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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2011-12


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Cullman prepares for first 'wet' New Year's - As New Year’s Eve rapidly approached, Grumpy’s Italian Grill owner Tyler Jacobs had to grapple with what most business owners would call a very good problem. With his restaurant already packed most weekends, what should he do for the holiday? 15555
December 31st, 2011
Retired accountant to run for commission seat - Frank Gray announced that he will run for the Republican nomination for the County Commission District 1 seat. 15554
December 31st, 2011
Tuscaloosa County man faces 25 sex abuse charges - Investigators believe that a Tuscaloosa County man sexually victimized at least 11 young boys over the course of 30 years. Steve William Karr, 53, faces 25 sexual abuse charges in a case that Sheriff Ted Sexton compared to that of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. 15553
December 31st, 2011
Stories of devastation, hope linked to tornado - While the gubernatorial inauguration of Tuscaloosa doctor Robert Bentley, Alabama's tough new immigration law and dramatic change in the political makeup of the Legislature were important events for the state, it was the April 27 tornado that overwhelmed local resources, tested the strength of residents and will determine the future of Tuscaloosa's infrastructure. 15552
December 31st, 2011
Local enthusiasts gather to count bird population - The morning air was nippy, with a temperature of 40 degrees and a wind chill of 33 when local birders set out early on Dec. 17. With binoculars strung around necks and charts in hand, the bird enthusiasts were ready to conduct the annual bird census in our area. 15551
December 30th, 2011
Tuscaloosa News schedule - The Tuscaloosa News will close at 3 p.m. today and be closed until Tuesday for the New Year’s holiday. 15550
December 30th, 2011
Fayette County probate judge to seek fifth term - Fayette County Probate Judge William Oswalt will seek the Democratic nomination for a fifth term in office. 15549
December 30th, 2011
Stillman student charged with child rape attempt - A Stillman College student who graduated from Florida A&M University’s Developmental Research School is under arrest and charged with trying to rape an 8-year-old boy who was also attending the FAMU school. 15548
December 30th, 2011
Men face charges of sex with children - Three men have been charged with having sexual contact with young girls in Tuscaloosa. The victims in the unrelated cases were 11, 12 and 13, said Sgt. Brent Blankley, a Tuscaloosa police spokesman. 15547
December 30th, 2011
Challenges confront new AEA leaders - The Alabama Education Association’s future in the short term is in the hands of a new generation of leaders who will need to take a long-term outlook to keep the organization viable. 15546
December 30th, 2011
Four killed in wrecks 20 minutes apart - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer TUSCALOOSA | Four people were killed in two separate traffic accidents Wednesday night. Three young men were killed in Coker after crashing into a large work truck. A Moundville man was killed 20 minutes later when his motorcycle hit a deer that was crossing Alabama Highway 69 South. Johnny Channell, Jared Porter and Brandon Campbell, all 23, died at the scene of the wreck on U.S. Highway 82 and Sam Sutton Road. Timmy Barrett, 50, was killed in the motorcycle crash. 15545
December 30th, 2011
Disney TV actor helps rebuild Rosedale home - Disney Channel TV actor Dylan Riley Snyder joined high school student volunteers Thursday to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild a Rosedale home destroyed by the April tornado. But seeing the local destruction isn’t anything new for the 14-year-old actor on the show “Kickin’ It.” Snyder, who also came to Tuscaloosa to volunteer immediately after the storm, is originally from Tuscaloosa and still has family in the area. 15544
December 30th, 2011
County homicides fall for third year - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer The number of homicides in Tuscaloosa County dropped for the third straight year to the lowest number since 2002. The Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit investigated 11 homicides this year. Criminal cases will only proceed in eight of those after grand juries ruled that three shootings were committed in self-defense. The lower-than-usual number doesn’t mean that investigators haven’t been busy. The overall caseload for the unit that investigates violent crimes and suicides increased substantially in 2011, said unit commander Capt. Loyd Baker. 15543
