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St. Clair County woman killed in crash on I-459

From Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- A two-vehicle crash at 4:14 p.m. today, May 26, has claimed the life of an Odenville woman. Jessica Ann Butler, 28, was killed when the 2014 Jeep Compass she was driving struck a 1998 International tractor trailer. Butler, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the International was not injured. The crash occurred ...

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Fatal accident on I-459 has traffic backed up

State Troopers are on scene of a two-vehicle crash on I-459 North near Grants Mill Road involving a Tractor-trailer and an SUV. There is one confirmed fatality. Three lanes are blocked, but traffic is moving on the right shoulder. Motorists should avoid this area. We will provide updates when they become available. ...

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Lovelady Center seeking out monthly donors

By Chris Yow Editor JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Lovelady Center is reaching out to the public for support, as the need arises for help with intake fees. [caption id="attachment_27944" align="alignleft" width="300"] The second location of Lovelady Thrift Store is open in the former Winn Dixie building on Old Springville Road in Clay. Photo via Facebook[/caption] Jeanne Carrek, who entered the program herself in ...

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Center Point Council considers Ad Valorem taxes, sales taxes at meeting

By Nathan Prewett For the Tribune CENTER POINT – At a relatively brief meeting held at Center Point City Hall the council passed several resolutions, including a consideration of ad valorem taxes that were discussed last meeting, sales taxes and other resolutions on Thursday night. [caption id="attachment_34401" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo by Bethany Adams[/caption] The meeting was held later than ...

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Sterrett woman falsely claiming to have cancer indicted for using crowd funding to defraud public of money

From Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Shelby County woman on multiple fraud charges for falsely claiming she had terminal cancer in order to get money from family and friends and to solicit donations through an online fund-raising site, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Posey, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton and Alabama Attorney General Steve ...

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Sheriff says Center Point man dressed as woman to lure boys for sex

From Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- A 28-year-old Center Point man has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to lure a teenage boy into his car for sexual contact. [caption id="attachment_40716" align="alignleft" width="240"] Kendall Carr / Photo by JCSO[/caption] The stepfather of the 15-year-old victim reported the boy had been visiting a friend’s residence on 1st Place NW. The victim ...

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Crash on Hwy 79 claims three lives, two children

BLOUNT COUNTY -- A two-vehicle crash at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, has claimed the lives of one adult and two children. Deana Whitfield, 47, of Locust Fork was seriously injured when the Cadillac SRX she was driving collided head on with a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old of Blountsville. Whitfield was airlifted to UAB Hospital where she later died. The teen was injured and transported to UAB Ho ...

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Local woman wins inaugural crown at Ms. Senior USA pageant

  By Chris Yow Editor LAS VEGAS -- Being a part of the inaugural Ms. Senior USA pageant in Las Vegas was enough for Donna McGuffie. Winning the pageant wasn’t on the radar. “This organization contacted me and asked me to be a founding queen. I had the option of competing or finding someone else,” she said. “I chose to compete, but honestly it never occurred to me that I could win.” Winning pageants is ...

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City inks deal with Avondale developers for downtown

  By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- The developers who transformed Avondale from an abandoned area of Birmingham into a thriving entertainment district have their next big project -- downtown Trussville. Redevelopment of the area took a major step forward Tuesday night when the Trussville City Council approved a $2 million incentive plan for a local developer. Coby Lake, owner of Avondale Brewing Compa ...

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Kristi Stacks named executive director for educational nonprofit

Special to the Tribune BIRMINGHAM – Better Basics, a nonprofit focused on empowering children by reducing illiteracy, announced Kristi Stacks has been named executive director. Stacks replaces Dr. Ammie Akin, who resigned due to family commitments and continues to serve as an active volunteer for Better Basics. “Kristi is very well respected within the education community, embodies our core values and will ...

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