ARREST MADE IN DOUBLE MURDER AT JODYS RESTAURANT

SHAUN MICHAEL RYAN

MUSCLE SHOALS – A man charged with capital murder in the 2015 double homicide that occurred outside Jody’s Restaurant, has been transferred to Colbert County authorities said.

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THOR INDUSTRIES PURCHASES TIFFIN MOTOR HOMES

RED BAY- One of the regions largest employers Tiffin Motor Homes of Red Bay has sold to one of its competitors, company officials announced on Monday.

Thor Industries of Indiana has purchased Tiffin Motor Homes of Red Bay for $300 million recently. Above is a video of the two company heads discussing the […]

TWO DIE IN LAUDERDALE CRASH

CLOVERDALE– A one-vehicle crash around 11 am on Saturday, December 19, has claimed the life of two Florence residents.

According to Corporal James Howard of the Quad Cities Trooper Post, Mary Montgomery Smith, a 53-year-old female, was driving a 2016 Toyota Prius that left the roadway and struck a tree. Smith was taken […]

2020 AN ELECTION YEAR TO REMEMBER

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

As we close out this year of COVID and presidential politics many of you are still in discussions about Donald Trump. Some are still enthralled with the most colorful and controversial character in my presidential memory and are saying the election was stolen from him. Others are saying […]

Two Students Awarded Keller Key at December Commencement

FLORENCE, AL – Two graduates from the recent commencement ceremonies at the University of North Alabama were honored as part of the event as recipients of the Keller Key. The Keller Key is awarded at each commencement to graduating seniors who have achieved the highest scholastic achievement. Recipients of this award are selected by […]

KILLEN WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

LAUDERDALE COUNTY– A two-vehicle crash at approximately 3:39 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, has claimed the life of a Killen woman and injured three others.

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Alabama Man Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An Alabama man was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison for tax evasion, authorities announced today.

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4 arrested for Florence Boulevard vehicle theft, break-ins

LUNDON MATTHEW MICHAEL MEYERS Antawn Decarlo Thomas II

FLORENCE – Four men were arrested recently in connection with a vehicle theft and multiple vehicle burglaries at a Florence Boulevard business, police said.

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BODY FOUND IN COLBERT COUNTY

COLBERT COUNTY- A body was found around noon on Wednesday off of Jarmon Lane in rural Colbert County.

According to Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson, the body was found in a wooded area off of Jarmon Lane by some rabbit hunters.

When asked if the body is that of a male or female, Williamson […]

TYRUS MANSELL SWORN IN

Tyrus Mansell

TUSCUMBIA– Colbert County Commissioner-elect Tyrus Mansell is set to be sworn in on Wednesday, November 11th at the Colbert County Courthouse.

Mansell, who represents District #2, handily defeated incumbent David Black in the Republican Primary with a platform of honest and truthful government, for the position.

The oath of office will be […]

131 NEW JOBS COMING TO FLORENCE

FLORENCE—Kith Kitchens, an established cabinet manufacturer in Alabama, announced plans to invest approximately $11 million to open a new manufacturing facility in Florence, AL. This high-quality cabinetry producer will create 131 new full-time jobs at their new facility in the Shoals.

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SPOONER OLDHAM MAKES NASHVILLE HALL OF FAME

The Shoals’ own Spooner Oldham has been elected into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to MusicRow Magazine.

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BETTERTON SWORN IN AS MAYOR

FLORENCE – Andy Betterton officially was sworn in as mayor Monday morning, as were each of the six-member City Council members.Betterton narrowly eclipsed incumbent Steve Holt in the runoff for the mayor’s race. He was the District 6 councilman and a former school board member.

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Friend to Shoals Area Joel Anderson dies at 76

JOEL R. ANDERSON

FLORENCE- Joel Anderson, a member of the Anderson family businesses that is known for its business success and civil-minded spirit, died Monday.

Anderson, who was a friend to the Shoals area, died at his home around 5:30 pm Monday of natural causes.

Anderson had served on many positions in the community […]

MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN FORD CITY FIRE

MICHAEL BEANE

FORD CITY – Authorities have arrested a Florence man in connection with the Sunday night fire at Ace Hardware & Beverage on the corner of River Rd. and County Line Rd. in Ford City.

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Florence man arrested for child abuse

THOMAS WAYNE MITCHELL

FLORENCE- Lauderdale County authorities have arrested a Florence man on felony child abuse charges.

Lauderdale County Investigators say, Thomas Wayne Mitchell, 27, of 114 N. Main Street, Florence, was arrested for child abuse after he was indicted by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury in August.

Mitchell was released from the Lauderdale […]

600 JOBS GOING TO MEXICO AS FREIGHTCAR CLOSES DOORS

BARTON– FreightCar America announced today around 4 pm that they will be closing the Barton plant, phasing out all 600 plus jobs.

This is probably the worst news the Shoals area has probably received economically in quite some time.

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Tuscumbia mayor moves city contract to avoid personal conflicts

MAYOR UNDERWOOD

TUSCUMBIA–Mayor Kerry Underwood merged his accounting firm with King, Leigh, and Associates in 2019 following his 2016 mayoral win. Tuscumbia, along with many other cities, relied on the services of King, Leigh, and Associates to complete the city’s annual financial audits, prompting Underwood to scout another agency to handle the city’s contract […]

Parole denied for Sheffield murderer

MONTGOMERY — A woman convicted of a 1988 Sheffield murder had parole denied this week, authorities said.In a separate case, parole also was denied for a convicted sex offender from a Colbert County case who failed to comply with Alabama’s sex offender registration laws, officials said.

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UNA Anticipates Record Enrollment for Fall 2020

FLORENCE – Officials at the University of North Alabama anticipate a record enrollment for Fall 2020 thanks to a four percent growth from Fall 2019; the news comes despite ongoing challenges related to the global pandemic.

“Like many other colleges and universities, UNA was also affected by the pandemic, but, unlike many of those […]