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Clay City Council bids farewell to Don Baker

By Crystal McGough, copy editor CLAY — Clay Councilor Don Baker served his last meeting on the Clay City Council Tuesday night, March 19. Baker previously announced at the March 5 council meeting that he would be resigning from the council as a result of selling his house in Clay. He and his wife have plans to build a house outside of the city. Baker has held Place 2 on the council since November 2016. “As ...

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Councilor Don Baker announces resignation from Clay City Council, Dixon updates on garbage services

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor CLAY — Councilor Don Baker announced at the city council meeting on Tuesday, March 5, that he plans to resign from his position on the council, effective at the end of the March 19 council meeting. Baker, who has held Place 2 on the Clay City Council since November 2016, recently sold his house in Paradise Valley and has plans to build in Pell City. “My life has taken some dif ...

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Chili cook-off fundraiser to be held for Tarrant Fire Department’s Lt. Jerry Presley on March 9

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor On Jan. 27, 2019, Lt. Jerry Presley of the Tarrant Fire Department and his team responded to a fire at a single-story residential house. While fighting the fire, Presley fell from a ladder, fracturing the C2 and C3 vertebrae in his neck. “He set a ladder on one of the sides and he actually fell off the ladder while battling the blaze,” Center Point Fire District’s Chris Horn s ...

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Clay Council motion to rezone Highland Green Sector III for garden homes fails to pass

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor The Clay City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to rezone 28 parcels of land in Highland Green Sector III from Residential Medium Density to Residential High Density for the purpose of a garden home subdivision. “This was a subdivision that was originally approved by Jefferson County,” City Manager Ronnie Dixon s ...

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Clay Council opens waste services bids, discusses schools

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor The Clay City Council held a bid opening Tuesday night at its regular council meeting for waste services, since the city’s contract with Republic Services will expire on March 31. Five companies responded to the bid invitations. The following bids are for services per month. The services bid on are for one residential container with once-a-week pickup; two residential containe ...

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Clay resident Mike Garrett released Christian fiction novel in February

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor CLAY -- When author and book editor Mike Garrett decided to write a new novel after spending 30 years building a name for himself in the editing and publishing industry, including being Stephen King’s first editor and publisher, he had no clue that God intended to be the true author of his story. But that is exactly what happened. [caption id="attachment_72455" align="alignlef ...

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Clay Council approves proclamations declaring Mike Hale Day, Human Trafficking Awareness Month

By Crystal McGough Copy Editor The Clay City Council unanimously approved Proclamation 2019-01 Tuesday night, designating Jan. 22, 2019, “Mike Hale Day,” in honor of former Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale. According to the proclamation, Hale has served in law enforcement in Jefferson County for over 46 years and was elected sheriff in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. “Mike Hale and his wife, Diana, have ...

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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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