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Cougars put Clay-Chalkville on national map with big win

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Two Southeastern Motor Coach buses and two Clay Senior Activity Center buses idled at 10:45 a.m. in the Clay-Chalkville High School parking lot. The Clay-Chalkville football team is meeting in the school’s cafeteria, finalizing the day’s goals. Assistant coaches leave the school for a few minutes, to drive to nearby Dairy Queen and Subway, for a box of chicken fingers, for sub sandwich ...

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Trussville likely to add Cahaba Cove neighborhood to Magnolia school zone

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education is likely to add the Cahaba Cove neighborhood off Roper Road to the zone for the Magnolia Place elementary school site. The board Monday placed this new enrollment zone on the table, pending approval at a later date. The Magnolia Place elementary school enrollment was projected to be 371 students. The new enrollment number projects to be 394 ...

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54 naming opportunities at new Hewitt-Trussville Stadium

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Want a chance at naming a piece of the new Hewitt-Trussville Stadium? There are plenty of opportunities. The Trussville City Board of Education and Trussville City Schools Foundation last week released a list of naming opportunities for the new football stadium, which is under construction behind the Trussville Civic Center. [caption id="attachment_15591" align="alignleft" width= ...

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JefCoEd names deputy superintendent

By Gary Lloyd HOMEWOOD -- The Jefferson County Board of Education earlier this week named its deputy superintendent. Becky Lee, the chief of staff for Birmingham City Schools, was hired unanimously by the Jefferson County Board of Education. Lee was the Birmingham City Schools chief of staff since 2013. Prior to that, she was the chancellor for fiscal affairs and operations at the Education Achievement Auth ...

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Trussville man with autism to be featured in documentary at Sidewalk Film Festival

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Between jump shots, Jesse Miller III runs to the front door. He dribbles over every time someone walks into the Trussville YMCA on Valley Road, to extend a handshake, to give a hug. Miller loves playing basketball at the YMCA, but he may love turning strangers into friends more. Every person who pushes the door open to come lift weights, to shoot hoops, is approached by Miller, w ...

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Schools to work with city on use of fields

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Trussville for the use of recreational facilities. The agreement now goes to the Trussville City Council, which it will likely approve at its Tuesday, Aug. 26 meeting. [caption id="attachment_13054" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hewitt-Trussville Middle Schoolfile photo by R ...

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Clay facing many road repairs

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- The Clay City Council is staring down the barrel at several large, unavoidable expenses. The city is looking at roughly $435,000 in essential paving projects, even after cashing in bonds, City Manager Ronnie Dixon said. The council only has $471,000 in total funds available for road repairs from its 4-, 5- and 7-cent gas funds, as well as its contingency road fund, leaving only $36,0 ...

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Enrollment at area schools close to last year’s numbers

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- How many students go to area schools? Look no further than here. Trussville City Schools and Jefferson County Schools this week released their most up-to-date enrollment numbers for the 2014-2015 school year. Those numbers compared to the average daily membership numbers from the 2013-2014 school year show not a lot of change. [caption id="attachment_12201" align="alignleft ...

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Sheriff’s office asks for help for sergeant battling leukemia

By the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Randy Nash is no stranger to adversity. Having served 20 years in the United States Air Force and nearly 20 years as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, he has made service his life's work. As a five-year survivor of Stage 4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma who recently lost his wife and fath ...

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Northern Beltline progress in Pinson: Landscape ‘changes every day’

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- For now, it appears to be a dirt biker’s paradise. The area just off Alabama Highway 75 in the Pinson area by Palmerdale United Methodist Church is vast, the walls of red-orange dirt built high. From the intersection of Clay-Palmerdale Road, those walls look almost daring, begging those with a Yamaha or Kawasaki to throttle the engine, forget the brakes and fly. The area is cut deep ...

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