Governor Bentley, Legislative Leaders Propose Education Agenda for 2012 Regular Session

January 25, 2012

    MONTGOMERY- Governor Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh today announced a bold agenda to make Alabama’s public schools the nation’s best. At a news conference at Wilkerson Middle School, the Governor and legislative leaders stood together to commit to ensuring every child in Alabama is offered […]


The Alabama Economic Development Alliance Unveiled Strategic Plan

January 25, 2012

  The plan, which will provide direction for Alabama’s economic development efforts over the next three years, was developed through a four-step process over a six-month period, with input from more than 1,200 Alabamians, including community, business, and state leadership. Input was collected from nearly 500 individuals through eight visioning meetings and more than 700 […]


Denton: Going To Prison – Again

January 25, 2012

BIRMINGHAM –A federal judge sentenced a Tuscumbia man Monday to almost six years in prison for a federal tax fraud conspiracy in which he took the Social Security numbers and birth dates of fellow prison inmates and used them to file false tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent […]


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13 COMPETE FOR MISS UNA TITLE, SCHOLARSHIP

January 25, 2012

FLORENCE – Thirteen young women at the University of North Alabama will compete for the chance to represent the campus and Shoals community as Miss UNA Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. The pageant theme this year is “Latin Rhythm” and was chosen by 2011-2012 Miss UNA winner Brandi Lewis, a UNA […]


UNA hosts State of the Union watch party

January 25, 2012

FLORENCE – The Shoals chapter of Obama for America and UNA’s College Democrats club joined forces Tuesday evening to host a State of the Union watch party at the Guillot University Center performance hall. A small crowd attended the event to watch a live stream of President Obama’s speech and participate in a discussion session […]


Sheffield’s Park Place: Excuse Our Dust

January 24, 2012

SHEFFIELD – When The Sheffield Housing Authority purchased Park Place late last November, it created great anxiety in some people and high hopes in others. The upscale residential complex in the City’s Downtown District has, since the mid-1990’s, been a stabilizing anchor in a town with an uncertain future. Park Place was developed by businessman […]


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Police Officers Up To Speed With Hammon-Beason Law

January 24, 2012

SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Police Department, like all other Law Enforcement Agencies in Alabama, is receiving training on Alabama’s new anti-illegal immigrant law, known formally as Hammon-Beason. Tuesday morning roughly half of the Sheffield force, along with some members of affiliated agencies, took a four-hour course in the proper application of the controversial new law. […]


Marijuana Legal….Or Not

January 24, 2012

The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act or HB 25. Presented by Patricia Todd of Birmingham, will be up for its first reading on February 7, 2012.  Under existing law the possession and use of marijuana is a criminal act.   This bill would authorize the medical use of marijuana only for certain qualifying patients who have […]


Brooks Says Keystone Blockage Hurts Jobs – Environmentalists: Not So Fast

January 23, 2012

HUNTSVILLE – U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks said that oil from the Keystone XL pipeline project, which was just nixed by President Barack Obama, could have eliminated America’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil. In a statement, Brooks said, “H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act, sought to compel approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. I supported and […]


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State of Emergency Declared by Bentley

January 23, 2012

MONTGOMERY-Governor Robert Bentley has a declared a State of Emergency for all 67 Alabama counties as a result of severe weather impacting the state.  By declaring a State of Emergency, the Governor authorizes the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies to assist communities and make the appropriate assessments of damage. Tornados, severe thunderstorms, […]


Parts 1 and 2 Published: Florence/Lauderdale Booking Photos 1/10 – 1/17/2012

January 23, 2012

The second half of  last week’s booking photos and Arrest reports are now published. Check our Law & Order Section for the latest arrest information from Lauderdale County Detention Center Sheriff and Florence P.D. Check out all the stuff in Law & Order! Remember, all persons seen here are PRESUMED INNOCENT. These are public records […]


Storm: Dodged A Bullet Last Night

January 23, 2012

THE SHOALS – Major damage was averted last night as strong storms moved through the area after midnight. A check with local police agencies showed that The Shoals “dodged a bullet” when the line of severe thunderstorms failed to produce any widespread tornado or wind events. The only area that saw significant weather last night […]


New Sheffield and Tuscumbia Booking Photos

January 20, 2012

Check our Law & Order Section for the latest arrest information from Sheffield and Tuscumbia P.D. Check out all the stuff in Law & Order! Remember, all persons seen here are PRESUMED INNOCENT. These are public records and you have a RIGHT TO KNOW!  


