A decision has been made on who will fill the vacated District 5 seat on the Tuscaloosa County School Board. Engineer Charles Orr will serve as the representative until November, when he will run for a full term.

The District 5 seat was left vacant after Mark Nelson left to take a seat on the Tuscaloosa County Commission. That seat was vacated with the death of longtime Commissioner Bobby Miller in January.

German culture will permeate Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza on Saturday, April 2 with the Tuscaloosa Volksfest. The festival is a fundraiser for FOCUS on Senior Citizens of Tuscaloosa County.   


“We have several programs such as transportation services and volunteer programs, and we’re given federal funding, but we have a matching requirement,” said Morgan Mann, executive director of FOCUS. “The fundraiser will help us match the federal funding – we usually have to match up to 20 to 30 percent.”  


A volksfest, or “people’s festival” in German, is a traditional German festival that includes a number of attractions, including beer tents, wine, games, rides and music. The widely-known Oktoberfest is a volksfest.   


“We wanted to do a fundraiser, and we were looking to do something to celebrate German culture,” Mann said.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. And here’s the thing: April is packed with events! These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add! Enjoy the week, Tuscaloosa, and especially the weekend, because some outstanding events are happening this weekend in T-Town.

Fun Friday Night at CHOM: April 1, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information: (205) 349-4235 and chomonline.org. 

13th Annual Doctor’s Day 10K & Fun Run: April 2, 8 a.m. (10K) and 9:30 a.m. (1 mile Fun Run). Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa. Breakfast will be served and goody bags and door prizes are available. All proceeds benefit local health-related projects via the Tuscaloosa County Medical Alliance. 10K: $20, Fun Run: $10. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Tuscaloosa Volksfest: April 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. This German cultural festival includes German foods, live music, a Biergarten tent, a German car show, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more. Proceeds benefit FOCUS on Senior Citizens of Tuscaloosa County. General admission tickets: $15. For more information, visit Tuscaloosa Volksfest on Facebook or focusonseniorcitizens.org.  

You can tell within the first seven seconds of meeting someone how she feels about herself by the expression on her face and the way she moves her body.  Whether she knows it or not, she’s transmitting messages through gestures and actions. (This goes for gentlemen too, of course).


You walk into a room of strangers and from their stance, movements and expressions, you receive messages about their feelings, moods, attitudes and emotions. Look at the teenage girl standing in the corner.  From her slouching shoulders, her lowered head and the way her hands fidget over her stomach, you can tell that this little wallflower is lacking in self-confidence. 

Here’s a shout out to all of you parents who will now be spending basically every waking moment that you aren’t working or sleeping at the ballpark, cheering on your kids as they compete.

Dance Alabama! is one of the University of Alabama dance program’s most popular performances each fall. Now, UA is doing it twice in one season – with a spring performance set for next week. Shows begin on Tuesday, March 29 and run nightly through Sunday, April 2 (with a 2 p.m. matinee). All of the shows will be in Morgan Auditorium on the University of Alabama campus.

If you haven’t gotten out to see one of the Dance Alabama! shows, it’s a unique opportunity. This inventive program allows UA dance students to choreograph and cast their own dance pieces. This spring Dance Alabama! program promises some exciting performances ranging from ballet to hip hop and more.

The single most embarrassing lesson I’ve ever learned in my whole business life came when I found out my employees had nicknamed me “Hurricane Ken”.

When I was in my mid-30’s, I hired an industrial psychologist to come into my CPA firm and help me answer the question, “What in the world is wrong with all my people?” I had very high turnover. I was constantly disappointed with my staff’s low-level performance and lack of initiative.

By Stan J. Griffin: March 24, 2016

Photo by Stan J. Griffin
Another standout member of the University of Alabama athletic family has been recognized by the Southeastern Conference for academic prowess, and numerous achievements not only on the field, mat or the court, but also in the classroom.
Crimson Tide senior leader Lauren Beers was voted the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league's coaches it was announced by the conference office Thursday.
Recently former University of Alabama basketball player Retin Obasohan gained that same prestigious award from the conference for that sport.
With Beers’ honor, Alabama gymnasts have now won six SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the 13-year history of the award. She joins Kim Jacob (2012, 2013 and 2014), Kayla Hoffman (2011) and Michelle Reeser (2005) since the award’s inception in 2004.

Fortune magazine is out with its annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and while some might be surprised, those who follow college football know: Nick Saban is among them.

Young explorers in West Alabama will have an opportunity to delve into the natural world a bit more, thanks to a new program offered by the Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama’s campus.

“The Junior Naturalist program is a weekend program that promotes awareness and understanding of the unique and varied natural elements found in our very own backyard,” said Allie Sorlie, museum education outreach coordinator.

