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MUSCLE SHOALS - The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) currently offers industry-led training certifications at Northwest-Shoals Community College. The MSSC training center at NW-SCC is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and kn…

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MUSCLE SHOALS - The North Alabama State Fair will celebrate 85 Years of Fun at the Muscle Shoals Fairgrounds beginning Tuesday, September 17 – Sunday, September 22, and will feature events throughout the week.

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TUSCUMBIA – Colbert County’s newest tourist attraction will take visitors and area residents back in time and guide them through the earliest history of the county.

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FLORENCE — Greenway Automotive recently donated seven cars to the Drivers Ed departments of area school systems.

FLORENCE – Executive Assistant, Sandra Morgan, retired last week after faithfully serving the City of Florence and in the Mayor’s office for 42 years. Her knowledge, steady presence, and dedication will be greatly missed.

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TUSCUMBIA – American Indians from throughout the nation are headed to Tuscumbia to share the stories and traditions of their ancestors. The 19th Annual Oka Kapassa, Return to Coldwater Festival, is September 13-14.

MUSCLE SHOALS - Do not miss the Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Ready to Work (RTW) Program’s new student session beginning Tuesday, September 9, for individuals at least 16 years of age who are seeking a new or more fulfilling career.

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Recently, a guest speaker at the University of North Alabama reminded us that we must be willing to dream big if we expect our students to do the same.

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FLORENCE – Florence Mayor, Steve Holt, recognized and commended Billy Reid for his outstanding achievements in fashion and his influential investment in the fashion industry while bringing recognition to the Shoals area. His contributions continue to inspire both current and future fashion d…

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FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama will kick of its second season as a Division I program at home this week with a special Thursday night game against the Missouri Valley Conference member, Western Illinois. The WIU Fighting Leathernecks play what is arguably the most rugged conferen…

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SHOALS – Let’s see, I can always have the Outlaw Ribeye or any of the other delectable steaks. The baby back ribs are fall off the bone, the Napa grilled chicken is amazingly flavorful, and the Cowboy pork chops are tantalizing- as is the salmon. Well, I know I’m starting off with the Wind W…

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Walking through the threshold of the old Grace Church building in Sheffield brings all your senses alive. The smell of the fresh paint, lumber, and coffee waft through the air. The light streaming through the stained-glass windows is enough to take your breath away. You can almost imagine pe…

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State Parks website – alapark.com – earned a Platinum Award in the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals dotCOMM competition. The Platinum Award is the highest honor presented in the competition.

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey ceremoniously signed House Bill 261 into law on last week. This makes Alabama the ninth state to pass a law mandating human trafficking training for new CDL drivers.

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FLORENCE – Students at the University of North Alabama have indicated interest in a university-owned multipurpose facility that would allow for a wide range of events such as band competitions, football and soccer games, Spring Fling events, movie nights, concerts, graduation, and other even…

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RUSSELLVILLE – Plenty of fruity fun is on tap the third weekend in August when summer’s favorite snack takes center stage during the annual Watermelon Festival August 16-17 in Russellville. The festival offers arts and crafts, a variety of watermelon contests, car and truck show, tractor sho…

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FLORENCE, – Dr. Martin Heimbeck, a 2006 graduate of the University of North Alabama, is one of two recipients from Alabama of a 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He was nominated by the Department of Defense for his work in Huntsville at Redstone Arsenal for …

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SHOALS – The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) report released in February that resulted in a presentation earlier this summer by The Committee For A Greater Shoals unwittingly revealed some significant news related to local elementary students.

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FLORENCE – See a sloth! Make friends with an armadillo! Encounter an opossum – Plus, dozens of other animals are coming for one weekend only at this event for all ages. Don’t miss this amazing and interactive educational event at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum at 702 Veterans Drive on Augu…

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The majority of the roundabout at the South Royal Avenue / Huntsville Rd. intersection in Florence finally opened last week after 11 months of what was initially thought to be an 80-100 day project. All that remains to complete is some largely cosmetic work on Royal Ave. south to Veterans Dr…

FLORENCE – The First Metro Bank Board of Directors recently announced the promotions of Cory King, Whitney Skipworth, and Jeanne Soni to positions of Assistant Vice President.

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BIRMINGHAM – Winners of the 2019 Alabama Press Association Media and Advertising Awards were announced recently by Dee Ann Campbell, chairman of the association’s contest committee. This year 90 publications submitted 3,394 entries which were judged by the Illinois Press Association membership.

