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FLORENCE – Una, the beloved female mascot of the University of North Alabama, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning after a brief illness at the George M. Carroll Lion Habitat on the UNA campus. She was 17.

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MUSCLE SHOALS – Summer 2020 is an exciting time at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in Muscle Shoals. 

FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center recently named that Terri Harris Chief Nursing Officer of NAMC, effective June 15.  Harris joins NAMC from Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg, MS, where she also served as Chief Nursing Officer.

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SHEFFIELD – Bank Independent was recognized last week as part of Forbes’ annual nationwide list of America’s Best-In-State Banks for 2020.  Bank Independent ranks #1 in the state of Alabama.  This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal…

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FLORENCE–Florence City Schools is excited to announce the creation of the Florence Virtual School program for kindergarten through sixth grade.  

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SHEFFIELD – Bank Independent recently announced the retirement of Helen Kerby, Personal Banker, on May 29.   Kerby closed a successful 46-year career at the Leighton sales office location. 

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BIRMINGHAM - The University of North Alabama placed 12 former Lions on the Gulf South Conference Football Team of the Decade  for 2010-19, and another four former UNA student-athletes were honorable mention selections.

FLORENCE – W.C. Handy School was notified last week by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education they were being awarded a competitive grant to expand learning opportunities for younger children.

SHOALS – Statewide, Alabama has fallen to #31, a full 2 points behind the national average.  Census figures remained relatively stagnant through June 4, with a few local exceptions.  

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FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center last week transitioned from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions effective Thursday, June 4.  

FLORENCE - The 31st class of inductees for the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected and includes former student-athletes from the Lions’ football, baseball, and women’s basketball teams. 

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TUSCUMBIA – Rev. Frederick W. Watkins was a Cherokee Indian born in Tennessee in 1811. He avoided Trail of Tears capture and removal during the late 1830s by hiding out.

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SHOALS – Ten’s of thousands of people in the Shoals area have yet to be included in the 2020 Census figures.   Alabama at 58.4% is running 1.9% behind the national average response rate of 60.3%.  Locally, most communities increased response rates by .2 or .3% this past week.  However, Chero…

Several years ago my husband was a patient at ECM Hospital. As I was leaving the parking deck where I parked daily for weeks, I looked for the dollar to exit and I realized I had only thirty five cents. So I pulled my car to the side and thought what am I going to do? Just as I was about the…

FLORENCE – Officials at the University of North Alabama have announced plans for a return to face-to-face instruction for students enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester.  The process will be a phased approach with employees returning to campus during May while adhering to social distancing and…

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FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center announced recently that 12 first-year internal medicine residents and 12 second-year internal medicine residents will begin practicing in its newly developed Internal Medicine Residency training program beginning July 1.

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SHEFFIELD – Bank Independent team members have sewn and distributed over 1,000 protective masks to hospitals across North Alabama over the past few weeks to help increase the pool of supplies during the COVIC-19 crisis.

FLORENCE – The Courier Journal’s business lobby has reopened to the public.