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JefCoEd approves plan for reduction in force; net loss of 162 jobs

By Gary Lloyd HOMEWOOD -- The Jefferson County Board of Education on Thursday approved a plan by Superintendent Craig Pouncey to reduce the system’s workforce to save $12.6 million per year. Much of an hourlong discussion on the matter was heated. The approval passed on a 3-2 vote, with Board President Dean Taylor and Jacqueline Smith voting no. The plan calls for many reductions in force and moving some em ...

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Remembering Erika: Local woman seeks to make difference in fight against cancer in memory of sister

By June Mathews For The Tribune CLAY -- Elizabeth Pridgen will never forget the week of Jan. 19, 2009, though the Clay resident spent much of those few days in a haze of shock and grief. That Monday, her sister, Erika, was in the hospital, dealing with complications following a bone marrow transplant, when word came that Erika’s husband had died unexpectedly. “She called me at work screaming and crying,” Pr ...

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Spring break begins next week for area students

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Spring break for students in Trussville City Schools and Jefferson County Schools is March 30 through April 3. “Parents, we need your help to make spring break season a safe one,” Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. “Let’s take a few minutes to go over traffic laws and boating with our teens, especially if they plan to travel with teen friends. Remind ...

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Trussville spring carnival begins Friday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville spring carnival is scheduled for Friday, March 27 through Saturday, April 4 at Magnolia Park in downtown Trussville. Carnival hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions. The carnival will fe ...

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Trussville PD adding 2 more officer positions

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council on Tuesday voted to hire two new police officers for the Trussville Police Department. Another will be hired to replace a retiring officer. With the two newly created officer positions, the department now has 56 total officer spots, said Capt. Jeff Bridges. The city council also approved air conditioning systems for the Trussville Athletic Center on Pa ...

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Mayor to meet with ALDOT to discuss projects

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville Mayor Gene Melton and Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Wayne Sullivan will meet with Alabama Department of Transportation officials Friday to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects. The meeting is at 9 a.m. VIDEO: Watch Trussville Mayor Gene Melton talk about Friday’s meeting with ALDOT officials. [caption id="attachment_7382" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussvi ...

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Trussville approves purchase of former Sticks ‘N’ Stuff building

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved of purchasing the former Sticks ‘N’ Stuff building on Main Street. The property appraised for $720,000 and the city purchased it for $625,000. The city will likely close on the property in mid-April. The city council in February authorized Mayor Gene Melton to sign a purchase agreement for the property located at 156 and 158 Main St ...

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Pinson resident selected to judicial commission

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Jefferson County House delegation recently voted unanimously to appoint Cynthia Bonner to the Jefferson County Judicial Commission. According to Rep. Danny Garrett, Bonner is a Leeds native and resides in Pinson. She retired after a 30-year career with Jefferson County Schools and now works part time as the membership and benefits coordinator for the American Federation ...

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Sheriff’s office investigating overnight homicide in western JeffCo

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Just after 3 a.m. Tuesday deputies were called to a UAB emergency room to investigate a report of a person being shot. It was reported that a 33-year-old female victim had been brought to the hospital in a private car and died from her injuries before arriving. [caption id="attachment_4540" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office police cruiserfil ...

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Trussville Veterans Memorial Monument inscriptions being redone

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The city of Trussville has announced that the inscriptions of names for the Veterans Memorial Monument are being redone. The city was not pleased with the original inscriptions. The last day to add a name prior to the new plaques being installed is May 1. After that date, the city will look at the number of applications received annually to see what needs to be added, City Clerk ...

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