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  • Floridians should expect days without powerTALLAHASSEE - Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.The powerful storm, which left fatalities in its march through [...]
  • TUSK CALENDAR: September 20LOCAL MUSICTODAYCooter Brown: 9 p.m., no cover, Rhythm & Brews 2308 4th St. www.rhythmnbrews.com.Ham Bagby and The Siege, Pony League, Chris Ivey: 10 p.m., no cover, Egan'sFRIDAYLee Bains III & The Glory Fires: 10 p.m., Egan’s Bar, 1229 University Blvd. [...]
  • Sought by Authorities: Sept. 22, 2017NAME: Dontrell JacksonBIRTHDATE: July, 26, 1982.CHARGES: Simple robbery, unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, failure to appear in court.AGENCY: Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 216 Patrick St., Houma.STILL AT LARGE: Garrett Allen, Quintell Craig, Kenneth Fitch Jr., Chance Franklin, Jeremy Gibson, Terry Jones, Karen [...]
  • Superintendent reveals having email containing investigative report but never opened itMary Beth Jackson: "I never opened it until just now. All I got was a copy of the report and it doesn't say anything in the email. It just says, 'FYI (for your information).' It's my fault. I just found it not 10 minutes ago."
  • Trump promises Alabama Sen. Strange will 'drain the swamp'HUNTSVILLE — President Donald Trump implored his supporters Friday to get behind an establishment-backed incumbent in a Republican runoff race in Alabama, arguing that Sen. Luther Strange will "drain the swamp" and doesn't know the Senate Majority Leader "at all."At a raucous rally in Huntsville, Alabama, the president insisted to thousands of cheering fans that backing Strange — who was appointed in February to temporarily fill [...]
  • Mercedes to build $250M center in Bibb CountyA day after announcing a $1 billion expansion to its plant in Vance, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International broke ground Friday morning in neighboring Bibb County, where the company plans to invest an additional $250 million to build a new Global Logistics Center and an after-sales North American hub.The project is expected to create 429 jobs, and operations in both buildings will begin in 2019.Workers were in the process of clearing 265 acres of land in the Scott G. Davis Industrial [...]
  • Authorities seek suspect in wallet theftAuthorities are searching for a suspect in a wallet theft earlier this month in Temerson Square, according to a news release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department.A woman reported Sept. 5 that her wallet was stolen while she was at a business in the 2300 block of Fourth Street. The wallet had cash, identification and an assortment of debit and credit cards.The news release states that the suspect left the scene with the victim's wallet. The suspect is described as being in his [...]
  • Police Report: Sept. 20-21, 2017Portions of this information are based on facts provided by the arrested individuals. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sept. 20 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office George Adair Jr., 44, 148 School Lane, Thibodaux, possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia, sale, distribution or possession of legend drug without [...]
  • Jacki Joyner-Kersee discusses self-determination at Boys & Girls Club annual dinnerSANTA ROSA BEACH — Jackie Joyner-Kersee used to stand outside the window of the Boys Club to watch her male friends play sports until the executive director decided to let her in.“I was very fortunate when I was growing up that there was a Boys Club. At the time there wasn’t a Boys & Girls Club, and the executive director at the Boys Club knew that I was always on the outside looking in, watching my male friends who could play different sports and [...]
  • Appeal finds city use of FEMA funds was properTuscaloosa City Hall’s appeal of a federal audit claiming the city had misspent $1.2 million in disaster relief funds has been upheld.Now, the city's only obligation is $51,695 that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General found was a duplication of benefits resulting from insurance coverage.That amounts to about ½ percent of the original $10.1 million the city was approved to receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency [...]
  • Jackson clarifies contradictionMary Beth Jackson: “I messed up in my statement. You didn’t (the Daily News story), I did. I made it sound like I saw the report when I talked to Stacie.”
  • Trump to dive into Senate runoff in AlabamaMONTGOMERY — President Donald Trump is embracing the establishment pick in a Republican runoff election in Alabama. But it's not clear his still-loyal base will follow.The president arrived in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday to stump for an establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart favored by many of his supporters, including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.Trump is headlining a [...]
  • Service to honor memory of 13 minersThe public is invited to a Saturday memorial service for 13 miners who died in an accident 16 years ago.Music will start at 4 p.m. and the service will begin at 5 p.m. at the Miners' Memorial Monument at West Brookwood Church, 12882 Lock 17 Road in Brookwood. Thomas F. Wilson, a retired representative of the United Mine Workers International, will speak.The service honors the memory of 13 men who died [...]
  • Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mysteryCuba hasn't unearthed any information so far about who or what caused a mysterious series of health problems that have affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana, its top diplomat said Friday.
  • Local woman turns 100, wants 100 birthday cards“I don’t feel like 100,” she said. “I’m pretty healthy. They take good care of me…I take one day at a time and I thank the Lord in the morning for that extra day.” To send a birthday card to Bobbie, her address is 30 Memorial Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
  • Worship Guide for Sept. 23LOCAL SERVICESMacedonia Missionary Baptist Church: 2 p.m. Sunday, 105th Church Anniversary; guest church, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Turkeytown; the Rev. Melvin Guyton, pastor; Mario McDaniel, pastor, invites allMount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 45 Main St., Ridgeville: 3 p.m. Oct. 15, Annual Choir Day; featuring the Rev. Cedric Williams & the Williams Brothers; the Rev. Jerome Anderson, pastorMount Zion Baptist Church, 508 Allen St., Gadsden: Sunday, 4th [...]
  • They bought a zoo, and they're going to live there (PHOTOS)The new owners, Rick and Sara DeRidder, have a lot of exotic animal experience, he said. Hurricane Irma delayed the closing for about 10 days.
  • After Irma, state works to better prepare“We should learn from the experiences of this effort, while those lessons are fresh in our minds in order to positively impact future preparedness,” said state Sen. Jeff Brandes.
  • Food bank and ministry team up to feed the homelessMARY ESTHER — Almost 250 families and individuals who are struggling financially went to the Santa Rosa Mall last Saturday to pick up free groceries compliments of Farm Share and S4P Synergy, Inc.Farm Share is a large food bank that specializes in donating fresh fruits and vegetables from Florida’s farmers to low-income families. S4P Synergy is the nonprofit community service wing of Striving for Perfection Ministries. [...]
  • Okaloosa sales tax vote could be next springOkaloosa County officials are looking to have a mail-in ballot special election April 10 rather than by the end of this year for voters to decide whether to approve a 5-year, half-cent sales tax.While county commissioners earlier this month hoped the election could take place before Christmas, Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux said that scenario would make it difficult to prepare for and administer the election.“I know there has been some discussion to try to hasten that [...]