Jake Landers Bluegrass legend dies at 79

Jake Landers

FLORENCE–Shoals Bluegrass extraordinaire Jake Landers has died at the age of 79. Landers was born in 1938 in Lawrence County, Alabama.


UNA President and First Lady to Provide Books for Area Elementary Schools

Dr. Ken and Dena Kitts

FLORENCE, Ala. – University of North Alabama President Ken Kitts and First Lady Dena Kitts will provide area third graders with copies of the book “Looking for Leo.”

A team of UNA representatives, including Dr. and Mrs. Kitts, will be heading to every public elementary school in Colbert […]

Jury returns guilty verdict in Capital murder case

Benjamin Owen Young

TUSCUMBIA–After deliberating this afternoon, a Colbert County jury found Benjamin Owen Young guilty of Capital murder.


UNA to Host Author Michael Eric Dyson as Part of Black History Month Events

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity will host renowned professor, speaker and author Michael Eric Dyson as part of the Black History Month celebration.

The event will take place Thursday, Feb. […]


MONTGOMERY -Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that the State of Alabama has filed suit against Purdue Pharma, L.P., Purdue Frederick Company Inc., and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, L.P. (collectively “Purdue”), the manufacturers and sellers of prescription opioid pain medications, including the brand name drugs OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid/Dilaudid HP, Butrans, Hysingla ER, and Targiniq ER, […]

Ron Craig: Interpretation of God’s Word continued

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Most modern church members have evidently become accustomed to the universal practice of interpreting the Scriptures, and that with greatly varying interpretations; and have never thought about the fact that the Bible itself outright forbids such. Even I do not recall ever hearing anyone suggest, or […]

Colbert Drug Task Force nabs “major player” in Shoals heroin business

Jo Ann Misso Young

MUSCLE SHOALS–Thanks to tips from members of the community and complaints from neighbors, a Muscle Shoals woman has been arrested for trafficking heroin.


The Downtown Florence Chocolate Crawl is back for its 4th year in a row

Do you like chocolate and shopping? Then we’ve got a deal for you! Grab your date or group of friends and enjoy a day filled with chocolate treats and good deals! Downtown Florence boutiques, salons, and other stores will be turning into Chocolate Shops for one day only and they want you to come […]

NW-SCC helped Franks find her path to Pharmacy School

NW-SCC Sophomore, MaKayla Franks, holds her acceptance letter into the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University.

PHIL CAMPBELL — As Valedictorian of her senior class, MaKayla Franks knew she wanted to be a pharmacist and had several college scholarship opportunities. However, one college was at the top of her list when she […]