Gov. Robert Bentley is calling for a special session of the Alabama Legislature to create a state lottery to help solve what he calls a state funding crisis. Bentley made the announcement in a video posted to his official website on Wednesday, July 27.  

The City of Tuscaloosa is temporarily extending some service hours and tactically placing additional resources like dumpsters to meet increased demand as area college students return for the fall semester.

University of Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle announced today that he has completed the latest in a series of treatments for multiple myeloma, and reports that he feels great and looks forward to returning to work on a limited basis at the University very soon.

After two days of interviewing candidates, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education made its decision on Wednesday night: Dr. Michael J. Daria is the system’s 13th superintendent.

At the moment, there are a slew of new road projects going on in and around Tuscaloosa, and one in particular will affect a lot of residents NOTR in coming days and possibly weeks, as crews work on a new road connecting New Watermelon Road to Rock Quarry Drive.

Fans of Tuscaloosa’s area food trucks, listen up: Band of Brothers Brewing Company is holding a massive food truck rally this Saturday. For those of us who run around “chasing” these trucks on a regular basis (for me, it’s like Pokemon Go – only with FOOD, and far more satisfying rewards), this is the perfect opportunity to check out all of the goodness being offered up. If y’all loved Trucks by the Tracks, this is like that – but not by the tracks, and with live music, special giveaways, and, of course, local beer (including some limited releases). Happy Weekend.

Shelton State Community College will partner with Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County Schools to host a county-wide dual enrollment interest meeting at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA) this Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. Students in grades 10-12 interested in earning academic and technical credit are invited to attend.

The University of Alabama is implementing a clear bag policy for all Crimson Tide football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, beginning this fall.

The new policy is in line with what other SEC members, including Auburn, South Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M and LSU, are putting into place this year. The NFL and other professional organizations have similar policies.

In a statement, UA said the decision to institute a clear bag policy for football games is “in the interest of the continued safety of all of our guests, players and stadium personnel.”

The search for the new Tuscaloosa City Schools superintendent is on, and interviews with four candidates are now set for next week at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. The public is invited to attend all interviews.

A weekend wastewater leak in Northport sent emergency crews scrambling for a temporary fix, and now permanent repairs will be made. The 20-inch wastewater force main broke on Fifth Street near downtown Northport, resulting in the massive sewage spill.

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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