UNA’s Flynn Named Reelshow Film Tutor of the Year 2011

January 20, 2012

FLORENCE, Ala. – Jason Flynn, assistant professor of Film and Digital Media Production at the University of North Alabama, was recently named the Reelshow Film Tutor of the Year 2011 by Reelshow International, a website designed for film students to access across the world.   Film students and university faculty had the opportunity to nominate […]


January 20, 2012

FLORENCE, Ala. – The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival has announced the selection of films that will screen during the 2012 festival March 1-3. The films, listed below, were selected from more than 120 submissions from around the world. The films will now compete for awards in several categories, and the winners will be announced […]


UNA Receives Grant To Push HOPE

January 20, 2012

MONTGOMERY—A project to reduce gun violence in north Alabama recently received a $272,939 grant from Gov. Robert Bentley. The University of North Alabama’s Helping Our Partners Excel project seeks to reduce and prevent violent crime. The three-phase project includes law enforcement training, school-based violence prevention programs and rehabilitation to help criminals avoid returning to a […]


Alabama’s Unemployment Continues To Decline

January 20, 2012

MONTGOMERY— Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Alabama’s December 2011 unemployment rate dropped again dramatically to 8.1%, down from 8.7% in November. December’s rate represents 174,119 unemployed persons, compared to 187,496 last month, and 193,158 in December 2010. “Alabama’s unemployment rate has been falling since August,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “In the last three months […]


Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area Moving Forward

January 20, 2012

There will be a meeting of MSNHA on January 31, 2012 at 4p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Muscle Shoals City Hall.  The Planning Team will present and discuss the physical inventories, assessments and economic and market analysis.  The same meeting will be held on January 30, 2012 in Decatur at the Turner-Surles […]


Humanists Collect Winter Wear For Needy

January 18, 2012

SHEFFIELD – Cassandra Weakley of Heavenly Grace Ministries was happy to see Dick Cooper and Beth Henry last Monday. Cooper and Henry, Humanists of The Shoals members, delivered a car load of warm coats which are in great demand this year from the people she serves. Weakley operates The Heavenly Grace Car Wash on Second […]


Whooping Cranes On Their Way South

January 18, 2012

FRANKLIN COUNTY – Nine Whooping cranes, among the most endangered animals in the world, have finally left their makeshift home of five weeks and have continued on their journey to Florida. The immature birds, on their first migration from Wisconsin where they were hatched, left their pen near the Russellville Airport shortly after dawn. Led […]


Operation Migration – Restoring A 10,000 Year Old Route

January 17, 2012

FRANKLIN COUNTY – A small flock of just 9 Whooping cranes is resting in the rolling farmland in the eastern part of the county. They are the focus of a valiant effort by numerous conservation and naturalist organizations in The United States and Canada. The species, Grus americana, is the tallest bird in North America, […]


UNA Students Help Habitat for Humanity

January 17, 2012

  Volunteers helped reorganize the Shoals Habitat for Humanity Re-store Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event is a collaboration between Shoals Volunteers for Obama for America, UNA College Democrats and the Shoals Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers say they are helping out in order to honor the service that Dr. King’s life […]


Feelin’ the Blues Puts a Smile on My Face

January 17, 2012

On a recent trip to the “land of the Delta Blues” I experienced a variety of emotions.  The Mississippi and Arkansas Delta region is imbued with the ghosts of music past, the soulful talent of music present and for sowing seeds in the fertile soil to create future music giants. The similarities to our Shoals music […]


New Florence/Lauderdale Booking Photos

January 17, 2012

Check our Law & Order Section for the latest arrest information from Florence/Lauderdale. When in Law & Order, simply click on Florence/Lauderdale and you’ll find all the records. While you are over there, check out all of the material.   Remember, all persons seen here are PRESUMED INNOCENT. These are public records and you have […]