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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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Senate grants final passage of charter school bill

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama Senate on Wednesday night voted to give final passage to Senate Bill 45. The vote will send the School Choice and Student Opportunity Act to Gov. Robert Bentley to be signed into law. This legislation is a piece of the Alabama Senate’s “Paving a Path to the Future” legislative agenda.  The School Choice and Student Opportunity Act is designed to create an application ...

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Clay amends personnel policy

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- The Clay City Council on Monday voted to amend its personnel policy due to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Under Clay's current personnel manual, new employees are under a 90-day probation period before they’re covered under the municipal insurance plan. “The way they wrote the ACA, you cannot wait 90 days,” City Manager Ronnie Dixon said. “So, we have to chang ...

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Lights coming for stretch of I-59 in Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- A section of Interstate 59 in Trussville that’s long been in the dark will soon have light. More than 50 lights are being installed along a stretch of the interstate from Exit 141 (near Chalkville Mountain Road) to Exit 143 (the Deerfoot Parkway exit), according to www.myfoxal.com. [caption id="attachment_7382" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussville Mayor Gene Meltonfile photo ...

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Former Alabama QB Blake Sims signing autographs to benefit Grayson Valley family

By Gary Lloyd LEEDS -- The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds will host a benefit autograph-signing event with former University of Alabama quarterback Blake Sims at its Collegiate Warehouse store Saturday, March 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Autographs will be priced at $30 each and inscriptions (such as “Roll Tide” or “SEC Champions”) at $10 each, with all proceeds benefitting the McCown family of Grayson Va ...

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