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Trussville OKs longevity pay

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council recently approved longevity pay for city employees. Longevity pay is based on these increments of service: Zero through four years: $0 Five to nine years: $400 10 to 14 years: $500 15 to 19 years: $750 20 years or more: $1,000 [caption id="attachment_17789" align="alignright" width="300"] A Trussville historical marker near the Trussville Public Librar ...

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Clay grad produces documentary on Leeds nonprofit

‘Truly something special at work out there,’ he says By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The first time Christian Sutton stepped foot on The Red Barn’s property in Leeds, he felt at peace. Having struggled with an anxiety disorder off and on for the past six years, Sutton’s first time there in 2012 provided a peaceful feeling no other place did. “There truly is something special at work out there,” said Sutton, a 2008 Cl ...

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A deeper look into Cahaba River enhancement project in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- On Oct. 27, work to enhance the Cahaba River began in Trussville. The city of Trussville hired North Carolina-based North State Environmental to enhance a stretch of the river from Cherokee Drive to the Civitan Bridge at Civitan Park. Trussville Mayor Gene Melton has called it “a big undertaking.” The purpose of the project is to improve water quality, habitat and stream stabilit ...

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Group: Northern Beltline to take 75 years; ALDOT says timeline hasn’t changed

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization’s draft of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan shows that more than half of available funding for new road projects for the next 25 years will be spent on the Northern Beltline, a project now estimated to take more than double the time to build than originally estimated, according to a press release from the Southern Environmental L ...

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Pinson park groundbreaking Sunday, Nov. 30

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The city of Pinson will officially break ground on its new city park Sunday, Nov. 30. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at 6251 Lane St. in Pinson. Site work began last month. The current schedule calls for construction to be completed by late spring 2015. [caption id="attachment_17318" align="alignleft" width="239"] A map of the new park in Pinsonfile photo[/caption] The ...

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Clean Cities program hits milestone

From staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program and its nearly 100 coalitions across the nation reached a major petroleum-reduction milestone in 2013 — reducing 1 billion gallons of petroleum use in a single year. This keeps the national Clean Cities program on track to meet its ambitious petroleum-reduction goal of 2.5 billion gallons a year by 2020. [caption id="attac ...

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Pinson Christmas Parade entry deadline Dec. 1

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Pinson Valley High School and travels south on Highway 75 to Triangle Park. The deadline for entry in the parade is Monday, Dec. 1. [caption id="attachment_7731" align="alignleft" width="300"] The city of Pinson sign outside Pinson City Hallphoto courtesy of www.thecityofpinson.com[/caption] On De ...

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Trussville OKs contract for future right turn lane

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council on Thursday authorized Mayor Gene Melton to sign a contract with Skipper Consulting for the North Chalkville Road widening project. The contract is for $11,800. Melton said Skipper Consulting will do work for the city with the Alabama Department of Transportation for the future right turn lane at the intersection of North Chalkville Road and Main Stree ...

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Sheriff says goal to make ‘Jefferson County safest place in the world’

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale told those at Thursday’s Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon that his mission every day is to “make Jefferson County the safest place in the world.” Hale, speaking to a group of about 80 people, said the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s goal is to arrest as many law-breakers as possible, in hopes of crime being “lessened here.” [capt ...

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve now has pocket guides, thanks to Girl Scouts

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson now has pocket guides, thanks to a local Girl Scouts group. In the spring, the Girl Scouts of Troop 1010 visited the preserve to participate in one of its environmental education programs, which included water quality analysis and an exploration of its aquatic life. [caption id="attachment_17894" align="alignleft" width="300"] The pocket guidesp ...

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