Entries by Bud McLaughlin

Trash Pandas Announce Retail Store Relocation, Expansion

MADISON — The Rocket City Trash Pandas are on the move. The minor league baseball team that begins play next season is relocating its retail store at Bridge Street Town Centre, effective July 29. The Trash Pandas Emporium will be adjacent to the bridge in the former Michael Kors store, next to Moe’s Southwest Grill. […]

South Huntsville Selected for AARP Livable Community Grant

South Huntsville has been awarded an AARP Livable Community Challenge grant, the South Huntsville Main Business Association announced. The grant is one of 159 awarded nationwide through AARP’s “quick action” grant program. The Huntsville Planning Department was instrumental in South Huntsville applying for the grant. Funds from the grant will be used to produce more […]

HudsonAlpha Scientists Help Secure the Future of Chocolate with Improved Cacao Reference Genome

People around the world consumed nearly 7.7 million tons of chocolate in the last year, but the cacao crop that supports the production of these sweets is under significant environmental threat. Millions of cacao farmers in West Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America feel the pressures of ever-increasing consumption, a changing climate and devastating fungal […]

Merit Bank to Open Headquarters in Huntsville

Merit Bank will open its doors this month as a newly established financial institution headquartered in the Huntsville market. In less than 60 days, Merit Bank raised $25 million from hundreds of investors with diverse backgrounds from across North Alabama. In that same time, the bank gained approval from all three regulatory agencies – the […]

Toyota To Produce New SUV at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Plant

Toyota is shifting future production plans at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. joint venture assembly plant in Huntsville as an opportunity to build a new SUV. According to a statement this morning from Toyota, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will assemble a new, yet-to-be named Toyota SUV along with Mazda’s yet-to-be named crossover model.  The shift is […]

UAH to Host Interim State Cyber and Engineering School; Massey Named President

The University of Alabama-Huntsville’s Bevill Center will serve as the interim site for the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, it was announced Friday. Also, former Madison County Schools Superintendent Matt Massey was named the school’s first president. The school is scheduled to open in August 2020 with 10th- and 11th-grade students from across […]

4Site Acquired by Birmingham-based Schoel

BIRMINGHAM — Huntsville-based 4Site has been acquired by Schoel, a Birmingham-based land-development services firm. 4Site, established in 2003, is an interdisciplinary civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture firm. Schoel has been providing civil engineering, land surveying, land planning and landscape architecture services through the Southeast since 1888. “We are excited to combine our teams […]

Turner Completes $3.12M Renovation of Thigpen Hall at Alabama A&M

Turner Construction has completed the management of a $3.12 million renovation of Alabama A&M’s Thigpen Hall. Thigpen Hall, a three-story women’s residence hall built in 1955, typically houses more than 200 first-year freshman female students. The renovations included Thigpen’s 101 double-occupancy bedrooms, bathrooms, study lounges, laundry facilities and a computer lab. Turner collaborated on the […]