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Alabama State Parks offer much more to experience than people realize

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Emily Vanderford is like many Alabamians. She had only a limited knowledge of the Alabama State Parks System, so she decided to do something about it. Fortunately for Emily, her occupation afforded a perfect opportunity to explore Alabama State Parks. She is the system’s traveling Park Naturalist. [caption id="attachment_29752" align=" ...

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It is Finished!

By Andy Waits Associate Pastor/Students & Recreation FBC Springville   “It is finished.” Few people understand the magnitude of these final words spoken by Jesus before his death and resurrection. These words have power! This little phrase may be the pinnacle of the New Testament. Often overlooked, this phrase encompasses the true meaning of Resurrection Day (Easter). American cultural-Christianity ...

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High School diplomas to be granted to qualifying World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans

From Staff Reports In 2014, the State Superintendent of Education developed a program to grant high school diplomas to qualifying World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. [caption id="attachment_28536" align="alignleft" width="214"] Trussville City Schools[/caption] The initiative was part of legislation enacted by the Alabama House and Senate to provide a way for those veterans who left high scho ...

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Alabama’s first Day Reporting Center for ex-offenders open in Birmingham

From Staff Reports JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles hosted an open house Monday at the state’s first Day Reporting Center in Birmingham. The ceremony showcased the probation and parole officers and other staff, along with treatment providers and community partners who will make the program possible, announced Center Director Benita Daugharty and U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. [c ...

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Trussville school superintendent gets new contract, refuses pay increase

From Staff Reports The Trussville City Schools Board of Education has voted to approve a new four year contract for Dr. Pattie Neill as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Neill’s original contract was to expire June 30, 2016. [caption id="attachment_29738" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill received a new contract, keeping her in Trussville through 2020. (phot ...

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Easter means so much more than bunnies, eggs, and those nasty jelly beans

By Dale Jones Editor   Right up there with Christmas, I’ve always loved Easter.  As a kid, the anticipation of waking up on Easter morning ran a very close second to waking up on Christmas morning.   Oddly enough, as much as I loved the excitement of Easter morning, anxiously waiting to see how big of a chocolate bunny Peter Cottontail left [caption id="attachment_28642" align="alignleft" width="225"] ...

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New garden home subdivision on the drawing board in Clay

By Dale Jones Editor   During the public hearings portion of the Clay council meeting on Monday, elected officials discussed a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone a piece of  property just off of Old Springville Road from residential estate to high density residential. The change [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignleft" width="224"] Clay City Hallfile photo by Gary Lloyd[/ ...

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Headed to Alabama beaches for Spring Break? Leave your alcohol at home

From Staff Reports GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Gulf Shores City Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance to prohibit the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages along the entire Gulf beaches in the City of Gulf Shores corporate limits. The ban on alcohol is in effect from March 1 through April 17. [caption id="attachment_29705" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Gulf Shores City Council has unanimo ...

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Birmingham police conducting homicide investigation following apparent stabbing

From Staff Reports Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edward reports that detectives are conducting a homicide investigation following an incident that occurred Thursday, March 17, in the 600 block of 72nd Street South. [caption id="attachment_23884" align="alignleft" width="150"] file photo[/caption] Officers from the East Precinct responded to a call that a person had been stabbed. Upon arrival, officers found th ...

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Death of 71-year-old man being investigated as a homicide

From Staff Reports TARRANT -- On Sunday afternoon, March 20, around 3 p.m. the Tarrant Police Department received a call regarding a deceased person at a residence located in the 1200 block of Ford Ave. [caption id="attachment_28887" align="alignleft" width="198"] file photo[/caption] When officers arrived, they found 71-year-old Harvey Ray Clements deceased inside his residence. Although the manner and cau ...

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