Independent Foreclosure Review to Provide $3.3 Billion in Payments – $5.2 Billion in Mortgage Assistance

January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON–Ten mortgage servicing companies subject to enforcement actions for deficient practices in mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing have reached an agreement in principle with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board to pay more than $8.5 billion in cash payments and other assistance to help borrowers. The sum includes $3.3 […]


New Today – Madison County Arrest Reports 01/02/13 – 01/07/13

January 7, 2013

New Booking Photos from Madison County. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Don’t judge. The Quad-Cities Daily publishes this public service.


Whose impeachment trial began on this day in history?

January 7, 2013

1896 Fanny Farmer published her first cookbook. 1927 Transatlantic commercial telephone service began between New York and London. 1953 Harry Truman announced that the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb. 1955 Marian Anderson made her Metropolitan Opera debut. 1979 Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge government. 1989 Japan’s Emperor Hirohito died. 1999 The impeachment trial of President William Clinton began in the Senate. […]


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Why is the Pope Struck on the Head with a Hammer Before Being Declared Dead?

January 7, 2013

  Few things are more mysterious in the modern world than the rituals of the Roman Catholic church, particularly those involving the Pope. Such books as Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown have raised interest in the Church and its customs that date back thousands of years. Among the most interesting […]


Did you just say, “Bone Fire”? Read on!

January 7, 2013

A bonfire or balefire is a large controlled outdoor fire made from bales of straw or wood. The word is believed to come from “bone fire”. In the time of the Celts, there were midsummer festivals where animal bones were burnt to ward off evil spirits. Bonfires were also used for rituals. The idea was […]


TVA TRAFFIC ALERT: Bridge Across TVA’s Wilson Dam Closed January 7-11

January 7, 2013

FLORENCE The Highway 133 Bridge across Wilson Dam will be closed for maintenance work at the dam beginning at 8 a.m. CST, Monday, January 7 and will remain closed until the work is completed Friday, January 11. The road is expected to reopen by Friday morning. Signs will be placed at both ends of the […]


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UA Students’ Anti-Binge Drinking PSA to Air in BCS National Championship

January 6, 2013

TUSCALOOSA — An anti-binge drinking  public service announcement filmed by University of Alabama students featuring former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal will air during the BCS National Championship. The University of Alabama’s advertising and public relations department, housed in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, launched the LessThanUThink anti-binge drinking campaign in 2010. Last April, the campaign gained national coverage […]


Who got clubbed on her leg on this day in history?

January 6, 2013

1540 King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves. 1759 George Washington married Martha Custis. 1838 Samuel Morse gave the first public demonstration of the telegraph. 1912 New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States. 1919 Former president Theodore Roosevelt died in Oyster Bay, N.Y. 1987 University of California astronomers first witnessed the birth of a galaxy […]


Was America’s first serial killer a man or a woman?

January 6, 2013

The first official American serial killer was a woman! History has had its fair share of evil women. Laura Fisher, born around 1793, is usually recognized as America’s first serial killer. She and her husband ran a hotel near Charleston, South Carolina. Tired travellers who came to that hotel were guaranteed to rest in peace. […]


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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Hosts A Celebration of Cranes

January 5, 2013

Decatur-Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge will hold its first Festival of the Cranes, a one-day event filled with refuge tours, up-close viewings, workshops, live raptors, and nature walks, January 12, 2013, kicking off a year-long celebration of Wheeler’s 75th anniversary. The celebration of Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes will bring together experienced birders and those who would […]


What did President Nixon order on this day in history?

January 5, 2013

1896 A German newspaper reported German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays. 1914 Henry Ford introduced the $5-a-day minimum wage. 1925 Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor of a state (Wyoming). 1972 President Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle. 2000 INS Commissioner Doris Meissner ruled that 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez must be returned to Cuba. Read more: This Day in History: January 5 […]


Kilby Child Development Center Accepting Applications for Pre-K Class Jan. 10-Feb. 7

January 5, 2013

FLORENCE – The Kilby Child Development Center will accept applications for the 2013-14 Alabama Office of School Readiness pre-kindergarten class Jan. 10-Feb. 7 from noon to 3 each weekday at Kilby. Kilby is located at 611 N. Pine Street in Florence. Application is open to children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1. When […]


Can you guess the nickname of the 100-percent-female lizard species?

