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496 at Paine Primary complete September Attendance Awareness Month

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- Paine Primary School recently celebrated September Attendance Awareness Month, an Alabama State Department of Education initiative. [caption id="attachment_16858" align="alignleft" width="300"] Paine Primary School studentssubmitted photo[/caption] Students received an incentive each week that they achieved perfect attendance.  Week 1 students received a praise puff, Week 2 ...

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HTMS teacher wins $1,000 grant

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- A Hewitt-Trussville Middle School teacher last week was awarded a $1,000 grant from WIAT’s One Class at a Time promotion. [caption id="attachment_16853" align="alignleft" width="200"] Miriam Vinsonphoto courtesy of Trussville City Schools[/caption] Seventh-grade English teacher Miriam Vinson submitted for a grant and won. The grant will be used for providing reading support. ...

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Trussville native to begin Peace Corps service

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- Anthony Abbruzzo, 22, of Trussville, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. Abbruzzo will be departing for Ghana in February 2015 to begin pre-service training as a health education volunteer. Abbruzzo will graduate in December from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. [caption id="attachment_16847" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tony Abbruzzosubmitted photo[/caption] “I’v ...

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Memories of old high school stadium aren’t always such fond ones

By June Mathews As you may or may not recall – and depending on whether or not you read it – my last column fell somewhat on the sentimental side. The afternoon I wrote it, I had just toured the original Hewitt-Trussville High School building, which is about to become an elementary school. All but the front façade is slated to undergo extensive renovations, and though it won’t be the same building by a long ...

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Sudden vision loss signals sick arteries

By Zack Steele There’s the old saying, “When one door shuts, another one opens.” For a patient recently, the door that shut was sight in his left eye. The door that opened: a big clue into a big-time cardiovascular problem. He remembers, “Everything went dark in that eye – like a window shade had been pulled over it.” He had a history of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but normal vision up until t ...

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Paine 4th-graders participate in mini-archaeological dig

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- Fourth-graders from Paine Intermediate School in Trussville recently participated in a prehistoric mini-archaeological dig. Students learned interesting facts from archaeologist Joel Watkins. Watkins, from the Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama, talked with the fourth grade students about the Hewitt-Trussville Stadium archaeological dig site and t ...

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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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