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Freshman Traina comes through when Tide needs her most - 12770
May 31st, 2011
Congress, school board redraws move forward in the Legislature - A House committee on Tuesday went back to square one in passing a Senate congressional reapportionment plan that goes to the full House for consideration. 12769
May 31st, 2011
Sound Off 5/30 - 12768
May 31st, 2011
Businesses damaged by tornado strive to open up again - 12767
May 31st, 2011
AROUND TOWN: May 31 - 12766
May 31st, 2011
Energy assistance appointments available - Community Service Programs of West Alabama is scheduling appointments for energy assistance for the cooling season, June 1 through Sept. 30. 12765
May 31st, 2011
EmergiCare to reopen this week on Skyland Blvd. - EmergiCare Clinic is scheduled to re-open Wednesday in a new, temporary location on Skyland Boulevard. 12764
May 31st, 2011
Gardendale man dies in weekend crash - A Gardendale man died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash about 6 miles north of Brookwood, Alabama State Troopers said. 12763
May 31st, 2011
Suspected meth lab found at Cottondale residence - A Cottondale man faces multiple drug charges after authorities found a suspected methamphetamine lab Sunday at a residence on Bear Creek Road. 12762
May 31st, 2011
Wood Square will be redeveloped, owner says - The company that owns the heavily damaged Wood Square Shopping Center plans to redevelop the popular retail destination that housed Tuscaloosa’s Hobby Lobby and Big Lots stores. 12761
May 31st, 2011
Women are breaking barriers in armed services - While America’s past 10 years of war have propelled women into new and far more risky roles across the military, there are still some doors that are closed. Chief among those are the special operations forces. 12760
May 31st, 2011
Lake View annexation to be reconsidered - Tuscaloosa County House members will take another stab at Sen. Gerald Allen’s request to annex the Lake View town hall into the town limits. 12759
May 31st, 2011
UA student wanted to help people, says family - Michelle Downs could feel each stare from those around her aboard the bus. “You must have gotten on the wrong bus,” one of them said while the others eyed how her maroon uniform clashed with the crimson garb that filled the rest of the bus. 12758
May 31st, 2011
Vigil of healing planned for downtown - A candlelight vigil for the victims of the April 27 tornado is planned for 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Government Plaza. 12757
May 31st, 2011
Quilt carried by storms to Gadsden - The day after the April 27 tornadoes ravaged Alabama and the South, Gadsden resident Donna Skaggs and her two grandchildren searched through debris that was left by the storms in her back yard. There, among the shattered lumber and pieces of trash, Skaggs found a handmade, full-size quilt that she believes to be from Tuscaloosa. 12756
May 31st, 2011
Locals take supplies to Joplin - On Saturday morning, a massive, 53-foot truck from Southern Cal Transport of Birmingham rolled out of Tuscaloosa filled with pallets of supplies, bound for Joplin. 12755
May 31st, 2011
Honoring the fallen - The common message at Tuscaloosa’s two Memorial Day services held Monday was one of remembrance and survival. 12754
May 31st, 2011
Crimson Tide baseball selected for Tallahassee regional - 12753
May 30th, 2011
Monument in Eutaw memorializes Medal of Honor winner - Lois Leonard was overwhelmed with pride Monday afternoon after a marker honoring her husband, a Eutaw native who received the military’s highest honor following his death in Vietnam, was unveiled in the Eutaw town square. 12752
May 30th, 2011
Remembering our Fallen Warriors - 12751
May 30th, 2011
Deputies find meth lab in Duncanville - 12750
May 30th, 2011
Budgets sent to governor for review - The two state budgets for next fiscal year have gone to Gov. Robert Bentley for consideration, but work remains to balance them. 12749
May 30th, 2011
Model airplane pilots share their hobby - 12748
May 30th, 2011
UA student caught up in Ala., Mo. tornadoes - Like most University of Alabama students, April Fuller was shaken up after the events of April 27. On April 29, Fuller began a drive home to Joplin, Mo., where an EF-5 tornado leveled much of the town May 22. 12747
May 30th, 2011
Children of slain troops turn to each other - More than 4,300 children of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are growing up, forging their own paths while keeping the connection to their mom or dad alive. 12746
May 30th, 2011
Obama takes a tour of twister-ravaged Joplin, Mo. - Face to face with the legions of homeless and the bereaved, President Barack Obama toured the apocalyptic landscape left by Missouri’s killer tornado, consoled the community and committed the government to helping rebuild shattered lives. 12745
