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Clay may not revisit property tax for 6-8 months

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Clay City Council may not discuss the direction of its new five-millage property tax for another six to eight months, City Manager Ronnie Dixon said Tuesday. The property tax Tuesday was only discussed during a work session, not the regular meeting. Funds from the property tax, which won’t hit city coffers until 2016, could go toward a Clay school system or police department. Mayor ...

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Ruling on Clay vicious dog ordinance expected next week

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- A ruling on whether or not Clay’s vicious dog ordinance is unconstitutional is expected by the end of next week. On Tuesday, animal owners and Clay city officials testified at the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Birmingham. The trial was over Tuesday. Attorneys are expected to have their briefs submitted to Judge Joseph Boohaker by Friday. Boohaker is expected to announce his d ...

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More trouble for former ‘Talladega Nights’ child actor

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Former “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” child actor Luke Bigham is in more trouble. Bigham was arrested Aug. 22 on a public intoxication charge, according to Trussville Police Department Lt. Jeff Bridges. Bridges said Bigham was on Mobile Avenue in Trussville when officers were called. He was in an “unsafe condition,” and was arrested without incident, Bridges said. ...

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First Baptist Trussville honors longtime member

For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- It may have been the only time in her 90 years that Jeanne Crow has received a standing ovation. But for those in the congregation at First Baptist Church of Trussville, a recent morning service was an appropriate occasion for such a tribute. Aug. 24 was “Jeanne Crow Day” at the church, where for nearly 50 years the diminutive retired nurse has served as a tireless ambassador f ...

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Expansion coming for PVHS athletic fields

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- An expansion is on the horizon for Pinson Valley High School. The Jefferson County Board of Education voted last week to purchase seven acres of property near Willie Adams Stadium for $150,000. The purpose of the purchase from seller Jane Engesser is to provide land for the expansion of athletic facilities. The board of education in June appointed civil engineering firm LBYD to desig ...

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Chalkville Elementary getting new cafeteria

By Gary Lloyd CHALKVILLE -- Chalkville Elementary School is hungry for a new cafeteria. The Jefferson County Board of Education last Thursday appointed TurnerBatson Architects to provide design services for the construction of a cafeteria at Chalkville Elementary School. Principal Rod Johnson said the current cafeteria was designed to feed about 600 students. Chalkville Elementary School, however, is the th ...

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Residents concerned about sewage plant odor near Cahaba Manor

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Several Trussville residents came to last week’s Trussville City Council meeting concerned about an odor they believe is coming from a nearby sewage treatment plant. Terry Ellard, who lives in Cahaba Manor, told the city council that the plant is directly behind his house, and that he’s been noticing the odor over the last three months. Ellard was at a 2013 city council meeting t ...

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Trussville proclaims Sept. 19 POW/MIA Recognition Day

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last week approved a proclamation that makes Friday, Sept. 19 POW/MIA Recognition Day. The proclamation states that on that day, the stark black and white banner that symbolizes America’s missing in action and prisoners of war will be flown over the White House; U.S. Capitol; the departments of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs; the Selective Service ...

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Trussville superintendent talks school, team logos

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill last month talked about the new Husky and new athletic department “HT” logos. Neill said those new logos represent the football team. “I would imagine that each new coach will want to rebrand the team as a symbol of a new season with a new coach,” Neill said. “The iconic block HT and Husky will always exist and represent the hig ...

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Trussville’s ACT average increases

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The ACT average for Hewitt-Trussville High School students this year was its highest in five years, according to a recently released ACT score report. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Trussville City Schools had a composite ACT score of 22.2. In 2013, that number was 22.3. For this year, the average increased to 22.7. The state’s composite score for 2014 is 20.6. This year, the number of ...

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