Students at the University of Alabama got out of the classroom to give back to the community on Friday. It was part of the second annual Hands on Tuscaloosa Day. Hands on Tuscaloosa is a day of service for student volunteers. Students worked with organizations around Tuscaloosa including The Arc of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa’s One Place, Metro Animal Shelter, and a few area schools. Student event coordinator Andres Mendieta says he is proud of the student turn out for the event. Mendieta said, “Personally it’s just great to see other students out here. ...Read more
Japan is trying to recover from Thursday’s seven point one aftershock. At least three people were killed and another 140 were injured. On Friday, March 11, the deadly earthquake and tsunami struck off the coast of Japan. As many as 25,000 people are believed to be killed. Some people are wondering if the country could see another powerful earthquake like last month. University of Alabama Earthquake expert Dr. ...Read more
The City of Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation has announced the City of Tuscaloosa Police Department will close several streets for the USA Collegiate Triathlon on Saturday, April 9th. Paul W. Bryant Bridge between Jack Warner Parkway and Rice Mine Road, Jack Warner Parkway between 28th Avenue and McFarland Interchange beginning at 7:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tuscaloosa Police Department will assist anyone needing to go to the businesses specified in the areas listed above during these times. All other traffic needs to avoid the areas listed during race times. ...Read more
The 2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship will take place this Saturday in Tuscaloosa. More than one thousand Triathletes from across the country are competing in the event, which includes a 15 hundred meter swim, 40 kilometer bike, and a ten kilometer run. Athletes spent all day Friday training in Tuscaloosa, but the preparation begins months before. "Most athletes will train six days a week, and then take one day nice and easy. A lot of days are more than one workout; swim in the morning, and bike or run in the afternoon, " says Triathlete Blair Bronson. ...Read more
Teachers are faced with the challenge of making every penny count right now. But today, two Tuscaloosa County schools got a helping hand in the form of $20,000 dollars in donations. Faucett-Vestavia Elementary and Sipsey Valley Middle School were each given $10,000 from the Northport Fine Arts Initiative. Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon says last year Former Senator Phil Poole gave the Northport Fire and Police Departments Grants. Due to the size of those grants, other money was made available in the city for this program. Officials say this couldn't come at a b ...Read more
Haiti is still recovering from its deadly earthquake from January 2010. That disaster almost ruined the dream that one couple had to adopt a child. David and Kim Rhodes found their new son during a trip to Haiti.
They call South Carolina home, but this week, they came to Tuscaloosa to share the story of how they are trying to help other children around the world. WVUA reporter Leah Knight has more.
Leah Knight, WVUA News
April 7, 2010