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The life of Linda Price, a painter

By Samson Douglas Glenn, ninth grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Linda Ellen Price has been a painter for around 35 years. Living in a retreat in Springville, Alabama, she spends her time painting. She creates loose, flowing portraits, with her subjects not being detailed, but being very dynamic and alive. [caption id="attachment_70838" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo courtesy of Linda P ...

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Local scientist studies side effects of Parkinson’s drug

By: Mckenzie Fowler, seventh grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Karen Jaunarajs is a scientist working at U.A.B. Hospital. She studies the side effects of Levodopa (L-dopa), a popular drug used for treatment in Parkinson’s disease. [caption id="attachment_70841" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Karen Jaunarajs[/caption] Before Jaunarajs moved to St. Clair County, she attended B ...

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A look inside the new Pinson Public Library, Rock School Center

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor [caption id="attachment_70502" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photos by Crystal McGough[/caption] The Pinson Public Library held it’s grand opening in the historic 1920s Rock School Center on Sunday, Jan. 13. The doors were open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., immediately following a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Hoyt Sanders, members of the Pinson City Council, and me ...

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Citizens bring crime concerns to Clay City Council after goats killed near ‘Moon Tower’

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor CLAY — Clay citizen LeAngela Young appealed to the Clay City Council during public comments Tuesday night with her concerns after trespassers on the road commonly known as “Moon Tower Road” shot and killed two of her baby goats inside her fence. “For the last two years, I think two years ago a local real estate developer purchased the property going up to that, I don’t know if ...

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Pinson Public Library’s Grand Opening to be held at Rock School on Sunday

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor The Rock School Center has long been a beloved landmark in the Pinson community, but as of this Sunday, the old building will be given a new heart. The Pinson Public Library, which opened in the back part of the city hall building in 2011, has moved into the main part of the Rock School Center and will be holding its grand opening on Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be ...

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Jesse Owens, Olympic hero

By Elizabeth Glenn, age 10 Special to The Tribune by the students of FCCS Jesse Owens was born on Sept. 12, in Oakville, Alabama. His real name was James Cleveland Owens, but his family called him J.C. He became “Jesse” when a teacher misunderstood him because of his accent and called him Jesse instead of J.C. His father was a fast runner. After church, he would race the men in town and he would often win. ...

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Famous Clay native gives back

By Kenzie Nunnally, ninth grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Joseph “Clayne” Crawford is an actor who is a 1996 graduate of Hewitt-Trussville High School. He played sports in school, but found real inspiration in an improv acting class.  Shortly after graduation, he moved to California to pursue his dream of acting. Crawford struggled, working construction to make ends meet, and appeared in sm ...

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Clay woman starts home-school group to benefit children

By Angela Ann Traylor, 12th grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Melissa Jordan is the administrator of Faith Community Christian School in Trussville, Alabama, founded in 2005. “My oldest son was in a home-school group in another church,” Jordan said. “We didn't love the group and we felt like there was something better out there. So we talked with another home-school administrator and she enco ...

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Clay community rallies to support Clay-Chalkville’s Voice of the Cougars, Freddie Flowers, and family through loss of grandchild

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor Most people living in the city of Clay have heard Freddie Flowers Jr., Clay-Chalkville’s Voice of the Cougars, over the loudspeakers on Friday nights during football season, but not as many may be aware of the tragedy that struck his family this holiday season. Only days after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 24, Freddie and La-Tunya Flowers’ daughter, Vivyanne Smith, gave birth to her t ...

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Husband-Wife Children’s Pastors minister across nation and world, Part 2: Marcia Irwin Jones

By Avery Ammerman, third grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Marcia Irwin Jones was born in Yazoo, Mississippi, on Oct. 20, 1966. She has three sisters, Betty, Freda and Lynn. Marcia’s dad was an ironworker, so her family moved many, many times across the South. Her dad built the water tanks below the shuttle launch in Florida that cooled the concrete when it blasted off. He also oversaw the cr ...

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