Several area grocery stores in the Tuscaloosa area are offering special hours and opportunities for seniors and those at risk to shop in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope is that these “Senior Hours” will help those most at-risk avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods. Many are also closing early to allow workers to sanitize, clean, and restock store shelves.  according to owner Jay Welborn.

“I am so proud of our employees and the effort they have sustained for several days,” said Jay Welborn, owner of the Piggly Wiggly stores in Tuscaloosa and Northport. 

Hours of operation at many of these stores were still changing. The best advice on when they open/close will be to call the store directly or check the store’s website/social media accounts.

A center at the University of Alabama is helping to transform the lives of people dealing with addiction. 

“Our primary focus is for individuals  who are exploring  their relationship with substances, generally speaking it’s for alcohol and drug counseling, but we’re most concerned about helping people explore what the impact of substance use has been on their life and help them make decisions on how they want to move forward,” said Gerard Love, Executive Director of Collegiate Recovery and Intervention Services, or CRIS. 

It’s March. All the color is motivating me to get out of my winter funk. 

In the darkness of winter, many of us have been focusing on where were going with goals and intentions. Some of us have probably already lost or tossed a few of our goals and are feeling the need for something motivating. 

Stop. Just stop the madness for a bit. Here’s an idea: Why don’t we all just get lost for a few days?  

Because sometimes, getting lost leads to getting found. 

Shelton State Community College will host its 30th Annual Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, March 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Martin Campus.  Admission to the fair is free, and the event is open to the public.  All are invited to attend this showcase of healthy living.

A College-wide event since 1990, the Shelton State Wellness Center is excited to host this event for a thirtieth year. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the City of Tuscaloosa with a $750,000 grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP).

Hours of heavy, unrelenting rain inundated parts of Tuscaloosa County on Monday, making for hazardous driving conditions. With more rain expected on Tuesday, some area schools opted to close for the day.

Tuscaloosa City Schools’ high school students will soon benefit from a major educational initiative to make college more affordable as part of Elevate Tuscaloosa, the city’s sales tax increase approved last year.  

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced the launch of Elevate Dual Enrollment college scholarships on Jan. 13. 

For the past couple of years, I’ve composed updates on the current status of the vaping issue that by now you are probably very well aware of. If not, you can easily google “Juul” or “E-Cigs” or go to previous installments of this column on Druid City Living’s website.  


And as I say every year: If you’ve got a child or a grandchild in school, you should probably read this.  

Children may ask heartbreaking questions that seem impossible to answer, but there are honest, age-appropriate ways to respond. Print out these ideas for parents to use as they handle difficult questions from their children. Each parent will have to decide how much information to share, and how to adjust their answers based on children’s ages.

Yeah, I know you didn't ask. Yet you continue to flip to this page to read this ridiculous op-ed month and after month. It’s your own fault. You have only yourself to blame. 

And no… this is not an expert in the field of psychology throwing these half-baked ideas at you for no good reason. This is just a normal (or slightly abnormal), everyday guy throwing half-baked ideas at you for a good reason. So, just enjoy and take them for what they are. Besides, you pay for what you get… and this newspaper is free

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