Barnes 2014 All-Stars place fifth in state tournament

TUSCALOOSA | The Benjamin Barnes YMCA 11- and 12-Year-Old All-Star team won its district tourney ...

Barnes campers learn new skills at swim lessons

Kids at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer camp are taking swim lessons from June 2-26. Students from the University of Alabama give the lessons four days a week at the A.L. Freeman indoor pool across the street from the YMCA. The children and youth said that learning to swim is a lot of fun. “My [...]

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Friday field trips: Skating rink, water park fun places to play

Kids of all heights and ages streamed in sync to Pharrell Williams song, “Happy,” on the big rink at Tuscaloosa’s Super Skate one recent Friday afternoon. At least 120 of those children were transported in shifts from the Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer camp for one of several end-of-the-week field trips in June. Annette Shelby Park [...]

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Barnes YMCA staff, teachers, volunteers are daily mentors

During summer camp, the Benjamin Barnes YMCA staff, teachers and volunteers helped to make sure our daily schedule for nearly 130 children ran smoothly — from morning devotions, snacks, walks across the street to swim lessons, and on bus rides to lunch and back. They led us campers on field trips to parks for fun [...]

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Top five college football staff picks favor UA

Basketball, baseball and flag football are big parts of what kids say they love about the Benjamin Barnes YMCA. From when in the early 1960s the Barnes YMCA started hosting sports leagues, kids and adults have been playing some kind of ball — dunking hoops, hitting home runs or passing a pigskin. Basketball was held [...]

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Safety key for Fourth of July fireworks, picnics

The Fourth of July is a tremendous holiday. It represents the nation’s independence from Great Britain and honors the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Now kids and families all over the nation celebrate Independence Day, usually a hot day in Alabama, wearing shorts and having get-togethers. Some people go swimming, [...]

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Campers gain insight into newspaper production

For a daily newspaper to run smoothly, it takes a lot of paper, ink and people working together. Henry Burt, commercial print manager of The Tuscaloosa News, made that message clear to Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer campers on a tour of the city’s daily newspaper June 12. “Every single job is important,” Burt said. The [...]

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Gazette staff picks: Top 10 movies for kids

These top 10 kids movies are entertaining because while you’re watching them, you can be funny. Plus, it’s enjoyable because you are laughing with your family and having fun together. Here are my top 10 choices, along with some other favorites of the middle-school age group at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer camp. Compiled by Gazette [...]

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Stillman Police Chief Taggart advises youth on reading, citizenship

James Taggart, Stillman College’s chief of police, recently told middle-school Barnes YMCA summer campers to take reading seriously in school.  His advice and tips on how to be a responsible citizen were part of a visit he made to the Benjamin Barnes Gazette news staff in June. “If you study now, it will be easier later,” [...]

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Benjamin Barnes Gazette reporters start production

Benjamin Barnes Gazette reporters interviewed YMCA staff members Wednesday, June 3, to start production of the Benjamin Barnes Gazette. The online news site is being produced by campers attending the Benjamin Barnes summer journalism camp, “In the News.” Gazette reporters are gathering news, writing stories and taking photos of the Benjamin Barnes summer camp June’s [...]

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Photo essay: Images preserve cherished moments

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan crooned about the poignancy of living to its fullest in his 1968 song, “Open the Door, Homer.” “Take care of all your memories,” Dylan’s famous lyrics say. “For you cannot relive them.” That imperative summarizes a lot about my three years at Stillman College. I’ve saved a few of those memories in [...]

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