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  • TUSK CALENDAR: May 25LOCAL MUSICTODAY• Cooter Brown: 10 p.m., no cover, Rhythm & Brews.FRIDAY• Plato Jones: Live at the Plaza, 6-9 p.m., return of spring-summer free concert series, Government Plaza. For each of the weekly concerts, the city will create an entertainment district, meaning alcohol can be purchased from restaurants and bars within and on the district boundaries and taken to Government Plaza and other areas within the district, which [...]
  • Old South monument backers embrace 'Confederate Catechism'BIRMINGHAM — Sometimes it seems like the impassioned people who want to preserve Confederate monuments across the South are reading a different history book than the rest of the nation.In fact, they are.A decades-old booklet called the "Confederate Catechism" lays out core beliefs of Southern heritage groups including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which sells the book and has defended rebel monuments in New Orleans and elsewhere. Some of those monuments were erected [...]
  • Uber blames state mayors for stalling lawHUNTSVILLE — A statewide framework to regulate ride-booking firms such as Uber and Lyft stalled in the Legislature, and it's unclear when such companies could begin launch new service in Alabama communities.Uber, through a spokeswoman, points to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson as culprits for the stalled legislation."It is unfortunate that the mayors of Mobile and Huntsville blocked one set of rules that would have brought Uber throughout [...]
  • Alabama twins post perfect scores on ACT testsENTERPRISE — Enterprise High School juniors Brian and Alex Lawson had high aspirations for the last ACT tests they took - but the twins never thought it would lead to perfection.The 17-year-old brothers learned Tuesday they tallied 36s -- the highest score possible on the test used for college admissions -- in their April attempt. For the 2016 graduating class, only 2,235 students out of more than 2 million achieved the feat, according to figures from the organization that [...]
  • Birmingham aims to lure more movie productionsBIRMINGHAM — Alabama's largest city is opening a new film office in hopes of luring more movie productions to the area.Film Birmingham is now officially open for business after operating behind the scenes for more than a year, Al.com reported.Film Birmingham, an initiative of Create Birmingham, is planning to launch a website targeting the film industry.Instead of focusing on big-budget movies like Atlanta does, Birmingham will focus on recruiting small-to-mid- [...]
  • GSCC launches summer programsGadsden State offers ACT Prep CampsThe Gadsden State Community College Continuing Education Department will offer ACT Prep camps June 19-23 and July 17-21. By taking advantage of the ACT Prep Camp, high school students will have an opportunity to prepare for the 2017-2018 testing schedule, which begins Sept. 9.Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. each day at the Joe Ford Center, Room 115, on the East Broad Campus. Registration fee is $99.00 per student and [...]
  • Old South monument backers embrace "Confederate Catechism"BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sometimes it seems like the impassioned people who want to preserve Confederate monuments across the South are reading a different history book than the rest of the nation.In fact, they are.A decades-old booklet called the "Confederate Catechism" lays out core beliefs of Southern heritage groups including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which sells the book and has defended rebel monuments in New Orleans and elsewhere. Some of those monuments were [...]
  • Glencoe fisherman lands 100-pound catfishGlencoe's Cody Haynes was recently fishing the Coosa River near Southside when he landed a 101.9-pound blue catfish."I have been chasing a fish like this for eight long years," said Haynes, who said his friends have nicknamed him the "Coosa Kid" because of how much he fishes on the river. "Me and my friend Josh Brown have caught several over 50 or 60 pounds over the years out of the Coosa, but nothing close to this.""It's a dream come true," he said.The fish was only 18 [...]
  • States move to protect pot bizAfter an initial period of postelection anxiety, pot businesses are increasingly confident states where they are setting up shop have their backs, despite Justice Department warnings meant to rattle marijuana enthusiasts.
  • Pony found abandonedHeartland Rescue Ranch also is taking donations for Cinnamon’s care. “Somebody has to know who this pony belongs to,” said Amy Shepherd, founder of the ranch. “Someone has to know where she came from.”
  • Bay Dunes set to reopen as parkA workshop is slated for 6-8 p.m. on June 7 to discuss possible uses for the former golf course property.
  • Questions go unanswered at council meetingsQuestions over transparency went unanswered during the Lafourche Parish Council’s May 9 meeting as Councilman Corey Perrillioux verbally squared off against Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle.Cantrelle was asked why Internal Auditor Reggie Bagala wasn’t allowed into budget meetings with department heads, which Bagala and Perrillioux said was proof of the administration’s lack of transparency in spite of its promise to being open.Perrillioux asked what [...]
  • BCSO investigates Memorial Day homicideAuthorities identified the victim as a 29-year-old Bay County man.
  • Missing brother found floating in bay“He was floating in the middle of the bay watching everyone trying to find him,” BCSO spokeswoman Ruth Corley said.
  • University of Alabama professors' book documents evolution educationTUSCALOOSA — A new book has been published about the challenges of teaching evolution in Alabama.The work by three University of Alabama professors and an associate is called "Evolution Education in the American South: Culture, Politics, and Resources in Alabama."Many fundamentalist Christians oppose evolution education, and conservative, evangelical churches are a strong force in Alabama. [...]
  • Father and 3-year-old son drown after kayak flips on Tallapoosa RiverHEFLIN — Alabama police say a man and his 3-year-old son were riding in a kayak when it flipped, drowning both of them.Jason Smith, 34, was kayaking on the Tallapoosa River on Sunday with his 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons when the kayak flipped, local media reported. Authorities say a 12-year-old who was in another kayak with them got out and rescued the 4-year-old boy.Cleburne County Coroner [...]
  • North Korea launches another missileThis launch is North Korea’s third in three weeks and its 12th this year.
  • Patriots Association remembers the fallenThe Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association hosted a Memorial Day program at Ole Lee Mize Patriots Park Monday morning.John Graham, chairman of the Patriots Association, welcomed the crowd and encouraged guests to walk around the park to remember those from Etowah County who had served in the U.S. military and had given their lives during that service.Mayor Sherman Guyton recognized the growth of the park, [...]
  • Daughter pays tribute to Johnny Micheal Spann on Memorial DayAs much as she believes Memorial Day is about honoring troops who died in the line of duty, Alison Spann also feels the day is just as much as about the families left behind.During a Memorial Day ceremony at Snow Hinton Park in Tuscaloosa, Spann wanted to acknowledge those families and remind them that their loved ones would always be remembered.“The pain of that never goes away, no matter how much time has passed,” Spann, a journalist at WKRG News 5 in Mobile, [...]
  • VFW Post 6022 Memorial Day fish fry fundraiserThe Memorial Day fish fry was held at VFW Post 6022 in Cottondale on Monday. VFW members hoped to serve up more than 200 catfish lunches during the annual fundraising event for the organization.