Tuscaloosa named among top college towns

Livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence and large employers can help define a college town’s success. Best College Reviews, which compiled a list of “The 50 Best College Towns in America,” has considered those criteria and put Tuscaloosa at number 48.

University restricts media access to rush

A festive environment has descended on Sorority Row at The University of Alabama, as thousands of girls continue to participate in the largest formal recruitment in history. But outside of the ice water teas, skits and parties on Colonial and Magnolia Drives, there is a kind of silence.

Lofts life joins campus housing options

Last summer, students driving along McFarland Boulevard encountered the sights and sounds of construction as The Lofts at City Center prepared to welcome incoming residents. Brittney Hollis, vice president of marketing and leasing for Capstone Collegiate Communities, said seeing their future home under ?construction made some students antsy.

Back in Business

Three years later, businesses are still returning to Tuscaloosa.April 26, 2011, was the last Tuesday that you could drive down the heart of Tuscaloosa and see Alabama Physical Therapy and Occupation Rehab Physical Therapy, Hobby Lobby and Milo’s Hamburgers sharing a street. The next day, an EF4 tornado devastated residential areas and commercial corridors.

Student band steps on to festival scene

Two years ago, in the middle of the wilderness in Ozark, Arkansas, a virtually unknown band stepped onto the the smallest stage at Wakarusa Music Festival. That band was The Lumineers, and now, with a platinum single and Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” under their belts, they are anything but unknown.