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Crash victim north of Clay had been pursued by Springville police earlier

By Scott Buttram CLAY –Springville police chief Bill Lyle confirmed that police in his city had pursued Frankie Lane Fenley, 42, of Springville who was identified by media sources as the victim in a fatal crash early Wednesday morning north of Clay. Lyle said his officers answered a call from a female seeking assistance and Fenley was identified as a person of interest. During the call, Fenley passed the of ...

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Deputies investigate traffic fatality north of Clay

By Scott Buttram CLAY --According to a statement from the Jefferson County sheriff's office, speed was a contributing factor in a traffic accident that cost a man his life early Wednesday morning just north of Clay. "At about 4:30 this morning deputies were called to investigate a traffic accident on Zuber Road at Clayton Road north of Clay," Chief Deputy Randy Christian said in the statement. "A passerby h ...

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A look at the process, numbers involved at Pinson’s Alabama Butterbean Festival

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- A month in advance of the Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson, Bridget Kuhne is nervous. She’s trying to focus on everything she has to do. There are banners to unfold, two-page supply lists to check off, volunteers to round up. The planning can be overwhelming. Kuhne isn’t even taking into account the cooking of the butterbeans for the ninth annual festival, held over the weekend ...

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Trussville mom starts Facebook groups to help others cope with cancer

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- A Trussville mom is using Facebook and her family’s own experiences with cancer to help others. Holly Barksdale's son, Andrew, was 15 months old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, typically the most common type of childhood cancer. “Andrew’s was not,” Barksdale said. “He had a gene rearrangement, which made his ‘rare.’ I am learning ‘rare’ is becoming more c ...

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Winn-Dixie closing, money woes continue for Clay

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- The city of Clay is facing yet another financial blow with the announcement that Winn-Dixie on Old Springville Road will be closing its doors on or before Nov. 19. The last delivery was made to Winn-Dixie on Monday, and when the stock is gone, the store will sell fixtures and then close. Winn-Dixie spokeswoman Della Barber called the decision to close the store “difficult.” “It’s nev ...

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Wendy’s/BP robbed in Trussville on Saturday

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Wendy’s/BP on U.S. Highway 11 in Trussville was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday, according to the Trussville Police Department. Lt. Jeff Bridges said that at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday, two black males -- both with pistols -- entered the Wendy’s and BP combination store on U.S. Highway 11. One of the men went to Wendy’s, the other to the BP, Bridges said. Bridges said one of ...

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Public review of College and Career Ready Standards begins

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama State Department of Education is asking for public input specifically related to the Alabama College- and Career-Ready Standards in an effort to maintain the highest level of rigor and challenge for the state’s K-12 public school students. Beginning Oct. 6 through the week of Dec. 15, the public can go to the Standards Review Homepage and offer feedback on each standa ...

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Survey online for JefCoEd parents, teachers for strategic plan

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Three online surveys have been posted on the Jefferson County Schools website regarding the direction of the system’s strategic plan. Surveys are posted for parents who have students in the system, the public and the school system’s employees. The Jefferson County Schools strategic planning sessions planned for this month will focus on six hallmarks to make them effective, ...

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Trussville Baseball hosting tournament in memory of Doug Hutcheson

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Baseball Association and Moody Youth Association have partnered to form the Doug Hutcheson Memorial Tournament, which will be held Oct. 16-19 at the Trussville Sports Complex. Hutcheson was one of three men killed -- including the shooter -- in a workplace shooting at the UPS Customer Center in Birmingham on Sept. 23. Games will be played Thursday, Oct. 16; Friday, ...

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Pinson man jailed on student sex charges in Tuscaloosa

By Gary Lloyd TUSCALOOSA -- A Pinson man and former Bryant High School teacher was jailed in Tuscaloosa on Friday after his arrest for sexual contact with a student. Tuscaloosa Police Department juvenile investigators arrested Reginald Swanson Jr., 22, of Pinson, at 10:54 a.m. Friday. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred Sept. 16 during school hours in a classroom at Bryant High School in Tuscalo ...

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