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Valley Road resident wants to ‘raise the bar’ in area By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Delvin Hunter Sr. curls his white Ford F-150 behind Mt. Joy Baptist Church on Valley Road, parking near the Suburban Area Community Center, where he attended the Head Start Program as a young boy in the mid 1970s. His New Balance shoes and blue jean shorts are flecked with white paint stains, as are his fingertips. He wears a ...

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Distinguished Young Women of JeffCo open for 2016

From staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Distinguished Young Women of Jefferson County is now accepting applications from high school girls graduating in 2016 and residing in Jefferson County. The deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2015. There’s no entry fee. Participants compete in the categories of fitness, self expression, interview, scholastics and talent. Any participant in the program may q ...

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Sentimental journey through old high school sparks memories of times gone by

By June Mathews Walking through my old high school for the last time before major renovations begin next month to turn it into an elementary school, I was struck anew how lucky I’d been to go there. It was at the original Hewitt-Trussville High School that I experienced some of my most memorable moments ever, made a host of lifelong friends and studied under some of the best teachers ever to preside over a ...

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The importance of the 14th Amendment

By Chesley Payne In legal circles the 14th Amendment is often cited as the amendment with the most profound effect on the rights of everyday citizens. Passed after the Civil War along with the 13th Amendment (banning slavery) and the 15th Amendment (right to vote), the pertinent section of the 14th Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction there ...

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Oct. 10 now full day for JefCoEd students

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- It won’t be as long of a second weekend in October for Jefferson County Schools students after all. The school system has announced that Friday, Oct. 10 will be a full school day. The original plan was for one-half day of school that day. Students won’t come to school Monday, Oct. 13 but teachers will, since it’s a professional day. [caption id="attachment_15291" align="ali ...

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Memories recalled, shared at final tour of historic Trussville school

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- In an old building unused and fairly empty for the last six years, memories brought it to life again. It didn’t matter that dented file cabinets were flipped on their backs and square-shaped sections of carpet were cut out of some classrooms’ floors. It didn’t matter that the long hallways were crowded and stuffy. It didn’t even matter that panes of glass were shattered in front ...

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Butterbean Pageant Sept. 27 in Palmerdale

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The ninth annual Mr. and Miss Butterbean Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 at Palmerdale United Methodist Church. The grand prize is a trip to New York, worth $2,000. All division winners will receive a free New York photo shoot from a New York photographer. Every contestant will receive a trophy. For more information, visit www.butterbeanpageant.com. [caption id="attachmen ...

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Trussville church donates school supplies for Paine schools

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- First United Methodist Church of Trussville held a school supplies drive during August for the students of Paine Primary and Paine Intermediate schools. [caption id="attachment_16360" align="alignleft" width="300"] Counselors Lauren Blake and Christy Naylor organize supplies for distribution.submitted photo[/caption] The supplies were presented to the schools during the week ...

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CCHS cheerleader named Scholar-Athlete of the Week

From staff reports CLAY -- This week’s Tribune Sports Live “Scholar-Athlete of the Week” sponsored by Gunter Oil was Rebekah Sewell. [caption id="attachment_16357" align="alignleft" width="228"] Rebekah Sewellsubmitted photo[/caption] Currently ranked third in her class with a 4.23 grade-point average, Sewell scored a 28 on her ACT. Sewell is a member of the Clay-Chalkville High School cheerleading squad. ...

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Year after fatal accident, Brayden Turner recalled as ‘best kind of kid there is’

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Brayden Turner was as cool as the other side of the pillow. One of the first times Catey Jensen came to Turner’s house to babysit siblings Gabby and Jonah, the door was locked. Turner had attached a note to the door, which included his cell phone number, that read, “Text me and let me know you’re here.” Jensen texted him, and 15 seconds later, he was opening the door. Jensen reca ...

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