Community Reacts to Vice President Kamala Harris making history, taking office

Vice President Kamala Harris now holds the second highest office in the country and is the first woman and person of color to hold the title. Community members say watching her take the oath was a powerful redefining moment in history.

Buc-ee’s opening in Leeds

Free gas giveaway in Jefferson County

Back To The Future

B’ham group holds MLK Day of service gas giveaway and voter registration event

Birmingham Islamic Society helps host food, supply giveaway

  Volunteers help clean-up Center Point as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project

Continued Coverage

  JCCEO resuming applications for people needing help paying rent and utilities

More women than men lose jobs due to pandemic struggles

  Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office partners with Ring Security

  UAB Spring semester starts next week with COVID-19 precautions, testing in place

  Gas prices are on the rise

  Apple announces launch of innovation hub for HBCUs

  Alabama truckers fight back against human trafficking

The Alabama Trucking Association sponsored legislation that guarantees when you get a CDL, you’ll learn the red flags.

  Winter edition of Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off January 14th

Winter edition of Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off January 14th and runs through January 31st.

Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham receives grant for emergency rent and utility assistance

Applicants can be awarded a one-time benefit of up to $1,500 to help with rent or utilities, including water, sewer, electric, and gas.

  BREMSS Emergency Medical Personnel of the Year: Diane Dockins

The Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System (BREMSS) wants to recognize Paramedic Diane Dockins, the Walker County Emergency Medical Services Personnel of the Year!

The road less traveled

  Unsung Heroes of the pandemic: Environmental Services

Auburn student dies after falling from apartment balcony

Project SHARE and help with energy assistance

  Red Cross of AL clears up questions about donating plasma

  COVID-19 from a kid’s perspective

2nd Cook Out location opening in Birmingham area

The new location will be at 301 24th St. S. in the Southside area.

  BREMSS Emergency Medical Personnel of the Year: Taylor Gunnels

The Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System (BREMSS) wants to recognize paramedic Taylor Gunnels – the Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Personnel of the Year!

Old World meets Lookout Mountain

Fontana’s Restaurant might not be exactly what you’d expect to find or where you’d expect to find it. It is a mixture of The Old Country in the shadow of Lookout Mountain.

  Norwood pastor explains how he’s talking to flock about COVID-19

Faith leaders are taking on the role of both spiritual and safety advisors during the pandemic.

  Brookwood Baptist Medical Center welcomes its first baby of 2021

Welcome to the world, Caela!

  How to program your weather radio

Do you own a NOAA weather radio? If so, you want to make sure it’s correctly programmed ahead of potential severe weather.

After 66 years at Homewood location, Sikes Shoes and Jack n’ Jill Shop are moving

The stores are relocating to a brand new building during the Spring of 2021, but they will move to a temporary location until that space is finished.

Year end giving, donations needed

Nonprofit leaders across Alabama said they have been struggling this year because as needs are up, donations are down.

Birmingham named one of the 50 best places to travel in 2021

The magazine ranked the Magic City as number five on the list.

Judson College reaches $500,000 goal to stay open

Judson College President Tew announced that the Dec. 31, 2020, fundraising goal of $500,000 has been met.

“Cat cafe” hopes to do well with weekend schedule

Gatos and Beans opened more than a year ago, five days per week. Due to COVID-19, they closed briefly, but are now open Friday though Sunday.

Christmas Tree recycling

Trees can be dropped at the site of the tree sale lot adjacent to the Zoo’s construction entrance until January 11.

  Meals on Wheels/United Way work to feed seniors this Christmas

About 1 in 6 elderly people are food insecure and Meals on Wheels with the United Way has worked to make sure those in our community have a hot meal for Christmas Day.

  Santa Claus comes to town in Irondale

Santa Claus caught a ride on one of the fire trucks for a tour of the neighborhoods in Irondale.

Chilton County Sheriff’s Office K9s get body armor donation

Chilton County Sheriff’s Office K9s Justice, Traffic, Tracker and Shep will receive the vests embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

  Dogs and cats in Shelby County get much more than kibble for Christmas dinner

The cats and dogs at the shelter enjoyed a holiday feast of chicken, turkey, peas, green beans and carrots served on Christmas-themed plates.

  Santa letters: A look at how the pandemic is impacting children and families

“Dear Santa, my mommy hasn’t been so healthy lately and she doesn’t work anymore, but when she was she would give me everything good, but most of all her love is what I cherish the most.”

ALEA urges motorists to plan for winter weather this holiday season

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is urging motorists who are planning to travel this week to be prepared for road conditions and the typical heavier-than-normal holiday traffic.

  BREMSS Emergency Medical Services Personnel of the Year: Nathan Sweeney

The Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System (BREMSS) wants to recognize Paramedic Nathan Sweeney – the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Personnel of the Year.

  Birmingham City Councilor hosts holiday giveaway with Arrington funeral home

Birmingham City Councilor Crystal Smitherman teamed up with Senator Rodger Smitherman and Arrington Funeral home to help over 50 families with gifts and food for the Christmas holiday.

Help the Birmingham Salvation Army ‘Rescue Christmas’ and reach kettle goal

Donations to The Birmingham Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign can be given online through December 24.

  Community Food Bank of Central Alabama tapped out after a busy year

“We just don’t have the capacity,” CEO Brett Meredith said.

  Children who lost both parents to COVID receive Christmas gifts

Francesca McCall might be raising a dozen children now, but she isn’t alone, thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Birmingham PD hosts Toy, Coat & Shoe Drive Saturday morning

The department’s Community Outreach and Public Education (COPE) division partnered with 98.7 KISS FM, Youth Towers Inc., and the Mario Addison Community for the drive

  Protest planned over failure to release info about COVID19 in the Tuscaloosa County Jail

Some are concerned the department is not being transparent when it comes to coronavirus in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

  BREMSS Emergency Medical Personnel of the Year: Joe Cole

The Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System (BREMSS) wants to recognize Joe Cole, the Chilton County Emergency Medical Services Personnel of the Year.

