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Pinson opts for third party for park material testing

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON -- The Pinson City Council has decided to go with a third-party contractor to handle on-site testing of work and materials for the new city park. The idea of hiring an independent contractor was brought up by Councilman Robbie Roberts at the Aug. 21 meeting. [caption id="attachment_12724" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pinson City Hallfile photo by Gary Lloyd[/caption] Testing must be ...

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Trussville couple celebrates 60 years of marriage

By June Mathews For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- When Herbert Moore first laid eyes on Shirley Ann Rickard back in the spring of 1954, he was instantly smitten. Newly discharged from a stint in the Army, which included a tour of duty in Korea, Herbert was ready to settle down. He saw in Shirley a potential partner in domestic bliss. But what did she think of him? Not much. [caption id="attachment_16031" align= ...

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JefCoEd sets strategic planning forums; one at Pinson Valley HS

By Gary Lloyd HOMEWOOD -- Jefferson County Schools has set seven community zone forums to discuss its five-year strategic planning project. Marcia Burke, John Osburn and Paul Fanning from Burke Enterprises, LLC will be assisting the school system as facilitators in the strategic planning project. Community forums will be held to allow employees, parents, students and members of the public to give input into ...

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More than 100 tags renewed in first month at Clay City Hall

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- More than 100 car tags were sold at Clay City Hall in the first month of the operation, according to Clay City Manager Ronnie Dixon. Car tag sales and renewals began at Clay City Hall on Aug. 4, and the first day went “extremely well,” Clay Administrative Assistant Andrea Self said last month. Dixon said last week that there were no glitches in the software or complaints from citizens. ...

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Trussville City Council participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Three of the five Trussville City Council members on Thursday participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. After a special-called meeting and workshop, councilmen Perry Cook, Brian Plant and Anthony Montalto took the challenge outside the Trussville Police Department. Council President Buddy Choat dumped ice water on Cook, Mayor Gene Melton dumped ice water on Plant and Montalto ...

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Pinson man charged in Serra Nissan loan fraud conspiracy

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- A second sales manager at Serra Nissan faces federal charges in connection with a conspiracy at the Birmingham car dealership to fraudulently boost loan approvals and car sales, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot. A federal grand jury last week i ...

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Pinson man charged with trafficking meth worth $23,000

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- A Pinson man is in Jefferson County Jail after deputies discovered $23,000 worth of drugs in his home. A home in the 5100 block of Pinson Valley Parkway was raided Aug. 13, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian. [caption id="attachment_15989" align="alignleft" width="225"] Eusebio Martinezphoto courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office[/c ...

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Molly Bryant family starts fundraiser to support Orange Beach lifeguards

By Gary Lloyd ORANGE BEACH -- The family of Molly Bryant recently started a new campaign to raise $4,000 for two new defibrillators for the lifeguards at Orange Beach, according to Fox 10 TV. Bryant, a Trussville native, drowned while on vacation in 2003. She was 15. Since 2011, “Molly’s Patrol” has partnered with Orange Beach Safety, helping raise money for necessary items and the lifeguard system. [captio ...

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Husky Parkway extension not likely to open Sept. 15

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Husky Parkway extension from Hewitt-Trussville High School to Trussville-Clay Road will likely not open Sept. 15 as originally planned, according to Trussville Mayor Gene Melton. Melton said Wednesday the city was supposed to receive a signing and striping plan from engineering firm LBYD, which will then be reviewed by Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Wayne Sullivan. [ca ...

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164 unaccompanied immigrant children released in Alabama, almost 30,000 nationwide

By Scott Buttram JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Office of Refugee Resettlement announced that 164 unaccompanied immigrant children have been released in Alabama, 83 of them in Jefferson County. According to a press release from ORR, when a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Re ...

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