December 30th, 2011
Continued volatility predicted for gas prices - For those tired of seeing gas prices dive below $3 a gallon before shooting up 20 or 30 cents, a University of Alabama professor who follows the petroleum markets has some bad news. Peter Clark, professor of chemical engineering at UA, predicts that an increased fuel demand in 2012 combined with continued political and economic unrest will mean unstable prices. 15542
December 29th, 2011
Barefoot robber sought in Duncanville - Police are searching for a suspect who attempted to rob a Dollar General store in Duncanville on Tuesday. 15541
December 29th, 2011
Reward offered in credit union robbery - TUSCALOOSA | The Alabama Credit Union is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of two armed robbers. 15540
December 29th, 2011
5-year-old beats chess players six times his age - Harper began playing chess months ago when he was 4. His mom, Regan Hall, said he became curious about the game after spotting chess pieces and eyeing the opposite side of the family checkerboard, which doubles as a chess board. 15539
December 29th, 2011
Tornado cleanup a bright spot in Alabama - BIRMINGHAM | The tornadoes that devastated Alabama in the spring proved that a state with a spotty record on the environment can make real progress toward recycling and protecting its streams and forests, according to a report by an environmental group. 15538
December 29th, 2011
Engineer to seek county panel job - Clements, 46, is a lifelong resident of Tuscaloosa County. He attended Shelton State Community College before transferring to the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology. He currently serves as vice president of engineering for PELA GeoEnvironmental and he is also a part-time instructor at the University of Alabama. 15537
December 29th, 2011
Celebrating Kwanzaa: Service emphasizes collective responsibility - Seven words from Gwendolyn Sutton’s prayer Wednesday night neatly summed up the grateful celebration that took place within the walls of Christian Community Church. “Thank you from where you have brought us from.” More than 150 community members packed the church’s sanctuary to celebrate, Ujima, the third night of Kwanzaa. 15536
December 29th, 2011
Partlow center closes after 88 years - The W.D. Partlow Developmental Center, which was home for thousands of intellectually disabled residents, closed Wednesday after 88 years in operation in Tuscaloosa. 15535
December 29th, 2011
Drummond helps workers find jobs, car-makers find workers - As director of the West Alabama Center for Workforce Development, Lewis Drummond focuses on helping people get the skills they need for local jobs. Now he also is helping the state's automotive manufacturers succeed. 15534
December 28th, 2011
2012 Alabama football schedule has both Missouri and Texas A&M - The Southeastern Conference released the 2012 football schedule today. The University of Alabama will play two newcomers to the SEC, with a visit to Missouri on Oct. 13 and a home game against Texas A&M on Nov. 10. 15533
December 28th, 2011
Diligence marks renovation of UA's historic Gorgas House - By Wayne Grayson Staff Writer TUSCALOOSA | Seated at the heart of the University of Alabama campus, the Gorgas House has served the school in many capacities in its 182-year history. Built in 1829, two years before the university was established, the house first served as a hotel. Gorgas House was one of the few buildings left standing after Union soldiers burned most of the campus to the ground on April 4, 1865. Since then, the building has served as a guest house for UA professors, a dining hall for students, a faculty residence and the home of the Gorgas family. Confederate Gen. Josiah Gorgas retired and moved into the home in 1879 and a member of the Gorgas family lived at the home until 1953. Now the house is a museum that gives visitors a glimpse into the Gorgas family's home life. 15532
December 28th, 2011
UA predictions: Social media will play vital role in 2012 - Should the predictions of some University of Alabama faculty come true, President Barack Obama will be elected to his second term in an election year influenced by running mates and a greater use of social media by candidates and voters. 15531
December 28th, 2011
Probate judge Hardy McCollum announces re-election bid - Hardy McCollum has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Tuscaloosa County probate judge, a position he has held for 35 years. “My family and I have prayerfully considered this re-election campaign and believe that the citizens of Tuscaloosa County want a probate judge who will continue to provide sound fiscal management and conservative leadership,” McCollum said in announcing his re-election bid. “I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, and I have a strong commitment to Tuscaloosa County’s future.” 15530
