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It’s that time of year: Back to school sales tax holiday starts soon

The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for Alabama is fast approaching, and the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, along with Tuscaloosa…

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Druid City Brewing Company Hosting “Pints for Pups” to Benefit Humane Society

For Tuscaloosa area residents who want to enjoy a great night out with some excellent beers for a very good…

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In the mood to shop for a great cause? Tuscaloosa’s largest indoor flea market is Saturday

The Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus is the place to be this Saturday, August 2. It’s…

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

UA Football Fan Day is Sunday

The football buzz is in full swing in Tuscaloosa, with cooler mid-week temperatures only adding to the fervor. “It’s football weather!” Yes, yes it is. And for fans who want to get up close and personal with the Crimson Tide Football Team, Sunday, August 3, is THE day: It’s the 2014 Fan Day! The two-hour practice at Bryant-Denny Stadium is open, and fans can get autographs from Bama players and coaches (yes, that includes HC Nick Saban) on the field after practice.

If you’re interested in wonderful food, great company and playing cornhole, make plans to attend the Cornhole Tournament for the Alabama Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Alabama SPCA) on Thursday, July 31, at Tuscaloosa Burger and Seafood Co. (located on 7th Avenue at Paul Bryant Drive).

Book lovers, listen up: This weekend, the Northport Civic Center is the place to be. The first-annual “Book ‘Em” event will be held on Saturday, August 2, beginning at 10 a.m. The free event brings together authors and readers alike for discussions, readings, and more. Book ‘Em celebrates writing, along with promoting literacy. A special discussion is planned on the practical concerns of getting published, as well.

Book ‘Em is a fundraiser for the Books to Prisons Project of Alabama.

One of Tuscaloosa’s most well-known, historic old homes is now in the hands of a local woman who plans to restore it and give it new life. Nika McCool is a mom of four who has an MA in history and loves old houses. Last year, McCool renovated the 175-year-old Foster-Murfee-Caples House on 17th Avenue. Her hard work earned McCool a Bricks and Mortar Award from the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

Now, McCool has set her sights on restoring the Drish House on 17th Street.

Saturday, July 26, is National Dance Day, and Tuscaloosa will be in on all the action. Activities to celebrate are planned all day in the Northridge Center (on the corner of McFarland Blvd and Watermelon Road), and numerous local dance organizations are participating. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a novice, you’ll be able to get moving and enjoy the fun, which starts at 10 a.m. The event is presented by The Dance Initiative.

By Stan J. Griffin It may seem unfathomable to some that it has been over three years since the April 27, 2011 tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa and the lives of many of its citizens.

The rebuilding and healing process from that disastrous and tragic day continues for this historic and vibrant city, with many of its residents still striving to put the pieces back in place for their businesses, homes and even their financial and physical well-being.

April 27, 2011, was a watershed day in the history of Tuscaloosa, and a day which changed many lives forever. This included former University of Alabama football player Carson Tinker.

The credit rating agencies Moody’s Investor Service and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service recently affirmed the City of Tuscaloosa’s Aa1 and AA+ ratings, respectively.

Tuscaloosa’s Actor’s Charitable Theater (ACT) is hoping to raise some much-needed funding while entertaining everyone with a hilarious evening of sketch comedy. “Friday Night Live with the ACT” is set for Friday, August 1, at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.

By Mike Green

Give Life to Your Story:

Guard the heart for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

I’ve heard several variations of a story about a little child whose mom demanded that he sit down in the back seat of their moving car. The child made every effort to defy his mom, but as the mom made it clear she would take action if his defiance continued, he reluctantly slunk down in his seat, buckled his seatbelt, and began his pout. He then proclaimed “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!”

This story is a great example of how we can sometimes achieve compliance from our children but their hearts can be far from us.

Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

The Mommy Chronicles: Jute and Lifesavers

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By Marlena Rice School is out, the days are longer, and all of the fun things we love to do in hot weather are just a stone’s throw away. What’s next? The summer birthdays we’ve waited all year to celebrate! As a summer birthday kid myself, I strongly disliked the fact that I couldn’t bring cupcakes to class during the school year and have everyone make a big fuss over me on my special day. As I grew up, I began to appreciate the fun of summer, and specifically, the summer parties that are fun (and easy) to host at home.

My own little one’s first few birthdays will likely just include immediate family and close friends, but his first birthday this past May was very successful, fun, and will likely be revisited in later years when we can invite friends from school. What did we do? We had a “Splash Bash!”