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.

This summer, West Tuscaloosa and our entire community accepted a challenge not of our choosing. Stillman College, a difference maker in our community for more than 140 years, faced a $1 million shortfall due to slow cash flow. If this shortfall was not addressed, it was likely that Stillman College was going to close its doors. 

After the April 27, 2011, tornado, our goal was to build back stronger, safer and smarter. The Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center exceeds these three facets. In fact, I was impressed at every step of this building and development process, and was blown away with the final product. 

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will have several opportunities to do just that over the coming weeks and months. Maddox will hold five public meetings outside of City Hall this fall, continuing the Mayor’s Morning Out and Mayor’s Night Out series.

Gov. Robert Bentley is calling for a special session of the Alabama Legislature to create a state lottery to help solve what he calls a state funding crisis. Bentley made the announcement in a video posted to his official website on Wednesday, July 27.  

A weekend wastewater leak in Northport sent emergency crews scrambling for a temporary fix, and now permanent repairs will be made. The 20-inch wastewater force main broke on Fifth Street near downtown Northport, resulting in the massive sewage spill.

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat with the kids and enjoy some fun movie time, the City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department has a solution. “The Green Scene” indoor summer movie series starts on Friday, July 1, at the Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. Movies will be shown each Friday afternoon through July 22.

When the April 27, 2011, tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, the city vowed to build back stronger, safer and smarter. The newest example of that resolve is The Gateway: Alberta’s Innovation and Discovery Center, which opens its doors to the public this week.

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