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Past articles by Drew:

Police engage in standoff with suicidal suspect at DCH

An armed and suicidal man led Tuscaloosa police in a pursuit to DCH Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, where they engaged in a standoff that ended peacefully after more than five hours.Joshua Jerome Montgomery, 33, surrendered to police around 8:30 p.m. The incident started just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, when his girlfriend called 911 to report he had threatened to kill her and take his own… → Read More

New Tuscaloosa school board, council members sworn into office

When Patrick Hamner was elected to the District 4 seat on the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education in March, both he and his wife, Elizabeth, knew how to → Read More

Tuscaloosa Schools' Storm Shelters Examined

(TNS) - A number of Tuscaloosa County, Ala., organizations hope to make storm shelters in some Tuscaloosa County schools open to the public after school hours. Recently, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education approved its part of an agreement with the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency to allow five storm shelters within the system to be used by citizens after school in case of… → Read More

Tuscaloosa County School program sharpens reading skills

The Tuscaloosa County Schools System is investing in programs to help students who either have dyslexia or difficulty in reading. → Read More

LEND A HAND: Tuscaloosa Mayor's Cup raises $39K for pre-kindergarten

The latest donation from the annual Mayor's Cup will go toward ensuring Tuscaloosa City Schools' pre-kindergarten program continues. → Read More

Tuscaloosa County School Board OKs $193.9 million budget

The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education made a slight change to its budget this year, adding more than $4 million for additional projects. → Read More

Aliceville woman went missing in 2000; family hasn't given up hope

Debra Hughes remembers how her sister, Shelia Hughes, was about to begin a new chapter in her life before Sept. 1, 2000. → Read More

Parents hear more about Tuscaloosa city schools' strategic plan

Speaking before a packed theater at the Alberta School of Performing Arts on Monday night, Mike Daria said the building represented Tuscaloosa City Schools in more ways than one. → Read More

George Curry influenced family and the famous

Charlotte Purvis remembers June 11, 1963, when she and the rest of the family sat in front of the TV in their McKenzie Court home. → Read More

Fewer bus drivers in city, county schools

As thousands of students are transported to school each day by bus, both Tuscaloosa city and county schools have been having issues hiring drivers. → Read More

Englewood Elementary mold cleanup finishes this week

School officials believe that by next week, Englewood Elementary School will be mold-free. → Read More

Tuscaloosa County School System has more students this year

The Tuscaloosa County School System has seen growth in some areas in the first week of school, superintendent Walter Davie said. → Read More

Benefits, challenges seen at city schools

In the first few days of schools, Tuscaloosa City Schools has seen great benefits and challenges, according to Superintendent Mike Daria. → Read More

Teachers who resign shortly after receiving contracts cause woes

Over the summer, administrators at Tuscaloosa city and county schools noticed a trend -- new teachers who would resign shortly after being contracted to a school. → Read More

Meeting inspires teachers as school year nears

In his first address to the faculty and staff of Tuscaloosa City Schools on Monday, Superintendent Mike Daria expressed his excitement for the coming school year. → Read More

Fan-tastic: Fan Day brings fans, Alabama players closer together

Of the 2,600 football fans who converged at Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the Crimson Tide during Fan Day on Sunday, only one had won three Grammy awards for his work playing and touring across the world as the drummer for Zac Brown Band. → Read More

Wreck claims life on University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa Sunday

The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating a four-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning that killed one man. → Read More

Six candidates interviewed for state Superintendent of Education

Gov. Robert Bentley offered one suggestion to the Alabama State Board of Education members Thursday before they began a daylong interview process to select its next superintendent. → Read More

Superintendent candidates to be interviewed Thursday

The State Board of Education Thursday will interview six candidates, one of whom will become the next Alabama superintendent of education. → Read More

Skyland Baptist Church pastor retiring after 27 years

When the Rev. Jimmy Garner was 12, he went to the front of Friendship Baptist Church in the Jackson County community of Fackler to shake the pastor’s hand. → Read More