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JefCoEd superintendent speaks to Pinson Education Committee

From staff reports PINSON -- Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey spoke at the Pinson Education Committee meeting Monday. Pouncey spoke about proposed athletic facilities improvements at Pinson Valley High School, maintenance issues at school facilities, the Department of Justice and school zoning, the new lunchroom at Kermit Johnson Elementary School, school funding and tax issues. [captio ...

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Trussville adopts vision, belief statements ahead of accreditation

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday adopted vision and belief statements in preparation for accreditation for 2015-2016. The approval is part of Trussville City Schools’ strategic plan and a requirement of AdvancED.There are standards that will be evaluated by an external review team next year. The standard leaders, principals and administrative team met with the Adv ...

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Suspect nabbed in Radio Shack robbery is Clay-Chalkville student

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville Police Department Capt. Jeff Bridges confirmed Tuesday that one suspect arrested in the Nov. 15 robbery of Radio Shack on Chalkville Mountain Road in Trussville is a Clay-Chalkville High School student. Bridges said one 17-year-old juvenile student from Clay-Chalkville is charged with first-degree robbery. His bond is $40,000, Bridges said. The juvenile’s name wasn’t r ...

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Traveling Trashed

Clay-Chalkville students experience driving under influence, learn dangers By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Thirty Clay-Chalkville High School students last week got the chance to feel what it’s like to drive under the influence of alcohol and drive distracted. Over the past 10 years, Clay-Chalkville High School health education teacher Marsha Hancock has taken her sophomore students to the Trussville Play Stati ...

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If first successful, Clay may get more intersection cameras

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- Clay City Councilman Ricky Baker announced Monday that the new public safety camera system has been ordered. The council approved $4,500 at the previous meeting to purchase four cameras and hardware to be used for public safety and crime prevention. The cameras will be installed at the Chalkville Mountain Road intersection at Old Springville Road. Baker hopes that the cameras can be ...

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Trussville City Schools names Teachers of Year

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Trussville City Schools has named its two Teachers of the Year. At the Trussville City Board of Education meeting Monday, Paine Intermediate School music teacher Chris Byars and Hewitt-Trussville Middle School sixth grade math teacher Suzanne Glasgow were announced as the winners. Byars will move on to compete for the Alabama Elementary Teacher of the Year award and Glasgow will ...

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Stretch of Turkey Creek restored to prevent bank erosion

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- A project two years in the making was completed last week at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson. Workers and volunteers Friday were busy removing invasive plant species, such as English ivy, wisteria and privet, and replacing them with native plants in an effort to prevent further bank erosion. The National Wildlife Federation 5-Star Stream Bank Restoration project’s goal was to ...

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New JefCoEd board member sworn in

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The newest Jefferson County Board of Education member was recently sworn in. Dean Taylor was sworn in Tuesday, Nov. 11. [caption id="attachment_17771" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dean Taylor with his first-grade son Bronsonphoto courtesy of Jefferson County Schools[/caption] Taylor replaces Tommy Little, who chose not to run for his seat again. Taylor had no competition ...

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Trussville PD to ‘saturate’ shopping center areas to curb holiday crime

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Police Department will be providing additional officers over the next few months to help curb crime during the holiday season. Capt. Jeff Bridges said the department provides additional officers -- working their days off -- to “saturate our shopping center areas.” Crime has seemed to increase in the area in recent weeks. On Oct. 4, the Wendy’s/BP on U.S. Highway 11 ...

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Center Point man charged in Walgreens robbery

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- A Center Point man is in Jefferson County Jail after allegedly robbing a person in the parking lot of Walgreens in the 2300 block of Center Point Road. At about 8 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a robbery call, where a 40-year-old male victim reported that he’d been at the Redbox outside Walgreens when a white male approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet. ...

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