The possibility of high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma has prompted a number of area schools to announce closings for Monday, Sept. 11.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox presented his recommendation for the fiscal year 2018 operating budgets at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The budgets include the general fund and the water and sewer fund.

The City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will present “Midday Moon Solar-bration,” a solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21, noon - 2 p.m. in Government Plaza located at 2106 6th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2009, Dr. David Beito, a University of Alabama history professor, and his wife, Dr. Linda Royster Beito, released a book called “Black Maverick,” a biography about unsung civil rights pioneer Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard.

The book received positive reviews, but, for the Beitos, a book wasn’t enough. Howard’s story needed to reach a wider audience.

In 2015, they attempted something they hadn’t done before: writing a screenplay about a part of Howard’s life they hoped would become a movie.

The University of Alabama Libraries will celebrate the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with free giveaways at four of its five branches.

The event, “Experience the Solar Eclipse,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gorgas Library, Bruno Business Library, Rodgers Library and McLure Education Library.

Tables will be set up at each library where staff will be giving away 1,200 eclipse glasses, Moon Pies, and Starburst and Milk Way candies.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox has appointed Mark Fields as city clerk, effective Sept. 5.

Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Major General Sheryl Gordon as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, upon the retirement of major General Perry Smith.

“General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader,” Governor Ivey said. “She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside her as she leads our National Guard troops in Alabama.”

It’s that time of year again: Area college students are returning to Tuscaloosa for the fall semester. With moving in comes a lot more garbage, and the city is responding accordingly in an attempt to ease the strain – temporarily extending service hours and placing additional resources, including dumpsters, in certain areas.

The environmental services division has placed nine additional dumpsters around Tuscaloosa, in areas with high college student populations from now until Sunday, Aug. 6.

If you're planning on heading to the Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper concert in Tuscaloosa, this weekend, be aware: To enhance public safety and make venue access more efficient, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater says it will institute a clear bag policy for all concerts - effective immediately.

Bags must satisfy the guidelines below in order to be taken into the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater:

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox is forming an exploratory committee to run for Alabama governor. In a videotaped statement on Thursday, Maddox confirmed he’s considering entering the 2018 race.

“Today, I am announcing the formation of a political committee to help me explore the possibility of running for Governor in 2018,” Maddox said in his statement. “The decision to form the committee was easy. By taking this step, I am complying with Alabama’s election and ethics laws and continuing our tradition of transparency.”

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