JUDGE RULES FLORENCE INN & SUITES TO REMAIN CLOSED

FLORENCE — Citing the need for order and the protection of the citizenry, Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Gil Self denied a request for a preliminary injunction that would have reopened Florence Inn & Suites.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER DOUSING CONFEDERATE STATUE WITH PAINT

FLORENCE – Authorities took a man into custody Wednesday afternoon who they say slung paint on the Confederate monument in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR MUSCLE SHOALS CAR BURGLAR

JIMMY ROBERTS

MONTGOMERY – Parole was denied last week for a Muscle Shoals man convicted in Colbert County Circuit Court. According to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, 39-year-old, Jimmy Roberts formerly of Pilgrim Avenue in Muscle Shoals was denied parole for his criminal conviction on the charge of Breaking and Entering a […]

MUSCLE SHOALS CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS HIRING BRUSH HAULING CONTRACTOR

MUSCLE SHOALS– Muscle Shoals has called a special meeting of the city council for this Thursday to discuss hiring a third-party contractor to haul brush and debris to the landfill in Cherokee.

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New Ag Center prompts city to apply for funding to provide sewer system

Artistic rendering of the Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center

FLORENCE–With the construction of the new agricultural center in full swing, the city of Florence is searching for new ways to fund the $2.4 million sewer system needed to support the facility.

The city council voted unanimously to apply for a $1,672,895 grant from the […]

Funds from the Relief Funds Act will benefit Tuscumbia Employees

TUSCUMBIA– Mayor Kerry Underwood says the City of Tuscumbia has been awarded $2 million in American Relief funds, and he and the council intend to pass benefits on to their employees in the form of a one time bonus. These funds are intended to be used to help cities boost their economies as they […]

Mastercard Recognizes Bank Independent for Outstanding Community Service

FLORENCE–Community service and partnership have long been a passion of the Bank Independent brand. Their partnerships with local agencies have made it possible to continue strong initiatives that keep the area thriving while providing opportunities for the less fortunate to have a helping hand.This year, Mastercard recognized Bank Independent as the winner of their […]

Fire Prevention Week in the Shoals

Every year, firefighters in the shoals take an opportunity to alert the public to the dangers of fires and to teach the minor preventative measures that can be taken to lessen the severity of a fire should one occur. Life-saving tactics are taught and rehearsed, and information about home smoke detectors and other devices […]

Pedestrian hit by vehicle

FLORENCE– A pedestrian on a mechanized scooter was struck Friday night in Downtown Florence.

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AG Announces Ethics and Theft Convictions of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely

FORMER LIMESTONE SHERIFF MIKE BLAKELY

ATHENS —Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Limestone County Sheriff Michael Anthony Blakely was found guilty on theft and ethics charges after a Limestone County jury returned two guilty verdicts Monday afternoon. As a result of his two felony convictions, Blakely has been removed from office as Limestone […]

WOMAN DIES IN LAUDERDALE CRASH

KILLEN–A two-vehicle crash at approximately 2:50 p.m. Monday, July 26, has claimed the life of a Lawrenceburg, Tenn., woman and injured two others.According to Troopers, Patricia Mashburn, 81, was killed when the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving struck a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado.

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LEIGH TIFFIN NAMED PRESIDENT OF TIFFIN MOTORHOMES

Red Bay, AL – The Tiffin Group, owner of luxury recreational vehicle manufacturers Tiffin Motorhomes and Vanleigh RV, announced today that Leigh Tiffin, grandson of founder Bob Tiffin, will assume the role of President of the Company on July 12, 2021.

“It was always important to me that the legacy of this company be protected […]

COLBERT CHIEF DEPUTY RETIRES AFTER 26 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

TUSCUMBIA–Veteran law enforcement officer Jim Heffernan retired on Wednesday after 26 years in law enforcement.A reception was held for Heffernan at the Sheriff’s department Wednesday afternoon where several coworkers and area law enforcement officers came by to see Jim on his last day before retirement.

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FLORENCE MAN ARRESTED IN MACHETE ATTACK

GEORGE WEAKLEY RHODES JR.

FLORENCE–Authorities have charged a Florence man with attempted murder after he reportedly attacked another man with a machete on Sunday.

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ARTIST SHOWCASE CONCERT COMING TO HALL OF FAME ON JULY 31

TUSCUMBIA– Folks be sure and save the date, because a funfilled day of music is headed to the Shoals.

Alabama Music Concert – Sat., July 31 * 1:00pm – 10:00pm *15 Bands/Artists. (Food, Vendors & Live D.J.)At the Alabama Hall of Fame Outdoor Stage – Tuscumbia, ALFeaturing: Kari Erickson from American Idol, Tyler Jones […]

SHEFFIELD VFW CLOSED BY HOME OFFICE

THE SHEFFIELD VFW LOCATED AT 419 RALEIGH AVENUE

SHEFFIELD–The Sheffield VFW located at 419 Raleigh Avenue was closed on Tuesday of this week pending an audit to determine if the local chapter is following all local, state, and federal laws.

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Wow!! If you haven’t been to 360 Grille, by the Marriot in Florence, AL you need to go. The atmosphere is very classy and part of the room where the diners sit rotates “360 degrees” every hour. This provides a great view of all of the Shoals. Having been FB friends with executive chef […]

UNA’s College of Education and Human Sciences among 60 Educator Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence

FLORENCE– The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that the University of North Alabama’s College of Education and Human Sciences is one of 60 providers from 26 states to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The Spring 2021 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 60 newly accredited EPPs, […]

CHARGE UPGRADED FOR SHEFFIELD MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING NEIGHBOR

MAJOR JULIUS RICE

TUSCUMBIA- A recent session of the Colbert County Grand Jury upgraded the charge of Major Julius Rice, 28, of Sheffield.According to officials, Rice was initially charged with Assault 2nd degree after an incident where he reportedly attacked his neighbor, Sebastian Blu Devaughn, on August 11 of 2020, at Jackson Apartments in […]

UNA Athletics Director Linder Steps Down from Duties

MARK LINDER

FLORENCE, AL – University of North Alabama Athletics Director Mark Linder will step down from his duties in that role, effective Tuesday, June 1. Linder will shift into the classroom as a Lecturer in Sport and Recreation Management in the Department of Kinesiology.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Athletics […]