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BREAKING: US airstrikes are under way in Syria

By Scott Buttram WASHINGTON -- At 8:48 p.m. the United States Department of Defense released a statement from Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby announcing that airstrikes were under way in Syria where the U.S. is joined by coalition forces. The statement read as follows. "I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syri ...

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Pinson supports continued operation of Palmerdale post office

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson City Council last week approved a resolution supporting the continued operation and services available of the Palmerdale branch of the United States Post Office. Times have been hard for rural post offices over the last couple years, with hours and services being cut. The resolution states that the demand of the Palmerdale post office will “certainly increase as commercial ...

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DEA prescription drug take-back Saturday

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay A. Morris are encouraging residents of north Alabama to take advantage of DEA's nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. Locations nearby are the Trussville Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office substa ...

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Neill to discuss Trussville tax referendum in Montgomery

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville City Schools Superintendent Patti Neill will be in Montgomery on Monday to talk about the tax referendum that was approved in February, paving the way for two new community elementary schools in Trussville. Neill’s presentation, titled “Involving Stakeholders in Passing a Tax Referendum,” will be presented at the Alabama Association of School Boards’ Leadership for Com ...

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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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Overturned truck causes traffic delays on I-59

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- An overturned truck at the 141 exit of Interstate 59 has traffic blocked as officials work to clear the wreckage. Traffic was backed up and vehicles are being diverted. It's not known if there were any injuries. While the truck was driving south at the time of the accident, wreckage was in the northbound and southbound lanes. Witnesses said the cab became separated from the tr ...

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Trussville robbery suspect arrested in Irondale shooting

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- Travel J.C. Gaspard, 19, has been arrested in Irondale on charges related to a near fatal shooting and robbery in that city, WBRC FOX 6 reported. Irondale charged Gaspard with attempted murder and robbery in the August incident. He is being held in jail and bond has been set at $150,000. [caption id="attachment_16407" align="alignleft" width="300"] Travel Gaspard is charged wi ...

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Birmingham PD searches for missing woman

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- The Birmingham Police Department reports that it’s searching for a missing woman. April Lovell, 27, was last seen Sept. 10 by a friend who dropped her off at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue North. No one has heard from her since that time. [caption id="attachment_16404" align="alignleft" width="225"] April Lovellphoto courtesy of the Birmingham Police Department[/caption] She was re ...

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Pinson can now receive bids for trash pickup

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON -- The Pinson City Council on Thursday authorized Mayor Hoyt Sanders to receive bids for trash removal services. The council has been looking into the possibility of contracting trash removal out for some time now. Sanders said the fact the council was looking into this didn't necessarily mean there would be any changes, just that they wanted to see what other options were out there. ...

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Hewitt-Trussville produces 3 more National Merit semifinalists

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- A trio of Hewitt-Trussville High School students has done it again. Somtochukwu Ozuligbo, Nathaniel Robinson and Emma Slay have been named National Merit semifinalists. All are seniors who took the Preliminary SAT as juniors last October. Last year, Sean Williamson, Connor Staggs and Gavin Slay (Emma’s brother) were all named semifinalists and then the first-ever National Merit f ...

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