May 30th, 2011
Despite advances in warning systems, tornadoes are still a deadly threat - Storm science has greatly improved tornado warnings in recent years. But if that’s led anyone into a sense of security, that feeling has taken a beating in recent weeks. 12744
May 30th, 2011
SCHOOL NEWS: May 29 - 12743
May 29th, 2011
COLLEGE NEWS: May 29 - 12742
May 29th, 2011
Ladies of the Houndstooths goal: do good, have some fun - Ladies of the Houndstooth, a newly organized group of women in Tuscaloosa, is working with the University of Alabama’s Alumni Association to reach out to the community and have some fun. 12741
May 29th, 2011
TORNADO RECOVERY: Need help? - A list of where to go if you have been affected by tornado damage and need help. 12740
May 29th, 2011
TORNADO RECOVERY: How to help - List of places that need volunteers and donations to help storm victims. 12739
May 29th, 2011
Funds sought to preserve Veterans Memorial Park - In addition to honoring those who died in wars or the April 27 tornadoes this Memorial Day, residents also are being asked to help preserve the Veterans Memorial Park in front of University Mall. 12738
May 29th, 2011
Storm damage wons closing - Nine group homes and one day program for the intellectually disabled were damaged or destroyed by the tornado that went through Tuscaloosa County on April 27. 12737
May 29th, 2011
Infants brief life was filled with love, parents say - His was a surprise pregnancy, his parents just making ends meet with a 1-year-old and preschooler running around. But Kaiden Blair’s brief life was filled with love, whether from his family or the staff in the neonatal intensive care unit at DCH Regional Medical, where Kaiden Blair spent five weeks out his six-and-half-week life. 12736
May 29th, 2011
Free family portraits help ease pain of loss - Niki Eberhart’s home in Alberta was wiped out in the April 27 tornado. The storm destroyed most of her family’s belongings, including their family pictures. On Saturday at American Christian Academy, they were able to begin rebuilding their photo album with the help of Relief Portraits. 12735
May 29th, 2011
Husband arrested in wife's slaying in Bibb County - Three months ago, Jody Byrd stood before a crowd at a candlelight vigil and said he hoped for the day someone would be implicated in the death of his wife, Desta. Friday night, authorities charged him with her murder. 12734
May 29th, 2011
Greene County to recognize Vietnam hero after 44 years - Matthew Leonard always liked being in uniform. “He was a Boy Scout,” said Lois Leonard, his widow, with a gentle laugh. “He loved to wear his Boy Scout uniform to school. He would walk up and down the halls in his uniform.” When he became a career soldier, he loved his uniform so much that he would make sure he got it professionally cleaned, even if that meant cutting his time home on leave short. 12733
May 29th, 2011
Memorial Day events to honor tornado victims - TUSCALOOSA | A series of commemorative events are planned in conjunction with Monday's Memorial Day holiday, the day set aside to remember those who have died in wars while fighting under the American flag. But this year, the ceremonies will have an additional, and more local component as the 41 Tuscaloosa County residents who died as a result of the April 27 tornado also will be honored. 12732
May 29th, 2011
Officers say funeral escorts are too risky - The death of a police officer who was escorting a funeral procession on May 21 hit members of the Tuscaloosa Police Department hard. Many said that it would have been easier if Officer Trevor Phillips had been shot in the line of duty or during a high-speed pursuit. There would have been a “bad guy” to blame. Some officers have criticized police escorts of funeral processions as an outdated and dangerous service. They blame a tradition that they say should be discontinued. 12731
May 29th, 2011
Husband arrested in wife's slaying - Three months ago, Jody Byrd stood before a crowd at a candlelight vigil and said he hoped for the day someone would be implicated in the death of his wife, Desta. Friday night, authorities charged him with her murder. 12730
May 28th, 2011
Pickens man fined, sentenced for baiting birds - A Pickens County man has been fined and sentenced to three years probation for baiting waterfowl. 12729
May 28th, 2011
Jobless benefits claims deadline is Monday - The deadline for filing for disaster unemployment assistance benefits for people living or working in Tuscaloosa County is Monday. The benefit is available to people who lost their jobs because of tornadoes, flooding or straight-line winds from storms that hit after April 15. 12728
May 28th, 2011
Prescription from 1977 lands in Blount County - Debris from the April 27 tornado was scattered far and wide, but one piece of paper believed to be from Tuscaloosa was found in Blount County and sent to Gov. Robert Bentley in Montgomery. 12727