Originally from the Huntsville area, Kristin Jacks began her teaching journey in 1997. She began by teaching preschoolers and after returning to her alma mater, the University of Alabama, she received a Masters degree in general education and special education.  


Jacks is now in her second year of teaching special education at Hillcrest Middle School. She said her biggest accomplishment as a teacher is staying in the teaching “game.” 


“There have been many times when I could easily have given up,” she said. “If I had given up, I wouldn’t be able to learn from and teach my amazing students now…and that’s too horrible to contemplate.” 

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will be able to do just that on Wednesday, March 23 at the Mayor’s Morning Out – which will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at Chick-Fil-A South located off of Skyland Boulevard.

Screenings for the Bama Art House’s Mini-Series 2016 will begin tonight, April 22, and the series will feature a number of notable films, including the drama “45 Years” – which garnered an Academy Award nomination for one of its stars, Charlotte Rampling.

A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, the movies represent the organization’s goals to bring new and unique film to the West Alabama area. Screenings will take place on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. and doors (and the bar) opening at 6:45 p.m. 

By Cokie Thompson 

In March, the highs get a little higher and the sky a little bluer, and people all over Tuscaloosa break out their lawn chairs and coolers for America’s favorite pastime: watching baseball. The Crimson Tide is breaking in the new Joe and college students are enjoying the right field, and a different group is up to bat at Sokol Park on Saturday mornings. 

The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa provides players with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. The “field” is rubber, and it’s completely flat, allowing players with assistive devices to round the bases with ease. 

John Miller, one of the founders of Miracle League of Tuscaloosa, brought the group to town after his son played for the team in Moody, Alabama.  

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) is gearing up for another great year. The first big event of the year, HOWA’s Annual 5K, will be held this Saturday, March 26. All are invited to share in this special day for a morning of exercise, fun, and remembrance. There will be local vendors, face painting, and live music.

Registration for the 7th Annual HOWA Family 5K starts at 7 a.m. – but it’s ongoing right now. The registration fee is $20, and the first 150 people to register will receive a free t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Hospice of West Alabama.

This past weekend, C-SPAN was in Montgomery, filming segments for its C-Span Cities Tour, which features the literary life and history of a specific city. Now, C-SPAN is visiting Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Maddox was set to host C-SPAN at Tuscaloosa’s historic The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion on Monday morning. More will be revealed about the specific segments and stories covered. And mark your calendars, because Tuscaloosa’s C-SPAN Cities Tour segment is set to air April 16 and 17.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add! Enjoy the week, Tuscaloosa!

Play Fore All Golf Tournament: March 24, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 1 p.m. (play begins). Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Northport. Help build Tuscaloosa’s Inclusive Playground for all ages and abilities by participating in this tournament, which benefits the PARA Foundation. Entry fee: $500 (four-person team). Includes scramble format, greens fee, lunch, cart and special events (including a putting challenge). For more information, visit tcpara.org/golf/playforeall. 

Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s “Dinner at Your Door:” March 24, 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a night in with a dinner for four delivered to your door by the Junior League of Tuscaloosa. Each $60 dinner will be delivered in an insulated Junior League of Tuscaloosa bag with a Tuscaloosa Sketchbook, complete with chicken spaghetti, salad, and biscuits from fresh new local favorite, Southern Ale House. Beverage and dessert also included. For more information, visit jltuscaloosa.org

C.H.O.M.’s Easter Eggstravaganza: March 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Over 800 eggs will be available in this indoor hunt. Bunny bags are provided (bring no baskets). For more information, visit chomonline.org. 

Hooray, it’s finally spring! Now, let’s celebrate with this nifty, tasty orange dream smoothie – the perfect pastel treat to fit into this season, shall we? This smoothie is healthy and delicious (and let’s face it, these terms are not always synonymous).

Bon appétit!

Ben Midkiff of Holy Spirit Catholic Middle School in Tuscaloosa has been named as a state finalist in the National Geographic Society State Bee which will be held on April 1 at Samford University. Ben is the son of Usha and Clark Midkiff and is in the eighth grade.

Mary Harmon Young of Prudential Pritchett-Moore Realty in Tuscaloosa has been selected as one of 50 finalists for Realtor Magazine’s 2016 class of “30 Under 30.” Judges have made these initial selections based on business success, innovation, leadership, and community involvement.  

“I am honored to be named finalist out of the thousands of young Realtors under 30 across the country," Young said. "This is one of the biggest achievements in my five years in real estate and I’m proud to be included in such a talented and hard-working group of Realtors.” 

Here’s where everyone here in town can help: This Friday, March 18, Realtor Magazine will open online voting – which will allow website visitors to vote for their favorite finalists. Voting online will be up for ONE week, ending at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 25.

Want to vote? Click HERE starting at 12 p.m. on Friday!

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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