Check out Hope, a 1-year-old female black-and-tan hound mix. Hope is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's pet of the week. She has a smooth, shiny black and tan coat, and she weighs about 43 pounds, even though she seems like she is all legs! 

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is the premier art event in West Alabama each year. This year marks the festival’s 46th year, and organizers are putting out a call – volunteers are needed.

Would you like to get involved?

Tuscaloosa is one of America’s most unique names. Except for an east Texas ghost town, no other city, town, or county bears the name of the famous chief. However, it does show up in widely scattered parts of the country as a street name. Streets named for Tuscaloosa have various designations. Some are thoroughfares such as roads, streets, or avenues. Others may be short and local such as ways, traces, or lanes.

Typically, when you come to my column, it’s to read my poor attempts at humor and maybe momentarily escape reality. For this one, we get a little more serious. 

As a general rule, I sidestep political remark as much as humanly possible. In this bizarre day and age in which we live, tolerance of others’ beliefs and values seems to be almost non-existent. Everyone seems to have an agenda, while almost no one seems to be willing to listen to dissenting opinion with an open mind. And that is a long-term recipe for disaster. 

Six NCAA championships. Four-time NCAA Coach of the Year. While those are accomplishments beyond measure, they’re in the rearview mirror now for the United Way of West Alabama’s 2017 Campaign Chairwoman, Sarah Patterson. 

Regions is a 30-year Adopt-A-School partner with Collins-Riverside Middle School in Northport. Recently, as part of their “Share the Good” initiative, Regions employees spent the day working on campus enhancement projects at the school.

Nothing says “summer” in Tuscaloosa more than flowers in bloom and vibrant green grass. And while the heat and humidity of late summer/early fall can be challenging for residents, Tuscaloosa gardeners love it. 

The Alabama coaching staff recognized seven players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 victory over third-ranked Florida State last Saturday in Atlanta, Ga., at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Damien Harris and Calvin Ridley on offense, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Levi Wallace on defense, and Keaton Anderson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Thomas Fletcher and Harris, once again, on special teams.

Stillman College in Tuscaloosa celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. The new center, under the leadership of director Marilyn Hill, will provide a variety of services to Stillman’s student veterans, including academic advising and referrals.  

Head Start/Early Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. follows the national requirement of reserving and serving 10 percent of its enrollment to include children with disabilities; including but not limited to physical, hearing, visual, emotional, speech and health impairments. 

Head Start staff work with local school districts and community agencies to make sure that the special needs of all children are met. Within 45 days of enrollment into the program, each child will complete developmental, speech and language, hearing and vision screenings. 

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun. And FYI: Don't forget to watch the Miss America Pageant on Sunday, Sept. 10 and root for Tuscaloosa's own Miss Alabama, Jessica Procter. #sayyestothejess

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This summer, 12 boys from Northport competed in the Dizzy Dean Little League Championship Series for the Northport Nationals 8U hosted by Warrior Baseball. 

Say hello to sweet Petunia! She is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

The Alabama Department of Athletics will collect donations to support the United Way in its efforts to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery in the Houston area and throughout flood ravaged Texas – home to several Crimson Tide players and their families.

Fans heading to Atlanta for the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will be treated to a bowl-like atmosphere that includes a full slate of game day activities that kick off well before (3) Florida State and (1) Alabama take the field.

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – is set to open the 2017 season at this year’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Florida State and Alabama.

In order for a relationship to grow, there must be quality time spent with the person(s) with whom you are in relationship. On a regular basis, you should engage in both serious and lighthearted conversations, go on dates, and have fun together. Those things seem easier when they refer to romantic relationships. They become more complicated when they apply to your relationship with your teenager.   

The DCH Foundation wants to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, which has left so much of Texas devastated. Monetary gifts are being accepted for MD Anderson employee relief through Sept. 15.

Recently, in this column, I discussed the impact of the digital economy on the City of Tuscaloosa’s finances. With 68 percent of the City’s revenues coming from gross sales, based on varying studies regarding the impact of online sales, the City is losing between $3.5 million to $7.5 million a year. Since 2010, depending on how conservative you desire to be, the City has lost between $17 million to $35 million in revenue growth.  

Jessica Procter is a busy woman. The new Miss Alabama, a Tuscaloosa native, is preparing to compete in the upcoming Miss America Pageant, and she's also traveling – most recently appearing at the Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida. That's where Druid City Living caught up with her, and asked her to share her thoughts about the upcoming competition.  

“I think the really important thing that I’ve been reminding myself of is that the hard part is already over. The prize has already been achieved. I’m Miss Alabama,” Procter said. “I already feel like a winner being Miss Alabama. It’s the most incredible opportunity I’ve ever been afforded.”

This month wraps up summer! It's not too late to celebrate home – Tuscaloosa, that is.  

 

I was in the airport recently, and I met people on their way to Tuscaloosa – some speaking foreign languages. When asked, "What should we see?" I thought of the top 10 things I’d recommend that we have … things you can’t find anywhere else in the world.  

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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