The City of Tuscaloosa was recently awarded $314,457 in grant funds from the Southern Rail Commission’s State of Alabama Delegation for a new multimodal station in Alberta’s tornado recovery zone.

The funds will be used to construct a new train station at the former Leland Shopping Center. At nearly 3,000 square feet, the station could become the new home of Amtrak in Tuscaloosa. The City, which will contribute additional funding to the project, is said to be close to completing negotiations with Amtrak and the owners of the property.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. until noon at the City of Tuscaloosa Public Safety Logistics building located at 3311 Kauloosa Avenue.

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Many hazardous wastes bear by warning labels such as poisonous or flammable. Improper disposal of these wastes can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Items dropped off will either be neutralized and recycled into new product or safely and properly disposed.

Tuscaloosa was named one of 50 midsize cities nationwide to take part in the Invest Health Initiative, aimed at transforming how leaders from the city work together to help low-income communities thrive.

The Initiative, a program for cities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000 seeks to improve the health of residents by paying specific attention to community features that drive health, including access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise and quality jobs.

Life is not fair.  Life is too fragile. These two truths converged unmercifully at 5:13 p.m., on April 27, 2011, when a deadly EF-4 tornado with winds of 193 mph swept into the southwestern edge of this city, and took aim at the heart of Tuscaloosa. In a matter of six minutes, 12 percent of the City was destroyed.  

Tuscaloosa’s world changed forever, yet, out the darkness, a confident hope emerged. 

For our children, the world has never been a more difficult and complex place, especially as it relates to the value of an education. According to most experts, two out of three jobs created in the next 25 years will require a minimum of a two-year degree with a heavy concentration of digital literacy.

Technology is creating a doubled-edge sword in forecasting the next generation of job opportunities. On one end, we have individuals who do well in school and are well versed in the digital revolution, thus they are poised to succeed. Conversely, for those who fail to achieve academic success, low skill jobs are disappearing from the landscape rapidly. The next time you visit Home Depot or Lowe’s notice the amount of self-check-out lines, as just one small example.

Run-off elections will be held statewide on Tuesday, April 12, including in Tuscaloosa County – where both a Republican and a Democratic primary race will be decided. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Stillman College is about to commemorate its 140th anniversary with a gala celebration. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and Alabama native, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner on May 19.

For 140 years, Stillman College has encouraged and endorsed education as a liberal arts institution. Now, the school will celebrate its history and achievements with its celebration, “A Foundation for Life,” next month. Friends, students, alumni and community leaders will all attend.

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will be able to do just that on Wednesday, March 23 at the Mayor’s Morning Out – which will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at Chick-Fil-A South located off of Skyland Boulevard.

This past weekend, C-SPAN was in Montgomery, filming segments for its C-Span Cities Tour, which features the literary life and history of a specific city. Now, C-SPAN is visiting Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Maddox was set to host C-SPAN at Tuscaloosa’s historic The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion on Monday morning. More will be revealed about the specific segments and stories covered. And mark your calendars, because Tuscaloosa’s C-SPAN Cities Tour segment is set to air April 16 and 17.

The Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday evening voted in favor of a resolution to establish an entertainment district in downtown Tuscaloosa – at least for one day.

The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, led by Gina Simpson, had requested that a formal Entertainment District be established on April 9 – coinciding with the Druid City Arts Festival (DCAF), which is scheduled for that day in Government Plaza.

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Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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