A story making international news is hitting home in West Alabama. After being trapped for more than two months, rescue operations are underway to rescue 33 miners from inside a Chilean mine. The miners have been trapped nearly half a mile below ground. Rescue crews will use a capsule called the Phoenix 1 to bring the miners out. It will be lowered more than 2,000 ft to reach the miners. Relatives have waited more than two months to be reunited with their loved ones. ...Read more
More auto supplier jobs may be on the way to Alabama. A delegation from Tuscaloosa County along with Governor Riley are in Germany. They're trying to recruit more auto supply companies to the state. Officials say the visit is based on Mercedes' decision to produce its C-Class Sedan at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. They are meeting with about a dozen suppliers in Germany. Officials hope they will want to open plants in Alabama to make parts for the C-Class.
October 12, 2010
A Tuscaloosa City Schools student was found safe after walking off campus. Tuscaloosa City Schools Assistant Superintendent Dorothy Richardson released a statement Tuesday. It said the incident happened at Woodland Forrest Elementary School last month. A kindergarten student walked away from campus. School staff responded to the incident and met with the parent. Officials say they also worked with the family to develop a plan of action to ensure student safety.
October 12, 2010
Tuscaloosa Police arrested three women on prostitution charges. Marion Elaine Ruffin, 27, Melonie Anne Scruggs, 35, and Cassundra Shevelle Wells, 36, are charged with soliciting prostitution. The three women were arrested in the Alberta City area on October 7th. They are currently being held in a Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $500 bond.
By: Sarah Killian, WVUA News
October 11, 2010; 10:52pm
Election season is heating up in West Alabama. Candidates running for the State Senate District 5 seat debated at Wintzell's Oyster House in Northport. Republican Greg Reed and Democrat Brett Wadsworth, both of Jasper, spoke about a wide variety of issues such as education, illegal immigration and tax reform. The debate, which was sponsored by the Northport Advisory Council, was to inform Northport and Tuscaloosa citizens about the platforms of both candidates and to hear what their plans are for west Alabama if elected. ...Read more
Republican nominee for state senate, Gerald Allen, gained a big endorsement Monday from the National Federation of Independent Business. State Director of the NFIB, Rosemary Elebash, says the association chose to support Allen because of his beliefs in fiscal responsibility and education to promote job creation. Allen says having the members of the NFIB support him is very important to his campaign. Allen is running against democratic incumbent Phil Poole for State Senate in District 21.
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Football is an emotion-packed game. It's filled with highs and lows for players and fans. But for some fans, the loss of a game can be difficult to handle. Tuscaloosa Marriage and Family Counselor Susan Goertz says it's important for fans to keep everything in perspective. ...Read more
October 10 - 16 is Homecoming Week at the University of Alabama. The theme of this year's Homecoming is "Share the Pride, Celebrate the Tide." There are events planned all week. On Saturday, the Homecoming Parade will fill the streets of Downtown Tuscaloosa. Former Tide player Tyrone Prothro will be the Grand Marshal. ...Read more
We're still a few weeks away from the Iron Bowl, but the University of Alabama and Auburn are already in a battle. It's called "Beat Auburn Beat Hunger," a competition where both schools see who can collect the most food donations. Since 1994, nearly 2.5 million pounds of food has been collected. All UA donations benefit the West Alabama Food Bank, which serves nine counties. UA organizers say UA won last year, after raising close to 176,000 pounds of food. ...Read more