University of Alabama alumni, fans, and students packed the UA Quad for the annual pep rally and bonfire. The pep rally was emceed by Eli Gold, the voice of the University of Alabama football team. There were performances by Big Al, the UA cheerleaders, and the Million Dollar Band. Alabama football coach, Nick Saban, stopped by and spoke to crowd. He even brought a few of the Tide football players. ...Read more
Athletics at the University of Alabama are a major component of student life.
And those accomplishments are recognized nation-wide. But the sports department is not the only area bringing pride to the capstone. WVUA's Sarah Killian shows us an area of campus whose accomplishments are being recognized all over the country.
By Sarah Killian, WVUA News
October 15, 2010: 7:00pm
Domestic Violence crosses all lines of social, racial and economic boundaries. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault each year. That's when help from places like Tuscaloosa's Turning Point become so important. But, now Turning Point is in need help. An accidental fire has caused significant damage to the shelter. Officials tell WVUA the damage is estimated to be at tens of thousands of dollars. ...Read more
Halloween is right around the corner, one of our most unusual holidays when strange and scary things often happen. WVUA's Racquel walker caught up with some festive folks. ...Read more
After months of renovations, Belk has completed their remodel at Tuscaloosa's University Mall. The official grand re-opening was Wednesday morning. It includes a major expansion of the ladies shoe department and the addition of new and expanded lines of accessorires, jewelry and cosmetics. Officials say they hope the remodel will help attract and keep local customers. ...Read more
At Tuesday night's Tuscaloosa City School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved early dismissal for students on November 18th. This is due to the Alabama Football game against the Georgia State Panthers. The early dismissal will begin with high schools at 11:30 a.m. and then middle schools and elementary schools in 40 minutes intervals. Assistant Superintendent Dorothy Richardson said, "In order for high school students to be out first, they will be able to be home and care for younger siblings once they arrive home. ...Read more
In the past month, five gay teens across the country have committed suicide, allegedly because they were being bullied for their sexual orientation. According to Spectrum, the gay alliance on the University of Alabama campus, gay males are more likely to be ridiculed. The "gay bashings" have gotten national attention from celebrities in the "It Will Get Better" campaigns. Alex Hollinghead, president of Spectrum, says teens in Alabama seem to get teased more. ...Read more
A story making international news is hitting home in West Alabama. After being trapped for more than two months, rescue operations are underway to rescue 33 miners from inside a Chilean mine. The miners have been trapped nearly half a mile below ground. Rescue crews will use a capsule called the Phoenix 1 to bring the miners out. It will be lowered more than 2,000 ft to reach the miners. Relatives have waited more than two months to be reunited with their loved ones. ...Read more
More auto supplier jobs may be on the way to Alabama. A delegation from Tuscaloosa County along with Governor Riley are in Germany. They're trying to recruit more auto supply companies to the state. Officials say the visit is based on Mercedes' decision to produce its C-Class Sedan at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. They are meeting with about a dozen suppliers in Germany. Officials hope they will want to open plants in Alabama to make parts for the C-Class.
October 12, 2010
A Tuscaloosa City Schools student was found safe after walking off campus. Tuscaloosa City Schools Assistant Superintendent Dorothy Richardson released a statement Tuesday. It said the incident happened at Woodland Forrest Elementary School last month. A kindergarten student walked away from campus. School staff responded to the incident and met with the parent. Officials say they also worked with the family to develop a plan of action to ensure student safety.
October 12, 2010
Tuscaloosa Police arrested three women on prostitution charges. Marion Elaine Ruffin, 27, Melonie Anne Scruggs, 35, and Cassundra Shevelle Wells, 36, are charged with soliciting prostitution. The three women were arrested in the Alberta City area on October 7th. They are currently being held in a Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $500 bond.
By: Sarah Killian, WVUA News
October 11, 2010; 10:52pm
Election season is heating up in West Alabama. Candidates running for the State Senate District 5 seat debated at Wintzell's Oyster House in Northport. Republican Greg Reed and Democrat Brett Wadsworth, both of Jasper, spoke about a wide variety of issues such as education, illegal immigration and tax reform. The debate, which was sponsored by the Northport Advisory Council, was to inform Northport and Tuscaloosa citizens about the platforms of both candidates and to hear what their plans are for west Alabama if elected. ...Read more
Republican nominee for state senate, Gerald Allen, gained a big endorsement Monday from the National Federation of Independent Business. State Director of the NFIB, Rosemary Elebash, says the association chose to support Allen because of his beliefs in fiscal responsibility and education to promote job creation. Allen says having the members of the NFIB support him is very important to his campaign. Allen is running against democratic incumbent Phil Poole for State Senate in District 21.
By Gina Cook, WVUA News ...Read more