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Crash on Hwy 79 claims three lives, two children

BLOUNT COUNTY -- A two-vehicle crash at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, has claimed the lives of one adult and two children. Deana Whitfield, 47, of Locust Fork was seriously injured when the Cadillac SRX she was driving collided head on with a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old of Blountsville. Whitfield was airlifted to UAB Hospital where she later died. The teen was injured and transported to UAB Ho ...

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Local woman wins inaugural crown at Ms. Senior USA pageant

  By Chris Yow Editor LAS VEGAS -- Being a part of the inaugural Ms. Senior USA pageant in Las Vegas was enough for Donna McGuffie. Winning the pageant wasn’t on the radar. “This organization contacted me and asked me to be a founding queen. I had the option of competing or finding someone else,” she said. “I chose to compete, but honestly it never occurred to me that I could win.” Winning pageants is ...

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City inks deal with Avondale developers for downtown

  By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- The developers who transformed Avondale from an abandoned area of Birmingham into a thriving entertainment district have their next big project -- downtown Trussville. Redevelopment of the area took a major step forward Tuesday night when the Trussville City Council approved a $2 million incentive plan for a local developer. Coby Lake, owner of Avondale Brewing Compa ...

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Kristi Stacks named executive director for educational nonprofit

Special to the Tribune BIRMINGHAM – Better Basics, a nonprofit focused on empowering children by reducing illiteracy, announced Kristi Stacks has been named executive director. Stacks replaces Dr. Ammie Akin, who resigned due to family commitments and continues to serve as an active volunteer for Better Basics. “Kristi is very well respected within the education community, embodies our core values and will ...

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St. Clair County man killed in van-semi truck collision

BIRMINGHAM -- A two-vehicle crash at 3:20 a.m. today, May 23, has claimed the life of an Ashville man. Donald Peace, 55, was killed when the 1999 Ford van he was driving collided with a 1988 Peterbilt tractor trailer. Peace was transported to St. Vincent’s East Hospital where he later died. The driver of the Peterbilt was not injured. The crash occurred on U.S. 411 in the City of Odenville. Nothing further ...

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Truck driver pulled from wreckage on Sweeney Hollow Road

From Trussville Tribune staff reports CENTER POINT -- A truck driver was pulled from his semi by Center Point firefighters Monday night following a crash. Center Point Battalion Chief Brad Appleton said the driver left the roadway, struck two vehicles and then hit a power pole before becoming trapped in a ditch. Center Point firefighters then pulled the driver from the wreckage and he was transported to UAB ...

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Trail run set for Saturday to benefit Designs for Hope ministry

By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- The 5th Annual Trussville Trail Run is set for Saturday, May 27, and will benefit the Designs for Hope mission. [caption id="attachment_7858" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Ugandan man crouches near a Designs For Hope bicycle.photo courtesy of Chris Bond[/caption] The run began five years ago when Jamie Curlee, a teacher and coach at Hewitt-Trussville High School, put tog ...

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Hardin indicted for 2016 murder of Clay mother

From Trussville Tribune staff reports CLAY -- Jeremy Conway Hardin has been indicted in the 2016 slaying of his girlfriend Jody Marie Watson, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. [caption id="attachment_30183" align="alignleft" width="184"] Jodie Watson was shot and killed at a home in Clay.Photo via Facebook[/caption] Hardin allegedly told deputies that he shot the victim, Watson, ...

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2 killed in Blount County crash

BLOUNT COUNTY --Alabama State Troopers have identified one of the victims as a 79-year-old Blount County man in a fatal Sunday evening crash in Blount County. "A two-vehicle crash at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, May 21, has claimed two lives," State Troopers said in a statement released Monday." Grady Leon Goodwin, 79, of Oneonta was killed when the 2001 Chevrolet pickup he was driving collided head-on with a 2004 Jee ...

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30 car train derailment under investigation in St. Clair County

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports PELL CITY --Railroad officials are investigating a Friday night train derailment in Pell City that sent 30 Norfolk Southern train cars hurtling off the track. The derailment blocked traffic on Highway 78 and Truss Ferry Road for several hours until crews could clear the wreckage. In a statement released by Norfolk Southern, officials said 30 rail cars on a Norfolk S ...

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