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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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Lab tests normal but not better?

By Channing King Have you been told your lab tests were normal, yet you still feel lousy? If so, you're not alone. Many people with health issues turn to lab tests for answers, but when their lab tests tell them they're “normal,” they leave their doctors’ offices wondering if it's all in their heads. A major factor for this occurrence is that patients are often evaluated by lab values, rather than functiona ...

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HTMS teacher’s blog published by iCivics

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- A Hewitt-Trussville Middle School teacher has been published on the iCivics website. Leigh Stovall had her blog, “The Pursuit of Civic Classroom Happiness,” published at www.icivics.orgThursday. [caption id="attachment_16230" align="alignleft" width="120"] Leigh Stovallphoto courtesy of iCivics[/caption] Stovall discusses how sometimes civic education does not seem important to h ...

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‘The Rented Christmas’ auditions Sept. 29-30

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Auditions for this season’s Christmas show at ACTA Theater in Trussville, “The Rented Christmas,” will be Sept. 29-30 at 7 p.m. “The Rented Christmas” tells the story of John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and prominent businessman, who has a challenging job for Anne Weston, proprietor of the local rent shop. He wants to rent a Christmas, not just with a tree and Christmas carols, ...

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