West Alabama Tuesday Briefing
It is Tuesday, December 12, 2023.More sunshine with warmer high temperatures during the day and crisp nights highlight a trend that will be around at least into Saturday when rain returns to the forecast. Overall, this will be a good week to get some Christmas shopping done.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind around 5 mph
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Weekend: A mostly cloudy day Saturday will lead to chances of rain Saturday night through Sunday night. Highs will be in the mid 50s with lows in the lower 40s. There is still uncertainty as to the coverage area of the rainfall.
In a unanimous resolution, the Northport City Council has voted to offer Kentuck Park to the Kentuck Festival of the Arts for the 2024 event on a one year, free of charge basis. The offer is identical to the past festival and will provide $77,000 in in-kind support and an increase in outside agency funding for the non-profit to $80,000. Council President Jeff Hogg says the resolution follows Kentuck desires for a one-year agreement over a multi-year one. The resolution also offers for the city to meet with Kentuck leaders next fall to discuss a long-term agreement to keep the festival in Northport.
The Northport Community Center and adjacent park will stay as it is. After a very public battle over plans to build apartments and a coffee shop at the site, the proposed purchase offer to developer Beeker Property Group was rescinded at last night’s council meeting.
20-year-old Mississippi woman Noelle Lynn Savage was arrested last week after police received a tip that in late November, around two dozen videos depicting child pornography had been downloaded her device. Savage is listed as a resident of Starkville, MS.
Autoworkers at more than a dozen nonunion automakers have announced organizing campaigns to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). That includes Mercedes Benz in Tuscaloosa County along with several other Alabama vehicle manufactures such as Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Mazda and Autocar.
The union's plan to successfully unionize every nonunion automaker is based on what UAW President Shawn Fain calls a 30-50-70 strategy.
When 30% of coworkers sign union cards, the UAW will very publicly go "loud and proud" about the unionization effort. When 50% of coworkers sign cards, Fain said, he will personally join each organizing effort for a rally. When 70% of coworkers sign cards — and when the organizing committee has representatives from every "department, line and shift" — the UAW will demand the given automaker recognize the union.
Fain claims non-union auto workers are falling behind in salaries as their companies earn massive profits.
Fall graduation at the University of Alabama is set for Saturday with some 1,800 degrees to be awarded. Shelton State will conduct their fall graduation Friday.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc.will received $3.9 million more than $46 million in grants to several community service agencies to help cover heating and cooling costs for low-income families. The agency represents Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa counties.
Community Action Agency of South Alabama will get $3.05 million for their counties, which includes Marengo.
Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corporation Inc.: $207,463.
A Sunday night shooting left a man dead in Walker County. According to the Walker County Sheriff's Office the incident was the result of a domestic altercation at a residence near Mill Creek Lane, off Dogtown Road.
The case will be turned over to a grand jury to weigh any potential charges.
From UA Athletics: Alabama volleyball placed three student-athletes on the 2023-24 Academic All-District Volleyball team, selected by College Sports Communicators, as Kendyl Reaugh, Victoria Schmer and Alyiah Wells were named to the team Tuesday.
The trio all earned the same honor last season, making them the ninth, 10th and 11th multiple-time winners in program history. The group brings Alabama's all-time Academic All-District total to 28.
The three will now move onto the national ballot for the Academic All-America teams, which will be announced Jan. 9.
Long-time sports journalist and current senior write at Sports Illustrated Pat Forde sees Michigan as the victor over Alabama in their New Year's Day Rose Bowl match-up. He is quoted in SI as saying Alabama needs its opponents to make mistakes to win and Michigan will not do that. He doesn't give a score prediction.