The Good Stuff

‘Goodbye’ to Birmingham’s Mounted Patrol Unit

The department thanked Officers M. Cooley, J. Binion, W. Grayson, and K. Karmondi for serving in the BPD Mounted Unit.

Alabama teen makes the Top 10 in USA Kids Mullet Championships

  'I didn’t think it was real’: COVID-19 survivor leaves UAB after 2-month stay

  Caribbean Culture Music Food and Fun

  Student with autism scores touchdown for West Blocton Middle School

GBHS, partners hold ‘Make a Dog’s Day’ raffle

  First-year business owner thrives during pandemic without government financial assistance

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Sylacauga firefighters rescue puppies from open well

No fees for some applications during 2020 Alabama College Application Week

  15th annual Shop, Save and Share fundraiser

  Spirit of Liberty Foundation honors Birmingham police, healthcare workers

Firehouse Ministries needs volunteers for meal service

Joy to Life Foundation to take breast cancer screenings statewide

An expansion of breast cancer screenings to women on a statewide level will soon become a reality in Alabama.

  PARA plans ‘Boo in the Park’ Halloween event in Tuscaloosa area

There’s a trick or treat trail in small groups from 4pm to 6pm and in inflatable screen will be blown up so people can safely watch movies from their cars starting at 6:30pm.

Bama great O.J. Howard is a #girldad

Tampa Bay Buccaneer tight end and former Alabama great OJ Howard welcomed a beautiful baby girl Monday.

  Donation means new protection against COVID-19 for some Jefferson County students

The plastic dividers were given to JEFCOED elementary schools including Snow Rogers, Bryan, Warrior, Gardendale, Mount Olive, and Fultondale.

The Pink Queens: 3 breast cancer survivors bring awareness with new photo shoot

  New mural to welcome visitors to downtown Gadsden

  93-year-old Martha Tucker’s last election as a poll worker

  UAB kicker gathers hundreds of supplies for hurricane victims

  Home Depot stores Birmingham, Oxford prepare cleaning kits for hurricane victims

Protective Stadium will be host venue for Opening/Closing ceremony for The World Games 2022

Hoover Police go pink for breast cancer awareness

Officers have also put pink decals on their patrol cars to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month.

130 new jobs coming to Cullman County

Reliance Worldwide’s expansion includes a new 300,000 square foot distribution facility. The total project impact is approximately $24 million, and it will be creating 130 new jobs.

  Halloween arts and crafts

October is here and we know a lot of parents are doing remote learning, so you might be wanting to incorporate some fun holiday crafts into your daily school work.

6 ideas for a safer Halloween during COVID-19

With Halloween around the corner, many people are considering safer, alternate ways to celebrate than traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, which could increase the spread COVID-19.

’Tipping in Central Alabama’ raises money for local servers

A group of good Samaritans on Facebook is banding together to help local severs. They’re collecting tips to give to a lucky person each week.

‘Back the Blue!’: Resident picks up tab for North Myrtle Beach officer’s food

A North Myrtle Beach police officer was treated to a free meal, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

Light up Friday nights to honor healthcare heroes in Alabama

During the month-long celebration, Alabamians are encouraged to show their personal appreciation for all healthcare professionals, by turning on their porch lights every Friday night in October.

Shelby County 2020 Public Safety Awards

Shelby County’s leading law enforcement officers and firefighters were recognized during the program.

Life-saving Helena Police Officer honored as officer of the year

Officer Prather has saved people’s lives with CPR three years in a row.

  Coosa Christian football holds baptism ceremony for 13 players at practice

Coosa Christian Football Coach Mark O’Bryant took over the program in August, and Tuesday’s practice is one he said he’ll never forget.

  Family Connection: helping young people in need

It started out as a volunteer organization in a tiny house, but now Family Connection has expanded its services.

Front yard concerts and outdoor church: Musicians get creative during COVID-19

Front Yard Tunes turned into a weekly event, with each concert including a song people could dance to, sing along with, and a hymn.

