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Education department offers bus safety tips

From staff reports MONTGOMERY -- With the 2014-2015 school year under way, motorists are cautioned to be careful as they travel along Alabama’s streets and roads as school buses are again on the road loading and unloading students. According to the Alabama State Department of Education Pupil Transportation Section, the most dangerous part of a school bus ride is when the bus stops to load or unload students ...

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60 work days likely to complete first Civitan Park phase

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- It will likely take 60 work days to complete the first phase of the Civitan Park greenway project in Trussville, according to officials. A pre-construction meeting was held Wednesday at Trussville City Hall, in which Alabama Department of Transportation officials and KBR -- the group supervising the project -- met with officials from Walker Patton Contracting, the company that wi ...

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Democratic candidate drops from 6th Congressional District race

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Avery Vise, the Democratic candidate for the Alabama 6th Congressional District, has chosen to withdraw from the race. Vise submitted a letter detailing his withdrawal to Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley on Thursday. Vise’s withdrawal means Republican Gary Palmer currently has no opposition in the Alabama 6th Congressional District race to be decided Nov. 4. ...

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2 die in crash north of Pinson

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Two people died in a crash on Highway 79 north of Pinson on Wednesday night. Just before 11 p.m., deputies responded to a traffic accident in the 9700 block of Highway 79. The accident involved a head-on collision between a 1996 Dodge pickup truck and a 2006 Dodge pickup truck. The 2006 Dodge that was driven by a 23-year-old Blount County man was traveling northbound on Hig ...

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Civic center will close at 3 p.m. on Fridays after stadium opens

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville Civic Center will close at 3 p.m. on Fridays of home football games this season after the new Hewitt-Trussville Stadium opens, according to Trussville Mayor Gene Melton. The new stadium, located behind the civic center, is projected to open Friday, Oct. 3, when Hewitt-Trussville hosts Oak Mountain for homecoming. The Huskies round out the home schedule against Hoov ...

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Former Pinson Valley football star, Auburn signee faces hearing on robbery charge

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- A former Pinson Valley High School football star is set to appear Aug. 12 for a preliminary hearing on a first-degree robbery charge, according to court records. Earnest Shaquille Robinson, 19, who signed to play football at Auburn University last year, will appear before Jefferson County District Court Judge Shelly Watkins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12, according to court records. [caption ...

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Field Finished: Program success ‘forerunner’ for project, Clay-Chalkville coach says

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- At times this summer, Clay-Chalkville head football coach Jerry Hood has caught some of his players leaning on the fencing inside Cougar Stadium, just staring. They were told to keep a safe distance, to stay out of the way of the way of excavators and workers. The Cougars were staring at the removal of the old grass their cleats tore up on Friday nights, and the installation of a new s ...

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Movie based in Clay nears production completion

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- A movie based in Clay is expected to complete production in September or October, according to the movie’s producer. Tom Bhramayana said last week that “Tinker” is expected to be released in mid 2015. Bhramayana said the movie got started with a pre-production meeting in November 2013 and principal photography began Dec. 28, 2013.  “Tinker,” a sci-fi drama, stars Clayne Crawford, Chris ...

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Back to school for area students

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- School is back in session. The first day for students in the Jefferson County Schools and Trussville City Schools systems is Wednesday, Aug. 6. Students across Clay, Pinson and Trussville will fill the hallways and classrooms Wednesday. New Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey spoke to new teachers at their orientation session July 28.  Pouncey told them th ...

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Clay to review direction of property tax: School system, police department or neither?

By Lee Weyhrich CLAY -- The Clay City Council could be calling another audible on the purpose of its five-millage property tax, which it approved last month. The ordinance approved last month geared the money toward a city school system or police department. Two last-minute additions to Monday’s agenda, Ordinance 2014-07 and Ordinance 2014-08, would have changed that earmark in order to “support the contrac ...

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