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WBRC: Mom speaks out after Pinson daughter’s burned body found behind Fairfield house

By Gary Lloyd FAIRFIELD -- A mother is pleading for leads in the homicide of her 22-year-old Pinson daughter, according to WBRC. Michelle Monroe Stewart spoke to WBRC about the death of Megan Elizabeth Monroe, found dead Saturday morning in Fairfield. Monroe was a Pinson native and had attended Hewitt-Trussville High School. Stewart told WBRC that her daughter was a “sincere, fun loving young lady, outgoing ...

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U.S. News names top high schools, none from area ranked nationally

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- U.S. News recently named its best high schools in the country, and none from the area were ranked nationally or statewide. U.S. News reviewed 31,242 U.S. public high schools, and 93 from Alabama made the national rankings. The top high schools in Alabama were Loveless Academic Magnet Program, Mountain Brook, Booker T. Washington Magnet, Homewood, Brewbaker Technology Magnet ...

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Rock chimney discovered at Northern Beltline site in Palmerdale

By Gary Lloyd PALMERDALE -- A rock chimney was recently discovered at the site of the Northern Beltline construction in Palmerdale, according to Alabama Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Crockett. Crockett said the rock chimney is not connected to a house and was set to be removed this week. [caption id="attachment_13112" align="alignleft" width="300"] The rock chimney discovered near the const ...

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Magic Moment granted in Trussville for 11-year-old

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Janet Hurley thought she and her husband, David, would never vacation again. Since 2005, the Trussville couple has adopted six special needs children from various parts of China, after visiting orphanages in the large country. “Our hearts broke for them,” Hurley said. [caption id="attachment_13108" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hurley family reacts after being told it will g ...

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Fairfield seeks info in death of Pinson woman, former HTHS student

By Gary Lloyd FAIRFIELD -- The Fairfield Police Department is seeking information in the death of a Pinson woman. The body of 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Monroe, a Pinson resident and former Hewitt-Trussville High School student, was discovered Saturday morning. Various reports indicate Monroe’s body was dumped and set on fire behind an empty house. Police Chief Leon Davis said the department was still awai ...

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Matt Pitt to deliver first sermon since jail release tonight in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Youth evangelist Matt Pitt is expected to deliver his first sermon tonight after being jailed since last August. Pitt was released from Shelby County Jail on Palm Sunday. Pitt had been incarcerated since August 2013, serving time for a probation revocation on an impersonating a police officer charge. Pitt was released about four months early for good behavior. Pitt in September 2 ...

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State temporarily shutting down driver license system

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- In an effort to comply with federal regulations, the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division has scheduled a database conversion the last weekend of April, which will result in all systems – including online services – being shut down from 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, to 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30. During that time, driver license examining offices across the st ...

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Paine Intermediate teacher looks forward to Relay for Life

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Paine Intermediate School third grade teacher Amy Kuhn was in picture perfect health while in high school. Kuhn, as a sophomore, played softball, volleyball and ran three miles per day. She began having pain in her right side, a pain that swelled big. One day while out for a run, she couldn’t make it a quarter of a mile. [caption id="attachment_13079" align="alignleft" width="300 ...

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Argo sets public hearing on establishing animal control ordinance

By Gary Lloyd ARGO -- The Argo City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 29 for citizen input in regard to the establishment of an animal control ordinance. The hearing is at 6 p.m. at the Argo Municipal Complex, located at 100 Blackjack Road in Argo. [caption id="attachment_5269" align="alignleft" width="300"] The city of Argofile photo by Gary Lloyd[/caption] There is no proposed ordinance ye ...

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Clay moves closer to Clay-Palmerdale, Old Springville traffic light

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- After years of battling to install a traffic light at the corner of Clay-Palmerdale Road and Old Springville Road, it looks like things will soon be moving forward. The holdup for these plans was a corner of property at 6784 Old Springville Road that contained only a single parking place. That corner has been a source of contention since the beginning of Clay as a city, 14 years ago, ...

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