  91-year-old veteran gets help finding a new home

Not only does the 91-year-old veteran have a new place to live, but his son does too. Stallworth takes care of his son with special needs.

Free rabies shot clinic to be held in Birmingham

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS), in partnership with Midwest Veterinary Supply, will host a free, drive-thru rabies shot clinic on September 28 at GBHS' Adoption and Education Center located at 300 Snow Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35209.

Pelham graduate named Miss Talladega College

Patria Gatson is a member of the Presidential Honor Society and a member of the team that won the Alabama Business Pitch Competition.

Cleburne County, Etowah County, Trussville City school named National Blue Ribbon schools

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Birmingham police officer hands out free masks and candy

BPD tweeted the officer recently bought candy and masks to surprise some kids on his beat in North Precinct.

COVID-19 can’t keep choirs quiet for long

After spring break, Montevallo students resumed their classes online. For music majors, that meant the juniors and seniors had to record their recitals and submit videos instead of performing for their professors and classmates in person.

WBRC FOX6 News, other Birmingham stations unite to support United Way of Central Alabama

This is a first of its kind event/partnership for the Birmingham market with the media outlets United for United Way to encourage viewers and listeners to support United Way of Central Alabama’s call to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER.

  Robotic pets used to help prevent social isolation for senior citizens in West Alabama

With a grant funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the West Alabama Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has purchased 40 robotic pets to help reduce risks of social isolation.

Florida fire rescue team helps woman save 8 pets from flooded home

Walton County Fire Rescue shared a heartwarming story on Twitter Friday after a rescue crew helped a woman save her eight pets from her flooded home.

  National Faith and Blue weekend with Birmingham Police

Birmingham police will take part in a National Faith and Blue Weekend in October aimed at connecting officers with people in the community through houses of worship.

Curbside pickup at Birmingham Central Library begins September 21

Starting Monday, September 21, 2020, patrons will be able to pick up new checked-out materials via curbside service in the Central Library’s parking lot, 2100 Park Place.

  Dollar General donates to 5 Bessemer schools

Jonesboro, Abrams, Greenwood, West Hills and Hard Elementary Schools each received a check for $10,000.

  Father, daughter create candy chute to keep Halloween safe during pandemic

The candy chute took about 20 minutes to make and thrown together with supplies from around the house.

  Dog rescued from chain sworn in as Anniston K9

On Tuesday, Police Chief Nick Bowles sworn in Jack with an oath that forbids him from sniffing other dogs without their consent and not to tear up Sgt. Michael Webb’s garbage while living with Webb and his family.

  Brain cancer no match for 7-year-old Aubree Sutton

“I was sad because I lost my hair, but my daddy told me that hair don’t make the person, the person makes the hair,” said the 7-year-old cancer survivor.

New VA clinic to open in Anniston/Oxford area

The new 15,000+ square foot clinic will be the first of its kind in a true Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) concept and will offer primary care and mental health services, as well as the addition of two new services with audiology and optometry.

  Dog saves Shelby Co. family from house fire

The family was asleep Monday night when they woke up to the sound of an alarm, and it wasn’t a smoke detector, it was a 185 pound dog.

Book donations for Barrett and Oliver Elementary Schools

The picture books encompass a diverse array of topics from civil rights to self worth, family, and community to arts and creativity.

Jelly Belly founder to give away candy factory in nationwide treasure hunt

The founder of The Jelly Belly jelly beans is giving away one of his candy factories as part of a nationwide treasure hunt.

Huntsville couple celebrates 75 years of marriage

Couple celebrates 75 years of love and marriage

Coach Nick Saban and Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie cereal

Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies are turning 60 this year.

Group creating set of wheels for Dilly the bulldog

Dilly, an eight-week-old bulldog, was born with what appears to be a non-reparable birth defect or spinal deformity that prevents her from being able to use her hind legs, according to Keith Benning with the rescue.

