Outside The Huddle: Lettermen of the USA

By WVUA-23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams On April 27, 2011, three tornadoes rampaged through the city of Tuscaloosa causing significant damage to areas near the University of Alabama campus. Former Alabama linebacker Darryl Fuhrman felt called to action, wanting to help in relief efforts. But he needed a plan. Fuhrman’s friend, former UAB football player Byron De’Vinner, suggested a charity…

Football Friday: Sept. 23, 2022

WVUA-23 recaps Week Five of the high school football season. Enjoy highlights from: Tuscaloosa Academy vs University Charter Tuscaloosa Academy steamrolls to victory over University Charter By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jeremy Bryant The Tuscaloosa Academy Knights win on the road at Livingston vs University Charter Trailblazers 50-22. The Trailblazers entered with a losing record but did not let the…

Gordo, Pickens County Ready for Next Chapter In 8-Mile War Rivalry

By WVUA-23 Sports Reporter Jack Hutchens If you travel westbound down Highway 82 from Tuscaloosa, and you’ll find a high school football rivalry unlike any other. It’s Gordo versus Pickens County. The Greenwave versus the Tornadoes. Force of nature versus force of nature. This rivalry game is for bragging rights. It will not have playoff implications because Gordo competes in…

Coming home: Alex Drueke, Andy Huynh are safe at last

Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh enjoyed their first night of freedom Thursday night. The two men had been held captive since June, when they were taken prisoner in Ukraine working as volunteers training soldiers after their nation was invaded by Russia. Both Drueke and Huynh are under the protection of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia. Their nightmare began this…

Your Personal Best: Side Bend Stretch

This simple side bend stretch helps with back flexibility and offers relief for lower back pain. Here’s how you do it: While seated, widen your feet to hip-width apart Bring your left arm across your chest and grab your right knee Bring your right hand up and over your head Gently lean to the opposite side, keeping your bottom hand…

Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted: Sept. 22, 2022

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted. Dennis Woods, 52, is last known to be living in the area of Hagler Coaling Road in Cottondale. Woods is wanted on a trafficking methamphetamine charge. Benjamin Wise, 47, is last known to be living in the area of County Road 66 in Eldridge. Wise is…

As interest rates rise, housing remains a solid investment

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Savannah Denton TUSCALOOSA – The federal government raised interest rates once again this week, directly affecting interest rates on all sorts of loans. Tyler Bigbie with Keller Williams Realty keeps an eye on the housing market every day and said you can really never go wrong investing in a home. “The good news is most…

Possible prison strike to start Monday across Alabama

BIBB COUNTY – Prison inmates and prison workers are prepping for a possible statewide strike for all inmates within Alabama’s prison system. On Monday, Sept. 26, Alabama prisoners will reportedly go on strike from food service, grounds work or any jobs assigned. Inmates said they’re taking action because of what they say is unfair parole denial for qualified candidates and…

Stillman College gets grant for new cyber security training center

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Fusco Stillman College is getting nearly $3 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that will be used for funding renovations in Geneva Hall and a new cyber security training center. This $2.7 million grant will be matched with $100,000 in state funds and is expected to create and retain 100 jobs. “I was…

Child recovering after being mauled by dog in Pickens County

A Pickens County child is recovering after being mauled by a dog Wednesday morning. Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones said the attack happened in a driveway while the child was going to get on a school bus. “It is very heart-wrenching because it is someone’s child, someone’s nephew,” Jones said. Several neighbors witnessed the attack, and investigators said one man…

Alex Drueke, Andy Huyhn are coming home

After spending months as a Russian prisoner of war, Alex Drueke is headed home alongside another Alabamian who was stuck in the same circumstances. Druke’s mother Bunny said she and the fiancee of fellow POW and North Alabama resident Andy Huynh are hoping to fly out Thursday to meet and bring them home.  Bunny Drueke’s world has been turned upside down…