January 5, 2013

There’s a species of lizards that are 100 percent females and they’re nicknamed the Lesbian Lizards! The New Mexico whiptail is a species of lizard found in the southern United States in New Mexico and Arizona, and in northern Mexico in Chihuahua. It is the official state reptile of New Mexico. It is one of […]


NASA Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked to Mars Crust

January 5, 2013

WASHINGTON –  NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins. This new class of meteorite was found in 2011 in the Sahara Desert. Designated Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, and nicknamed “Black […]


Northwest-Shoals to Extend Spring Registration through January 10th

January 4, 2013

Muscle Shoals— Northwest-Shoals Community College(NW-SCC) will extend its spring registration on the Phil Campbell and Shoals Campus through Thursday, January 10, 2013, according to Admissions Director, Tom Carter.   Extended registration will be held in the Admissions Office on both the Shoals (Building 100) & Phil Campbell (Building 301) campuses. The office of Admissions’ hours of operation […]


Bank Independent Donates More Then 2,400 Toys to Local Charities

January 4, 2013

Sheffield – The Bank Independent and WAFF 48 Joy of Sharing Toy Drive Campaign collected more than 2,400 toys—surpassing last year’s donations by almost 1,000 toys—which were donated to local charities throughout north Alabama for Christmas.   In addition to the 2,400 toys, almost $1400 in gift cards and cash were donated and distributed as well. […]


New Today – Sheffield Arrest Reports 01/01/13 – 01/01/13

January 4, 2013

New Booking Photos from Sheffield Police. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Don’t judge. The Quad-Cities Daily publishes this public service.


Alabama Tourism Names Top 10 Events for 2013

January 4, 2013

 Montgomery— The Alabama Tourism Department today released its top 10 events for 2013. The list includes events in Mobile, the Shoals, Birmingham, Huntsville, Wetumpka, Gulf Shores and Tensaw.   The top 10 events are Mardi Gras in Mobile, the W.C. Handy Music Festival in the Shoals, the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, the 200th Anniversary of Fort Mims […]


What thing special about Nancy Pelosi happened on this date?

January 4, 2013

1885 Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is thought to be the first appendectomy. 1896 Utah was admitted as 45th state in the United States. 1904 In Gonzales v. Williams, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that citizens of Puerto Rico are not aliens and can enter the U.S. freely. 1948 Burma (Myanmar) gained independence from Great Britain. 1951 During […]


Property back in play – Florence Council to discuss selling to Zhang

January 4, 2013

FLORENCE – Zhang Zhiting, the Chinese National whose plans to purchase the Florence Country Club property were rebuffed a year and a half ago, is back with another offer. Thursday, Mayor Mickey Haddock addressed the news media to make the announcement. After several months of quiet negotiations, Haddock received a letter of intent from the suitor who […]


Can you use “mind power” to increase your breast size?

January 4, 2013

There’s book that suggests that you can use your mind power to increase your breast size. Yes, and all the feminist pioneers just rolled in their graves. The book’s called Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Brain Power: How to Use the Other 90% of your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts. It was […]


Alabama Army National Guard 128th deploying to Guantanamo Bay

January 3, 2013

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Army National Guard’s 128th Military Police Company, out of Athens, has been called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 128th will have a departure ceremony in Huntsville at the Rock Worship Center, 2300 Memorial Parkway SW, at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013. The 128th Military Police […]


Mo Brooks Sworn in for second term

January 3, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The new 113th Congress convened today at noon, as Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined other House Members in a swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber. As a sophomore representative, he is the first Republican Member ever to be re-elected to the Fifth District seat. In 2010, Rep. Brooks was the first Republican elected in […]


New Today – Muscle Shoals Arrest Reports 12/19/12 – 12/31/12

January 3, 2013

New Booking Information from Muscle Shoals Police. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Don’t judge. The Quad-Cities Daily publishes this public service.