December 28th, 2011
Flood zone maps will allow more rebuilding - Good news emerged Tuesday for many homes and stores near 15th Street that were destroyed by the April 27 tornado — the city released updated maps of the flood zone that will allow more to rebuild. 15529
December 28th, 2011
New York Times announces sale of Tuscaloosa News - The New York Times Co. said it will sell 16 regional newspapers, including The Tuscaloosa News, to Halifax Media Holdings for $143 million. Plans for the sale leaked out last week but today the company announced the agreement was in place, although it may take at least two weeks to become effective. 15528
December 27th, 2011
Fire kills four horses in stable on Christmas Day - Four horses were killed in a stable fire on Christmas Day south of Tuscaloosa's city limits. 15527
December 27th, 2011
Woman found after wandering from store - An 88-year-old woman who wandered from a store near her home was located Monday after an hour-and-a-half search by law enforcement. 15526
December 27th, 2011
Actress who grew up in Tuscaloosa buried with her parents in Evergreen Cemetery - Dees appeared in only four minutes of “Saratoga,” with either her back to the camera or wearing a floppy hat, and since her voice was higher-pitched than Harlow’s, a second double was hired to say Harlow’s lines, according to the University of Alabama’s W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library’s guide to Dees’ scrapbooks. Dees had parts in “The Last Gangster” (1937), “The Women” (1939), some Three Stooges short films and several Marx Brothers comedies before going on to a career on Broadway. 15525
December 27th, 2011
Upgrades planned for McFarland, 15th Street - TUSCALOOSA | Property owners at one of the city’s busiest intersections said they are surprised to learn they may be forced to sell their land for traffic improvements. 15524
December 27th, 2011
Suicide threats a concern for colleges - The email that arrived at Virginia Tech’s health center in November 2007 was detailed and unmistakably ominous. It concerned a Tech senior named Daniel Kim and came from an acquaintance at another college. 15523
December 27th, 2011
Majority of area students get free, reduced lunch - Two-thirds of students in city schools qualify for free or reduced price lunch while, for the first time, a majority of students in county schools qualify for the federal program. 15522
December 27th, 2011
Looking Back: Dec. 26 - 50 years ago this week Adm. Charles R. (Cat) Brown of Tuscaloosa, commander in chief of Allied Forces, Southern Europe, would join McDonnell Aircraft Corp. after retirement from the U.S. Navy. Mary Read “Missy” Forehand of Tuscaloosa was a crowd favorite in the 1962 Maid of Cotton contest in Memphis and was a top 10 finalist. 15521
December 26th, 2011
Christmas spirit at Tuscaloosa soup bowl - The charity group "Just Us" was founded and organized by Euna and Charles Johnson in 2005. Euna said she started volunteering because God put it on her heart to feed others. The soup bowl is open seven days a week for lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. William Laycock, assistant director at the soup bowl, said he expected close to 300 people would eat Christmas lunch at the soup bowl this year. 15520
December 26th, 2011
UA program doles out free books to Black Belt schools - The University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies will give more than $7,000 in free books to six schools in the Black Belt region of the state this month as part of its annual Book Bonanza for the Black Belt program. 15519
December 26th, 2011
Pickens County's Hall leads Super 11 all-star team - 15518
December 26th, 2011
Open Door, Alberta Baptist members unite for Christmas service - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer NORTHPORT | A visitor walking into Open Door Baptist Church on Christmas morning would have seen a congregation of people sitting in the pews. The visitor would have heard musicians playing, soloist singing and a preacher preaching. And, if that visitor hadn’t talked to anyone after the service, he or she might have left thinking that they just enjoyed Open Door’s Christmas service. But the Christmas service was a seamlessly blended one joining the congregations of Open Door Baptist and Alberta Baptist churches. Since Alberta Baptist Church’s building was destroyed by the April 27 tornado, its congregation has held services at Open Door. But in the eight months since the storm, the two congregations haven’t held a joint service until Christmas Eve and Christmas. 15517
