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Gardendale pitching stops Clay-Chalkville

By Erik Harris GARDENDALE -- On the eve of the Jefferson County Tournament, Clay-Chalkville (1-3) struggled to find offense in a two-game sweep at Gardendale. The Cougars went down 7-1 in the opener and 10-2 in the nightcap. “They kept us off balance and we struggled to make adjustments and that’s just something we’re going to have to do as the season progresses,” said Clay-Chalkville head coach Bubba Rober ...

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Hewitt-Trussville offering new opportunities in 2015-16

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Hewitt-Trussville High School will offer several new courses and programs for the 2015-2016 school year. Four new courses will be taught under the umbrella of fine arts. They are: Musical Theatre: Performing Arts yearlong course Two-Dimensional Art: Visual Arts yearlong course Drawing Techniques: Visual Arts semester course Portfolio Development: Visual Arts semester course Four ...

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JeffCo Baseball Tournament: Pinson Valley, Clay-Chalkville begin play Saturday

By Erik Harris JEFFERSON COUNTY – The 2015 Jefferson County Baseball Tournament is set to get under way Saturday, and two area programs are in the 12-team field. Clay-Chalkville (1-1) will serve as one of the four host sites in Saturday’s opening round games. The Cougars welcome Corner at 11 a.m. to kick things off in Pool B. The Cougars will then sit a game out before playing in the day’s final contest aga ...

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Chamber launches youth leadership program

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new youth leadership program for fourth- and fifth-graders in the community. The program is called Kids L.E.A.D. The acronym stands for Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Ambassadors, Dreamers. Kids L.E.A.D. seeks to empower and equip the young people of the community to become outstanding leaders in every area of life. Through a combin ...

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Margaret student crowned pageant winner

From staff reports MARGARET -- Katie Harris was crowned the winner of the St. Clair County Queen of Hearts Beauty Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 14. [caption id="attachment_20067" align="alignright" width="238"] Katie Harrissubmitted photo[/caption] Harris is a second-grader at Margaret Elementary School. She’s the daughter of Angela Troncale and Roman Harris. ...

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Bentley announces solution for general fund budget shortfall

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced his solution to fill a $700 million funding shortfall in the general fund budget. The general fund supports most non-education-related functions of state government. For decades, problems have existed in the way funding was appropriated to the general fund because of no growth taxes available to support it, according to a statement. [captio ...

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Greyhound rescue group plans to end dog racing

Wagering at Birmingham Race Course in ‘catastrophic decline,’ advocate says By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- Christine Dorchak is taking aim at Alabama. Dorchak, president and general counsel of the greyhound rescue group Grey2K USA Worldwide of Arlington, Mass., said last Thursday she’s partnering with Baptists and the Humane Society in Alabama for a campaign to end dog racing in Alabama. There are two dog raci ...

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Apparent vandalism at Clay-Chalkville HS

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- This isn’t what snow days are for. The Clay-Chalkville High School campus was apparently vandalized sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday. [caption id="attachment_20050" align="alignleft" width="300"] The apparent vandalism at Clay-Chalkville High Schoolphoto by Gary Lloyd[/caption] The front lawn was torn up by what appears to be a vehicle doing doughnuts. Mud covered a large ...

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Hewitt baseball playing in ‘field of teal’ games for ovarian cancer research

From staff reports PELHAM -- The Hewitt-Trussville varsity baseball team will compete Saturday, Feb. 28 in a three-way matchup to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Pelham, Oak Mountain and Hewitt-Trussville will play games starting at 11 a.m. at Pelham High School. The Huskies are tentatively scheduled to face Oak Mountain at 1:15 p.m. and Pelham at 3:30 p.m. Instead of traditional team colors, the field ...

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Trussville OKs 2015-16 school calendar

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday approved the 2015-2016 school calendar. The calendar has students starting the school year Aug. 12. Thanksgiving break is from Nov. 25-27 and winter break begins at noon Dec. 18. Students will return from winter break Jan. 6, 2016. Spring break will be March 28, 2016 through April 1, 2016. Graduation is set for May 24, 2016. The Je ...

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