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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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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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Roads remain iced, more snow possible Wednesday

The Shoals is buried beneath the results of a major ice storm and it appears things may not thaw until Wednesday – unless that day brings more snow.Freezing rain, sleet and snow covered roads and is expected to remain there at least through Tuesday, as temperatures won’t reach above the freezing mark until Wednesday afternoon.“It…

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Power outages expected as ice and snow are on the way

The area is under a winter storm warning as forecasters expect an icy wintry mix that could start as early as tonight.They believe this is part of a week of hazardous wintry precipitation.The warning from the National Weather Service office in Huntsville continues from 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday and states “heavy mixed…

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Possible homicide under investigation in Florence

FLORENCE – Police are at the scene of a possible homicide on Royal Avenue. Information on the victim’s identity or cause of death are unavailable at this time, as detectives still are at the scene collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said the incident occurred at 850 N. Royal Ave. He…

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Forest Hills Elementary students raise more than $20,000 for American Heart Association


by: Jeremy Jackson Posted: Feb 10, 2021 / 05:56 PM CST / Updated: Feb 10, 2021 / 05:56 PM CST FLORENCE, Ala. — Students at Forest Hills Elementary School in Florence were able to get a unique cardio workout Wednesday morning. The school held its annual Glow Party, a reward given to the students for their fundraising efforts during the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge. At the end of the challenge, the Glow Party celebrates everything…

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Florence man arrested for cutting woman during argument


Posted: Feb 10, 2021 / 10:36 AM CST / Updated: Feb 10, 2021 / 10:36 AM CST FLORENCE, Ala. — Florence police arrested a man early Wednesday morning for cutting a woman during a domestic dispute. Donnie White was charged with second-degree domestic violence, Florence police said. Police were called to an apartment on Lelia Street around 12:30 a.m. and found White and a woman who had a large cut on her arm. She was taken to…

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State of Healthcare in The Shoals forum planned for March 16


by: Jeremy Jackson Posted: Feb 9, 2021 / 07:19 PM CST / Updated: Feb 9, 2021 / 07:19 PM CST FLORENCE, Ala. — Registration is now open for the first State of Healthcare in The Shoals forum happening on Tuesday, March 16. The Shoals Chamber of Commerce is hosting the virtual event. It’s free to the public and offers viewers the chance to learn more about how the COVIDD-19 pandemic is affecting the Shoals area. Speakers include…

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Shoals Business Incubator using donations from City of Florence to continue economic impact


by: Jeremy Jackson Posted: Feb 9, 2021 / 06:25 PM CST / Updated: Feb 9, 2021 / 07:28 PM CST FLORENCE, Ala. — The City of Florence is using its tax dollars in a productive way. It’s allocating more than $150,000 to 16 organizations with goals to help others. At Tuesday’s meeting, the city council approved $50,000 for the Shoals Business Incubator, the largest amount of the 16. “We’re an incubator for startup companies,” SBI President Giles…

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The Salvation Army of the Shoals opens new Family Store in Sheffield


by: Jeremy Jackson Posted: Feb 8, 2021 / 09:23 PM CST / Updated: Feb 8, 2021 / 09:37 PM CST SHEFFIELD, Ala. — Monday was a day of celebration as the Salvation Army of the Shoals opened its new Sheffield Family Store. The new location is at the corner of Hatch Boulevard and Jackson Highway. Monday was the first time the store has operated in Colbert County since its original location was closed in 2020 due to…

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