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Boy Scouts scholarships given to Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Former Jefferson County Board of Education member Kevin Walsh has helped raise $179,500 in scholarships given by the Boy Scouts of America for 2014 seniors. Walsh works with local Jefferson County Schools principals and counselors to get names of worthy B and C students who have teacher recommendations, no disciplinary actions on their records, and who are known as hard-wor ...

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Family to receive keys to Habitat home in Grayson Valley Monday

By Gary Lloyd GRAYSON VALLEY -- Habitat for Humanity partner Traci Sanders will be presented the keys to a new home on Monday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., thanks to support from local Walmart stores. More than 250 associates from 27 local Walmart and Neighborhood Market stores have volunteered over the last two weeks so Sanders can become a new homeowner. Since the home began Sept. 19, Walmart associates have contrib ...

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‘I was surprised’

Trussville resident, hospital volunteer with Down syndrome gets birthday surprise By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- Classrooms 1 and 2 on the second floor of St. Vincent’s East are likely used most often for lectures and meetings, probably for serious discussions. Last Monday, the two classrooms were turned into an indoor carnival. Hospital auxilians were there for a regular meeting, but there was a little bit of ...

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Oktoberfest in Trussville set for Oct. 11

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The fourth annual Oktoberfest is set for Saturday, Oct. 11 at Holy Infant of Prague on U.S. Highway 11 in Trussville. The free event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for parking. The event features authentic German food and live music, along with other treats such as German cakes, strudels, funnel cakes, candies, cookies, snow cones, cotton candy, peanut ...

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Pinson Elementary gets picnic tables for outdoor classroom

From staff reports PINSON -- The Pinson Elementary School Science Lab had to move to the opposite end of the school this year. The science teacher, Missy Presley, needed an outdoor classroom and the city of Pinson bought and has delivered four picnic tables for the outdoor classroom. [caption id="attachment_16689" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pinson Elementary School students using the picnic tablessubmit ...

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Board OKs SIOP training for Rudd MS

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Jefferson County Board of Education last week approved Sheltered Instruction and Observation Protocol training for Rudd Middle School and selected teachers in the Pinson feeder pattern. SIOP is teaching with strategies that allow students for whom English isn’t their first language to be able to learn the content of their classes while they’re still learning the English language, ...

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Trussville Chamber announces fall carnival

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce will present a fall carnival in late October, it announced last week. The carnival will be held at Magnolia Park in downtown Trussville. The carnival will feature rides and activities for all ages, as well as some favorite fun festival foods. [caption id="attachment_16629" align="alignleft" width="300"] The scene at a past fall carniva ...

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HTMS art teacher wins state award

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Hewitt-Trussville Middle School art teacher Kristin Bloodsworth has earned a state award. Bloodsworth is one of 10 recipients statewide of Artsonia’s Annual Leadership Award, which recognizes the teacher and school for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to arts education during the 2013-2014 school year. [caption id="attachment_16618" align="alignleft" width="200"] Kristin B ...

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Elvis impersonator from Trussville singing to benefit Down Syndrome Alabama

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Rob Langford and The Beale Street Band is hosting a concert to benefit Down Syndrome Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Avondale Brewing Company. The concert begins at 4:30 p.m. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the goal is to build awareness and improve the quality of life for individuals living with Down syndrome. The event will feature music and kids’ activities. All proc ...

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Trussville native wins Alfa Foundation scholarship

By Gary Lloyd A Hewitt-Trussville High School graduate is one of three college students from Jefferson county to win a 2014 Alfa Foundation scholarship. Amanda Viikinsalo, a junior at UAB studying finance, earned $1,000 in the program’s inaugural year. Selection for the scholarship program was based on academic record, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, and future goa ...

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