The City of Tuscaloosa will host the 11th Annual Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, April 29. The Mayor’s Cup is a 5K and 10K race in support of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. 

The race starts and ends at Government Plaza behind City Hall. The route will go through downtown and cross through the Walk of Champions on the University of Alabama campus. 

 There are countless variables in the success of a non-profit in the world in which we live. Two of the most vital are funding and volunteers. One requires the gift of money. The other requires the gift of time. Both are crucial, and for some non-profits, the volunteer is even more important.   

One of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities I have every year is to volunteer for Junior Achievement. And if you don't know what they do, you should.  

Sprayberry Center held its 13th Annual Art Show and Silent Auction on Thursday, March 23, in the school cafeteria. A special piece of art work, completed with the fingerprints of all Sprayberry students, was presented to Dr. Walter Davie, Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa County School System, and Gary Mims, Board Member, as a thank you from students, staff, and families for the renovation of Lloyd Wood Education Center.

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.

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.

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