Wreckage from the April 16th tornado is still being sorted through, as people clean up homes, land and lives that were blown to chaos. In the recovery efforts it was considered a blow to some when FEMA denied federal assistance to Sumter and Marengo counties Saturday. Many Geiger residents WVUA spoke with Sunday, voiced their concern over FEMA's decision. State officials say FEMA determined the severity of the damage to buildings was not beyond the capability of the state and local governments and volunteer agencies to handle. ...Read more
Berry, Alabama celebrated their heritage on Saturday with a fesitval full of activities. There was live music, antique cars, and home cooking amoung dozens of vendors selling unique goods. There was also a carnival being held in conjunction with the festival. This is the second attempt for the town to hold the Heritage Festival after last years was cancelled due to a tornado. Organizers were more than pleased with the turn out in Berry, a small town on it's own. ...Read more
April 22nd is National Earth Day. Members of the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities Commission did some spring cleaning Friday at Narashino Grove to participate in Earth Day. They renewed their pledge to assist Narashino, Japan clean up after last month's tsunami and earthquake. Members and friends picked up trash and tied ribbions to cheery trees. The tress were a gift from the people in Narashino, Japan. Univeristy of Alabama professor David Ford said "We're trimming the branches and hanging ribbions in significance of our support for the folks that had the terrible tsnuami and earthquake. ...Read more
International students learn about the American culture everyday. Friday, those students had a chance to share their culture with others. Students from the University of Alabama attended the Culture Fest event hosted by MLK Elementary. They brought money, clothing, and artifacts from their country. Kids walked around learning about the different countries and cultures. University of Alabama professor, Jay Robbins told WVUA it is a great opportunity for elemenatry school students to interact with students from other cultures. ...Read more
The Tuscaloosa Special Olympics took center stage at Central High School Friday. Students competed in 21 events, ranging from walking and wheelchair slalom, racing to shot-put, and standing long jump. Organizers say competitors train year round for the event. Director of West Alabama Special Olympics, Bruce Prescott told us he wanted to include all the city, county, and private schools for the 25th year. Special Olympics target nearly 200,000,000 people around the world. The organization is in nearly 200 countries worldwide. ...Read more
Big changes may be on the way to the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education Budget. The board is looking to reach a reduction of $3,000,000 in next year’s budget. Officials say the reduction ties back to possibly cutting teachers, especially those in the special education department. They say the problem is they don’t receive enough funding from the state or federal government to meet the needs of special education students.
Candace Murphy, WVUA News
April 22, 2011