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First Methodist Church lays out its position amid sex abuse allegations

July 31, 2012

SHEFFIELD – In response to our story on allegations of sex abuse from within, late Tuesday afternoon the spokesman for The First United Methodist Church laid out his timeline of events. The events that led to the firing of their Minister of Music, were laid out in an e-mail from Staff, Pastor/Parish Relations Committee Chairman, […]


First Methodist Church “Group of Six” tight lipped on alleged sexual abuse investigation

July 31, 2012

SHEFFIELD – “At this point, I think the only thing I can say is, I would just ask everybody to pray for everyone who has been affected by this,” said one of the members  of  The First United Methodist Church. ” The source is one of the six members who presented Pastor Zeke Haselden with the […]


Longtime Youth Minister under cloud of suspicion for alleged sexual misconduct

July 30, 2012

SHEFFIELD – (Update) Oliver Brazelle, Music Minister of The First United Methodist Church, was fired last Friday afternoon, amid allegations of at least 2 decades of sexual misconduct with boys. According to the Chairman of Staff, Pastor / Parish Relations Committee, Billy Don Anderson, Brazelle was summarily dismissed from his post of over 50 years. According to […]


Regional Care Unveils Medical Center – Woos Property Owners

July 16, 2012

FLORENCE – Executives of Regional Care Hospital Partners showed off their architectural rendering of their proposed 300-bed medical center last night. They gave the preview to the people whose property they hope to build it on. “We will offer you 200 percent of your appraised value for your homes and rental properties,” Russell Pigg, C.E.O. of […]


Spirit of Freedom Celebration is almost here

July 3, 2012

THE SHOALS – One of the largest Independence Day events in The South is less than a day away as crews busily erect stages, set up parking, and rig up a huge barge loaded with pyrotechnics. The 31st Annual Spirit of Freedom Celebration at McFarland Park kicks off Wednesday when the gates open at 6 […]


Culinary Program for at-risk students launched

July 2, 2012

THE SHOALS – The Shoals Entrepreneurial Center and Northwest Shoals Community College are cooking up something special for 12 lucky young people. This summer,  a dozen students will participate in a hands-on culinary experience designed to teach them the fundamentals of food service, to prepare them for careers in a culinary environment. College President Dr. Humphrey […]


Tea Party Organizes Prayer Rally – Atheists Attend

April 2, 2012
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FLORENCE – About 160 people attended a rally at Wilson Park Saturday – 150 Christians and 10 atheists. The rally, sponsored by The Tea Party Patriots of North Alabama, emphasized their belief that public prayer in schools was a First Amendment right, and the Supreme Court ban should be overturned. One of the organizers, Carolyn […]


Alabama Music Hall of Fame – Swan Song? – Johnson Reflects

March 26, 2012

TUSCUMBIA – The building on Highway 72 lies quietly in repose on the 40-acre parcel that was once a cotton field on the south side of town. There are no cars in the parking lot; no visitors walking through the doors. Yesterday in Birmingham, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors decided to keep […]


Wise Metals Opens New Facility – State and Local Leaders Gather

March 2, 2012

MUSCLE SHOALS – Wise Metals Group today cut the ribbon on its latest expansion facility in The Shoals. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Congressman Mo Brooks, Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) C.E.O. David Bronner, Mayors of Florence, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals, and numerous city council members, state representatives, and business leaders attended the ceremony. The new facility, […]


Whooping Cranes To Live at Wheeler: A Distinct Possibility

February 1, 2012

WINSTON COUNTY, ALABAMA – When it comes to the notion of following a ultralight aircraft down to Florida, nine of the world’s rarest birds aren’t feeling it any more. Now that the birds are no longer cooperating, the dedicated crew that has been supporting the young Whooping cranes is trying to figure out what to do […]


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