American Idol audition to be held at Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

American Idol is making a comeback and there is a lot of excitement about this week’s auditions at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Here’s a few answers to the some of the important questions people are asking about the Thursday auditions:





Thursdays from 3PM-7PM

Florence, Alabama, May 11, 2017– The Market was created to provide a place for producers to

come together to provide access to locally grown and produced, healthful, and adorable food.

Founded by local farmers and producers, College Street Farmers Market opened its doors on

May 4, 2017 on 526 […]


FLORENCE–This Saturday, May 13, 2017 is the 9th Annual Jeff Dropo Run 4 Kids. This is held at Florence High School. All proceeds go to Smile-A-Mile which is a year-round program for children with cancer. Smile-A-Mile’s mission is to provide challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families and young […]

Rick Oates Appointed New State Forester for Alabama

Rick Oates

At a meeting in Montgomery on Monday, April 3, members of the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) selected Rick Oates as the new State Forester for Alabama. His appointment was later confirmed by Gov. Robert Bentley. Beginning his duties on Monday, April 10, Oates replaces Gary M. Cole, who has served […]

NW-SCC to Celebrate Black History Month

MUSCLE SHOALS, PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) announces events in celebration of February as Black History Month. This year’s events include music, an inspirational speaker and a taste of “Soul Food”. NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a program on each campus. […]

UNA goes NCAA Division I

FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to accept an invitation from the Atlantic Sun Conference and begin the transition of UNA to an NCAA Division I institution.


12 in hospital, 77 total sickened by food poisoning

SHEFFIELD-Authorities think food served at a wedding held in Sheffield this past weekend, has resulted in at least 77 persons becoming ill with presumptive Salmonella gastroenteritis. Twelve persons were hospitalized at local hospitals due to the illness. All patients are recovering. Signs and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and some fever. The incubation […]

Florence Mayor Haddock issues written farewell address

Outgoing Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock

To the Citizens of Florence:

A s I close out my term as Mayor, I want to say what an honor it has been to serve you. It has by far been the most challenging job I have ever held, but at the same time, it has been […]

New Auburn Football Hype Video

UNA football game called off this weekend due to Hurricane Matthew

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Cuba

FLORENCE, Ala. — With Hurricane Matthew expected to impact Central Florida beginning Thursday evening, the University of North Alabama’s football game with Florida Tech, scheduled for Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., has been cancelled.


Boyfriend released, claims woman jumped from moving vehicle

PHIL CAMPBELL-Authorities tell the Shoals Insider, the boyfriend of the woman whose body was found on the side of Alabama Hwy. 237 is claiming she jumped from the vehicle and he was not able to locate her.


Former Community Health Clinic CFO Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former chief financial officer of an Alabama non-profit health clinic for the poor and homeless to 17 years in prison for a complicated scheme to defraud millions of dollars from two non-profit health clinics and the federal government health agencies that provided most of their funding, […]

Florence attorney arrested on human trafficking charges

Florence attorney Chip Dillard (Photo courtesy Lauderdale Detention Center)

FLORENCE–This afternoon, authorities arrested a Florence attorney on multiple felony charges, some involving human trafficking.


Miss State Student Dies in a Fall From Scoreboard

Andrew Demboski picture from Facebook.

The scoreboard where Demboski fell.


Tax Deadline Falls Later This Year


Mark your calendar! Due to an overlap of tax deadlines and Federal/State holidays, the IRS has announced some new due dates for the upcoming 2016 tax season.


Lauderdale County Mugshots for 3.24.16

Birth Date:  11/19/86 Booking Number:  A1601081 Agency:  LAUD Inmate Name:  JACOBS, MINDY A Time/Date Offense Area Statute Court Crime Class 16:00:00 03/16/16 Alias Arrest/Bench Warrant 15-11-5 5015 DIST BM

Birth Date: 06/19/96Booking Number: A1601044Agency: LAUDInmate Name: PEDEN, BRIAN PTime/Date Offense Area Statute Court Crime Class16:00:00 03/14/16 Alias Arrest/Bench Warrant 15-11-5 5015 CIR BM

Birth Date: 11/04/80Booking Number: A1601068Agency: JUDInmate Name: RIGGS, STEVEN WTime/Date Offense Area Statute Court Crime Class11:45:00 03/15/16 Other 0004 MUN VI




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New York Times Best-Selling Author Justin Cronin Coming to Florence

Best-Selling Author Justin Cronin

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama Department of English will welcome author Justin Cronin as the featured guest of the 2016 Writer’s Series.