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Bloomington residents giving back during the holiday season

BLOOMINGTON, Ill - As many across the country gather with loved ones, others are giving back on a day of thanks. "We're celebrating thanksgiving in a big way" said Home Sweet Home Ministries CEO Mary Ann Pullin. A big way indeed, Home Sweet Home Ministries provides meals daily to the community, but

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-11-23 20:01:23

Bloomington metro area tops "drunkest city" list: report

When it comes to heavy drinking, the Bloomington area ranks first in the state, a new report says. USA Today cited Centers of Disease Control and Prevention data organized by 24/7 Wall St. to identify the metropolitan areas in each state with the highest rates of excessive drinking. The Bloomington


Bloomington council considering how to better use time, resources

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Bloomington City Council is looking at ways to increase its efficiency and productivity At Monday's Committee of the Whole Meeting, Alderman David Sage backed away from his original proposal, to limit the mayor's power to put items on the council agenda. Under the original pr


This weekend's best bets in entertainment

The rocking Rockford Nielsen family's B-N history continues apace with the return of Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts to their usual B-N haunt, the Castle Theatre, for a T-Day weekend show at 8 p.m. Saturday, along with very special guests The David Mayfield Parade. The Nielsen clan's history here

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-11-23 12:00:00

Jim's dandiest year: Gaffigan is here, there & everywhere ... or so it seems

"Actually, I think maybe THIS was my best year," decides Jim Gaffigan, after being prodded a bit, all the better to name favorites. For starters, there was: But, above all - the very best of all - he says, is his wife Jeannie's triumph over a scary health crisis: her nine-hour April surgery for the

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-11-23 12:00:00

Local police officers spread holiday cheer

BLOOMINGTON - Local police officers bring holiday cheer to drivers. The Bloomington Police Department decided to hand out turkey legs instead of tickets on Tuesday night. An officer in the field training program went around Downtown Bloomington with his FTO to remind drivers to stay safe this holida

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-11-22 23:25:10

Rail trail connection plans move forward

DANVILLE - With only a four-mile gap from the end of the planned Kickapoo Rail Trail from Urbana to the Vermilion County Fairgrounds to downtown Danville, local officials are working on plans for a trail connection to Danville to increase tourism. The Danville City Council took another a step forwar

COMMERCIAL NEWS - 2017-11-23 12:40:00

Holiday travel season off to fast start

NORMAL - Ashley Doss is ready for the holidays and feels that the sooner she gets to her family in Bloomington, the better. "I worked Monday, and with almost every conversation revolving around the holidays, I got anxious and so I decided to take a few personal days and get things started," said the

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-11-22 11:00:00

UA students provide Thanksgiving meals for soup bowl

In what's become a family holiday ritual, University of Alabama senior Juan Carrasquilla helped deliver pans of food donated by fellow students to the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl for the nonprofit's annual Thanksgiving meal. "It is amazing that it is the fifth year already. I have been reall

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-11-23 12:00:00

Animal shelters raise money through Iron Bowl competition

Animal shelters in Auburn and Tuscaloosa are tapping into the Iron Bowl rivalry to raise money and awareness in support of the community shelters. The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter is competing with the Lee County Humane Society in the Bark Bowl, a contest inspired by the instate rivalry between t

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-11-23 19:00:00

Turn back time, 1835 Alabama: Metal teeth, fancy dresses, quack medicine and the Alamo

A few yellowed and crumbling pages of newsprint from exactly 182 years ago today paint a vivid portrait of life in Alabama circa 1835, a life by turns luxurious or hard scrabble depending on your place in the world. This was long before Birmingham was even a village, when Tuscaloosa was briefly cons

AL.COM - 2017-11-23 13:35:08

Donor milk will benefit premature infants

The DCH Health System has launched a donor breast milk program that will benefit premature infants in the neonatal intensive care units at DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center. "This is an easy and safe outlet for mothers to donate their unused breast milk to babies who need it t

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-11-23 01:30:00

Dogs, a donkey and the Alamites were Alabama mascots long before Big Al

In the grand scheme of things, however, Big Al's a relative newcomer. Alabama's been playing Auburn since 1893 and the official costume didn't debut until the dawn of the 1980s. The history of Alabama mascots extends well beyond the modern era of Big Al. And it gets a little weird. A deep look throu


Dance coach is a UA fixture

As the daughter of University of Alabama employees, former Crimsonette Brandi Freeman grew up in the Crimson Tide heartland watching football on Saturdays. "We were huge Bama fans," she said. In Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturdays, her father would hand her his binoculars to look at the field. "Being

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - 2017-11-22 19:03:54

Like black voters, evangelicals duped by party loyalty

Ben Baxter is a Tuscaloosa dweller, a Dothan native, an experienced engineer, and a regular contributor for personal finance and career development topics. He's also a frequent voice on race and faith. I never thought I'd see the day, but evangelical voters have finally become maligned enough by th

AL.COM - 2017-11-21 21:48:18

Banks raise nearly $10,000 for Salvation Army

BBVA Compass of Tuscaloosa earned top prize in the inaugural Salvation Army Battle of the Banks Kettle Competition. The winner was announced Monday during an awards luncheon at the Salvation Army center at 2902 Greensboro Ave. in Tuscaloosa. Employees for nine area banks at 22 branches rang bells an


Indictment: Gilmer man beat toddler to death

A Gilmer man accused of capital murder beat an 11-month-old toddler to death, an indictment shows. Javarrious Troy Kimeyan Dixon, 22, of Gilmer remained jailed Monday in Upshur County on $5 million bond, charged with capital murder in the March 2 death of Armani Troy Berrospe. A grand jury indictmen


New trooper suit: Files forged

A top commander in the Texas Department of Public Safety forged a signature and tampered with government records in an attempt to fire a whistleblower, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit involves a state trooper based in Gilmer and who was reprimanded in 2015 for allowing hims

LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-11-22 07:54:00

Man sentenced for 2015 aggravated sexual assault in Gregg, Upshur Counties.

A Gladewater man has been sentenced for a 2015 aggravated sexual assault after pleading guilty today in Gregg County. Shannon Weiss pled guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of aggravated sexual assault. Weiss was sentenced to 55 years confinement in prison in Gregg County. On Friday,

KLTV - 2017-11-21 23:23:48

Taco Bell zoning request gets OK

Deed restrictions at a Taco Bell/KFC restaurant on Judson Road could impact a franchisee's remodeling plan. Southern Multifoods Inc. of Jacksonville wants to tear down the restaurant and build a new 52-seat Taco Bell restaurant with a patio. Mike Stansberry, general counsel and director for Souther

LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-11-22 07:53:00