Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa News Director and Tuscaloosa native Don Hartley's name is synonymous with West Alabama. He has two lengthy careers under his belt. 23 years in radio and television news and sports journalism and 26 years as a county and state emergency manager. Don also worked as a press aide to former Alabama Governor Guy Hunt and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton. Don marched four years in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and did the stadium announcing for the band for 16 years. His attachment to UA also extended to being the radio play-by-play voice of Crimson Tide Baseball and Women’s Basketball. He also served as public address announcer for Bama Gymnastics. For several years, Don did radio and television play-by-play for high school football and basketball, including Central’s 2007 4-A AHSAA Championship Game at Legion Field in Birmingham. Don has earned three Alabama Broadcasters Association ABBY Awards for news and public affairs broadcasting. He has also received multiple Associated Press honors for both quality news and sports broadcasting. Don is married with two adult children and one grandchild.
WEST ALABAMA FRIDAY BRIEFING
Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Johnson, killed in the line of duty and Deputy Chis Poole, who was wounded in the same incident involving a violent felon, have received the Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement in ceremonies at the State House.
WEST ALABAMA THURSDAY BRIEFING
Ricky Latham pleaded guilty to the boating deaths of Destiny Graben and Ricky Glover on the Warrior River on July 4th, 2018 near Moundville. He has now been sentenced to 28 months in prison and the 5 years’ probation.
WEST ALABAMA WEDNESDAY BRIEFING
A Marginal (1 in 5) Risk for damaging winds and hail are the main threats for severe weather this afternoon and evening. No tornadic activity is expected.
WEST ALABAMA TUESDAY BRIEFING
A number of Northport residents living near the proposed Water Park next to Big Lots on McFarland Blvd. voiced their opposition to rezoning the more than 150 acres for the park.
West Alabama Monday Briefing
First term Northport City Council Member Jamie Dykes is resigning from her council committee assignments and wants to abolish council committees altogether.
WEST ALABAMA’S TOP STORIES FOR THURSDAY
The "Second Chance Job Fair" gets under way at 1:00 this afternoon at the McDonald-Hughes Center on MLK Jr. Blvd.
WEST ALABAMA’S TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY10TH
The Dancy-Cochrane-Old Memphis Volunteer Fire Department in Pickens County may have lost everything in that fire at the department southeast of Aliceville Monday, but mutual aid agreements with other departments in the county will not leave residents unprotected.
West Alabama’s Top Stories For Monday
Two bills sponsored by Tuscaloosa County Legislators Bill Lamb and Gerald Allen have a little over a month to make their way through the Alabama Legislature.
Headlines for Friday in West Alabama
Headlines heading into your weekend here in West Alabama.
Thursday Morning News Briefing
Local headlines for your Thursday in West Alabama.