Fallen deputy’s K9 partner retires

It’s been almost three months since Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Johnson was killed in the line of duty. On Wednesday, his fiancee, Angie Prince, sat down with WVUA 23 ‘s Chelsea Barton to talk about life since his death. Over the last three months we’ve learned just how loved Johnson was by his community. He was a father,…

Tuscaloosa City School Superintendent has contract extended

TUSCALOOSA – Tuscaloosa City Schools voted to extend Superintendent Mike Daria’s contract. His salary will also increase to $272,000 per year. “The parents, students, and faculty make it a wonderful place to work,” said Daria. “We are on our way to becoming a premiere school district and it is incredible to work with so many faculty and staff members, and…

Pet of the Week, Sept. 20, 2022: Meet Maverick

Maverick has gone through a lot over the past few months, and now the Humane Society of West Alabama is looking for a long-term foster or adopter who wants to give this big, beautiful boy all the love and attention he deserves. This 7-year-old boxer mix was an owner surrender at a local vet clinic. In fact, his owner wanted…

Chamber hosts annual transportation summit

  Area leaders gathered Tuesday for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s annual Transportation Summit. The purpose of the event is to update the progress on current road projects and those beginning in the near future. Discussion focused on projects at Exit 100, Mcwright’s Ferry Road, U.S. Highway 82, and the Alabama Highway 69 and Skyland Boulevard intersection. Tuscaloosa…

Alabama Soccer continues to Roll; Defeats No.5 South Carolina and UTC

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Drew Pavan The No.11 Alabama Crimson Tide soccer program has been rolling past opponents. Defeating the fifth-ranked South Carolina gamecocks on Thursday and then dominating the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on Sunday. The Tide defeated South Carolina 2-0, the victory gives Alabama its second top-10 win. It’s the first time in the program’s history that they…

Shelton State hosts memorial for veterans lost to suicide

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Jeremiah Hatcher TUSCALOOSA – Shelton State Community College is raising awareness of the rising number of veterans committing suicide. The We Remember campaign took place at the flagpole on the Martin campus on Tuesday. Veterans, survivors and their families paid tribute to lost loved ones or celebrated that they’re still here. Marcus Williams attempted suicide…

Wanna vote in the Nov. 8 election? Get registered now if you’re not already

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Jeremiah Hatcher TUSCALOOSA – Alabama’s Nov. 8 General Election will be here before you know it, and Alabama’s Secretary of State’s Office is encouraging everyone who can to register to vote if they haven’t already. National Voter Registration Day was Sept. 20, and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said more than 1 million people…

Northport one step closer to renaming 28th Street

NORTHPORT -The city of Northport may soon be celebrating one of its own by renaming a street. On Monday, the Northport City Council’s Public Safety Committee passed a petition requesting renaming 28th Street to Benevolent Way. The street is home to Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon’s business, Herndon, Hicks and Associates. Ever since the April 27, 2011, tornado that devastated much…

Northport hands over $30K to Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd NORTHPORT -The city of Northport is helping the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office with the thing it needs most: Funding. On Monday, the Northport City Council presented U.S. District Attorney Hays Webb with a $30,000 check. Webb said that money will be used to recruit and hire more attorneys so the DA’s office…

Northport increases rates for water, sewer, garbage

NORTHPORT – the Northport City Council approved the 2023 fiscal year general fund and the water and sewer fund’s operational budget on Monday, Sept. 19. The city also approved an ordinance to increase water, sewer and garbage rates for Northport residents. There will be an additional $1.50 administrative fee in place for water and sewer. Base fees for garbage service…

Stillman College, VA Medical Center team up for Stomp Out Suicide

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Caleb Aguayo TUSCALOOSA – Stillman College partnered with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center to produce “Stomp Out Suicide,” a step show meant to raise awareness on issues surrounding suicide. According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the suicide death rate rose from 12.3 to 13.5 people per 100,000 between 2011 and 2020. “We just…

City school board: Threats won’t be tolerated

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Karnera Gafford TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education said it will be stepping up its response when people make false reports after several schools were hit with threatening calls last week. Calling in threats or posting false threats on social media is an arrestable offense and disrupts the day for students, staff and…