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Jeff Sessions endorses Gary Palmer for Congress

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has endorsed Gary Palmer for Congress. “Gary Palmer is more than a friend,” Sessions said. “We have been allies on many of the key policy issues of our time. We are both from small towns in Alabama and have grown up with similar values. Gary has been a leader on the key issues and his work has been an asset to me over the years.” From a personal s ...

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Center Point Fire earns Life Safety Achievement Award

From staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Center Point Fire District was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation. “The he ...

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Cahaba River Fry-Down Sept. 28 in Trussville

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- The best amateur catfish fryers in Alabama will square off for the fifth annual Cahaba River Society Fry-Down, a competitive catfish cooking contest and riverfront festival to celebrate the Cahaba River. The Fry-Down fundraiser is presented by Amerex to benefit the Cahaba River Society. The event is Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. along the banks of the Cahaba River at ...

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Trussville PD identifies Highway 11 robbery suspect

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Police Department has identified a suspect in Friday’s alleged robbery of a woman near Plato’s Closet on U.S. Highway 11 in Trussville. Lt. Jeff Bridges identified the suspect as 19-year-old Travel J.C. Gaspard, of Birmingham. Bridges said there is an active warrant for Gaspard’s arrest. He will be charged with first-degree robbery. His bond will be set at $30,000. ...

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Bigham pleads guilty to public intoxication

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Former “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” child actor Luke Bigham on Friday pleaded guilty to the charge of public intoxication in Trussville Municipal Court. He was denied youthful offender status on that charge. He was arrested on the charge Aug. 22. Because of the public intoxication charge, it violates Bigham’s terms of probation on a previous offense. [caption id= ...

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Superintendent calls PLAN 2020 ‘outstanding’

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said Monday she believes Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Tommy Bice’s PLAN 2020 is “an outstanding plan.” PLAN 2020 is the strategic plan for education in Alabama, with the goal of preparing all students to be successful in college and/or career upon graduation from high school. [caption id="attachment_814" ...

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School board OKs budget, capital projects

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday approved its 2014-15 fiscal year budget. According to the proposed budget, the projected beginning general fund balance on Oct. 1 will be $4.34 million. The projected ending general fund balance on Sept. 30, 2015 will be $1.86 million. Trussville City Schools Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations Jim Kirkland said the app ...

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Year after fatal accident, Brayden Turner recalled as ‘best kind of kid there is’

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Brayden Turner was as cool as the other side of the pillow. One of the first times Catey Jensen came to Turner’s house to babysit siblings Gabby and Jonah, the door was locked. Turner had attached a note to the door, which included his cell phone number, that read, “Text me and let me know you’re here.” Jensen texted him, and 15 seconds later, he was opening the door. Jensen reca ...

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‘Pieces of puzzle’ aim to make downtown Trussville more walkable

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville Mayor Gene Melton said last week that there are “pieces of the puzzle” floating around that could make downtown Trussville more walkable. Melton said that the city is “close” to a plan that would connect Railroad Avenue -- the road beside Hardee’s off Main Street -- to the area to the back of Trussville City Hall. Trussville resident George Glenn told the Trussville Ci ...

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Money will be tight for Clay in 2014-15

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- It looks like money will be tight for Clay's 2014-2015 fiscal year, City Manager Ronnie Dixon said Monday while going over an early draft of next year's budget. As Dixon has been saying since the property tax was first proposed, Clay can only continue with what it’s doing without more money, which means a slower road to being able to move forward with any new projects. Dixon shared w ...

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