Bennett says Alabama will Implement Voter Citizenship Requirement

December 19, 2014

MONTGOMERY-Secretary of State Jim Bennett said the state will proceed with implementation of the Legislature’s requirement that new voters show proof of citizenship. Bennett stated, “Now that the U.S. Senate has finally confirmed long-vacant Commissioner positions on the Election Assistance Commission, those officials are now in place to grant our request that all voter registration […]

Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.0%

December 19, 2014
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Lowest Rate in More than Six Years; Increase in Percentage of Job Growth Highest in Eight Years MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate is 6.0%, down from October’s rate of 6.3%, and below the October 2013 rate of 6.2%. “Alabama’s unemployment rate has not only […]

New! Helen Keller Hospital Births 12/04/14 – 12/10/14

December 19, 2014

THE SHOALS – The latest cohort of babies born at Helen Keller Hospital Hospital is published in The Quad-Cities Daily. We hope you find your family and friends’ loved little ones.

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New! Florence Arrest Reports 12/02/14 – 12/09/14

December 19, 2014

FLORENCE-New Booking Photos from Florence Police  (Click Here). 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.

Vina Receives Grant Of $300,000 To Help Repair Park

December 19, 2014
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VINA-Governor Robert Bentley has awarded $300,000 to alleviate a major health and safety risk that threatens to close the only park in the town of Vina. Bentley awarded a Community Development Block Grant to help the town repair a drainage problem that is undermining the park and placing several structures and features at risk of imminent […]

The Word Christmas

December 19, 2014

The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ,” later shortened to “Christ-Mass.” The even shorter form “Xmas” – first used in Europe in the 1500s – is derived from the Greek alphabet, in which X is the first letter of Christ’s name: Xristos, therefore “X-Mass.” Today we know that Christ was not born on the 25th […]

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The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association

December 19, 2014
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TUPELO– A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi. The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge […]

Arrests Made In Morgan County On Drug Trafficking Charges

December 18, 2014

MORGAN COUNTY-On Tuesday, December 16th with the assistance of the FBI and Madison/Morgan County Drug Team executed a Search Warrant in Somerville.  Here is how  Sheriff Ana Franklin describes events leading up to the arrests: “On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the FBI and Madison/Morgan […]

UA President Judy Bonner Announces Plans to Leave Presidency

December 18, 2014
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TUSCALOOSA-Dr. Julia Bonner,  President of the University of Alabama sent  this letter to the campus community on Thursday, December 17th:       Dear UA Students, Faculty and Staff: On Monday, I sent a letter ( to Chancellor Witt indicating my plans to leave the presidency of The University of Alabama no later than the […]

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What’s Up At The FLPL For The New Year

December 18, 2014
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FLORENCE-The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is starting 2015 off with lots of fun and informative events.  Here is just a sample of what to expect from FLPL in the coming year. Library Closed December 24-28, January 1 The library, the book drop, Bookmarks Coffee Shop, and the Friends Bookstore will be closed Wednesday, December 24-Sunday, December […]

Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting For Renaissance Eye Care

December 18, 2014

FLORENCE-On Tuesday, December 16th Dr. Hamp Moore and Dr. Kathy Warner held a Grand Opening for their Office, Renaissance Eye Care located at 1593 Darby Drive in Florence.  The Shoals Chamber and friends were on hand to help with the celebration. Here is a little about Renaissance Eye Care from The Doctors: “We are here […]

An acre of hemp produces more paper than an acre of trees

December 18, 2014

For thousands of years, until 1883, hemp was the world’s largest agricultural crop, from which the majority of fiber, fabric, soap, lighting oil, paper, incense, and medicines were produced. In addition, it was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and animals. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids necessary […]

Cider Cup Finds Home At Wildwood Deli

December 18, 2014
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ATHENS-The coveted Cider Cup has found a home on a shelf at Wildwood Deli. The restaurant won this year’s cup as part of the annual Sippin’ Cider event sponsored by the Spirit of Athens on Dec. 13. During Sippin’ Cider, shoppers taste cider concoctions made by downtown merchants and rate them on a scale of […]

New! Lauderdale County Arrest Reports 12/05/14 – 12/12/14

December 18, 2014
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY-New Booking Photos from Lauderdale County Sheriff (Click Here). 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.

Made In Alabama’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

December 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY-The holiday season is a perfect time to tap into the creativity and innovation of Alabama’s craftsmen and entrepreneurs. With that in mind, Made in Alabama is rolling out its second Holiday Gift Guide showcasing original homegrown products that are ideal for sharing with friends or family members this holiday season. Last year’s list featured […]

Statement by Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Cuba Policy Changes

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON –A statement by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Cuba Policy Changes : “Enhanced contact with the United States is key to advancing political and economic freedom for the Cuban people. The steps we are taking will increase travel, commerce, communications and private business development between the United States and Cuba and promote positive […]

MSHS Wrestling news

December 17, 2014

MUSCLE SHOALS-MSHS Trojans had their second week of wrestling action for the season. On Tuesday, December 9th, the Trojans participated in a dual-meet at MSHS with East Limestone, Wilson along with an exhibition with the newly formed Florence High School wrestling team. Some new faces were on the mat for the Trojans for the day […]

Bank Independent Scholarships Honor Athens State Recipients

December 17, 2014

ATHENS – Two Athens State University students were recognized on Monday as the first recipients of the Bank Independent Scholarship.  Alicia Baugh, a senior from Florence, and Jacob Ricketts, a junior from Athens, attended a luncheon in their honor with Athens State officials and Bank Independent representatives. Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin, who currently serves Athens […]