Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:42 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:42:05 GMT
The Kentucky Adult Education Department is offering free GED testing to Kentuckians at adult education centers statewide through July 31. The GED test provides adults who did not finish high schoolFull Story >
The Kentucky Adult Education Department is offering free GED testing to Kentuckians at adult education centers statewide through July 31.Full Story >
Chef John Geschrei will showcase wings, and a five-pound hotdog. Will also prepare steak and pocket of shrimp.Full Story >
(RNN) – In the period right after you take down the Christmas tree and just before the first credit card bills hit the mailbox, there is enough time for one more, big old party.
New Year's Eve in New York means the famous Ball Drop to count the old year out. In Alabama, the growing tradition to ring in the New Year takes the form of a delicious, regional confection.
A recent tornado that tore through downtown Mobile won't stop the Port City from celebrating its fifth annual MoonPie Drop on Dec. 31.
It's billed as the "premier New Year's Eve celebration in the Central Time Zone," featuring parades, live music, and highlighted when the huge, lighted replica of a MoonPie slides down the tallest building in Mobile as thousands of residents and visitors count down the seconds remaining in 2012.
The MoonPie has a proud history of celebration in Alabama. In New Orleans, they throw beads and trinkets to the crowds at the Mardi Gras Parade. In Mobile, the first city in the New World to celebrate Mardi Gras back in 1703, they throw food. The "krews" on festive floats have tossed moon pies, along with beads and trinkets, since the first Mardi Gras parade in Mobile in 1952.
"Mobile is the home of America's first Mardi Gras celebration," said Barbara Drummond, who is executive director of administrative services and community affairs for the City of Mobile. "The MoonPie is the favored ‘throw' of the hundreds of Mardi Gras maskers riding the floats during the extensive Mardi Gras parade season."
The metallic MoonPie weighs 350 pounds and is 12' in diameter, and replaced a paiper mache version five years ago. Constructed by Knight Sign Industries from Tuscaloosa, AL, the celestial confection replica will descend from the RSA BankTrust Building's 34th floor.
The event was the idea of Mobile Bay city councilman Fred Richardson, who is still a member of the council.
"Mobile's New Year's Eve Celebration featuring the MoonPie over Mobile has become a culture phenomenon in the entire U.S.A.," said Richardson in a press release.
Specialty events for the MoonPie over Mobile begin the weekend before on Dec. 29 with a scavenger hunt for the paper mache MoonPie that was once dropped.
Led by tips on a Facebook page, the grand prize winner gets VIP passes and a meet-and-greet with The Commodores, the headlining musical act, said VP of Marketing and Communications of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau Stacy Hamilton. The Commodores are from Alabama.
On Sunday, Dec. 30, Gregg Allman will perform. Other performers begin playing at 5 p.m. on three stages on New Year's Eve as the MoonPie celebration begins.
Also on New Year's Eve, revelers can leave 2012 behind on the Resolution Wall, where you can dine on the worlds' largest MoonPie provided by its creator Chattanooga Bakery while writing your resolutions on the community board.
There will also be a black tie gala, with proceeds going to a homeless shelter for women. Museums, restaurants, and bars will be open for one and all to enjoy, said Hamilton.
The Commodores start to play shortly before midnight, pausing once the countdown begins, and the MoonPie signals the New Year. At midnight, there will be a 15-minute fireworks and laser show.
Drummond said there were more than 60,000 people in Mobile for the MoonPie drop in 2011, and organizers expect as many as 100,000 welcoming 2013 in Mobile.
The MoonPie drop will be broadcast live on several Raycom stations throughout the region.
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(RNN) - Family and friends will be gathering together during the holiday season for dinners, parties, and gift exchanges and many will document the festive season. To get that perfect memento of the season,Full Story >
The holiday gatherings are the perfect time to photograph friends and loved ones. Here are some tips to make sure your pictures make the memories last.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:17 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:17:41 GMT
New this morning from Colerain Township - D'schon Powell is facing robbery and resisteing arrest charges in Colerain Township after he knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioningFull Story >
A man is facing robbery and resisting arrest charges in Colerain Township after he allegedly knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioning him about some items in a bag. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:13:14 GMT
Police are in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor investigating the report of two people shot. Few details are available at this time but canine units and an ambulance are on the scene. FOX19Full Story >
Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies and Golf Manor Police are investigating a shooting in the 2400 block of Canterbury in Golf Manor. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:20 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:20:38 GMT
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. The event is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ThereFull Story >
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:13:50 GMT
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans will be able to meet face-to-face with one-of-a-kindFull Story >
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:34:44 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingFull Story >
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:31 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:31:59 GMT
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking andFull Story >
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking and gardening.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeFull Story >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.Full Story >
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