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FLORENCE¬– Florence-Lauderdale Tourism hosted the High School World Finals in June at McFarland Park for the fourth year in a row in partnership with The Bass Federation. Economic impact figures now tabulated show that an estimated $2.1 million of visitor-related expenditures occurred in The…

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SHOALS – Imagine for a moment that you are suddenly in an unfamiliar place where the people around you know you, but you don’t know them. You see the pain in their faces, but you can’t comprehend why it is there, let alone realize it is because you don’t recognize them. You desperately want …

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MUSCLE SHOALS - Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) students are some of the best in the nation. They recently were awarded medalist honors in Esthetics and Nail Care at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Ky.

FLORENCE - The WC Handy Music Festival takes place July 18-28 with over a hundred musical and art venues across the Shoals.

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FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced last week that Dr. Wendell Wilkie Gunn, the student who first integrated UNA in 1963, has been appointed to the University’s Board of Trustees as the twelfth member of the governing body.

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TUSCUMBIA – Riders from several states are getting ready to load up their horses and head to Gardiner Farm in Tuscumbia to help fight childhood cancer.

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FLORENCE — An open community meeting on the proposed Tennessee RiverLine will be 5-7pm on Thursday, July 18 in the Singing River Room at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

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FLORENCE - The 30th 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, women’s basketball, baseball and men’s golf teams.

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FLORENCE – Earlier this spring there was a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening of the Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Center at the Bobby Champagne Insurance Agency.

FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment…

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FLORENCE – The Muscle Shoals All Stars will play the headlining show at the Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay, British Columbia on July 13. Before leaving for Canada, the band will premiere the show on Tuesday, July 9 at 7pm at the Marriott Conference Center in Florence. Tickets for th…

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SHOALS – Northwest Resource, Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council and state representative, Andrew Sorrell, recently presented a $5,000 sponsorship check to Northwest Alabama Spay and Neuter Assistance (NASANA) through their Community Development Grants.

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FLORENCE — The city of Florence hosted the annual ceremony for the 2018 Walk of Honor Inductees last week at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center. The Walk of Honor at beautiful River Heritage Park recognizes individuals from Florence and Lauderdale County who have achieved national or inte…

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ROGERSVILLE – Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship was joined last week at Joe Wheeler State Park by Alabama State Parks Division Director Greg Lein and local dignitaries to celebrate the completion of renovations that will make the visitor …

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FLORENCE – The Committee for a Greater Shoals was formed in 2018 with an eye on growing and improving the Shoals area.

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama was honored recently at the 8th Deshpande Symposium at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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WATERLOO – Elizabeth Hart ended up riding 870 miles on her bike in June of 2017. Regular Courier Journal readers may recall that article. It was more than a recreational ride for her. The month-long challenge helps raise money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Hart raised more than $5…

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MUSCLE SHOALS – Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) hosted its inaugural Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Signing Day today (6/13) on the Shoals Campus as 19 students were sponsored by 12 local business and industry sponsors.

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SHOALS – Keeping better tabs on our older family members and neighbors may be a wise thing to do for more than the obvious reasons. New research confirms that as we age we become more susceptible to abuse and financial fraud. Those statistics are supported by medical researchers, elder justi…

MUSCLE SHOALS - Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Child Development Center presents the 2019 Kids in College, Full STEAM Ahead!, summer camp. Summer camp dates are July 8-12. The camp is open to children entering grades 1-8 in the fall.

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TUSCUMBIA - The sounds of saws, hammers, and other tools now echo through the outdoor theater where the breakthrough moment of Helen Keller’s life will soon be portrayed.

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FLORENCE – Like most little girls, five year old Tynslee Blue knows where she wants to direct her weekly allowance. Unlike most, she gives it all away. She also gets excited thinking about it.

SHEFFIELD – The 2019 graduates of Leadership Shoals, a nine-month program of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, presented a sizable check to the Cramer Children’s Center during its graduation ceremony at the Logan Room in Sheffield last week

SHOALS – Steve Nesbitt was in the banking business in the Shoals for almost 40 years. He was a long time board member and advocate for the Shoals Business Incubator. Steve had a keen passion for the Shoals and its business community.

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MUSCLE SHOALS-- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) recently competed in the SkillsUSA Alabama State Leadership and Skills Conference where 16 students from the Carpentry and Salon and Spa program brought home medals, with 10 winning state competition and qualifying for the national …