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ALDOT emergency call center opened as wintry weather approaches

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama Department of Transportation has opened its emergency call center as wintry weather approaches. The call center can be reached by calling 888-588-2848. Callers can get road conditions and travel information on state and interstate highways. Road conditions and travel advisories may also be checked at www.dot.state.al.us. According to Gov. Robert Bentley, ALDOT has mad ...

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‘Stay in School Week’ to emphasize importance of graduation

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Alabama State Department of Education, The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and The Lawler Foundation of Birmingham are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of graduating from high school and taking an honest look at the reality of what happens to those who don’t. During “InsideOut: Stay in School Week,” March 2-6, the ALSDE is encouraging all middle and high sch ...

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Motorists urged to exercise extreme caution

From staff reports MONTGOMERY — Winter storm forecasts for north Alabama likely will result in snow‐covered or icy roads and hazardous driving conditions throughout northern Alabama. Alabama State Troopers encourage all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive. Troopers offer these tips to help ensure safe winter travel: • Avoid travel, if possibl ...

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Chalkville ES sidewalks first phase done: ‘It’s a lot safer’

By Gary Lloyd CHALKVILLE -- The first phase of the sidewalks project at Chalkville Elementary School is done. Construction began in October 2014 to build sidewalks along Chalkville School Road and along the school’s drive. Principal Rod Johnson said before the sidewalks were there, students were walking between cars in the morning car line. “It’s a lot safer (now),” Johnson said. VIDEO: Watch a video report ...

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Trussville BOE places 7 possible names on table for new elementary schools

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday placed seven possible names on the table for consideration for the two new community elementary schools that will soon be constructed. Two of the names on the table are for the elementary school to be constructed near the Magnolia Place neighborhood. They are: South Trussville Elementary School Magnolia Elementary School The other ...

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Renovation, construction bid for Cahaba school approved

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday approved the bid for the construction of a community elementary school in the Cahaba Project in Trussville. Trussville-based Blalock Building Company was approved to build the school, and renovate the existing structure, for $10,961,000. The company had been revealed as the low bidder Feb. 10 with a bid of $11,088,000. Minor adjust ...

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Jefferson, St. Clair counties placed under winter weather advisory

From staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham issued a winter weather advisory just before noon Monday for Jefferson and St. Clair counties. The advisory will be in effect from 2 p.m. Monday until until 9 a.m. Tuesday. According to the NWS, an area of precipitation will move into central Alabama on Monday afternoon with cold air already in place. The current temperature is 33 d ...

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Pinson Valley HS receives Toolbox for Education grant for library remodel

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $4,200 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Pinson Valley High School for the school’s media center remodeling project. Pinson Valley High School is one of more than 500 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for improvement projects during the 2014-2015 school year. [caption ...

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Pinson aids youth association with bills

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON -- The city of Pinson is aiding the Pinson Valley Youth Association during a tough stretch. Due to larger-than-normal expenses, the members of PVYA realized they couldn’t afford their power bill for two months in a row. A two-month bill totaling roughly $2,500 was presented to the Pinson City Council last Thursday with a request for help. Since the PVYA facility is owned by the city, ...

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Weather update: Freezing rain advisory issued for Jefferson, St. Clair counties

From staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a freezing rain advisory for Jefferson and St. Clair counties, which will be in effect from 3 a.m until 9 a.m. Monday. [caption id="attachment_19932" align="alignleft" width="300"] The NWS in Birmingham has issued a freezing rain advisory for Jefferson and St. Clair counties from 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Monday.[/caption] N ...

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