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 […]

3 PAROLED, 1 DENIED

JAMES MATTHEW LOCKE

MONTGOMERY- Parole was granted for three inmates serving time for local crimes and denied for another, authorities said.The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles approved the paroles Wednesday for Todd Alan Davis, Jesse Clinton Ford and James Matthew Locke, authorities said.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR LOCAL OFFENDER

BILLY HALE

An inmate serving 28 years for local theft and burglary convictions had parole denied Thursday by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, authorities said.The parole board denied the request from Billy Hale, said Terry Abbott, spokesman for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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ALMOST 300 JOBS COMING TO MUSCLE SHOALS, $19 per hour

MUSCLE SHOALS – DURA Automotive Services announced this week a $59 million investment in an industry that will hire 279 workers.The plant is at Shoals Research Airpark, in a speculative building the Shoals Economic Development Authority had built. SEDA is leasing the facility to the company.

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Patterson Named Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

RON PATTERSON

FLORENCE, AL – Ron Patterson has been named the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of North Alabama. With this promotion, Patterson leads a new division on campus dedicated to furthering the University’s mission of being a diverse and inclusive institution.

“Mr. Patterson has a long history of […]

PARENTS ARRESTED IN DEATH OF CHILD

DAKOTA HEATH FOWLER BRANDI MICHELLE BURKS

HODGES– Two Franklin County parents were arrested on Sunday and charged with the death of their three-year-old son.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, they received a call of an unresponsive 3-year-old in a car on Church Street in Hodges at around 4 pm on Sunday.

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OFF-DUTY FLORENCE POLICE OFFICER DIES IN CRASH

OFFICER JASON NOVAK

FLORENCE – An off-duty Florence police officer died in a wreck overnight, officials said.Officer Jason K. Novak, 51, died in the hospital almost two hours after the wreck on Pine Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. today, Police Chief Ron Tyler said.

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SHOALS UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN TO 7.9 PERCENT

MONTGOMERY- Unemployment in the Shoals fell to 7.9 percent in June, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Labor.

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PETA ORGANIZATION OFFERS SANCTUARY FOR LEO III

FLORENCE – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has offered to provide an accredited sanctuary for Leo III following the death of Una.

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TWO DENIED PAROLE IN LOCAL CASES

MONTGOMERY — Two inmates serving on convictions in local cases have had their parole requests denied, authorities said.

Charles Edward Blankenship and William Paul Cosby had requests denied by The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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UNA CONFIRMED AS DOCTORAL-GRANTING INSTITUTION

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama has been approved to offer two doctoral programs. Beginning in Spring 2021, the College of Business will offer the Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA), and in the fall of 2021, the College of Education and Human Sciences will offer a Ph.D. in Exercise Science and […]

Suspected Shell station robber wore duct tape as mask, steals Cash, Yoohoo and Marlboro Reds

JASON LYNN DICKSON

FORD CITY- Authorities have arrested the man they say is responsible for the robbery last week of the Ford City Shell station and firing shots at Florence police in a chase the next day after the robbery.

Colbert Sheriff Frank Williamson says Jason Dickson, 45, of Muscle Shoals, is in custody […]

REMEMBER TO SPRING FORWARD DAYLIGHT SAVINGS THIS SUNDAY

Lexington man gets 2 years in work release for deadly ATV crash

FLORENCE — A Lexington man who drove an all-terrain vehicle involved in a deadly crash in 2017 will serve two years in the Lauderdale County Work Release program.

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MANSELL UNSEATS BLACK IN PRIMARY

TYRUS MANSELL AND FAMILY

TUSCUMBIA– Tyrus Mansell has unseated two-term incumbent David Black in the Republican primary for the Colbert County District 2 Commissioners race.

Mansell, who works in pharmaceutical sales, said about his win, ‘I want the voters to know we are truly humbled by this win. and want to thank those that […]

POLICE STILL SEEKING ANSWERS IN TUSCUMBIA MURDER

MARY MALONE

TUSCUMBIA — STILL LOOKING FOR ANSWERS — Who murdered Mary Malone? It’s a question that investigators are still trying to find an answer to. Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said as of Thursday there is no update in the case.

Malone was found dead inside her Davis Court home on February 7. […]

LAWSUIT FILED IN DEADLY SHOAL CREEK BOATING CRASH

The dock at Shoal Creek the night of the crash

KILLEN– A lawsuit was filed Thursday morning against the owner and the operator of a boat that was involved in the June 8 crash that killed a mother and her daughter on Shoal Creek. The suit is filed in Colbert County Circuit Court by […]