Hardy McCollum

August 25, 2011 - 4:57pm

Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum says he will run for another term.  McCollum has served in the role for 36 years.  The Democrat also serves as chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Commission.  McCollum says he's seeking a seventh six-year term because his work isn't over yet.  "I have a job to do, and I'm going to do my job everyday to the best of my ability, just like today," McCollum told WVUA at Wednesday's Tuscaloosa County Commission meeting.  "You know, you get these offices by running for them, and so I'll be running." ...Read more

Police Chiefs

August 25, 2011 - 4:43pm

The president of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police says he's not giving any special advice to chiefs around the state as law enforcement officers get ready for possible implementation of Alabama's new immigration law next week.  The law has been described by opponents and supporters as the toughest in the country. It is scheduled to take effect Sept.1, but a federal judge in Birmingham has not ruled on lawsuits seeking to block all or parts of it. ...Read more

Alabama Teens

August 24, 2011 - 3:36pm

One of the sponsors of Alabama's new tough immigration law told a group of Hispanic young people that the tough law was not designed to hurt them.  Republican State Sen. Scott Beason was surrounded by the teenagers Wednesday during a break in a federal court hearing on
the new law which he sponsored in the Senate. A recent graduate of Pelham High School, 19-year-old Victor Palafox told Beason the teens were worried the law would prevent them from attending college or getting good jobs. ...Read more

Sunday Alcohol Sales

August 23, 2011 - 4:50pm


Results are unofficial and not yet certified.

City of Northport

11 of 12 Boxes Reporting

Yes - 1312 votes, 55%

No - 1054 votes, 44%

Tuscaloosa County

64 of 65 Boxes Reporting

Yes - 2058 votes, 39%

No - 3217 votes, 61%


Northport ...Read more

Taco Casa Sign

August 23, 2011 - 9:58am

A Tuscaloosa sign ordinance is preventing Taco Casa from rebuilding its well-known cactus sign on 15th Street.  The sign limitation for 15th street puts a size restriction on pole advertisements, and any new sign must meet the requirements to be built.  On Monday, the restaurant argued their sign was both a monument and an advertisement.  Taco Casa received three of five votes, saying they were an exception to the ordinance.  They needed four out of five to rebuild the sign.  Taco Casa can appeal the decision to the zoning board. ...Read more

Polling Places

August 22, 2011 - 6:09pm

Here is a list of the polling places for the Tuscaloosa County and Northport Sunday Alcohol Sales vote:


Sprayberry Regional Education Center
Northport Community Center
Northport City Hall (Also Tuscaloosa County)
Faucett-Vestavia Elementary (Also Tuscaloosa County)
Flatwoods Elementary (Also Tuscaloosa County)

Tuscaloosa County: ...Read more

Vote Tuesday

August 22, 2011 - 1:56pm

Voters in Northport and elsewhere in Tuscaloosa County will be holding separate elections on whether to permit alcohol sales on Sunday.  Voters in the city of Tuscaloosa won't be participating on Tuesday because the city decided to allow the Sunday sales in February.  Northport is holding its own election to decide whether alcohol can be sold on Sundays between noon and 9:30 p.m. County residents outside Northport and the city of Tuscaloosa will have a similar ballot issue. ...Read more

Drug Testing?

August 19, 2011 - 3:01pm

Florida's new law requiring welfare applicants to take drug tests may soon be copied in Alabama.  Republican legislators say they are working on similar bills for the Legislature's next regular session starting Feb. 7.  Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale introduced a Florida-style bill late in this year's session. He predicts the bill will be back with either him or another Republican as sponsor. Rep. Kerry Rich of Albertville says he's working on a bill to require drug testing for welfare applicants and recipients if they have any felony conviction or a misdemeanor drug conviction. ...Read more

Churches Respond

August 18, 2011 - 3:11pm

More than 20 religious leaders and officials with church-operated charities say in affidavits filed in federal court in Birmingham that a new state immigration law would block them from providing food, shelter and transportation to the poor.  The Episcopal Bishop of Alabama, Henry Parsley, said in an affidavit the law would force church members to break the law when they follow the Biblical mandate to "share God's love with others" regardless of immigration status.  The affidavits were filed in support of a lawsuit filed by Parsley and two other church leaders seeking to block the ...Read more

Alcohol Vote

August 17, 2011 - 4:25pm

Tuscaloosa County and Northport will vote Tuesday, August 23, on legalizing Sunday alcohol sales in those areas.  The referendum up for consideration is the same as the one Tuscaloosa votes passed earlier this year.  This time, people who live in the City of Tuscaloosa will not be eligible to vote.  Some businesses in Northport and Tuscaloosa County say they need Sunday sales to be competitive with Tuscaloosa.  Meanwhile, the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association has sent out more than 80 letters to local churches, asking pastors to ask their congregations ...Read more

Gambling Retrial

August 17, 2011 - 4:20pm

The judge in Alabama's gambling corruption case is considering requests to delay the retrial or to divide the seven defendants into three groups for retrial.  The gambling corruption trial ended Aug. 11 with 33 undecided charges against seven of the defendants. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has scheduled a retrial Oct. 3. The judge held a conference call with lawyers Thursday. Defense attorney Jim Parkman said his side urged more time. He said they discussed a possible trial date in January, but no decision was made.  ...Read more


August 15, 2011 - 4:45pm

The Greenetrack gaming facility in Greene County has met with a setback in court.  The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled the Attorney General does not have to return bingo machines it seized from Greenetrack.  On June 1, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange ordered hundreds of electronic bingo machines to be removed from Greenetrack.  Earlier in August, Special Circuit Judge Houston Brown ruled Strange lacked probable cause to seize the machines and ordered them to be returned.  Strange appealed to the Supreme Court and got the stay.&n ...Read more

Gambling Retrial

August 15, 2011 - 4:40pm

A federal judge plans to retry Alabama's gambling corruption case starting Oct. 3.  U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson set the retrial date Monday after talking with federal prosecutors and defense lawyers by phone.  The Justice Department asked the judge to split the seven remaining defendants into three groups for retrial.  VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor and former legislative bill writer Ray Crosby would be first, state Sen. Harri Anne Smith would be second, and then the other four defendants. ...Read more

Jefferson County

August 12, 2011 - 5:08pm

Leaders of Alabama's largest county have rejected a settlement with Wall Street to pay off more than $3.1 billion in debt.  The unanimous Friday vote by five members of the Jefferson County Commission again delays a decision on whether they need to file what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy ever.  The commission unanimously approved a resolution to give the commission president and finance chair until Sept. 16 to personally negotiate a deal with Wall Street.  ...Read more

Gambling Trial

August 12, 2011 - 5:06pm

The federal judge who presided over Alabama's gambling trial will talk with defense and prosecution attorneys Monday about when to schedule the retrial for the seven defendants who remain.  U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson scheduled the conference call for 11 a.m. Monday.

The 10-week-long trial ended Thursday with the jury clearing two
of the defendants. The panel issued split verdicts on the other seven defendants. The jury couldn't reach a decision on some counts and returned not guilty verdicts on others. A total of 33 charges remain against the seven defendants. ...Read more

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