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Ethics complaint filed against Clay councilwoman

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- On Oct. 20 Clay City Councilwoman Becky Johnson received unofficial notification that an ethics complaint had been filed against her. She received official notification in early November. The complaint was filed by a Clay resident who wishes to remain nameless, and revolves around two issues. The first issue involves three contracts that were awarded to J&S Construction -- the co ...

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Storm shelter could be coming to Clay

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- Two resolutions could be the first step to an emergency storm shelter in Clay. The first, Resolution 2014-62, will allow Mayor Charles Webster to pursue a Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant that will allow a first responder storm shelter to be built at Clay-Palmerdale Fire Station No. 4. The grant is supposed to be for 20 percent of the project, but City Mana ...

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‘Charlie Brown Christmas tree’ in Trussville brings mystery, joy

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- It’s hardly a sapling now. No longer can passersby glance through their car windows and see the red ribbon and red ornaments at eye level. They must look up. The tree standing mere feet from North Chalkville Road in Trussville, just past Woodland Acres and just before Green Drive, continues to grow. And so does its legend. Some say they’ve seen this Trussville tree decorated duri ...

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Studies will determine future ‘challenges’ of downtown Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last week authorized Mayor Gene Melton to hire CDG Engineering for a Phase 1 environmental study on 101 Morrow Ave. in downtown Trussville. In October, the city council approved of CDG Engineering looking for any environmental problems at 156 and 158 Main St. The cost of the studies for those two addresses was $4,500. Melton estimates the newest study ...

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Restrooms coming for Cosby Lake Park in Clay

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- The Clay City Council is moving ahead with upgrades to Cosby Lake Park, and the latest phase will cost less than anticipated. Millworks Construction out of Sarasota, Fla., has been awarded the bid for restroom facilities at Cosby Lake. Millworks’ bid was $76,444.20, almost $27,000 below the next lowest bidder. With such a large discrepancy, Mayor Charles Webster and City Manager Ronn ...

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Second suspect in home burglary near Clay arrested

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A 16-year-old Birmingham boy has been arrested after leaving a getaway car at the scene of a burglary near Clay last week. On Dec. 10, two people broke into a home in the 5200 block of Dug Hollow Road. They encountered a 16-year-old female home alone and ran from the residence. Their car was parked in the driveway, but they had lost the keys and fled on foot. [caption id="a ...

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Christmas toy drive in Trussville ends Thursday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The deadline for the Christmas toy drive in Trussville is Thursday, Dec. 18. The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Trussville Fire Department and Courtesy Buick GMC to collect new, unwrapped toys for Trussville residents who need a little help this year. [caption id="attachment_17789" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Trussville historical marker near the Trus ...

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Demolition bids to be opened Thursday, Trussville BOE meets Friday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The bid opening for the demolition project at Jack Wood Stadium and the adjacent New Deal-era school building is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The demolition of Jack Wood Stadium in Trussville’s Cahaba Project is likely to begin in January, according to Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill. [caption id="attachment_6156" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ja ...

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Online fundraiser started to help Clay-Chalkville get state championship rings

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- A www.gofundme.com account has been set up to help the Clay-Chalkville varsity football team pay for Class 6A state championship rings. Created by Jamie Dunn Floyd, the online fundraiser had brought in $575 early Monday morning. The goal is $10,000. [caption id="attachment_18392" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Clay-Chalkville varsity football team poses for a photo after defeating ...

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Auburn University football player killed in shooting

By Scott Buttram AUBURN -- The Opelika-Auburn News reported that Auburn freshman H-back Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning during a party at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex in Auburn. Mitchell was also a graduate of Opelika High School. According to the Twitter feed of Auburn University Emergency Management, there is no known threat to the campus at this time as police work to appreh ...

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