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Cell tower coming to Clay

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- A 150-foot Verizon cell tower is coming to Clay. The Clay City Council voted last week to amend its zoning ordinance, allowing telecommunications towers to “more easily” be placed in city limits near residential zones, according to City Manager Ronnie Dixon. The tower will be located behind the strip mall near the Steeplechase subdivision on some “unbuildable” property, Dixon said. The ...

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Man who drove wrong way on interstate ramp in Trussville to be charged

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- One person will be charged in the Jan. 9 case of a vehicle driving the wrong way on the Interstate 59 southbound ramp at Deerfoot Parkway in Trussville, causing a two-vehicle crash. Trussville Police Department Capt. Jeff Bridges said the driver of the vehicle going the wrong way will be charged with reckless endangerment. The bond will be $1,000. The driver also received a ticke ...

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Trussville native dies in Alexandria crash

By Gary Lloyd ALEXANDRIA -- A Trussville native died in a single-vehicle crash in Alexandria on Sunday, according to The Anniston Star. Casey Jordan Doss, 27, a 2006 Hewitt-Trussville High School graduate, died after his vehicle overturned at around 6:20 a.m. Sunday on Alexandria-Wellington Highway, three miles north of Alexandria. The Anniston Star reported that Doss was killed when the 2006 Ford Mustang h ...

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Disabled school bus snarls rush hour traffic on South Chalkville Road

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- A Trussville City Schools bus had a mishap Monday morning when it ran into a ditch at the intersection of  Queenstown Road and Pear Street. Emergency vehicles blocked traffic on South Chalkville Road while crews prepared to unload the students and assist in moving the bus. No other vehicles were involved and students were being loaded onto another bus, which had already arri ...

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Alabama Probate Judges Association: Ruling does not open the door for same sex marriage licenses

By Scott Buttram MONTGOMERY -- Saying it wanted to clear up any misconceptions in the media, the Alabama Probate Judges Association issued at statement Saturday regarding the effect that a federal court ruling will have in Alabama. Citing the ruling issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade and some media reports that same sex couples will be able to receive marriage licenses Monday, the APJA "want ...

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Federal judge strikes down Alabama’s same sex marriage ban

By Scott Buttram MOBILE -- U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade struck down Alabama's same sex marriage ban in a ruling on Friday, according to Yellowhammer News. The plaintiffs in the case were Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, who were married in San Diego, Calif. in 2008, but have lived in Alabama since 2001. McKeand was the birth parent of a son with a sperm donor and Searcy had sought adoption rights. Acc ...

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School bus overturns near Rudd Middle School

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- A school bus traveling near Rudd Middle School overturned Friday afternoon. A bus from Rudd Middle School overturned shortly after 3 p.m. on Rudd School Road at Highway 79. The bus was the only vehicle in the accident. [caption id="attachment_19173" align="alignleft" width="300"] The bus that overturnedphoto courtesy of Zoe Painter[/caption] The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office advi ...

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Superintendent ‘still grateful to heroic efforts’ 1 year after snowstorm

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- One year after a snowstorm left students stranded inside area schools overnight, Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill says she’s “still grateful to heroic efforts by city employees, school employees, churches and community members for uniting in a tireless, collective effort to take care of our students on that day and all through the night.” On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2 ...

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5 Deerfoot Parkway parcels auctioned off

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Five parcels along Deerfoot Parkway in Trussville were auctioned off Thursday to three different bidders. Each parcel was auctioned off individually. VIDEO: Go inside the Deerfoot Parkway auction. Steeplechase Land, LLC won parcels 1, 2 and 3. Parcel No. 1 was sold for $27,300, or $3,000 per acre. Parcel No. 2 was sold for $63,700, or $7,000 per acre. Parcel No. 3 was sold for $1 ...

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Center Point man charged in series of robberies

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A 22-year-old Center Point man remains in the Jefferson County Jail charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery. On Dec. 3, 2014, sheriff's detectives began investigating the robbery of two victims at the Dollar Tree store in the 2300 block of Center Point Parkway. During the investigation robberies were also reported at the Family Dollar in the 2000 block of Center P ...

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