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5,000 attend City Fest for second year in a row

From staff reports The 35th Annual Trussville City Fest was held Saturday, May 2. For the second consecutive year, the festival was a one-day event and saw an estimated 5,000 people. The day was capped off by fireworks. Produced by the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival’s presenting sponsor was Schaeffer Eye Center. This year’s headliner was American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen. Other per ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Potential redistricting would create ripple effect throughout the state

By Steve Flowers There is an ominous cloud hanging over this legislative session. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court surprisingly agreed to hear a Hail Mary complaint filed by the black legislative caucus over the 2014 redistricting plan. In an even more surprising opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the complainants and remanded the case back to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals instructing the lowe ...

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Secretary of State launches quarterly reports on website

From staff reports Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill will launch quarterly reports on the office’s website at www.sos.alabama.gov. The first report will be available beginning April 30, 2015 and encompasses the time period January 19, 2015 through March 31, 2015. Subsequent quarterly reports will include the timeframes of April 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 and release in early July; July 1, 2015 – Septe ...

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Local residents invited to participate in countywide campaign for libraries

From staff reports The Trussville, Pinson and Clay libraries, alongside the 40 Public Libraries in Jefferson County, are announcing plans for this year’s online fundraising campaign, “The Great Give.” It will take place May 12 & 13 and will help further the significant work of the 40 municipal libraries in the Jefferson County area. “I am thrilled about this year’s campaign for The Great Give,” said Emi ...

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Gunman in devil mask sentenced to 25 years for crime spree in Clay, Grayson Valley

By Scott Buttram BIRMINGHAM -- Jamey Lee Matthews, 41, of Remlap was sentenced to 25 years in prison after terrorizing northeast Jefferson County, including Clay and Grayson Valley, in a series of armed robberies in October 2012. Matthews wore a devil mask and brandished a gun when he robbed Tyner's Pharmacy in Grayson Valley and Winn Dixie and Rogers in Clay in October of 2012. The two Clay businesses were ...

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State: Marsh announces gambling bill, Poarch Creeks offer $250 million

By Kyle Parmley MONTGOMERY -- Senator Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has offered his solution to the state of Alabama's budget woes. Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser reported that Marsh announced on Tuesday a bill that will create a state lottery, bring casino and gaming setups to four dog tracks in the state, and persuade Governor Robert Bentley to enter into a gaming agreement with the Poarch Band of Cree ...

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Garrett introduces bill to halt political contributions from gambling interests

Special to The Tribune MONTGOMERY --Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) today introduced a bill to the Alabama House of Representatives that would make it illegal for a gambling interest, or a person or agent acting on behalf of a gambling interest, to make contributions to a political candidate’s campaign or to a Political Action Committee.  Such contributions are permitted under current Alabama la ...

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North Chalkville wreck sends 1 to hospital

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE --A two vehicle crash on North Chalkville Road during rush hour sent one man to the hospital Tuesday morning. [caption id="attachment_21593" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wreck on North Chalkville injures one man on Tuesday morning.Photo by Scott Buttram[/caption] Assistant fire chief Tim Shotts said a pickup truck and motorcycle collided near the entrance to the Kmart shopping ...

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Trussville ends contract with probation service, replaces motorcycles

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE --The Trussville city council approved several purchases last week including $23,798 for two Harley Davidson motorcycles to replace the current bikes used by the traffic division of the police department. One had been damaged in a wreck and the other had reached the end of service. The motorcycle that is still operational will be declared as surplus and sold. [caption id="attachm ...

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Missing 75-year-old man found safe in Mississippi

From staff reports BIRMINGHAM --The Jefferson County sheriff's office is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of 75-year-old Timothy Eugene Rich who was last seen visiting friends in Pinson on Sunday evening.   The friends said Rich was with them at their home on Chestnut Lane near Pinson until about 8:15 p.m.when he left for his home in Pell City. He never made it back to his home, according ...

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