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Police bust gaming operation in Trussville

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- Police officers responding to a robbery call at 108 Morrow Ave. in Trussville on Friday uncovered a gaming operation, Trussville Police Department Lt. Jeff Bridges said. "Our officers were answering a robbery call at the location," Bridges said. "At first, they couldn't get anyone to answer the door, but after a while an individual opened the door and was behaving suspiciously ...

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‘Talladega Nights’ former child actor guilty of reckless driving, domestic violence

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Former “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” child actor Luke Bigham has been found guilty of reckless driving and third-degree domestic violence. Trussville Municipal Court Judge Carl Chamblee found Bigham, who played 10-year-old Ricky Bobby in the movie, guilty of both charges. Bigham was released from Trussville City Jail on Friday. [caption id="attachment_14474" align ...

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‘Back to school’ sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The eighth annual sales and use tax holiday is scheduled for this weekend. The sales tax holiday is Friday, Aug. 1 through midnight Sunday, Aug. 3. The holiday gives customers the chance to purchase certain school supplies, computers and clothing free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply. Clothing items exempt of the tax include belts, boots, caps, dresses, gym sui ...

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JefCoEd receives half a million dollars from pistol permit fees

From staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Jefferson County School System last week received more than half a million dollars from Jefferson County’s pistol permit fees. The school system last week received $550,690 from Jefferson County Treasurer Mike Miles and Deputy Treasurer Sherry McClain. [caption id="attachment_13392" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Jefferson County Board of Education in Homewoodf ...

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Alabama Historical Commission announces 2015 grants program

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for capital enhancements to non-state owned or operated historical properties and sites. Grants will be awarded for the coming fiscal year 2015. Local historical sites and parks operated by nonprofit or tax exempt organizations, county or municipal governments are eligible. The grants will be awarded so that grant ...

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Trussville man pleads guilty in Serra Nissan fraud conspiracy

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- A former sales manager at Serra Nissan in Birmingham pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges related to a scheme at the car dealership to falsify auto loan documents, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. and IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot. Abdul Islam Mughal, 48, of Trussville, pleaded guil ...

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New traffic lights in Clay to be operational next week

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- New traffic lights at the intersection of Old Springville Road and Clay-Palmerdale Road in Clay will be operational next week. The lights will flash yellow this weekend. [caption id="attachment_11128" align="alignleft" width="300"] This sign is at the corner of Clay-Palmerdale Road and Old Springville Road in Clay.file photo by Gary Lloyd[/caption] The traffic lights are something Clay ...

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Boys and Girls Club in Clay burglarized

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at the Boys and Girls Club located on Old Springville Road in the Clay-Chalkville area. Sgt. Jack Self said that just after 2 a.m. on July 22, deputies were alerted to a burglary alarm and the Boys and Girls Club at 2380 Old Springville Road. [caption id="attachment_4540" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Jefferson County ...

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Two arrested after theft caught on camera

By Gary Lloyd Two people who allegedly stole lawn equipment and other items from a home in Center Point have been arrested and charged. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports that Beth Ann Chasteen, 34, and Christian Eric Gamache, 41, are both charged with second-degree theft of property. Their arrest warrants were obtained Monday, July 21. Detectives contacted Odenville police and the suspects were ...

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Bids for new Trussville schools to be ready in November

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Bids for the construction and renovation of two new community elementary schools will be ready in November, according to Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill. Neill said a new timeline shows bid documents will go to contractors in November and be opened 30 days later. The original plan was for bid documents to go to contractors in January 2015. [caption id="attachm ...

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