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2 from area schools place in elementary drama festival

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Two students from area schools placed in the sixth annual Vic Fichtner Elementary Drama Festival on Feb. 21 at Minor Community School. Chalkville Elementary School’s Kristian Smith placed first in the solo musical novice event. She sang “Candle on the Water” from “Pete’s Dragon.” She’s a member of the school’s drama club and choir. [caption id="attachment_20113" align="alig ...

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Paine Intermediate teachers to present at regional conference

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Two Paine Intermediate School teachers will present a proposal at a regional conference in November. [caption id="attachment_20096" align="alignleft" width="225"] Lisa Lothspeich and Jana Wallsphoto courtesy of Paine Intermediate School[/caption] Fourth-grade teacher Jana Walls and math coach Lisa Lothspeich wrote a proposal titled “Developing Multiplication Fact Fluency in the 2 ...

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Margaret student crowned pageant winner

From staff reports MARGARET -- Katie Harris was crowned the winner of the St. Clair County Queen of Hearts Beauty Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 14. [caption id="attachment_20067" align="alignright" width="238"] Katie Harrissubmitted photo[/caption] Harris is a second-grader at Margaret Elementary School. She’s the daughter of Angela Troncale and Roman Harris. ...

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Clay-Chalkville FCCLA prepares dinner at nonprofit

From staff reports CLAY -- Clay-Chalkville High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America group last week performed a community service event at Three Hots and a Cot’s Ryan Winslow Veterans Center. The students prepared dinner for the local veterans at the nonprofit organization. [caption id="attachment_20015" align="alignleft" width="271"] Clay-Chalkville High School FCCLA memberssubmitted p ...

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Loss of furry family member brings time of mourning, remembrance

By June Mathews Wintertime became a little colder at our house last week when we lost one of our beloved Chihuahuas to heart failure. Shug was 12 years old – not terribly old for a small dog like him – but getting on in years, nevertheless. He also had a bad back, likely caused by his stubborn insistence on jumping onto and off any bed or sofa he pleased – even though we’d placed doggie steps in strategic s ...

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Looking at options other than LASIK

By Zack Steele I get asked the question several times a week from patients who haven’t qualified for LASIK eye surgery if there are other options out there. For many patients, their nearsightedness is too high for regular LASIK. In the last few years, a new procedure is available for theses patients. The Visian Implantable Contact Lens provides vision correction that goes beyond what LASIK can do for certai ...

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Paine Primary kindergarten registration now open

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville City Schools kindergarten registration is now open and must be completed on or before Sept. 1. Here is the link for kindergarten registration. [caption id="attachment_3804" align="alignleft" width="300"] Paine Primary Schoolfile photo[/caption] The form will collect basic student demographic information, parental and emergency contact information, and health informatio ...

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Clay-Chalkville DECA group wins first place

From staff reports CLAY -- Clay-Chalkville High School’s DECA group recently finished in first place in the Business Services Operations Written Event. Team members are Chad Murdock, Chase Russell and Rebekah Sewell. [caption id="attachment_19954" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left are Chad Murdock, Chase Russell and Rebekah Sewell.submitted photo[/caption] The trio had to write a 30-page research pap ...

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Trussville Teen Council team of the week

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Teen Council was recently named the Charter Media Academic Team of the Week. This group of teenagers meets regularly to discuss ways to give back to their community and school. Their first project was serving a meal to a family at Ronald McDonald House. Several other activities are planned, and the group recently helped with the “Love Your Neighbor” food drive ...

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Clay-Chalkville English teacher wins $1,000 grant

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- A Clay-Chalkville High School English teacher recently received a $1,000 grant from WIAT’s One Class at a Time promotion. Melanie Gaines, an AP language and composition, and 12th grade English teacher, received the grant, which she plans to use to buy five Samsung Galaxy tablets for her classroom. [caption id="attachment_19909" align="alignright" width="168"] Melanie Gainessubmitted ph ...

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