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  • Theatre Tuscaloosa cast reunites to perform 'A Christmas Carol'Theatre Tuscaloosa's 2016 return to "A Christmas Carol" turned out so merry, the group reunited much of the same cast and elements for its 2017 version, with tweaks and additions to the mix.Jeff Wilson's masses of flowing white hair and muttonchop sideburns stretch even longer and wilder, as the veteran steps into Ebeneezer Scrooge's penny-pinching loafers for the second time. Wescott Youngson and Carol DeVelice [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • This weekend is filled with festive events around Tuscaloosa In case you weren't stuffed to the ears with holly and jolly, this week ongoing smorgasbord offers music, dance, decor and even Festivus, for the rest of us, in what's the busiest holiday weekend of the Tuscaloosa year.• Thursday night, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers brings back its annual production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," with performances at 7 today and Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Bama Theatre. As per tradition, Saturday's [...]
  • TUSK CALENDAR: December 7, 2017LOCAL MUSICTODAYMegan Jean and the Klay Family Band: 8 p.m., no cover, Druid City Brewing Co., 607 14th St. www.druidcitybrewing.com.Cooter Brown: 10 p.m., Rhythm and Brews, 2308 4th St. www.rhythmnbrews.com.Ian Fitzgerald: 11 p.m., no cover, Egan’s Bar, 1229 University Blvd.FRIDAYFrayed Knot Band: 7 p.m., Band of Brothers Brewing Co., 1605 23rd Ave.Dead Fingers, Baak Gwai: 7 p.m., no cover, [...]
  • Nonprofits share Christmas spirit with toy giveawayAs she sat on Santa Claus' lap Monday afternoon, 8-year-old Ja'Liyah Duncan had a request.This will be her baby cousin's first Christmas, and she wants it to be extra special.Ja'Liyah scored a handwritten letter from Santa for little Xavier, but she also didn't leave empty-handed. Among her gifts were a scooter, baby dolls and stamps."I was so surprised. I started to ask him all kinds of questions," the W.S. Lafargue second-grader said. "He brought me all this stuff. It [...]
  • Police Report: Dec. 8-11, 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.DEC. 8Lafourche Parish Sheriff's OfficeMark Kraemer, 36, 448 Bayou Folse Road, Lot 1, Raceland, battery of a dating partner by burning, second-degree battery.Jason Richard, 21, 514 Paula Drive, [...]
  • Louisiana Lottery: Winning numbers for Dec. 11, 2017Pick 3: 0-1-5Pick 4: 7-1-9-8  
  • Man pleads guilty in crash that killed sonA man involved in a Thibodaux crash that killed his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide right before his trial was set to start Monday.Yonni Matthews, 30, of Westwego, is now set for sentencing Jan. 17. State District Judge Steve Miller told him he faces 10-12 years in prison.Matthews' son, Bryce, died after an Oct. 4, 2014, crash near El Paso restaurant on North Canal Boulevard. Thibodaux Police said he was not properly restrained.Police said Matthews' [...]
  • Auburn looks to expand research partnership with initiativeAUBURN — The president of Auburn University is launching a program to provide $5 million to a research initiative.Auburn President Steven Leath will launch the Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research, funded through his office, to provide money for the school's research endeavors over the next three years, the Opelika-Auburn News reported . The program is similar to the one Leath implemented while president at Iowa State in 2013.The awards will be announced [...]
  • Architect selected for new Northport schoolAn important phase for the upcoming Northport school has been started, although where the school will be built is still a lingering question.On Monday, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education approved Ward Scott Architecture as the architect of the $24 million school, with Hall-Taylor Construction acting as the manager. School system officials hope to have the new school completed by August 2020."This is just [...]
  • Q&A: Polls in Alabama are all over the map. Why’s it so hard to know who’s ahead?It’s one of the most closely watched Senate campaigns in years — and one of the most confounding. The battle in Alabama between Roy Moore and Doug Jones has pollsters thoroughly flummoxed.In recent days, reputable polling organizations have produced results ranging from a 10-point lead for the Democrat, Doug Jones, (Fox News) to a 9-point lead for the Republican, Roy Moore, (Emerson College).Other recent polls include a Washington Post survey showing Jones ahead [...]
  • Not Real News: Alabama Senate race spurs false reportsBIRMINGHAM — As Alabama's high-profile Senate race headed toward the Tuesday vote, supporters and opponents of GOP candidate Roy Moore were bending the truth — or shattering it to pieces — in the campaign's final stretch.One website falsely proclaimed that one of the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct had recanted. Another erroneously reported that a Moore accuser "forged" his yearbook inscription to her. On the other side, Moore's detractors took [...]
  • What you need to know about the special electionVoters will participate Tuesday in a statewide special election for a U.S. Senate seat.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.To find information about polling locations and more, go to http://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes.
  • Moore relied heavily on fundraising outside AlabamaWASHINGTON — The Republican candidate for Alabama’s Senate seat, Roy Moore, raised three times more in big-dollar donations from donors outside his state than from those within Alabama, according to newly released Federal Election Commission data that covers Oct. 1 through Nov. 22.Moore, the former chief judge of the Alabama Supreme Court, raised nearly $680,000 in itemized donations from outside of Alabama during that time, and only $172,000 from donations within the [...]
  • Tuscaloosa City Council Agenda: December 12The Tuscaloosa City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 2201 University Blvd. The following items will be on the agenda:• Declaring property surplus and authorizing its disposal.• Authorizing request for street lighting system modifications.• Authorizing the filing of a lien at 1216 26th Street pursuant to Section 13-69(b), Code of Tuscaloosa and Section 11-47-140, Code of Alabama, 1975; [...]
  • In Other Action: Terrebonne Parish Council, Dec. 11, 2017Here is a rundown of action taken Monday night by the Terrebonne Parish Council during committee meetings. All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted. Councilwoman Christa Duplantis-Prather was absent.BUDGET AND FINANCEACTION: Awarded the bid for the purchase of new/unused T-shirts and caps for team sports to the lowest qualified bidder, JNC Supplies.ACTION: Awarded the bid for the surplus sale of CDBG Buyout [...]
  • Moore, Jones make final push before big Senate voteBIRMINGHAM — Facing voters at last after the year's most bitter U.S. campaign, Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. Rival Doug Jones, hoping to become the state's first Democratic senator in two decades, declared their race was Alabama's referendum on "who we are and what we're going to tell our daughters."Allegations aside, President Donald Trump said in a robocall to [...]
  • Study: La. children more likely to experience adversity than peers nationwideNearly 54 percent of children in Louisiana have experienced an adverse event, such as child abuse or neglect, a new analysis found.An analysis by The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative through Johns Hopkins University found nearly 54 percent of Louisiana children experience an adverse event, compared to 46 percent nationwide. [...]
  • Remembering Sidney Richardson, 72-year Goodyear employeeSidney Richardson, who retired two years ago after 72 years as an employee at the Goodyear Gadsden plant, died Friday. He was 92.Richardson started working for the company June 22, 1943, the same year the local union chapter (United Rubber Workers at the time, United Steel Workers Local 12 since the unions merged in 1995) opened its doors. At the time, the Goodyear plant pumped out 5,000 tires a day, with men working by hand to produce them. Richardson, at 17 years old, was a [...]
  • Okaloosa traffic changes to expectDrivers will encounter traffic variations on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.  Okaloosa County State Road 189 (Beal Parkway) intersection improvement at S.R. 393 (Mary Esther Boulevard): Expect intermittent south and northbound outside lane restrictions on Beal Parkway, between [...]