  Dinner Under the Stars

1918 Catering created Dinner Under the Stars to give customers a chance for social distancing while spending time with family or friends this Labor Day Weekend.

Vestavia Hills Aquatic Complex opens

If you live in Vestavia Hills you don’t need a membership and entrance is free during Splish Splash September.

Shelby Co. students get free meals

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, all students may eat standard meals (breakfast and lunch) at no cost.

Gatlinburg SkyBridge unfurls American Flag for Labor Day

SkyLift Park said they plan to keep the flag waving over Gatlinburg through Sept. 11 to serve as a symbol honoring the victims of 9/11.

  Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year receives check

Thursday, Dr. Jackson was presented with a check for $1,000 from the Scottish Rite Foundation.

NFL to auction off Tua Tagovailoa’s first signed Dolphins jersey for charity

The NFL has opened an auction for Tua Tagovailoa’s first signed Miami Dolphins jersey on Thursday — all of the proceeds going to charity.

Sylacauga students will get free school meals this fall

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a meal flexibility waiver that covers free school breakfast and lunch effective immediately and through December 31, 2020.

Buffets can reopen in Alabama under the Safer at Home Order

Restaurants and food establishments that offer buffets and salad bars were allowed to open as of August 31 at 5:00 p.m.

City of Birmingham holds Hurricane Laura supply drive

The drive runs from Wednesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 4 from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

  U.S. Army’s Black Daggers will perform aerial demonstration to salute and honor healthcare workers

The Black Daggers are the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team.

  Dog found with chain embedded in neck will become member of Anniston Police Dept.

Jack will be sworn in September 15th, then he’ll appear in area schools and at public events.

  Hawks get help in two Alabama counties

A red-tailed hawk got caught in some of the netting at Top Golf Monday morning. A hawk was hit by a car in Walker County.

Room decorations, birthday cake and a smile on veteran’s 93rd birthday

According to a post by the Birmingham VA Medical Center, 93-year-old Phillip Wesson has been receiving care at the Shoals VA Clinic for many years.

  A little monkey business in Tuscaloosa traffic

A driver captured a monkey in a car at a red light.

  First Friday to return in Gadsden next week

There will be hand sanitizer stations and masks available to people who don’t have any, as well as enforced social distancing in stores.

DURA Automotive invests $59 million to open new facility in the Shoals

The Michigan-based company said the project will create 279 direct jobs and expand the potential for Alabama’s auto industry to capitalize on the growing EV wave.

  Alabama high school band director walking 800 miles to raise awareness for funding

Sidney Lanier Band Director PJ Howard is walking 800 miles from Alabama to Missouri to raise awareness for funding.

Adoptable pets flown from Birmingham to New Jersey to make room for pet evacuees from hurricanes

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) partnered with Wings of Rescue to fly the dogs.

Her Majesty presents award to Alabama native horseman

A former 8-time world champion equestrian and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association, Irby was awarded a certificate of recognition dated August 3, 2020, from Her Majesty via Royal Mail directly from Windsor Castle.

Second Chance Virtual Hiring Fair in Jefferson County

Local Birmingham employers who are seeking to help men and women with past misdemeanors, felonies or both will host a free virtual hiring fair.

Message in a Bottle

The man behind the message says, “I’d throw in three to five cases at a time. Some of them were little messages that I wrote, any way to express the Love of God.”

  Tallulah and Khari: Best friends amid pandemic

Khari and her family were surprised to learn the Gardendale High School yearbook had been dedicated to Tallulah. She touched the hearts of everyone at school, but she is a game changer for Khari.

First pygmy hippo born in Virginia at Metro Richmond Zoo

The first pygmy hippo calf to be born in Virginia was welcomed at the Metro Richmond Zoo in late July.

  Eat in the Streets of downtown Birmingham

The event allows local restaurants to expand their dining areas into the streets and offers an opportunity for Birmingham residents to celebrate the city while social distancing.