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Andrew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.) successfully defended his title at the 2018 USA Triathlon High School National Championships on Friday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, while Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.) became a first-time national champion.

The event, which drew a record field of more than 150 athletes, was held for the third consecutive year in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships.

Georgie is a cutie indeed! And he's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week.

Growing up, I despised losing. I was a competitive swimmer for nearly 13 years, and thank goodness I broke records, or I would have had a fit. Or two. Or three. On the occasions I received a medal other than gold, I would practice even harder, extending my five-day-a-week practices by swimming additional laps and sprints while at the local swimming pool with friends. 

For over a decade, Tiffany Cross has been a teacher, second mom, and support system for some of Tuscaloosa County’s luckiest first graders. With a passion for teaching and a loving nature, she strives to create the perfect environment for her students to grow.

A West Alabama native, Cross lived and went to school in Eutaw. After obtaining her master’s degree at The University of Alabama, she began teaching in Tuscaloosa County Schools. For the past three years, her home has been Northport Elementary School.

The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa is beginning construction on a new three-quarter house this spring. The three-quarter houses offer a sober living environment, which serves as a bridge from rehabilitation services to the working world.   

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new house, located at 3506 7th St., was held on February 27. Phoenix House Program Director Jennifer Colvin says they’re getting a great deal of much-needed help. 

When Michael Constant graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2012, he never dreamed he would be invited back to the school to share his wisdom with students.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local. 

Tuscaloosa will welcome nearly 1,300 triathletes from 120 collegiate clubs and more than 150 high school triathletes to town on Friday and Saturday (April 27-28), for the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships.

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 remember: 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 anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

While there are a myriad of parental control apps and software that parents can find, the most important thing parents can do to protect their children online is to have conversations with children about internet safety. It’s important to set ground rules that let children know what you expect of them when using social media accounts. Make sure your children know:

The Alabama football team concluded its spring season with the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson team came out on top, 24-12, in front of 74,732 fans – the ninth-highest attended A-Day Game in program history.

This sweet young lady is Lucy Lou, a 2-year-old terrier mix. Lucy Lou is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

Alabama has a new State Superintendent of Education. On Friday, April 20, the Alabama State Board of Education voted to name Dr. Eric Mackey as the new leader of the state's education system. Mackey will assume his post on May 14. 

There are literally hundreds of events in our community during the month of April. But you may want to give special consideration to this one …

“Girl Talk: Overcoming Obstacles to Empower Women,” hosted by PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, will be held on April 26 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. This all-female event focuses on discussing taboo topics in an open, accepting environment. 

Now that we’re finally swinging into spring, I thought it might be the perfect time for a couple of light, refreshing recipes everyone can enjoy. This chicken shawarma with cucumber yogurt is mouth wateringly delicious – and it’s got some wonderful spices for extra flavor. And for the pasta fans (really, who isn’t?), this cacio e pepe is simple, but it’s truly delightful. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” – so if you like both, you’ll love this. 

Have fun in the kitchen this month, and as always, bon appétit! 

The Alabama Golden Flake A-Day Game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff this Saturday, April 21, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A-Day 2018 will include a full day of activities and experiences, including the opportunity for fans to take the field at the conclusion of the game. The A-Day game will serve as the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public.

Hi, DCL readers! It’s me, Liz. I swear I haven’t gone away forever – but life is busy. However, I do take time out for chocolate. Did the headline alone get your attention? Thought so. Yep, this is an actual thing that’s happening here in Tuscaloosa this week. You can eat chocolate *and* help Family Counseling Service at the same time. Win/Win.

Local high school students are busily preparing to wow audiences this weekend, as the Paul W. Bryant High School Theatre Department presents Shrek: The Musical April 20-22 in the school’s auditorium.

If you are looking for ways to enjoy the southern spring weather with your four-legged best friend, mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Bark in the Park. With everything from live music to a pet photo booth, organizers say this annual event will be just as fun for your dog as it is for you.

The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ annual production of The Nutcracker is always a community favorite, but the organization is about much more, year-round. Recently, TCD teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama for an outreach program, and this weekend, the group will hold its second annual Ballet & Brunch fundraising event. 

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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