Former Florence convenience store employee arrested in robbery scheme


FLORENCE–Zamera Cooper, 26, of Florence was arrested Tuesday after being indicted by a recent Lauderdale County Grand Jury. The indictment alleges the charge of Robbery 1st.


Authorities release name of teacher charged with sexual misconduct with student

Teacher Taylor Boyles

MOULTON–Police tell the Shoals Insider they have arrested Moulton Middle School teacher Taylor Brooks Boyles, who is 27 years old.


Muscle Shoals police offering Citizen’s Police Academy

MUSCLE SHOALS-The Muscle Shoals Citizen’s Police Academy is a unique experience conducted by the Police Department and designed to give citizens a better understanding of the day-to-day operation and mission of the Muscle Shoals Police Department.


Tuscumbia attorney turns 50

William Hovater

TUSCUMBIA–Today marks the 50th birthday of prominent Colbert County Attorney William Hovater. If you get the chance today call 256-381-4771 today to wish him a Happy Birthday or comment and share on Facebook.

Have a Blessed and Happy Birthday William from your friends, family, and the Shoals Insider, notably Becky, Jennifer, […]

Events in the Shoals for the Weekend

Thursday April 7 Scott Boyer III 5-7 pm Swamper’s – Inside Marriott Shoals Free. 256-246-3600 […]

Troopers release statement concerning Jacob Sanders

Emergency crews at Pride’s Landing Boat Dock (Photo: Shoals Insider)

PRIDE LANDING-At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, March 15, the body of Jacob Cody Sanders, 24, was located by fisherman and later recovered from the waters of Pickwick Lake near Pride Landing. The search for Jeremiah Michael Sanders, 29, continues through air and water […]

Velcro Pygmies Facebook Page: “Fairly sure they’ve pinpointed the location” of missing brothers


As a service to our readers, we are running an update from the Velcro Pygmies Facebook page.


Tuscumbia Police investigate deadly shooting

TUSCUMBIA-(SHOALS INSIDER)-Authorities have confirmed to the Shoals Insider one person is dead and another person has been injured in a shooting that occurred late on Super Tuesday.


Florence PD searching for missing Alzheimer’s patient****located****

Missing Alzheimer Patient

FLORENCE-(SHOALS INSIDER) – Investigators with the Florence Police department are asking for the public’s help locating a missing Alzheimer’s patient.


Boutique Air takes over Muscle Shoals Flight Service

Th official ribbon-cutting and grand opening at Muscle Shoals Airport today

Boutique Air is pleased to begin services in Northwest Alabama Regional Airport to and from Nashville and Atlanta. The airline was recently awarded the DOT Essential Air Service contract to provide service between Muscle Shoals and the two destinations after receiving strong […]

Sperry’s Steakhouse in Florence closes doors

FLORENCE- The Florence location of Sperry’s restaurant at 1001 Mitchell Blvd., closed its doors on Monday, February 29, due to declining business.


James Irby’s wide range of experience makes him best choice for Lauderdale Circuit Judge Place 2

Florence Attorney James Irby

Based upon James Elwyn Irby’s wide and diverse range of legal experience trying cases in Circuit Court, Shoals Insider endorses James Elwyn Irby for Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Place 2.

As our readers well know, criminal law is only a portion of the cases tried in Lauderdale County Circuit […]

Shoals Insider endorses Judge Ben Graves for Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Place 1

Judge Ben Graves

Judge Ben Graves is receiving our strongest endorsement as he seeks the Circuit Judgeship for Place 1 in Lauderdale County. Ben Graves is the only candidate who has any judicial experience and boy does he have it. As Florence Municipal Judge, Graves has cleared over 30,000 cases since taking over […]

Do you know this woman?

Bad Check


CRIME OF THE WEEK: The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department needs the public’s help in identifying a woman accused of passing a forged check.



Mayor Mickey Haddock to seek re-election

Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock to seek re-election

FLORENCE— Today, Mayor Mickey Haddock announced his intent to run for re-election as the Mayor of Florence. Mayor Haddock was first elected in 2012 at which time he stepped down as the Lauderdale County License Commissioner, a position he held for more than 20 years.


Former maintenance worker at Heritage Christian goes lone wolf, caught by feds in Birmingham

Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick

FLORENCE-(SHOALS INSIDER)-Authorities tell the Shoals Insider, local police had to call in the help of the US Marshall’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force to capture a former maintenance man for Heritage Christian University, who police say burglarized the school and some of the vehicles parked at the school.


Wig wearing bank robber from Russellville indicted for string of bank robberies across Alabama

Wig-wearing bank robber Kerry Harbin indicted in federal court

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Russellville man for a string of bank robberies and attempted bank robberies in north Alabama this past fall, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton.


Rocket challenge coming to Florence Sportsplex

Competitors must build rockets capable of carrying two eggs, reach altitude of 850 feet and land with eggs uncracked

FLORENCE – Rockets will take flight and fill the sky in March thanks to a Rocketry Challenge being hosted by the University of North Alabama and the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).


UNA buys Keystone building for $1.8 million to house department of environmental sciences

The Keystone Building on Seminary Street was purchased by UNA

FLORENCE – After an extensive process, you might say the University of North Alabama College of Education and Human Sciences (COEHS) is a little like Goldilocks. After some sampling, they found the building that’s just right.


Movie on Donnie Fritts to be screened at this year’s George Lindsey Film Festival

Donnie Fritts

FLORENCE – The state of Alabama will be a major focus in this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. All 16 submissions from Alabama filmmakers will be screened at this year’s festival, with more local films screened than ever before, including a film on a local music artist.