Chilton Co. school resource officer dresses as Santa to surprise students

Isabella School Resource Officer (SRO) Billy Scarbrough dressed as Santa to surprise students on Thursday.

  Former Birmingham Black Barons player grateful MLB recognizing Negro League stats

A former Negro League player is calling a recent decision by Major League Baseball an honor. Up until this week, MLB didn’t officially consider the Negro League as a major league.

  Good Samaritans help Habitat For Humanity Tuscaloosa after theft

The Tuscaloosa community stepped up to help a local charity still reeling after vandals damaged one of their vehicles.

HABD Operation Give Back: Coat and toy drive

HABD partnered with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Birmingham Police Department to collect toys, coats and winter clothes.

Janine Langston named interim director of the Birmingham Public Library

Janine Langston has been named as Birmingham Public Library’s new interim executive director.

Saints, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson pays off layaway accounts at Birmingham Walmart

In total, Benson’s donations benefitted around 300 families: 122 families in New Orleans, around 123 families in Alexandria and 30-40 families in Birmingham.

  Clothing giveaway for Hoover fire survivors, others in need

Wednesday the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and several other ministries came together to help those in the community in need, but they opened up early for the survivors of the Hoover apartment fire a few weeks back.

  Academy Sports and Outdoors donates $5000 to help young boy give back to homeless community

He started leaving the winter coats in highly populated areas where his homeless neighbors reside in order for them to come and “shop for” what they needed.

Partnership to provide gifts, bikes to children of some Jefferson County inmates

Each child will receive a box of gifts along with a new bike. JCSO deputies will assist with the delivery of each package.

  Happy 103rd birthday to “Mama Duke”

Mrs. Ruth Duke, affectionally known as “Mama Duke” turned 103-years-young over the weekend.

Produce giveaways scheduled in the Jefferson County area

There are several produce giveaways happening in the Jefferson County area Tuesday, December 15.

  Bikes 4 Kids: New Chelsea based non-profit on a mission to change lives through bicycles

The memories of learning to pedal, taking off the training wheels, and going faster than you probably should to keep up with your friends, are a rite of passage for many children. But for some children having their own bike is just a dream.

  BREMSS Emergency Medical Personnel of the Year: Tommy Shelnut

BREMSS Emergency Medical Personnel of the Year would like to congratulate Tommy Shelnut from Blount County, Alabama

  Hoover Library getting creative with holiday programming for children during pandemic

It’s much quieter this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the librarians are working hard to make sure those traditions are still alive and accessible.

  Trooper Teddy Bears delivered to Children’s of Alabama

The Trooper Association has donated more than 100 Trooper Teddy Bears for this year’s delivery, but things looked different this year because of COVID-19.

Treasures From The Past

The Christmas trains run year-round at Route 12 Relics in the Cullman County community of Good Hope.

Governor’s Mansion opens for Candlelight Christmas Tours

“This is the people’s house, and I want to share it with them during this special Christmas season,” said Ivey.

  Tuscaloosa County Alternative Sentencing Program starts non-profit resiliency fund

Charities can apply for the grant money if they can show how they’ve been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

  Nick’s Kids Foundation celebrates teachers

The Nick’s Kids Foundation honored 47 Tuscaloosa City and County School teachers during the 9th annual Teacher Excellence Awards

Quinnen Williams’ foundation helping 100 Birmingham-area families this Christmas

The Quinnen Williams Foundation is using $50,000 to help families.

Pioneer Pantry: Helping keep Jeff State students, faculty and staff fed

Volunteers will load the bags with a few extra goodies this month: a pre-cooked ham, some dinner rolls, some household & hygiene products, and some sweet treats to put in stockings.

Christmas giveaways scheduled Saturday

There are several Christmas giveaways including food and toys happening Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Giving Spirit: Students at Vestavia Hills Elem. East make care packages

The kids in Catherine Bentley’s 3rd grade class made 24 holiday packages for residents of Brookdale Memory Care.

  Major Jarod Bryant: Hero on the gridiron and in the air

Jarod Bryant is a local high school football hero, but also an American Hero as a pilot in the United States Marine Corp/ U.S. Navy. A former Mr. Football in the state of Alabama, then onto the Naval Academy and into the air as a military pilot defending the United States. This is his story.

Birmingham Public Safety Task Force report and recommendations

The task force also hosted listening sessions and a public hearing to hear from people in the community.

  Faith leaders react to 100 B’ham homicides for the year

With 3 weeks left in the year and 100 deaths due to gun violence,

We put $2 parking lot steaks to the test

Traveling steak sales are pulling into parking lots across the country, luring lots of budget-conscious shoppers.

  Thieves strike at Habitat For Humanity Tuscaloosa for a second time

Continued thefts are impacting Habitat for Humanity's ability to serve the community

  Giving back while still treating some of the sickest patients among us

Hundreds of toys and bikes donated by employees of UAB Hospital and all UAB outpatient clinics were delivered to the Salvation Army at a ceremony in the atrium of UAB Hospital’s West Pavilion.

Congratulations! Several promotions at the Birmingham Police Department

The Birmingham Police Department recently announced multiple promotions to command staff, including administration, captains and lieutenants positions.

  B’ham Police Department releases PSA on guns

BPD acknowledges there are many ways that people can obtain firearms illegally; however, one of the easiest ways is when gun owners fail to secure their firearms.

  Pat Gray, WBRC FOX6 News pioneer, has died

She was among the first women in Birmingham to become a star in what was then a man’s world of local broadcasting.