It’s that time again: Sprayberry Education Center is hosting the 13th Annual Art Show and Silent Auction this Thursday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sprayberry Center Cafeteria. The show, which is a fundraiser of the Sprayberry PTO, features approximately 100 pieces of art in a variety of different categories.

By Amelia Pilsch

Meet Libby, a beautiful former Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter dog, who accompanies her human, Mary Calhoun, all over Tuscaloosa County, listening to students read. Calhoun, a retired elementary school teacher, brings Libby to schools each Wednesday, where readers receive stickers that say, “I read to a dog today and I liked it.” They also receive Metro Animal Shelter pencils and a book about dogs for their classroom library. Recently, Libby paid a visit to Rock Quarry Elementary School. 

Students in Jena Strickland and Amy Turner's first grade classes at Holy Spirit School in Tuscaloosa celebrated the 101st day of the school year with a “101 Dalmatians” theme. Dressed in costume along with teacher Amy Turner (as Cruella DeVille), the students were happy to collect $283 dollars for the Canine Compassion Fund. 

Way to go!

By Katherine Chatmon

The University of Alabama’s enrollment has nearly doubled in the past 15 years, from 19,633 students in 2001 to 37,665 students in 2016.

This upward trend is expected to continue as UA expands with various building projects projected to be completed by 2020. Housing Administration Associate Director Kimberly Sterritt said that the goal to reach 50,000 students is on track.

“The new Tutwiler building should be completed by 2020,” Sterritt said. “The new hall beside Lakeside is projected to be completed by Fall 2018.”

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.

More than 4,300 eighth graders and approximately 2,000 ninth through 12th graders will get a hands-on look at high-paying jobs in West Alabama this week, as Worlds of Work, a one-of-a-kind career expo will be held October 13 and 14 at Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus.

Holy Spirit Catholic School held the annual Blessing of the Pets led by Father Michael Deering, Pastor of Holy Spirit Church, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day on October 4.

St. Francis was known for his love of all of God's creatures. Student families and members of the community brought their pets to be blessed with Holy Water at the prayer service. Dogs, cats, bunnies, a ferret, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and a rat were among the pets in attendance. 

The Minority Business Council, a group designed to foster the growth and competitiveness of minority owned businesses in West Alabama, gathered at Glory Bound Gyro Co. in downtown Tuscaloosa for an After Hours event Thursday evening. Sponsored by BBVA Compass, the event brought together a range of resources for networking-minded attendees. 

A strong partnership between parents and teachers make for a winning team!  Parents and teachers working together equal a child’s success in school.


As a parent you can strengthen the team by:

Say how much you enjoy reading together

Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day. Snuggle up close as you read so your child will associate reading with a warm, loving feeling.

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