On Monday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa will kick off its sixth annual Celebration on the River. Free family activities, a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display over the Black Warrior River will be featured.  

This year’s celebration is organized by The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. PARA’s free kid’s zone will include inflatable games, face painting and more. Along with visiting the kid’s zone, the Alabama National Guard will sponsor a rock wall and additional activities.  

Residents gathered by the hundreds and braved frigid temperatures to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. Many took time out on MLK Day to participate in a unity march and rally that began on the University of Alabama campus and ended at Tuscaloosa City Hall.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host a free Christmas tree recycling event starting Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 10.

During this free drop-off event, citizens and businesses can drop off live Christmas trees, live wreaths and live garlands in the designated area at the Curry Environmental Services facility located at 3440 Kauloosa Ave.

This is it, T-Town: It’s almost here. Soon, Santa will make his annual visit to our fair city, and we’ll all be gathering around holiday tables with friends and family to celebrate Christmas.

Have you finished your shopping? Yes? Well if so, then check out some of these fun events happening around town this week. Obviously with the holiday, this weekly calendar will be slightly thinner than usual – but that’s just because almost everyone will be taking several days off this week to enjoy some much-needed down time.

And if you haven’t finished your shopping, stop reading this immediately. Get the car keys and go shop – and remember to shop local, y’all!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Druid City Living.

Christmas will be coming early to some of the residents at Green Village Mobile Home Park this Saturday, Dec. 19. Over the last couple of weeks, the Northport Fire Rescue department has been taking collections to help some of those in that community during this holiday season.

“When I became the Chief of the Department, my motto was ‘Out of the Station and Into the Community’ and this is our way on continuing that goal,” said Fire Chief Bart Marshall.

The annual Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors’ Toys for Tots Toy Drive has come to a close. U.S. Marine Corps representative Ryan Leech thanked the group during the December luncheon, held at Indian Hills Country Club on Dec. 16. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in local communities.

A check for $5600 was donated by TAR to United Way and accepted by Ruth Gaddis with Success by Six. Karen Thompson with Temporary Emergency Services also thanked the organization for recent support.

Jack Ryan accepts the Good Neighbor Award during the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors’ luncheon on Dec. 16.

Also at the December meeting, Dedra Cabiness was inducted as the 2016 President by the Alabama AAR President, Shawn Reeves. Cabiness won the Arthur B. Pope Education Achievement Award, which recognizes a member for his or her contribution to, and participation in, education programs and activities. Jack Ryan was given the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors’ “Good Neighbor” Award, which recognizes a Realtors’ volunteer work and commitment to the community. Tyler Bigbee, with Prudential Pritchett Moore won the Rookie of the Year Award. Lynda Lamon received the Cooperative Spirit Award.

Photos: Allison Adams

By Samantha Collins

My little brother is a member of the United States Marine Corps. My father was not a Marine, nor were my uncles. This was not my brother’s childhood dream or even amongst the options he considered when choosing a path to adulthood. At 17, my brother had a great ACT score and even a roommate for the college he had planned to attend. Weeks before graduation, my brother looked our family in the eyes and told us he had made an important decision: to become a Marine. Many of us know that 17 is not an age at which one can make this choice alone, but my parents knew he had made up his mind and they would not let him take these very difficult steps without their support.


Initially, I perceived the military as a frightening decision that I considered my brother irrational to jump into and quite possibly a “phase” for him. It was very clear it was not the easy choice; thus, I questioned his reasoning. He began training with his recruiting officers and many other recruits who were pursuing a similar path. Soon after, my brother signed his papers, documenting that he had enlisted. Not yet, though, was he considered a Marine; first, he would have to attend basic training.

Last year marked the first year that the True family presented a Live Nativity Pageant in the front yard of their home in Northport. It proved incredibly popular, and now the Trues are doing it once again, offering everyone living in the area the chance to see a real live Nativity, complete with actors, animals and all the other scenery that comes with it.

There will be two showings each night for the Live Nativity, located at 904 Princeton Place, near Vestavia Elementary School at the corner of Hunter Creek and Princeton Place between McFarland Blvd. and Hwy. 69 in Northport. The shows begin on Dec. 19 and run through Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

By Derek Osborn


A monthly editorial piece of masterful opinionated writing (insert joke here) regarding life and times in the big town of Tuscaloosa, coupled with the musings of a guy nicknamed “Oz.”


Here is the column you wait for the entire year. You know, the one where contributors like me tell you all about fond memories of Christmas past? The one about traditions passed down from generation to generation. The one where a certain holiday music classic spawns a gamut of emotion linked to a special occasion in a simpler time. This is the quintessential “days gone by” composition.

If you’re looking for a wonderful, touching gift for the holiday season, here’s a suggestion: Consider purchasing a commemorative tile to go on the brand new Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Wall, installed recently at DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center. Honor the life of someone you care about by purchasing a commemorative tile with their name on it.


This is the kind of gift that lasts. And it’s perfect, especially if you’re struggling for gift ideas. The Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Fund has made it possible for families to celebrate birthdays with their babies – and DCH’s tiniest patients.


Each tile is $100, and they can be ordered online by visiting thedchfoundation.org.

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