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Soldier returns home, surprises sons at Trussville school

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Last week at Paine Intermediate School in Trussville, two brothers got the surprise of the holiday season. After seven months serving in Afghanistan, Brad Gallant arrived in Trussville and surprised his sons, fourth-grader Will Gallant and third-grader Macon Gallant. [caption id="attachment_18540" align="alignleft" width="262"] Brad Gallant and his sons at Paine Intermediate Scho ...

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Mother, daughter get keys to Clay home as part of Home for the Holidays

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Nikita’ Mathews and her 6-year-old daughter, Lee’Anya, have received a great Christmas gift. Last Wednesday in the Winchester Hills subdivision in Clay, Mathews received the key to her new home, an unveiling two weeks in the making and part of Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity’s “Home for the Holidays.” VIDEO: Watch the home dedication and key ceremony. Construction started on th ...

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Being home at Christmas is special time of year

By Dave Parrish We find ourselves now near the end of the holidays, at that most special time of the year for many: Christmas. A reflective time, loaded with expectations and hope. Traditions and expectations abound. Within those, we carry joy and sorrow. In the mobile society we have become, we are no longer bound to a single location or perhaps even to our roots. Even so, there is the yearning especially ...

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Trussville honors firefighter for academy graduation

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council on Thursday honored a Trussville Fire Department firefighter for graduating from the National Fire Academy. Christopher Schmohl was recognized for the achievement by the council. Councilman Brian Plant said there are 3,481 National Fire Academy graduates in the country, and four belong to the Trussville Fire Department. [caption id="attachment_18508" a ...

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Kids from Big Oak Ranch ‘shop with a cop’ in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- People in Trussville on Thursday reported on social media about seeing eight Trussville Police Department Chevrolet Tahoes in the Target parking lot. They worried about possible shoplifters, grew concerned over employee and customer safety. [caption id="attachment_18498" align="alignleft" width="200"] Trussville police officer Chuck Bradford walks with a boy from Big Oak Ranch in ...

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‘Charlie Brown Christmas tree’ in Trussville brings mystery, joy

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- It’s hardly a sapling now. No longer can passersby glance through their car windows and see the red ribbon and red ornaments at eye level. They must look up. The tree standing mere feet from North Chalkville Road in Trussville, just past Woodland Acres and just before Green Drive, continues to grow. And so does its legend. Some say they’ve seen this Trussville tree decorated duri ...

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Chalkville Elementary counselors win RAVE award

From staff reports CHALKVILLE -- Two Chalkville Elementary School counselors recently won the Recognition of Accountability, Verification and Excellence silver award from the Alabama School Counselor Association. Lynn Wasylenko and Pam Beckham won the award. The duo won the bronze award last year. The award is awarded for exemplary implementation of the comprehensive counseling and guidance model for Alabam ...

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Missing out on holiday celebrations isn’t exactly this party girl’s style

By June Mathews In college I was a party girl. Oh, now don’t go getting all shocked and everything. It’s not what you’re thinking. Smoked-filled, beer-soaked fraternity houses were never really my style, nor were the bars across the state line featuring Tequila Sunrises and wet T-shirt contests. But I was always the first person in the dorm to break out the Jiffy Pop and chocolate chip cookie dough after mi ...

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Taking stock of your situation at the New Year

By Chesley Payne We are almost at the beginning of the New Year. Once again, it is time to stop and take stock of your particular situation. If you run a business, are there certain items you have been meaning to do but you just have not had the time to handle? These things might be updating your corporate records, revising your employee handbook, holding an annual meeting, or developing a succession plan i ...

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First Trussville Muscle Classic raises $1,600 for HTMS

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The first Trussville Muscle and Fitness Classic held at the Trussville Civic Center on Sept. 6 helped raise money for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Band Director Brandon Peters accepted a check of $1,200 to help purchase band equipment. Cross-country coaches Alicia Williamson and Matthew Michalke accepted a check of $400 to purchase equipme ...

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