The Alabama football team joined fans in celebrating the program’s 17th national championship with a parade and ceremony on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

We are sharing with you some thoughts on resolutions, so this is a bit about looking backward instead of forward.

We all need goals, but we also need to be true to events that brought us to where we are at this moment.  We can fight them, we can embrace them, and we can always change them. 

The Alabama football team will be honored for its College Football Playoff National Championship with a parade beginning at Denny Chimes and a program held on the north steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the Walk of Champions this Saturday, Jan. 20.

The Alabama football team will be honored for its College Football Playoff National Championship with a parade beginning at Denny Chimes and a program held on the north steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the Walk of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The National Championship Trophy presented by Dr. Pepper, which was awarded to the Alabama Crimson Tide as national college football champions, will be on display at stores in Tuscaloosa this week. Fans will be able to view and have their photo taken with the actual 24k gold trophy that was presented on the field on Monday night.

I was a good student in high school and college. Mostly A’s in high school and then A’s and B’s at UA, as I pursued a degree in mechanical engineering. School was definitely challenging. There were often times each semester I thought there was no way to finish the coursework and keep my sanity. 

On Thursday, Dec. 14, Nick’s Kids Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Teacher Excellence Awards Luncheon at the Tuscaloosa River Market, honoring 49 elementary and middle school teachers from the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School Systems, as well as private area schools.

A chilly breeze, a warm fire, the chance of snow (or cold rain if you live in Alabama), loved ones all around, and a good book make for a wonderful winter night. It is the time of year where the list of to-dos can be pushed aside, in favor of spending time with family and reading those well-known stories that have shaped many childhood memories year after year. Not only is it the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ to recite these stories, reading to young children has many benefits.  

Research backs this up. According to the National Education Association, 26 percent of kids who were read to 3-4 times weekly recognize the letters of the alphabet. Among kids read to less frequently, that number drops to 14 percent. 

Gwen Pascal, a Children’s Librarian at the Tuscaloosa Public Library is passionate about reading to children and encouraging them to read. Over the years, she has compiled a list of some of her favorite holiday stories. 

Olive, the Other Reindeer is one of my favorites,” said Pascal. “He’s a dog who’s wrapping gifts, listening to Christmas music, and trimming the tree, and he hears the line ‘all of the other reindeer,’ and thinks, ‘oh, I’m a reindeer.’” 

Pascal enjoys reading to children that come to weekly story times at the library every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Anyone who walks into Pascal’s office can see the impact she has on the children who visit the library, as her desk is decorated with cards from children she has read to ever since infancy. 

“I’ve been doing this for 16 years. I have kids that came in when they’re young, and now they’re graduating high school and going off to college,” she said.

Services offered at the Tuscaloosa Public Library give local children many opportunities to read classic holiday stories. A children’s book table highlights a variety of seasonal books to choose from at Main library. If you want to check out some Christmas and holiday books, head to the library quickly – they are popular choices this time of year.  

The Shelton State Community College (SSCC) Association of Nursing Students (SSANS) hosted a campus-wide Diabetes Walk on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14. Held on the Martin Campus, the walk raised both disease awareness and money for Tuscaloosa’s Good Samaritan Clinic.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority has named Jo Bonner to serve as the interim executive director of the organization while a search is conducted to identify a candidate for the leadership position.

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