Shoals

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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Man charged with stabbing girlfriend in arm

FLORENCE – Police arrested a man involved in a domestic disturbance that resulted in a woman being stabbed in the arm.Authorities said Donnie White is charged with second-degree domestic violence, and the investigation is continuing. He is in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bail set at $30,000.The victim was taken to North Alabama Medical…

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Shoals has had more than 14,000 COVID cases

There have been more than 14,000 cases of COVID-19 and 293 deaths in the Shoals, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Health.In Colbert County, there have been 5,894 cases, including 287 in the last two weeks, and 111 deaths.In Lauderdale County, there have been 8,399 cases, including 405 in the last…

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Florence man arrested with $50,000 in meth

FLORENCE – A Florence man faces trafficking charges after authorities found him with a large amount of methamphetamine at his apartment.Demarcus L. Robinson, 44, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, according to a release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.Robinson is in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bail set at $50,000, according to the…

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Colbert Health Department out of first-dose vaccines

TUSCUMBIA – Colbert County Health Department first-dose COVID-19 vaccines have been depleted until further notice, according to a social media noticed posted today by the Colbert County Emergency Management AgencyAuthorities do not have a time line on when the county will receive its next shipment of first doses.Second-dose vaccines remain available for everyone who has…

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Salvation Army opens new Sheffield store Monday

SHEFFIELD – The Salvation Army of the Shoals opens its new family store on Hatch Boulevard on Monday, Capt. Benjamin Deuel said.The grand opening for the 4100 Hatch Blvd. location is 10 a.m. and the public is invited, Deuel said. The previous location at 500 S. Montgomery Ave. is closed.“We’ve got a nice, new beautiful…

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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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16 agencies receive Florence funds

FLORENCE – The City Council has granted 16 agencies appropriations totaling more than $150,000.In addition, the council will consider a $60,000 appropriation to Downtown Florence Alliance and $20,000 to the Shoals Chamber of Commerce.Council President Dick Jordan said this is a way to help organizations that help others.“That’s one good use of our sales tax…

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