Tuesday - September 17, 2019

Local News

Whimsy cookie store to open in downtown Tuscaloosa - Sat, 14 Sep 2019
The cookies are coming.The Whimsy Cookie Co. Tuscaloosa plans to open next week at 305 21st Ave. Suite C downtown, next to Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q.Stacy Taylor, the store's managing partner, said Whimsy's cookies are "not only look cute, they also taste great.”  The shop will feature gourmet sugar cookies for all seasons and holidays, along with decorated cookies for special occasions, like weddings and baby showers. [...]

Sustainable farming is focus of Bama Art House documentary - Fri, 13 Sep 2019
Tuesday night’s featured film in the Bama Art House film series is “The Biggest Little Farm.”The 2018 documentary is about a husband and wife who work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. The film is rated PG.To see a trailer for “The Biggest Little Farm,” go to www.bamatheatre.org/bamaarthouse.php.The Bama Art House fall film series is held at the Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave.Tickets [...]

Tuscaloosa Police officer killed in line of duty; suspect in custody - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
A Tuscaloosa Police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Monday while serving a warrant at a home in west Tuscaloosa.Officer Dornell Cousette, 40, a father of two daughters who was engaged to be married, was a 13-year department veteran. He was called a hero by the department and city officials who gathered at a somber press conference held late Monday night.“Everybody loved him,” said Acting Tuscaloosa Police Chief Mitt Tubbs. “You could tell by [...]

Brentson Skidmore's death 'a nightmare,' mother says - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
Last week, hundreds of DCH staff members, friends and family of Brentson Skidmore lined the hallways of the hospital where he spent his last days.Called an Honor Walk, the somber event was a paid tribute to the young man who had agreed to donate his organs. It was also a comfort to the grieving family he left behind.“It was such a blessing. It was just another way of him showing his good heart,” said Tina Gregory, Skidmore’s mother. “He always had [...]

Mistrial declared in high-profile rape case - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
One juror was the holdout responsible for a hung jury in a high-profile rape case tried in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court last week.Judge Al May declared a mistrial Monday after the jury foreman sent a note that the woman refused to participate in further deliberations.The jury heard testimony Sept. 10-11 from the woman who said Colby Lewis, now 21, raped her after the Iron Bowl in 2016. She said he came into her apartment during the early morning hours and attacked her [...]

Hot, dry weather likely to continue in West Alabama - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
The hot and dry weather that pushed temperatures to near 100 degrees in West Alabama on Monday is likely to continue, though the National Weather Service says a small front could cool things some at the end of the week.The temperatures reached 100 degrees in parts of central Alabama on Monday, according to the weather service. Tuesday and Wednesday are again expected to be sunny and hot with clear skies.The high Tuesday is expected to be near 100 in Tuscaloosa with a low [...]

Tuscaloosa woman dies in single-vehicle crash - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
A 63-year-old Tuscaloosa woman has died after a Monday morning traffic accident.A news release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department says officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident with injuries at around 10:40 a.m. on 25th Avenue East near Tamaha Trace.Officers found the driver of a 2017 Ford Fiesta unresponsive and took her to DCH Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.Witnesses said driver of the car, Rose Lee Richardson, was [...]

Tuscaloosa considers total transition to LED-based streetlights - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
Tuscaloosa’s streets could be getting brighter in the coming fiscal year.City officials are considering a request from Alabama Power Co. to pay for upgraded streetlights across the city.Alabama Power is seeking to upgrade about 5,398 of the 6,172 streetlights it maintains in Tuscaloosa to brighter and more energy-efficient LED-based bulbs.This conversion from the existing HPS, or high-pressure sodium, lights is set to add about $12,000 to the city’s $1.1 [...]

Tuscaloosa Public Library to participating in Library Card Month - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
This month, the Tuscaloosa Public Library is participating in a nationwide effort to increase library participation.September marks Library Card Sign-Up Month, which is meant to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.The Tuscaloosa Public Library is joining the American Library Association and libraries across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of a free library card.A [...]

Tuscaloosa City Council agenda for September 17, 2019 - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
The 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:• Authorizing the mayor to execute a real estate sales agreement between the city of Tuscaloosa and Rice Mine Development LLC. (Tabled July 30)• Authorizing the mayor to execute a real estate sales agreement between the city of Tuscaloosa and Encore Tuscaloosa LLC and Luther S. Pate [...]

Local ceremony to recognize POWs and MIAs - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
The annual POW-MIA Recognition Day will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the VFW Post 6022, 7001 University Blvd. E. in Cottondale.Nationwide, the third Friday in September is reserved to honor prisoners of war and the 78,000 troops from World War II along with the 8,000-plus from the Vietnam War who are still missing.VFW Post 6022′s ceremony will feature the dedication of the “Missing Man” table, with place settings for one and an empty chair.The [...]

Book discussion will focus on Tuscaloosa's history - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
The public is invited to attend a discussion about a history book timed to coincide with Tuscaloosa's bicentennial year.The Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission will host a community‐wide discussion about "Tuscaloosa: 200 Years in the Making" by Guy Hubbs from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Tuscaloosa Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 2005 University Blvd.Hubbs will discuss the landmark events that defined the Tuscaloosa community. Admission is free. [...]