Kennedy – Douglass Center for the Arts hosts: Renderings of Youth

FLORENCE– The Renderings of Youth art exhibit opened recently at Kennedy- Douglass and will continue through the end of the month. This exhibit features the work of students grades 7-12 from Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin counties, and was founded by Florence art educator Jerry Foster 30 years ago.

The public is invited to meet […]

Muscle Shoals City Council to Purchase a Pump for Shoals Retention Pound

MUSCLE SHOALS– At the last meeting of the Muscle Shoals city council, council members approved the purchase of two new pumps totaling $64,825.00 from MWI Pumps in Florida.

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Systems Restored After Outage Impacts Driver License Services

MONTGOMERY – Service has been restored and normal operations have resumed at all the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Driver License Offices across the state after an outage affected certain customer services.

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Lactation Pod Arrives on UNA Campus

FLORENCE – The Guillot University Center on the University of North Alabama campus is home to a new Mamava lactation pod, making UNA just the second college campus in Alabama to house this equipment designed to give nursing mothers a place to breastfeed or pump.

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TWO CHARGED IN SHEFFIELD DRUG BUST

SHEFFIELD– Agents with the Colbert County Drug Task Force made two arrests after a search warrant was executed on Tuesday around 1 pm at a home on 20th Street in Sheffield.

According to agents, Willie Bernard Jones, 50, of SE 20th Street, Sheffield, and Brittany Howard Reaves, 36, same address, were both arrested after […]

Salvation Army opens new Sheffield store

SHEFFIELD – The Salvation Army of the Shoals opens its new family store on Hatch Boulevard on Monday, Capt. Benjamin Deuel said.The grand opening for the 4100 Hatch Blvd. location was 10 a.m. and the public was invited, Deuel said. The previous location at 500 S. Montgomery Ave. is now closed.

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Florence man arrested with $50,000 of meth in apartment

FLORENCE – A Florence man faces trafficking charges after authorities found him with a large amount of methamphetamine at his apartment.

Demarcus L. Robinson, 44, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, according to a release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR FORMER FORMER SHOALS INSURANCE SALESMAN

RONALD WARREN POWELL

MONTGOMERY– The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole for a former Muscle Shoals Insurance agent convicted of fraud.

According to Matt Estes, spokesman for the parole board, 58-year-old Ronald Warren Powell, also known as Ronnie Powell, had his application for parole denied on Tuesday morning.

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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 […]

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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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 […]