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Cougars earn important series win over Shades Valley

By Kyle Parmley CLAY – After losing the first game of the series Tuesday, the Clay-Chalkville baseball team needed to win both games Wednesday to attain a split of the series and secure the tiebreak advantage over Shades Valley. They did just that. The Cougars took a big step toward a postseason berth Wednesday, grinding out a pair of tough wins against Class 6A, Area 12 foe Shades Valley. In the first game ...

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Week 3 poll keeps Hewitt-Trussville on top

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE – The Alabama Sports Writers Association has unveiled three baseball and softball polls throughout the 2015 season, and in all three editions Hewitt-Trussville has ruled the roost in both sports. On the baseball diamond, head coach Jeff Mauldin and the boys have constructed a 14-2 overall record. However, one of those losses came Tuesday night at home against area foe No. 7 Vestavi ...

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JefCoEd approves plan for reduction in force; net loss of 162 jobs

By Gary Lloyd HOMEWOOD -- The Jefferson County Board of Education on Thursday approved a plan by Superintendent Craig Pouncey to reduce the system’s workforce to save $12.6 million per year. Much of an hourlong discussion on the matter was heated. The approval passed on a 3-2 vote, with Board President Dean Taylor and Jacqueline Smith voting no. The plan calls for many reductions in force and moving some em ...

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Clay Days set for April 1-4

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The 2015 Clay Days Festival is set for April 1-4 at the city’s baseball fields at 7257 Old Springville Road. The carnival is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 1-2, 6 p.m. to midnight April 3 and 10 a.m .to 10 p.m. April 4. The event features carnival rides, food, crafts and more. Friday, April 3 is The City of Clay Night at the carnival. Saturday, April 4 is The Clay-Pinson Chamber of Comme ...

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Remembering Erika: Local woman seeks to make difference in fight against cancer in memory of sister

By June Mathews For The Tribune CLAY -- Elizabeth Pridgen will never forget the week of Jan. 19, 2009, though the Clay resident spent much of those few days in a haze of shock and grief. That Monday, her sister, Erika, was in the hospital, dealing with complications following a bone marrow transplant, when word came that Erika’s husband had died unexpectedly. “She called me at work screaming and crying,” Pr ...

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Spring break begins next week for area students

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Spring break for students in Trussville City Schools and Jefferson County Schools is March 30 through April 3. “Parents, we need your help to make spring break season a safe one,” Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. “Let’s take a few minutes to go over traffic laws and boating with our teens, especially if they plan to travel with teen friends. Remind ...

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Area 6 baseball playoff race heating up

By Kyle Parmley IRONDALE – The Class 6A, Area 12 playoff race is on, and getting more interesting by the day. Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley, Shades Valley and Huffman comprise the area, with the first three teams named battling for only a pair of postseason spots. Shades Valley took a step toward one of those spots, knocking off Clay-Chalkville 3-1 on Tuesday night. [caption id="attachment_20639" align="al ...

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Wes Murphy named DL coach at Hewitt-Trussville

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Hewitt-Trussville head football coach Josh Floyd has found a new defensive line coach. Wes Murphy, who played for Houston Nutt at Arkansas from 2002 to 2006, logged his first day of work with the Huskies last Wednesday. [caption id="attachment_20636" align="alignleft" width="280"] Wes Murphyphoto courtesy of Josh Floyd[/caption] After a one-year run playing for the Kansas City C ...

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Trussville spring carnival begins Friday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville spring carnival is scheduled for Friday, March 27 through Saturday, April 4 at Magnolia Park in downtown Trussville. Carnival hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions. The carnival will fe ...

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Lady Huskies lose on penalty kicks, Cougars and Indians fall

By Kyle Parmley TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Civic Center played host to a top-3 matchup Tuesday night. Hewitt-Trussville, the top-ranked girls’ soccer team in Class 7A, faced off with No. 3 Vestavia Hills in an exciting Area 6 contest, in which the Lady Rebels snuck away with a 3-2 victory by way of extra time penalty kicks. Within the first minute of the game, Vestavia Hills opened up the scoring with a g ...

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