimely death with a statement from his family.


Ivey appoints Smith to fill open Colbert commission seat

Commissioner William Smith (SI)

TUSCUMBIA–Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has appointed retired businessman William Smith to fill the seat left vacant by Emmitt Jimmar’s resignation due to declining health.



MONTGOMERY – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a coalition of 22 states Wednesday in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings.



FLORENCE — A total of 34 student-athletes from across the nation have been nominated for the 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year. The list of candidates was announced Monday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee. The list includes players from each of the four […]

Counselor’s Corner On The Fear of Commitment: Where’s the Root of Evil?

Fear of commitment is a fear of serious, long-term relationships. The main driver of this behavior is fear and rejection of strong emotions, vulnerability or intimacy. Such people are able to maintain only a short relationship and often change their partners. If you started to date with such a person, then it will not […]

Ron Craig: the devil is the spiritual father of all of those who are not born again!

Author and Pastor Ron Craig

These articles began by discussing whether or not God is actively involved in solving the world’s many problems. Those who are asking that question actually sidestep the real issue, which is identifying what the world’s problems are. How can we understand God’s level of participation in solving human […]

Second round of Alabama High School Football playoffs are here; this week we focus on Brook’s Lions

The second round of Alabama high school football playoffs are here. This week will seperate the true playoff contenders from the rest. This week the Shoals Insider highlights the Brooks Lions. Brooks (8-2) will face a Etowah (10-1).


Mississippi man dies from injuries sustained at Florence construction site

FLORENCE–A Carthage, Mississippi man died from injuries sustained on a Florence job site yesterday.

Authorities tell they responded to a construction accident on West Irvine around 11:15 am Wednesday.

EMS report when they arrived they found a man lying on the ground that was hit by a bulldozer.



(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the claims period is now open for eligible Alabama consumers, who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service, to apply for compensation as the result of a multi-state settlement with the company earlier this year.


Compounding Pharmacy Sales Representative Pleads Guilty in Prescription Fraud Conspiracy

BIRMINGHAM – A sales representative for a Haleyville, Ala.,-based compounding pharmacy pleaded guilty recently in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to generate prescriptions, including for a $29,000 wound cream, and defraud health care insurers and prescription drug administrators out of tens of millions of dollars in 2015. […]

Bro. Ron Craig: No one was willing to admit they could be wrong

Author and Pastor Ron Craig

In the historical event known as the Reformation, wars were fought between Roman Catholics and Protestants for many decades—vicious, bloody wars! The problems were major doctrinal differences, and the age-old practice of saving face—no one on either side being willing to admit they just could be wrong about […]

Florence man dies in single-vehicle crash

LAUDERDALE COUNTY-– Authorities say a single vehicle crash Friday night, November 10, has claimed the life of a Florence man.


Several Shoals Area teams to play this week in Alabama High school football playoffs


The Insider is going to highlight a local team each week throughout the playoffs. This week we will take a look at the Wilson Warriors. Wilson heads into the playoffs with a 9-1 record, ranked 7th in the state in class 4A. Wilson’s only loss was to an undefeated Rogers team that is […]