May 28th, 2011
Free portraits offered to storm victims - Tuscaloosa families affected by the April tornadoes will have an opportunity to replace their lost family portraits today. Relief Portraits, organized by Tuscaloosa natives Miller and Jana Mobley, will provide free family portraits to those who lost personal photos and other possessions in the storm. 12726
May 28th, 2011
Private property debris removal ready - City residents can now request federal workers to clear and remove debris from their private property. Robin Edgeworth, legal affairs administrator for the Office of the City Attorney, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the process by which city residents can apply for and receive private property debris removal. 12725
May 28th, 2011
USS New Orleans veterans gather - Their official last reunion was a year ago, but five veterans of the USS New Orleans are here this weekend in a small reunion that could possibly be the last time sailors from the World War II battleship gather. 12724
May 28th, 2011
Garbage collection schedule shifted - 12723
May 28th, 2011
Curbside recycling may go citywide in Tuscaloosa - On April 26, more than half of the city’s garbage customers were offered the service of curbside recycling. But when an EF4 tornado ripped across Tuscaloosa the next day, it wiped out the headquarters of the city’s Environmental Services Department. Now, the percentage of city customers who have access to curbside recycling is zero. 12722
May 28th, 2011
Tide turned back by Arkansas - In a battle of two teams staring down elimination at the SEC tournament, the University of Alabama blinked first, losing to Arkansas, 4-1. 12721
May 27th, 2011
TOWN HALL: Tuscaloosa's volunteer effort - 12720
May 27th, 2011
Bentley praises tornado recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa - A month after a tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Gov. Robert Bentley returned to the city he calls home, saying Tuscaloosa's recovery efforts should serve as an example for tornado-ravaged communities across the state and around the nation. 12719
May 27th, 2011
Alabama forces Game 3 - Jennifer Fenton hit a grand slam and Kelsi Dunne bounced back with a two-hitter as the second-seeded University of Alabama softball team run-ruled Stanford 10-0 in Game 2 of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional on Friday. 12718
May 27th, 2011
Storm relief benefit features 50 bands, 5 stages - 12717
May 27th, 2011
Bentley signs legislation rewriting teacher tenure law - 12716
May 27th, 2011
Cottondale home fire likely started in basement - 12715
May 27th, 2011
Part of Hargrove Road to be closed - 12714
May 27th, 2011
Tornado video finalist in Sony competition - 12713
May 27th, 2011
Work to be done near Old Moody Swamp Road - 12712
May 27th, 2011
County voters to decide on occupational tax ban - The House on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment that would prohibit an occupational tax in Tuscaloosa County, if approved by the county’s voters. 12711
May 27th, 2011
West Bloctons Cahaba Lily Festival marks 22 years - The rare Cahaba lily blooms along the Cahaba River between May and late June, and a Saturday festival in West Blocton celebrating the flower will mark its 22nd anniversary. 12710
May 27th, 2011
Boman switches political parties - State Rep. Daniel Boman, whose district includes part of Tuscaloosa County, switched to the Democratic Party on Thursday, saying it was more in tune with his constituents. 12709
May 27th, 2011
Early land acquisition program detailed - When Jeff Jolly’s home on Keene Drive was destroyed by an EF-4 tornado on April 27, the last thing on his mind was a future highway project. 12708
May 27th, 2011
Yankees pitcher lends a hand to relief efforts - Count New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson among those with fundraising clout aiding Tuscaloosa's tornado recovery efforts. Robertson has launched a website, www.highsocksforhope.com, where people can donate to the David and Erin Robertson Foundation. Robertson said he intends to ensure that all proceeds will go directly to Tuscaloosa County. 12707
May 27th, 2011
Twisters destruction lingers a month later - 12706
May 27th, 2011
