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July 4th cookout cost still under $6 per person

From the American Farm Bureau Federation WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Fourth of July cookout of Americans’ favorite foods costs slightly less this year, coming in at less than $6 per person. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), that cost includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk. [caption id="attachment_23145" align="alignleft" widt ...

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High school football Media Days approaches for area schools

By Erik Harris GARDENDALE – Times and dates have now been set for the annual Jefferson-Shelby County high school football Media Days. Gardendale’s Civic Center will host the gathering, which starts on July 27 and goes through July 28. July 27 lands on a Monday. [caption id="attachment_23140" align="alignleft" width="300"] Clay-Chalkville CB transfer C.J. Toney. Toney played for Shades Valley last season. ph ...

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Pinson City Council discusses Bicentennial Park

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON – A couple of unexpected expenses have shown up regarding Pinson Bicentennial Park, one being an unforeseeable bonus. [caption id="attachment_19071" align="alignleft" width="203"] A vertical banner hangs in Pinson City Hall.Trussville Tribune file photo[/caption] The Pinson City Council learned that a park water main would not actually reach the new facility. The Birmingham Water Work ...

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Big changes come for Pinson youth sports

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON – Pinson Valley Youth Association is no more, and in its place is the Pinson Youth Sports Complex. The council voted to terminate the lease of the ball fields to PVYA and run the program directly. The Council assumed roughly $10,000 worth of unpaid debt from the organization, but they also gained assets of a similar or greater value, mayor Hoyt Sanders said. These assets include bleac ...

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Chamber golf tournament helps fund scholarship program

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE – A total of 107 golfers – a record number for the Trussville Chamber Golf Tournament – played in the eighth annual round at Limestone Springs Golf Course. Claiming the top prize was team Alabama Power. Coming in second was Bryant Bank, followed by the Jack Sittre team in third. [caption id="attachment_23116" align="alignleft" width="300"] The tournament's top team, which repre ...

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: Macon County betting issue laid to rest, but what about other counties?

By Steve Flowers Last week’s verdict that VictoryLand be allowed to reopen is justice served. The people of Macon County voted for a constitutional amendment to allow for electronic bingo. The issue of pari-mutuel style casino betting and the closing of the ultramodern and successful luxury gaming resort in Macon County has been laid to rest. There have been extensive studies and articles that crystallize s ...

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Patriot with local connections honored in grave marking ceremony

By June Mathews Several members of the extended Roper family of Trussville recently attended a dedication ceremony honoring one of their own for his service to his country.  Held at the Oak Level United Methodist Church Cemetery in the tiny East Alabama town of Fruithurst in mid-May, the ceremony was a grave marking for Revolutionary War Patriot John Roper. Attendees included five of John Roper’s third grea ...

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Safety key to good Fourth of July weekend, ALEA says

From the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency MONTGOMERY - Alabamians of all ages will celebrate this Independence Day weekend with fireworks, parades and parties at home and on the water. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges everyone to remember safety is key when traveling Alabama’s roadways and waterways as Fourth of July activities often involve alcohol and may result in traffic or boating crashes, ...

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New leadership for Trussville Rotary Club

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club inducted its new board and officers last week. [caption id="attachment_23090" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left to right: DG Jerry Shepherd; Treasurer John Griscom; New Generation Mary Jean Sanspree; President-elect Tommy Trimm; Rotary Foundation Frank Jett; Secretary Wayne Tanner; Sergeant-at-Arms John Birmingham; Service Projects R ...

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Authorities release safety tips for 4th of July celebrations

From staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY – With the Fourth of July drawing closer, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has offered up some safety tips for those planning on taking part in firework detonation. The sheriff’s office urges people not to drink and drive, as deputies will be patrolling each community in Jefferson County with a priority on keeping drunk drivers off the roadways. “The Jefferson County ...

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