Man jumps off O’Neal Bridge charged with Public Intoxication

FLORENCE- Sheffield and Florence police were working hastily at McFarland Park Thursday night after a man jumped off of Oneal Bridge in a reported drunken stupor.

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Suspect steals gun after victim refuses to buy her cigarettes

Valli Roath

FLORENCE-A Shoals area woman is in jail after she reportedly stole a gun from a man who refused to buy her cigarettes at a local convenience store. According to Florence Police Detective Greg Cobb, Rachel Valli Roath, 34, was at the convenience store on the corner of East Limestone and South Court […]

Florence Lauderdale Tourism to Host Family Reunion Planning 101 Seminar

FLORENCE– Florence/Lauderdale Tourism is encouraging local residents to plan family reunions in Florence and the Shoals by offering Family Reunion Planning 101 on Wednesday, March 21. The free seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center located in McFarland Park. Light refreshments will be served. Seminar attendees will […]

Young gets lethal injection plus twenty years

Benjamin Owen Young

TUSCUMBIA–This morning Colbert County Circuit Court Judge Hal Hughston agreed with the jury and sentenced Benjamin Owen Young to die by lethal injection for murdering KJ KiJana Freeman back in March of 2016.

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Being born again, we are NOT who we used to be

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Since all of the benefits of the New Testament (God’s LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT) were invested in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, which has been SAFELY DEPOSITED in heaven (on the altar in the Holy of Holies—Hebrews 9:12), they cannot be altered in any way. No […]

Taziki’s and Yogurt Mountain coming to Muscle Shoals

 

MUSCLE SHOALS–Well, it’s official Muscle Shoals is getting two, maybe three, new restaurants in the coming months. City officials and management have confirmed to ShoalsInsider.com they plan to open.

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FORMER JEFFERSON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES TODD HENDERSON TO SERVE SIX MONTHS IN JAIL

Charles Todd Henderson

MONTGOMERY— Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson today received a two-year sentence, which was suspended for a term of six months in jail followed by 12 months of probation. Henderson was convicted of first-degree perjury on October 20, 2017. Henderson was elected District […]

NW-SCC Phi Theta Kappa Receives 17 Alabama Regional Awards

NW-SCC Shoals Campus chapter officers receive eight (8) awards at Alabama Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention. Pictured (left to right): Desiree South, Shoals Campus Advisor; Cyntonia Carroll (of Tuscumbia, Ala.), Tuesday Richey (of Sheffield, Ala.), Diane Peeples (of Muscle Shoals, Ala.), Dr. Glenda Colagross, NW-SCC Interim President; David Lugo-Barrera (of Russellville, Ala.), Emma Bratton […]

RINGLEADER OF MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR TAX REFUND FRAUD SCHEMES SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON

BIRMINGHAM– A Phenix City, Alabama, resident was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for his role in masterminding multiple stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) schemes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. of the Middle District of Alabama.

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HUNTSVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIS

Aziz Ihab Sayyed

HUNTSVILLE – Earlier this week, a one-count information was filed charging Aziz Ihab Sayyed, 23, of Huntsville, Alabama, with attempting to provide services and personnel, namely himself, to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Sayyed pleaded guilty Thursday.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security […]

Sorrell seeks to replace Black in State House of Representatives

Andrew Sorrell

MUSCLE SHOALS– Republican Andrew Sorrell announced he was running for the State House of Representatives, District 3, and he hasn’t slowed down since that day. Sorrell seeks to replace Marcel Black, a 27-year incumbent Democrat, currently holds the seat.

“I decided to run for this office to give the voters of House […]

Election year slows down wheels of government

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

The Alabama Legislature usually gets very little done during an election year session except for passage of the budgets.

However, the Legislature may have to address issues pertaining to prison health care. A Federal judge has ruled that our prison mental health care is “horrendously inadequate.” This year […]

God’s written word is His last will and testament

Christian Author and Pastor Ron Craig

Last time I mentioned that God’s will is for our benefit. To receive, and enjoy, divine benefits, then, we must look into God’s will to find out what those benefits are. But, which Bible interpretation accurately expresses God’s will and its benefits for believers? Remember, I have vehemently […]

Suspected car thief caught in the act

Joey Lance Brewer

FLORENCE–A Nevada woman was almost left stranded in the Shoals area without a car, but thanks to authorities she had her car back within hours.

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Colbert County Arrests 03/05/18

JOHNSON, CHARLES DEWAYNE Booking #: 1712142146 Charges: POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE; CHILD SUPPORT WARRANTS

HAMILTON, JAMES SCOTT Booking #: 1802142246 Release Date: 02-21-2018 Booking Date: 02-04-2018 Charges: ATTEMPTED MURDER; SHOOTING INTO OCCUPIED BUILDING

WILLINGHAM, PAUL BRYANT Booking #: 1802222282 Booking Date: 02-21-2018 Charges: TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE

The Following people have been arrested in Colbert […]

Mother arrested after child test positive for narcotics

Heather Cagle

FLORENCE–Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old Florence woman after she and her newborn baby tested positive for narcotics.

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Police need your help finding Walmart robbery suspect

Tervarius Eugene Horton

FLORENCE–Authorities need your help locating an Athens man, who may still be in the Shoals area, that is suspected of robbing the Florence Walmart on Hough Road out of hundreds of dollars of merchandise.

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UNA to Name Common Area for First African-American Student and Alumnus

Wendell Wilkie Gunn (’65)

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama will honor alumnus Wendell W. Gunn, Wednesday, March 14, at 5 p.m., at a naming ceremony on campus.

The University Commons will now be known as the Wendell W. Gunn University Commons in honor of the alumnus, who was the first African-American student […]

Alabama First Class Pre-K Alumni Outperforming Peers According to New Study

MONTGOMERY – Students who voluntarily participated in Alabama’s high-quality First Class Pre-K program are more likely to be proficient in reading and math than their peers, according to a new study of Alabama third graders. This finding was especially true for minority children and children living in poverty.

“These findings prove that what we […]

FORMER TUSCALOOSA BAILIFF PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY ETHICS CHARGE

MONTGOMERY–Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Quenton Wesley, a former bailiff in the District Court for Tuscaloosa County, pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the Alabama Ethics Act. Specifically, Wesley admitted to intentionally using his office or position for personal gain. Wesley’s plea in Tuscaloosa Circuit Court Wednesday follows his removal from […]