Task force to rebuild tornados damage - TUSCALOOSA | The nearly 50 members of the Rebuild Tuscaloosa Task Force on Thursday learned the full scope of the work in front of them. The task force must develop a comprehensive restoration and rebuilding plan for about 10 percent of the city of Tuscaloosa. And do so within five weeks. The timetable for such an important task was questioned by more than one of the group assembled in the council chambers of Tuscaloosa City Hall. Jonathan McLelland, the name behind McLelland Architecture on Alaca Place, said that under normal circumstances it would take between six and nine months to fashion a plan for building styles, land use, infrastructure and housing — not to mention priming the economic engine to pay for it all. “The most important thing is we get it right,” said McLelland, a member of the task force’s Building Design/Architecture subcommittee. Task Force Chairman John McConnell, who also serves as director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development Services, said he understood that concern. But, McConnell said, the residents, business owners and employees who were affected by the April 27 tornado can’t wait that long. “There is some sense of urgency,” McConnell said. “I think we’d serve the city best to move as efficiently as possible.” The task force was created by a mayoral executive order just days after the EF-4 tornado cut a 5.9-mile gash across the heart of Tuscaloosa. Assembled by McConnell, the task force has been divided into two main classes — a core work group and a steering committee — that will work together to craft the zoning rules, regulations and master plans that will shape the future of the Tuscaloosa. The core work group was described by McConnell as the “work horse” of the task force and is made up of architects, developers, city officials and others. It has been divided into further sub-categories. The smaller groups and their tasks are: Short-term recovery team: Explore options for speeding up the licensing, inspection and permitting processes while searching for ways to better inform the public about the new procedures. Long-term planning team: Assist with a professional planning consultant who is expected to be hired at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to develop long-term planning recommendations for infrastructure, land use, building design, architecture, housing and parks and public spaces. Infrastructure subcommittee: Assess the current conditions of streets, sidewalks, streetscaping and utilities while focusing on traffic movement and congestion. The subcommittee also will explore the stability of current water and sewer infrastructure in anticipation of future construction operations and make recommendations for improving the landscape within public rights-of-way. Land use subcommittee: Make recommendations regarding land use in the wake of the storm and suggests on new policies regarding planning, zoning, subdivisions and neighborhood preservation. Building design/architecture subcommittee: Examine the existing and destroyed commercial and residential buildings and look for new and modern methods of construction, materials and sustainable design. Housing subcommittee: Take stock of the housing losses and evaluate the future needs for student housing, neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. Parks and public spaces subcommittee: Consider options related to new parks and open spaces as well as new options for pedestrian corridors and bicycle paths. Committee also asked to consider alternative uses for public spaces, such as community gardens and recreational facilities. Economics, finance and legal team: The purpose of this group is to examine the recommendations of the other committees within the Core Work Group and propose funding sources, economic incentives and legal advice. Web communications and marketing team: This group is tasked with finding accessible and efficient ways to communicate the findings of the Rebuild Tuscaloosa Task Force, including the creation of a website where residents can contribute feedback and ideas as well as stay abreast of the task force’s progress. The purpose of the steering committee, which is not subdivided, is to act as the “rudder” and “guiding light” for the task force by reviewing and offering feedback on the recommendations of the core work group with the intention of creating a working, feasible master plan for the affected areas of Tuscaloosa. The task force likely will meet again on June 2, and McConnell asked that each member come to the meeting with “something to bring to the table.” “We should not just rebuild,” McConnell said. “We have a chance to do this. There’s no reason to maintain the status quo. “Let’s do it better.” Reach Jason Morton at jason.morton@tuscaloosanews.com or 205-722-0200. 12705
May 27th, 2011
An emotional farewell for Tuscaloosa police officer killed in line of duty - 12704
May 27th, 2011
Tornado victims often uninsured - Many of the states hammered by what's already the deadliest year for tornadoes in more than half a century have among the nation's highest rates of homes without hazard insurance despite being among the most twister-prone, data analyzed by The Associated Press shows. 12703
May 26th, 2011
State Rep. Boman switches to Democratic Party - 12702
