Nearly 250 Chamber members attended the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce's State of the State luncheon, held on July 6 at Embassy Suites in downtown Tuscaloosa, to get an update from Alabama's leaders.

The West/Central Alabama Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has given University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Dean Dr. Mark Nelson with a special honor. Nelson was given a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his extraordinary support of those serving in the military.

Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa held its annual athletic banquet on Thursday, May 4. Students, coaches and volunteers were recognized for their participation in the athletic program.

The University of Alabama’s Community Music School will hold its Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra spring concert on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Moody Music Building. The event is free of charge.

The concert will feature “March of the Meistersingers” by Wagner, “Folktune and Fiddle Dance” for strings by Fletcher and “Highlights from Wicked” that will showcase music from the smash Broadway show. Two student soloists, Luke Turner, cellist and James Smelly, bassoonist, will perform as well.

 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.  

Did you know that you can obtain Boating Safety Help using your Smart Phone, iPad or Android device?

Hillcrest High School Army Junior ROTC competed in the Marine League 5K on February 18. Cadet Cory Facio won the Overall Male Winner, Cadet Preston Reynolds took second place, and Cadet Miles Harrison won third place. Caitlyn Sanders won the Overall Female Race. 

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Help the children in Alabama’s Black Belt counties develop the “love of reading” by participating in the 2017 Books for the Alabama Black Belt Campaign, which begins on Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 28.

This event, sponsored by The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED), aims to help over 42,000 children in the state’s 13 Black Belt counties develop a love of learning and reading.  The goal of the project, according to a release, is to provide one book for every child in the Black Belt, which includes Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department is now accepting applications for this year's Citizens' Police Academy, which begins February 6. 

Here are some simple tips to help parents prepare their child for a positive experience in kindergarten and later life.

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