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JefCoEd supports Constitutional Amendment 4

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Jefferson County Board of Education last week voted unanimously to adopt a resolution for Alabama Constitutional Amendment 4. The amendment on the full ballot summary reads as follows: [caption id="attachment_13392" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Jefferson County Board of Education in Homewoodfile photo by Gary Lloyd[/caption] “Amendment 4 would increase the require ...

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Pinson Valley upsets No. 5 Shades Valley

By Rich Durazzo IRONDALE -- Class 6A No. 5 Shades Valley hosted a surging Pinson Valley team Friday night. The battle of Mississippi State running back commits Nick Gibson and Keith Mixon did not disappoint. Shades Valley’s first play from scrimmage was a fumble caused by Juray Smith and recovered by Jemarius Davis for Pinson Valley. After Pinson couldn’t get anything going on offense, Shades Valley took a ...

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Clay-Chalkville claims region title with win over Gardendale

By Erik Harris GARDENDALE -- On July 28, Gardendale head coach Matt Plunkett sat before the media in the shadows of his high school to talk about the upcoming 2014 football season. The second-year coach, wearing a maroon Polo, could have discussed any player, any team, anything. He chose to highlight one particular opponent -- Clay-Chalkville -- and challenged the five seniors standing to his left. A challe ...

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Hewitt-Trussville comes up short against Hoover; clinches playoff spot

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Some teams would probably be satisfied with playing top-ranked Hoover down to the wire and coming up just short. Hewitt-Trussville was not. The Huskies fell 38-24 to the Class 7A No. 1 Bucs on Friday in the first game at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium. Hoover is now 7-2 overall and 7-0 in Class 7A, Region 3. Hewitt-Trussville fell to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the region, but because of M ...

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JefCoEd OKs tobacco, sex offender policies

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Jefferson County Board of Education on Thursday approved of prohibiting e-cigarettes and vaping devices, and added a new policy that requires adult sex offenders to notify principals before attending any K-12 activity. The changes to the tobacco policy expand the definition of prohibited tobacco products on school property to include “electronic cigarettes, vape pens, h ...

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Inside the Statehouse: No challenge to Alabama GOP in this year’s elections

By Steve Flowers We aren’t indicative of or really even a part of the national political equation. The Heart of Dixie is an integral part of the heart and soul of the Republican Party. We and our fellow Deep South sister states are such reliably Republican red states that we’re essentially ignored in national elections. It’s a foregone conclusion that our delegation in Washington will remain six Republicans ...

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Last chance at Pinson Insanitarium this weekend

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- Your last chance at fright is this weekend. The Pinson Insanitarium Haunted Attraction’s last operations of the 2014 season are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. The hours for both days are 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets to the haunted attraction, which is held at the Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center, are $10. The community center is located at 5320 Miles Spring ...

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Pinson council, historical society to meet about bicentennial

From staff reports PINSON -- The Pinson City Council and the Pinson Historical Society have scheduled a work session for Thursday, Oct. 30 to discuss plans and alternatives for the city’s bicentennial celebration. The work session is at 6:30 p.m. at Pinson City Hall. Mayor Hoyt Sanders in September suggested combining the bicentennial celebration, Pinson City Fest and the grand opening of the new city park ...

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Dollar General in Clay robbed

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Dollar General located at 6680 Deerfoot Parkway in Clay was robbed Thursday night. According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian, at about 7:40 p.m. deputies responded concerning a robbery. They arrived on the scene and were advised a black male walked into the store armed with a possible 9mm handgun, Christian said. [caption id="attachment_4540" align ...

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Clay hoops star Scholar-Athlete of Week

From staff reports CLAY -- This week’s Tribune Sports Live Scholar-Athlete of the Week presented by Hunt Brothers Pizza and Clay Shell is Clay-Chalkville senior basketball player Hasan Abdullah. Abdullah has a 4.29 grade-point average and scored a 26 on the ACT. Abdullah has verbally committed to the United States Naval Academy for basketball. [caption id="attachment_17220" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ha ...

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