More and more extended relatives are helping to care for relatives’ children. What if they need help? That’s where the Family Guidance Center’s “Kids and Kin” program comes into play. It is a free program designed to provide support and assistance for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings who provide childcare for their relatives’ kids.

Area residents turned out at the polls on Tuesday, March 7, to decide several key government races and seats on the Tuscaloosa City School Board.

Unofficial results are in (results won’t be official until canvassing on March 14), and these are the winners in each race – or those headed into a runoff on April 18.

Area residents who want to learn more about exactly how their tax dollars are being spent now have access to that information, thanks to a new effort by Tuscaloosa city officials.

The city of Tuscaloosa has launched an online financial transparency portal, an effort officials say will allow the city to strengthen its accountability, allowing taxpayers to see where funds are budgeted and how funds are spent.

For the fourth year in a row, City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham Jr. will continue their tradition of a $100 Iron Bowl wager to benefit local charities.

Members of West Alabama’s legislative delegation met at Embassy Suites Thursday morning for Chamber in Session: State of the State, tackling topics of interest to Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama members during a panel moderated by JamisonMoneyFarmer PC’s Carl Jamison, the Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council.

Joining Jamison for the panel were Sen. Gerald Allen, in his second term serving Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa’s District 21; Sen. Bobby Singleton, in his third term serving Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa’s District 24; Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa’s House District 70; Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa’s House District 63; Rep. Kyle South of Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Tuscaloosa’s House District 16; and Rep. Rich Wingo of Tuscaloosa’s House District 62.

Senator Allen, who serves as Chairman of the Transportation and Energy Committee, was asked about the ongoing debate on investment in the state’s aging transportation infrastructure.

Members of the Tuscaloosa County Legislative Delegation will be on hand for Thursday morning’s Chamber in Session: State of the State event at 7:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites.

Designed to provide Chamber members with updates from key officials on public policy topics, Thursday’s event will feature Sen. Gerald Allen, Sen. Bobby Singleton, Rep. Chris England, Rep. Bill Poole, Rep. Kyle South and Rep. Rich Wingo.

A record number of Alabamians are registered to vote, and turnout is expected to be high for Tuesday’s general election.

It hasn’t rained in weeks here in Tuscaloosa and Northport (or anywhere else for that matter), and currently there’s no significant rain in the immediate forecast here in West Alabama. Our drought is worsening, prompting state officials to take action on Tuesday – placing Tuscaloosa County and 17 other counties under drought emergency status level – the most severe drought declaration.

Voters in Northport are going back to the polls on Tuesday, to decide the race for mayor and two city council seats.

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