December 26th, 2011
MILITARY NEWS: Dec. 25 - Marine Corps Pvt. Stephen A. Pate Jr., son of Tammy Hardin of Dahlonega, Ga. and Stephen A. Pate Sr., of Tuscaloosa, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C 15516
December 25th, 2011
COLLEGE NEWS: Dec. 25 - Literacy Is The Edge, or LITE, a student advocacy group, announced that it raised more than $4,000 in its 2011 campaign “Empower Literacy.” 15515
December 25th, 2011
Shelton State Community College graduates - Nearly 225 students completed the requirements for degrees or certificates at the conclusion of the summer and fall 2011 semesters at Shelton State Community College. Shelton State President Mark A. Heinrich presided over the ceremony held on Dec. 19 in the Martin campus gymnasium. 15514
December 25th, 2011
SCHOOL NEWS: Dec. 25 - Holy Spirit Catholic School students have been busy during December playing Santa’s elves. 15513
December 25th, 2011
Groups unite to provide bicycles for tornado victims - VeloCity Pro Cycle and the Druid City Bicycle Club are coordinating the Tuscaloosa Bicycle Relief initiative to collect donations of bicycles for people who lost their modes of transportation in the April storms. 15512
December 25th, 2011
Have information on this vehicle? - State troopers are seeking the public’s help finding a the owner of vehicle that authorities suspect was involved a hit-and-run collision on Friday that killed a pedestrian. Troopers are looking for a Ford F150 made between 2000 and 2005. The vehicle may have damage to the front grille and headlight area, along with damage to the right rear taillight. Troopers believe the Ford struck a pedestrian on Interstate 59 southbound at the 84-mile marker in front of the rest area between 4 and 6 a.m. Friday. The pedestrian was killed and the vehicle left the scene. Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to the nearest state trooper post by dialing *HP on a cellphone or call the Tuscaloosa State Trooper Post at 205-553-5531. 15511
December 25th, 2011
Book donations restock Alberta Elementary library - Alberta Elementary School faced the hardest of times this year, but the library’s stocking overflowed at Christmas with a batch of new books that will greet students after their return from holiday break. 15510
December 25th, 2011
Day to remember - Chris Duncan and Ansley Grace got married on a day neither is likely to forget: The morning of April 27, 2011. 15509
December 25th, 2011
Feasibility study sought for power - TUSCALOOSA | Two companies are seeking federal approval for an exclusive right to conduct a feasibility study on the cost of building a hydroelectric generating facility at the William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River. 15508
December 25th, 2011
Rare hummingbird seen in Northport - By the time winter arrives and the temperature drops, most of the hummingbirds in the area are already on a flight path to warmer climates. So when Northport resident Barbara Dale noticed one of the tiny critters still here well into late November, she knew there was something different about this one. 15507
December 24th, 2011
Council hires new demolition contractor - After a bureaucratic mistake that threatened the federal reimbursement for tornado cleanup work, the Tuscaloosa City Council has hired a new contractor to clear away storm-damaged homes. 15506
December 24th, 2011
Stores expect huge crowds on Monday - Most Tuscaloosa-area retailers will close earlier than usual today and will be closed Christmas Day. But Monday will be a different story. 15505
December 24th, 2011
Sheriff says deputy in fatal Holt shooting acted 'within policy' - One man was fatally shot and a Sheriff's deputy injured after a robbery attempt at a grocery store in Holt Friday. 15504
December 24th, 2011
Robbery in Holt results in one death, deputy shot - One man was fatally shot and a Sheriff's deputy injured after a robbery attempt at a grocery store in Holt Friday. 15503
December 23rd, 2011
Man dies on Interstate 20/59 - 15502
December 23rd, 2011
Northport council OKs site for gym - The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved the annexation and rezoning of property at 4286 Watermelon Road, which NorthRidge Fitness is considering as the site for a new gym. 15501
December 23rd, 2011
PAL Christmas party to be today - A Christmas party planned for Thursday at the Police Athletic League gym was canceled after severe weather moved through Tuscaloosa midday. 15500