May 26th, 2011
Yankees pitcher, Tuscaloosa native lends hand to tornado relief - Count New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson among those with fund-raising clout aiding Tuscaloosa's tornado recovery efforts. The Tuscaloosa native was in town Thursday, surveying the damage personally for the first time with his wife, Erin. What he saw, he had trouble believing. 12701
May 26th, 2011
GIGAPAN: Kenny Chesney concert - 12700
May 26th, 2011
Larsen has embraced leadership role on Tide softball team - 12699
May 26th, 2011
DON NOBLE: Letters between Maxwells, Eudora Welty offer insight - 12698
May 26th, 2011
COMMUNITY EVENTS: May 29 - 12697
May 26th, 2011
School systems offer summer meal program - The Tuscaloosa city and county schools’ child nutrition programs will provide a free summer meal program for children 18 years of age and younger. 12696
May 26th, 2011
Chamber to honor 13-year-old hero today - The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama will honor Jamarcus Golden at 10:45 a.m. today. 12695
May 26th, 2011
Opinions divided on new judgeship - The Administrative Office of Courts said Tuscaloosa County needs two new circuit judges, but the state Supreme Court said it cannot create even one new position. 12694
May 26th, 2011
Lake View annexation bill dies in committee - The Tuscaloosa County Local Legislation Committee on Wednesday failed to pass a Lake View annexation bill. The committee on a 2-2 vote failed to approve a bill by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, that would authorize the annexation of the Lake View town hall into the town limits. 12693
May 26th, 2011
Meeting to focus on tornado-damaged property - The Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting in Holt today to provide right-of-way purchase information to property owners in the path of the future Eastern Bypass who were affected by the April 27 tornado. 12692
May 26th, 2011
Funeral procession to close McFarland - McFarland Boulevard will be closed late this afternoon because a large funeral procession is expected for Tuscaloosa Police Officer Trevor Phillips, who was killed in the line of duty last week. 12691
May 26th, 2011
Sunday alcohol bill moves forward - A bill that would allow voters in unincorporated Tuscaloosa County to follow Tuscaloosa and Northport in voting on Sunday alcohol sales has been approved by the county’s legislators. 12690
May 26th, 2011
Tornado-displaced pets pack local animal shelter - While hundreds of people across Tuscaloosa County lost their homes during the April 27 tornado, hundreds of other area residents were also displaced: pets. 12689
May 26th, 2011
Lawmakers restore funding for law institute - 12688
May 26th, 2011
Gov. Bentley calls General Fund - 12687
May 26th, 2011
Tenure bill vote fell along party lines - 12686
May 26th, 2011
Alabama House OKs bill to alter tenure - 12685
May 26th, 2011
Tornado losses may exceed $2B - 12684
May 26th, 2011
Party atmosphere reigns at Kenny Chesney concert - 12683
May 26th, 2011
Animal shelter still holding more than 400 pets - 12682
May 25th, 2011
Alabama Legislature completes work on budgets - The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to both the general fund and education budgets and sent them to Gov. Robert Bentley. 12681
May 25th, 2011
McFarland Boulevard to close during funeral procession for officer - McFarland Boulevard will be closed late Thursday afternoon because a large funeral procession is expected for Tuscaloosa Police Officer Trevor Phillips, who was killed in the line of duty last week. 12680
May 25th, 2011
Alabama takes down Arkansas in SEC Tournament opener - 12679
May 25th, 2011
BamaJam music festival off after developers plea - 12678
May 25th, 2011
Decatur, Fort Payne helping Joplin, Mo. - 12677
May 25th, 2011
City hires consultant for FEMA process - 12676
May 25th, 2011
Meridian man leads police on chase through Pickens County - 12675
May 25th, 2011
Sheriffs deputies find missing man, 87 - 12674
May 25th, 2011
State legislator claims retaliation by AEA chief - A state legislator who supports a change in the teacher law that the Alabama Education Association opposes claims his daughter, an AEA field representative, is losing her job in retaliation. 12673
May 25th, 2011
Mo. rescuers race to find more survivors - As the death toll in Joplin rose to 122, another line of severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas that killed at least six people. 12672
May 25th, 2011
House panel approves teacher tenure revision - A key part of the agenda of the Alabama Legislature’s new Republican majority, reforming tenure laws for public schoolteachers, passed an Alabama House committee Tuesday and moved within one step of final passage. 12671
May 25th, 2011
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