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Trussville to acquire former Sticks ‘N’ Stuff building

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last week authorized Mayor Gene Melton to sign a purchase agreement for the property located at 156 and 158 Main St., the former Sticks ‘N’ Stuff property. Melton said the purchase price is $625,000. The property appraised for $720,000, he said. VIDEO: Watch Trussville Mayor Gene Melton talk about the future of the building. The city council could appr ...

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve names 5 key plans for 2015

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Manager Charles Yeager in a blog post has named five key plans for 2015 at the Pinson preserve. Yeager said 2015 is shaping up to be busier than previous years with more public programs, educational offerings and enhancements. The five plans are: Three miles of new multi-use trails for mountain biking, hiking and cross-country running. Funding is provided ...

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Pinson library to aid Clay library during transition

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson Public Library Board of Trustees last week approved of Library Director April Wallace assisting the Clay Public Library during its time of transition. Clay Public Library Director Karen Moody accepted the new director position at the Warrior Public Library in January. In July 2014, Clay Public Library Assistant Director Joy Lee left to take a position with Gadsden City Sch ...

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New cafeteria for Johnson Elementary expected in December

By Gary Lloyd HOMEWOOD -- The Jefferson County Board of Education last week voted to award a bid for the construction of a new cafeteria at Kermit Johnson Elementary School in Pinson. The bid was awarded to Cullman-based Civicon Construction Company and is for $2,415,542. The projected completion date is Dec. 16. [caption id="attachment_11324" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kermit Johnson Elementary School ...

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Benefit for Jefferson County Schools Foundation Feb. 23

From staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A benefit for the Jefferson County Schools Foundation, featuring the Students Take a Role at Samford of Virginia Samford Theatre performing Disney’s Peter Pan Jr., will honor Max Cooper on Monday, Feb. 23. Flying in from New York to help spotlight Cooper will be two of today’s brightest stars of Broadway and STARS alumni, Ben Hope and Nick Burroughs. The preview perfor ...

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Pizza deliveryman robbed of cash, car in Center Point

By Gary Lloyd CENTER POINT -- The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who allegedly robbed a pizza deliveryman of his cash and car Sunday night. The incident happened at about 11:25 p.m. Sunday. The victim, a driver for Papa John’s on Center Point Parkway, told deputies the suspects ordered a pizza and gave an address in the 300 block of 26th Terrace Northwest. [caption id="attachment ...

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Chalkville ES honors longtime PTA member who died of cancer

By Gary Lloyd CHALKVILLE -- Chalkville Elementary School last week honored a longtime PTA member and volunteer who died of cancer in December. The 2015 PTA Executive Board presented a plaque to Principal Rod Johnson to give to the family of Wendy Mahoney, who died at the age of 40 on Dec. 12, 2014. Her husband, Eddie, gave it back to be put up on a wall near the school office, Johnson said. [caption id="att ...

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Pinson OKs contract for Alabama Butterbean Festival

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson City Council at its Feb. 5 meeting approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Hoyt Sanders to enter into a contract for advertising and promotion with the Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce for the 2015 Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson. The festival is scheduled for Oct. 2-3. The city will pay the chamber $10,000 to go toward advertising and promotion of the event. [caption ...

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Trussville goes out to bid on computer equipment

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last week authorized going out to bid on computer upgrades in various departments. The cost will likely be around $155,000. The city council also approved the purchase of a phone system for various departments from the state bid list for $51,209.52. [caption id="attachment_11308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussville City Hallfile photo by Gary Llo ...

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Online fund started for Argo man killed in dump truck, train accident Friday

By Gary Lloyd ARGO -- An online fundraiser has been established for the family of Darin Voudrie, who was killed in a train accident Friday. The Darin Voudrie Memorial Fund was set up over the weekend on www.gofundme.com. The fund’s goal is to raise money for financial assistance for health insurance and long-term expenses for his family, which included a wife and four children. The post states that a “gener ...

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