December 23rd, 2011
Court wont delay Alabama, Georgia immigration law hearings - A federal appeals court on Thursday denied requests by Georgia and Alabama to delay action on legal challenges to their tough new laws targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar challenge to Arizona’s immigration law. 15499
December 23rd, 2011
City will recycle trees; holiday trash pickup set - City Hall will again be managing a Christmas tree recycling program starting next week. 15498
December 23rd, 2011
Woman finds owner of family Bible lost in tornado - Dorothy Scarbrough is hoping to give a stranger an early Christmas gift. After nearly six months of searching, Scarbrough says she’s found the owner of a battered Bible she found near Cedar Crest in June, a casualty of the April 27 tornado, and hopes to reunite the book with its owner this week. 15497
December 23rd, 2011
Alabama tied for second in unemploymentdecrease - MONTGOMERY | Alabama’s big unemployment drop in November tied the state for the second-largest decrease in the nation and gave Alabama the third-lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast. That’s a month after Alabama tied for the nation’s biggest drop in October. “This year has ended up being much better than we forecast. We hope the same story will be seen in 2012,” said Sam Addy, director for the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama. 15496
December 23rd, 2011
Christmas not the same after April 27 tornadoes - By Deangelo McDaniel The Decatur Daily CHALYBEATE | The tears in the corner of Noe Guzman’s eyes carried so many questions and so much pain. This is his first Christmas without his only daughter, 12-year-old Aurelia, a middle school student and the youngest of the 14 Lawrence County residents to die in the April 27 tornadoes. Christmas will be significantly different for the families of the 18 people who died in Lawrence and Limestone counties. 15495
December 23rd, 2011
City acts to acquire Graceland Apartments - By Jason Morton Staff Writer TUSCALOOSA | A decrepit apartment building off University Boulevard in Alberta may become the site of an elementary school and fire station. The City Council has unanimously voted to seize, through eminent domain powers, the Graceland Apartments at 739 28th Ave. E., which appear to have been untouched since it was destroyed in the April 27 tornado. Household items can still be seen through the walls open to the sky, a large tree bisects a portion of the building and a baby stroller sits unattended in the parking lot. “It continues to be an area of blight even after the tornado,” said Mayor Walt Maddox. 15494
December 23rd, 2011
500 lost power as storms surged through Alabama - 15493
December 22nd, 2011
House leaders accept Senate tax terms - Their isolation complete, House Republicans on Thursday caved to demands by President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans for a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts for all workers. 15492
December 22nd, 2011
Council approves controversial street abandonment - 15491
December 22nd, 2011
Fast start propels Crimson Tide to win - The University of Alabama basketball team came into Wednesday night’s game against Oklahoma State short-handed — but also hot-handed. 15490
December 22nd, 2011
Around Town 12/22 - 15489
December 22nd, 2011
City approves school calendar for 2012-13 - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a calendar for the 2012-13 school year. 15488
December 22nd, 2011
OfficeMax files lawsuit over missing software - OfficeMax North America Inc. is suing a former security guard and an Alabama security firm, Security Engineers Inc. of Birmignham, after the office supply company discovered that software was stolen from its McCalla distribution center. 15487
December 22nd, 2011
Alabama lawmakers try to define legal teacher gifts - As Alabama lawmakers try to decide how much money students should be allowed to spend on gifts for their teachers, some say $25 and others say $100. 15486
December 22nd, 2011
City hires school personnel director - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education unanimously approved Billie Wingfield as the Tuscaloosa City School System’s new executive director of personnel Tuesday evening. 15485
December 22nd, 2011
Forest Lake churches unite for food, fellowship - Forest Lake United Methodist Church hosteda dinner for about 250 people in its gym, with members from Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, Covenant Presbyterian, Forest Lake Baptist, Vineyard Community, West Highland Missionary Baptist and St. John Missionary Baptist carrying over the spirit of togetherness that developed in the aftermath of the April 27 tornado. 15484
