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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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Alabama Power warns of text message scam

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- Alabama Power is warning customers of a text messaging scam. The latest twist on the “pay your bill” scam has the would-be criminals sending a text message warning that a payment is due immediately. “In this instance, PayXchange is a legitimate business, but not one that offers automated payments from an existing checking account,” said Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott. “That r ...

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JefCoEd strategic plan sessions will focus on 6 hallmarks

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Jefferson County Schools strategic planning sessions will focus on six hallmarks to make them effective, according to a presentation made to the Jefferson County Board of Education by Burke Enterprises, LLC. The 20-slide PowerPoint presentation by Marcia Burke begins by asking three questions: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How will we get there? [caption id= ...

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CNG workshop in Trussville next week

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- A workshop to provide information about compressed natural gas for vehicles is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Trussville Civic Center. The workshop will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The title of the workshop is “Natural Gas Vehicles for Fleets: Do they make financial sense for you?” [caption id="attachment_4158" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mayor Gene Melton fills up h ...

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Trussville begins budget discussion

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council began discussing its 2014-2015 fiscal year budget last week. The council heard from Trussville Public Library Director Emily Tish, Trussville Parks and Recreation Director David Vinson, Trussville Fire Chief Russell Ledbetter and Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley last Tuesday night. [caption id="attachment_11308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussvi ...

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‘The Final Tour’ of former Trussville high school set for Sunday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- It’s a chance to look back before moving forward. Trussville City Schools has announced that it will host “The Final Tour” of the historic building on Parkway Drive on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. Trussville City Schools is calling all alumni of the old high school to come for a tour of the first floor before remodeling begins. [caption id="attachment_11305" align="alignleft" width ...

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Jefferson County inmate dies after deputy uses Taser

By Scott Buttram BIRMINGHAM -- An inmate died Saturday at the Jefferson County Jail after a deputy deployed a Taser to bring the inmate under control, according to a statement from Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Ricky Deangelo Hinkle, 47, was being held on a probation violation at the time of the incident. Hinkle was being moved to a cell for monitoring after threatening to harm h ...

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Trussville PD reports robbery at Highway 11 business

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Police Department is investigating after a woman was allegedly robbed at Plato’s Closet on U.S. Highway 11 in Trussville on Friday morning. Lt. Jeff Bridges said a black male in his 20s held a pistol to a woman’s head and demanded her money at about 9 a.m.  She was in the parking lot at Plato’s Closet in the 1800 block of Gadsden Highway, Bridges said. The suspect ...

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