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Clay may not revisit property tax for 6-8 months

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Clay City Council may not discuss the direction of its new five-millage property tax for another six to eight months, City Manager Ronnie Dixon said Tuesday. The property tax Tuesday was only discussed during a work session, not the regular meeting. Funds from the property tax, which won’t hit city coffers until 2016, could go toward a Clay school system or police department. Mayor ...

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Ruling on Clay vicious dog ordinance expected next week

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- A ruling on whether or not Clay’s vicious dog ordinance is unconstitutional is expected by the end of next week. On Tuesday, animal owners and Clay city officials testified at the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Birmingham. The trial was over Tuesday. Attorneys are expected to have their briefs submitted to Judge Joseph Boohaker by Friday. Boohaker is expected to announce his d ...

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More trouble for former ‘Talladega Nights’ child actor

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Former “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” child actor Luke Bigham is in more trouble. Bigham was arrested Aug. 22 on a public intoxication charge, according to Trussville Police Department Lt. Jeff Bridges. Bridges said Bigham was on Mobile Avenue in Trussville when officers were called. He was in an “unsafe condition,” and was arrested without incident, Bridges said. ...

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Friday Feature: Cougars host Hillcrest in playoff rematch

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The offenses rolled in this Class 6A first-round playoff matchup a season ago. Clay-Chalkville rolled to a 41-14 halftime lead and eventually won out over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 56-35. Of the eight touchdowns that Clay-Chalkville players scored that night, only two players remain on this year’s team -- wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Eric Blockum. Former Clay-Chalkville wideout Brian Cl ...

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Gauntlet of 7A games begins for Hewitt at Tuscaloosa County

By Gary Lloyd NORTHPORT -- The gauntlet begins. Hewitt-Trussville travels to Class 7A, Region 3 foe Tuscaloosa County on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. It’s the first of eight straight games -- seven of them region contests -- against Class 7A opponents. Last week, Hewitt-Trussville got off to a horrid start against Gardendale. The Rockets returned an interception for a touchdown and led the Huskies 24-7 at h ...

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Pinson Valley begins region play with Woodlawn

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- This isn’t the same Woodlawn team from last season. In 2013, the Colonels posted an 0-10 record, averaging a meager 8.2 points per game. They were shut out in four games. Last week against Class 2A Tarrant, Woodlawn won 42-38, its first victory since Week 8 of the 2012 season. It scored more than half the points in one game than it did all of last season. [caption id="attachment_1555 ...

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First Baptist Trussville honors longtime member

For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- It may have been the only time in her 90 years that Jeanne Crow has received a standing ovation. But for those in the congregation at First Baptist Church of Trussville, a recent morning service was an appropriate occasion for such a tribute. Aug. 24 was “Jeanne Crow Day” at the church, where for nearly 50 years the diminutive retired nurse has served as a tireless ambassador f ...

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Clay mayor, councilman earn municipal certificates

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Clay Mayor Charles Webster and Clay City Councilman Ben Thackerson recently earned certificates from the Alabama League of Municipalities. Webster was designated as an advanced certified municipal official. To qualify for the certification, a municipal leader must first complete the basic Certified Municipal Official program, including 40 credit hours of continuing education training, ...

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Expansion coming for PVHS athletic fields

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- An expansion is on the horizon for Pinson Valley High School. The Jefferson County Board of Education voted last week to purchase seven acres of property near Willie Adams Stadium for $150,000. The purpose of the purchase from seller Jane Engesser is to provide land for the expansion of athletic facilities. The board of education in June appointed civil engineering firm LBYD to desig ...

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Chalkville Elementary getting new cafeteria

By Gary Lloyd CHALKVILLE -- Chalkville Elementary School is hungry for a new cafeteria. The Jefferson County Board of Education last Thursday appointed TurnerBatson Architects to provide design services for the construction of a cafeteria at Chalkville Elementary School. Principal Rod Johnson said the current cafeteria was designed to feed about 600 students. Chalkville Elementary School, however, is the th ...

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