December 22nd, 2011
Meeting marks changes in county schools' leadership - TUSCALOOSA | The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education on Wednesday bid farewell to Superintendent Frank Costanzo and welcomed Walter Davie as the system's new deputy superintendent. Costanzo's retirement was unanimously approved by the school board, although some board members expressed regrets. His retirement will be effective March 1. Costanzo's recommendation that Davie be promoted as the system's new deputy superintendent was also unanimously approved by the board. Davie will replace Barbara Spencer, who retires Dec. 31. 15483
December 22nd, 2011
Northport to vote on rezoning for NorthRidge Fitness gym - NorthRidge Fitness plans to build a new gym on Watermelon Road in Northport. The Northport City Council first has to approve the site's annexation and rezoning. The council will have a special called meeting Thursday to vote on the issue. 15482
December 21st, 2011
State lawmakers try to define legal teacher gifts - As Alabama lawmakers try to decide how much money students should be allowed to spend on gifts for their teachers, some say $25 and others say $100. 15481
December 21st, 2011
City moves toward red light camera installation - After more than a year of consideration, City Hall is now poised to have a series of red light cameras in place by spring 2012. 15480
December 21st, 2011
Local stars up for Mr. Football - Several local athletes were selected as finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Football award Tuesday. The same candidates will also serve as finalists for the Back and Lineman of the Year, an awarded handed out by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association for each classification. 15479
December 21st, 2011
Around Town calendar - Wednesday Zoolight Safari: 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 31, at the Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Road, with lights, music, hayrides and visits with Santa. Admission is $8. Ride tickets are $3.50; unlimited attraction bands are $10. Visit www.birminghamzoo.com. “Elf”: holiday film showing at 7 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. N., Birmingham. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children younger than 12. Free parking is available in central parking lots around the theatre. Call 205-252-2262 or visit www.alabamatheatre.com. Teen Tech: 3:30 p.m. at Weaver Bolden Branch, 2522 Lanier Ave. Teens will learn to create cool tech projects, Free. Call 205-758-8291. Winter Craftstravaganza for all ages: 3:30-5 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Public Library, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway. Enjoy making winter crafts for the holidays. Free. Call 205-345-5820 ext. 231. 15478
December 21st, 2011
Toys wanted for needy sixth-graders - The Alverta Hall Foundation is requesting donated gifts for at-risk children from preschool to sixth grade, including toys, books or clothing. 15477
December 21st, 2011
Court bars Greensboro tax preparer - A federal court in Mobile has permanently barred Delois Warren of Greensboro from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. 15476
December 21st, 2011
Rural parents, state appealing tax ruling - A lawsuit over the fairness of Alabama’s property tax system is headed to a federal appeals court. 15475
December 21st, 2011
Woman charged with lying to police - A Coaling woman faces a charge of falsely reporting a crime after law enforcement authorities said she lied about a home invasion attack earlier this month. 15474
December 21st, 2011
Sex abuse suit filed against Partlow - A lawsuit has been filed against Department of Mental Health officials regarding an allegation of sexual abuse involving a W.D. Partlow Developmental Center resident. 15473
December 21st, 2011
Storms, drifting snow make travel tough across nation - TOPEKA, Kan. | A deadly storm that halted travel throughout the Great Plains weakened Tuesday as it headed east into Missouri and toward the Great Lakes, and officials reopened interstates in areas where motorists had been forced to adjust holiday plans mid-trip. Authorities still were reporting snow drifts of up to 10 feet high in southeast Colorado, and Texas officials warned drivers to stay off the road in the Panhandle so crews would have a clear path to remove ice and snow. Major highways in the western half of the Oklahoma Panhandle remained closed. 15472
December 21st, 2011
