Lauderdale County

Brooks teacher indicted for sexual contact with student

FLORENCE – A Brooks High School teacher has been indicted on two counts of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 17.Ashton McCluskey, 24, was arrested and released on $50,000 bond, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said.Connolly said the charge is a Class B felony. That is punishable…

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328 in Shoals have died from COVID

The Shoals has 328 deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s dashboard.Broken down by county, Lauderdale County has had 8,570 cases, including 160 in the last 14 days, and 210 deaths, according to the department. Colbert County has had 5,978 cases, including 82 in…

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Lauderdale County, NAMC organizing mobile COVID vaccine clinic

FLORENCE – The Lauderdale County Commission has purchased two trailers that will be used for mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the county.George Grabryan, director of the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency, said the self-contained mobile stations could be ready to roll in a couple of weeks.Commissioner Brad Holmes said this will get vaccines to the…

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Lauderdale extends tag, registration deadline to March 31

FLORENCE – Lauderdale County residents have an extra month for vehicle tag renewals and registrations.License Commissioner Rodney Pettus is applying a state policy that was established because of the COVID-19 pandemic toward tag and registration extensions. That extends the deadline is March 31, rather than the end of this week.Pettus said the state Revenue Commission…

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State nears 500,000 COVID number

Alabama is approaching a half-million mark in COVID-19 cases, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health.The state has had 481,605 cases, including 21,963 in the last two weeks, and 9,244 deaths, according to the department.Locally, Colbert County has had 5,931 cases, including 202 in the last 14 days, and 115…

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Meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana found in Killen drug bust

KILLEN – A man faces numerous drug charges after authorities found numerous drugs during a drug bust at a Killen hotel.Antwuan Goodloe is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, saisd Gaylon Phillips, with the Lauderdale County…

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Colbert, Lauderdale each surpass 100 COVID deaths

Colbert and Lauderdale counties each have surpassed the 100-death mark since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest report from the Alabama Department of Public Health.Broken down by county, Colbert County has had 5,640 cases, including 473 in the last two weeks, and 104 deaths. Lauderdale has had 8,049 cases, including 727…

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Brooks teacher, student involved in sexual misconduct investigation

KILLEN – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigation allegations of sexual misconduct involving a Brooks High School teacher and student, the agency announced today.The agency did not tell the name of the teacher involved, but said Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton requested that ALEA investigate.“Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau…

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Lauderdale County acquires Pfizer vaccine freezer for NAMC

FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center now has a freezer capable of handling the -80-degree temperature required for the Pfizer vaccine.The Lauderdale County Commission paid $11,500 for the freezer, using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security grant, county and hospital officials said.Commission Chairman Danny Pettus said they decided to do so after…

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Suit against Lauderdale Ag Center dismissed

FLORENCE – Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Will Powell this morning dismissed a lawsuit requesting an injunction related to the construction of the Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center.Powell said the suit “is unfounded and not supported by the plain reading of the law.”John Sutherland filed the suit on Aug. 26 that requested an injunction and declaratory…

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