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Governor’s wife announces domestic violence prevention legislation

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- With a goal of preventing further abuse for domestic violence victims and their families, First Lady Dianne Bentley last Wednesday announced her legislative agenda aimed at strengthening domestic violence victim services and protection in Alabama. “Domestic violence is a pressing issue in our state, and I will continue to use my platform as an advocate for victims and their child ...

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Innovative Indians

PVHS students show talents at first special effects reveal night By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- Before the lights were dimmed and the models strolled out, Chris Screws summed up the night. “This will not be your typical show,” the Pinson Valley High School art teacher said. Indeed. Eleven teams made up of 30 students showed off their artistic talents Friday night in the school’s auditorium. There was a bounty hunt ...

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Missing Birmingham teen found dead in Remlap; 2 charged

By Gary Lloyd REMLAP -- The body believed to be that of missing teen Alexis Garcia, 17, of Birmingham, was located Thursday. Garcia was reported missing March 5 by her mother. She was last seen March 1. Garcia’s body was located in a wooded area off Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap in Blount County. A search for her body began Tuesday after tips and interviews led investigators to the area to search for Garci ...

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Charter school bill signed into law

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, SB45, into law. The bill was introduced in the Alabama State Senate by Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, and was sponsored in the State House by Rep. Terri Collins. The bill will allow the creation of public charter schools and conversion charter schools in Alabama, open to any student who wishes to attend. Cha ...

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Pinson cedes property to JefCoEd for practice field

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON -- The Pinson City Council on Thursday voted to cede property to the Jefferson County Board of Education for the purpose of a future practice field. Residents in Innsbrooke have been upset to learn that the new football practice field will abut to the neighborhood’s entrance. The council purchased the land in the last year. The council is requiring a 35-foot buffer zone between the fi ...

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Garrett co-sponsors bill to restructure UA System Board of Trustees

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- Rep. Danny Garrett said he was “happy” to be the first co-sponsor on a bill that would restructure the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. HB340 would restructure the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees to add more representation from UAB and the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and require relocation of the chancellor’s office to Birmingham. [caption id=" ...

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Clay P&Z talks city’s future: ‘We’ve made a lot of headway’

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- About 15 people attended Thursday’s Clay Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, in which the group received input about the city’s comprehensive plan. Commission member Steve Ostaseski made a presentation about the city’s last 10 years and asked members of the audience what they’d like to see in Clay moving forward. VIDEO: Watch Clay Mayor Charles Webster talk about the future of the ...

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State issues AMBER Alert for Union Springs girl

By Gary Lloyd UNION SPRINGS -- The state of Alabama has issued an AMBER Alert for a missing child. The Union Springs Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency ask for assistance in locating Aaliyah Linton, a black 5-year-old girl who stands 4-foot-3 and weighs 100 pounds. [caption id="attachment_20526" align="alignleft" width="175"] Aaliyah Linton[/caption] Linton has black hair and brown eye ...

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New contracts approved for Trussville principals

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday approved contracts for three of its school principals. All three contracts approved were for three years. Hewitt-Trussville High School Principal Tim Salem, Alternative Learning Center Principal Phyllis Faust and Paine Intermediate School Principal Autumm Jeter had contracts approved. Salem’s contract is for $121,540 per year. His ...

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Trussville Chevron robbed Thursday morning

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Chevron gas station on Chalkville Mountain Road in Trussville was robbed early Thursday morning, according to authorities. At about 4 a.m. Thursday, the Chevron was robbed at gunpoint, according to Trussville Police Department Capt. Jeff Bridges. [caption id="attachment_20513" align="alignleft" width="300"] Roderick Williamsphoto courtesy of the Trussville Police Department[/ ...

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