Zoning, building code plan advances - TUSCALOOSA | The enactment of an extensive overhaul of the city’s building codes and zoning rules for certain areas within the tornado recovery zone took one more step toward adoption Tuesday night. As part of the approval process, the City Council voted unanimously to formally introduce the zoning amendments. The next step will be to publish the 51-page document as a legal notice, which will appear in Friday’s edition of The Tuscaloosa News as a pull-out section. 15471
December 21st, 2011
Mayor opposes Riverwalk apartments - TUSCALOOSA | An Atlanta developer wants to build a $40 million, 856-bed student apartment complex along the city's Riverwalk. But the proposed four- to five-story development is running into some opposition from city officials. Carter, the development company, has proposed a mixed-use complex on the old Tuscaloosa Chevrolet property on Jack Warner Parkway near Greensboro Avenue. 15470
December 21st, 2011
House rejects 2-month payroll tax cut - The House Tuesday rejected legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, drawing a swift rebuke from President Barack Obama that Republicans were threatening higher taxes on 160 million workers on Jan. 1. 15469
December 20th, 2011
New 'fun centers' aim to ease hospital stays for children - For many children a hospital stay can be an uncertain, unnerving experience. The DCH Foundation is hoping to change that by providing portable “fun centers” where children will be able to watch DVDs on flat screen TVs and play video games on Nintendo Wii in their hospital beds at DCH Regional Medical Center. 15468
December 20th, 2011
Alabama looks to bounce back against Oklahoma State - The University of Alabama basketball team, on the losing end of three of its last four games, will try to go into the holidays with some positive momentum coming off of Wednesday's game against Oklahoma State in Birmingham in the 2011 Legacy Credit Union Holiday Classic. 15467
December 20th, 2011
County schools chief Frank Costanzo to retire - 15466
December 20th, 2011
Tide players glad to have McElwain coaching in title game - For Colorado State, Jim McElwain is bringing a new regime, but for the University of Alabama, he is still bringing stability. In accepting the head coaching job at Colorado State, the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator agreed to continue serving through the BCS National Championship Game. And with that, a potential distraction for the Alabama team was averted. 15465
December 20th, 2011
Group in talks to buy Tuscaloosa News from New York Times - 15464
December 20th, 2011
Citizen Police Academy applications available - 15463
December 20th, 2011
Man commits suicide by jumping from Bryant Bridge - 15462
December 20th, 2011
Parts of Grace Street, 12th Street to be closed today - Alabama Power Co. will close Grace Street between University Boulevard and Riverside Drive from 8:30-11 a.m. today to remove a concrete pole. 15461
December 20th, 2011
Winn-Dixie Stores sold to Bi-Lo for $560 million - The supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is being sold in a deal valued at $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC, the companies said Monday, creating a huge grocery operator in the South. 15460
December 20th, 2011
Bill would modify workers compensation - A bill prefiled for the 2012 session of the Legislature would modify the state’s workers’ compensation law to increase payments to injured workers by $20 a week, but would reduce long-term benefits. The bill also would give appellate courts the authority to reject trial court rulings in workers’ compensation cases. 15459
December 20th, 2011
Churches urge Bentley to repeal law - Several leaders of the Roman Catholic, United Methodist and Episcopal churches in Alabama wrote a letter Monday to the governor, saying they are praying he will show political courage and support the repeal of Alabama’s immigration law. 15458
December 20th, 2011
Shelby, Thomas speak at federal building dedication - With a spirit harking back to the founding of this country, the Tuscaloosa Federal Building and United States Courthouse officially was unveiled today with a formal dedication ceremony that featured U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby. 15457
December 20th, 2011
County schools superintendent Frank Costanzo to retire - Tuscaloosa County Schools Superintendent Frank Costanzo is retiring, effective March 1. The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education is scheduled to approve Costanzo's retirement at a called meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m. 15456
December 19th, 2011
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