Scenes from one of Birmingham’s most treasured events, the 71st annual National Veterans Day

Lyman Ward Military Academy students marching at the 2018 Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham. Photo by Jon Eastwood

Despite a day that saw between 2-4 inches of rainfall in Birmingham, as promised, National Veterans Day President Mark Ryan kept his word when he said, “The parade does not get cancelled.”

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Birmingham’s 71st Annual National Veterans Day Parade is NOT cancelled

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Photo from the 2016 National Veterans Day Parade – Bham Now

The 2018 edition of the 71st Annual National Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham has not been cancelled, according to city of Birmingham sources.  The parade is scheduled today, Monday, November 12 at 1:30 around Railroad Park and the Parkside District.

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UAB Football is one of the biggest comeback stories in college football history

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Blaze statue at the UAB Collat School of Business building. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

It is one of the biggest comebacks in college football history. In four years, UAB Football has gone from being disbanded to winning a Conference USA Division title and notching a Top 25 ranking in the National Coaches Poll.

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Birmingham’s 71st Annual National Veterans Day Parade will take place at Railroad Park and Parkside District

A section of the 2018 National Veterans Day Parade route along Railroad Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The 2018 edition of the 71st Annual National Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham will take place at and around Railroad Park, instead of the traditional downtown Birmingham north route. The parade is scheduled this Monday, November 12 at 1:30.

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Awesome Mary meets Ellen and takes over Hollywood, thanks to Magic Moments

Mary White (second from the right), aka, Awesome Mary got to see Ellen Degeneres – her Magic Moment. Photo Jana White’s (Mary’s mother, far right) Facebook page.

Last February, Bham Now featured a story about Hoover High School student Mary White, aka. Awesome Mary, and her quest to meet her role model Ellen Degeneres. Thanks to Magic Moments, last month, Mary and her family were able to not only meet Ellen, but also tour some of Hollywood’s most iconic places and hang out with Micah Fowler, who plays J.J. on the ABC show Speechless.

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Birmingham’s Green Springs Avenue Bridge off exit 258 is closed till March 2019

Map of Green Springs Avenue Road closure. Screenshot from the City of Birmingham press release

According to a City of Birmingham, the Green Springs Avenue Bridge will be closed to undergo needed repairs until March 2019.  The bridge is to the right of exit 258 if you are traveling south on I-65.

This is not the interstate overpass.

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A November to remember. Samford Arts debuts its own new American Opera and invites Birmingham to join a Christmas tradition

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This November, Samford University’s School of the Arts will be holding two unforgettable events. On November 15-18, Samford Arts will be premiering a new American opera called The Ghosts of Gatsby. At the end of the month, on November 30, the university will be kicking off the holiday season with the Celebrate Christmas with Samford Arts.

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Woodlawn Cycle Cafe, Yo’Mama’s, Ranelli’s among restaurants receiving 95 and above inspection scores this past month

Ranelli’s on 20th Street near 5 Points in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several popular Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular neighborhood places such as Woodlawn Cycle Cafe and Ranelli’s received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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3 things you can do now to help keep Alabama the Beautiful

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Roald Hazelhoff, director of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo courtesy of Southern Environmental Center

In our first two installments “Protecting Alabama the Beautiful by cleaning up our mess” and “Turning dumps into natural wonders” we examined Alabama’s legacy of pollution problems and remarkable comeback stories, including Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Red Mountain Park. In this, our third and final installment, we provide 3 ways you can help make, and keep, Alabama the Beautiful.

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Just voted? 8 places in Birmingham that will thank you with freebies and discounts

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Looking for a little incentive to vote today? Bham Now has identified businesses in the Birmingham metro area that are offering freebies and discounts for Alabamians that participate in the most contested local and statewide election in recent memory.

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Voter guide to 2018 Election Day, including discount rides to the polls by Uber and Lyft

Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day ! By Wednesday morning, Alabama voters will have elected its slate of constitutional officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor), a new State Senate and House, Chief Justice and judges statewide and locally.  All seven U.S. congressional seats are up for grabs, and so are local sheriffs, district attorneys, county clerks and local offices. And don’t forget the constitutional amendments.

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University of Alabama Linebacker Mack Wilson dedicating today’s LSU game to local heart transplant recipient

Screenshot of Mack Wilson , University of Alabama Linebacker who is dedicating today’s game against LSU to Helen Abele.

University of Alabama star linebacker  Mack Wilson is dedicating tonight’s LSU game to Helen Abele, an Altamont School student who received a heart transplant yesterday at Children’s of Alabama.

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Alexander appointed to fill Birmingham’s District 7 seat. Parker named pro-tem. Council seeking 2 additional applicants.

Wardine Alexander sworn in as the new District 7 City Councilor. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn

Earlier this week, former Birmingham Board of Education President Wardine Alexander was appointed to fill the District 7 Birmingham City Council seat vacated by Jay Roberson in September. After Alexander’s approval, Birmingham City Councilor William Parker was voted in to take the reins as President Pro Tempore on the city council.

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