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North Chalkville Road to open for Trussville Freedom Celebration

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- For safety and convenience purposes, North Chalkville Road and the intersecting streets will be opened for traffic Friday, July 4 from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., according to the Trussville Police Department. The Trussville Freedom Celebrationis scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on The Mall. [caption id="attachment_14263" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fireworks at a past Trussville F ...

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Target ‘respectfully’ requests no guns in stores

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Target has “respectfully” requested that shoppers not bring firearms into their stores, according to a notice the retailer posted on its website. Target interim CEO John Mulligan shared the note with Target team members Wednesday. Mulligan noted that as has been seen in the media, there’s been a debate about whether shoppers in communities that permit “open carry” should be allow ...

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JeffCo BOE amends bid amount for Clay stadium turf

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Jefferson County Board of Education on June 26 amended the bid amount for artificial turf at Cougar Stadium on the Clay-Chalkville High School campus. The board at its June 5 meeting approved Shaw Sports Turf as the lowest responsible bidder with a bid of $480,000. The correct amount is actually $480,300. [caption id="attachment_14355" align="alignleft" width="300"] A look at the f ...

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Clay receives 5 resumes for open council seat

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The city of Clay has garnered five resumes for its open seat on the Clay City Council. City Manager Ronnie Dixon said the names of applicants and resumes “are privileged.” The city accepted resumes through Monday. [caption id="attachment_13657" align="alignleft" width="300"] Clay City Hallfile photo by Gary Lloyd[/caption] Mark Halstead’s last day on the Clay City Council was Monday. H ...

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Center Point Fire offers fireworks safety tips

By Gary Lloyd CENTER POINT -- The Center Point Fire District has offered fireworks safety tips for this week’s July Fourth holiday. Of the more than 9,000 fireworks injuries that occur in the U.S. each year, about 45 percent are to children 15 and under, according to a press release. Most injuries are to their head and eyes. The leading contributors are firecrackers, sparkler and bottle rockets. [caption id ...

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Former Trussville superintendent begins new job

By Gary Lloyd PIKE ROAD -- Former Trussville City Schools Superintendent Suzanne Freeman on Tuesday began her new job as the superintendent of the Pike Road School System. Freeman was hired in February by the new school system, which formed after breaking from Montgomery Public Schools. Freeman was the first Trussville City Schools superintendent, serving from 2004 until 2012. In July 2012, the Trussville C ...

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Patriotic display in First Baptist Trussville’s library honors military

By June Mathews For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- Though they’ve gone to the same church for years, Gordon Harvey and Richard Bailey had never met until two weeks ago. But there’s nothing surprising about that. After all, First Baptist Church of Trussville is a big place with members often segregated by age, and the two men are of different generations. Common ground, however, recently brought them together. Th ...

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Rudd teacher needs kidney transplant: ‘The support has been great’

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- Rudd Middle School special education teacher Tracy Spraggins couldn’t believe it. She needed a kidney transplant and her husband, James, had stepped up. He was found to be perfect match, down to the same blood type and tissue type. The only issue was his slightly high blood pressure. He weighed close to 260 pounds but trimmed that to 198 in about six months. He wore a blood pressure ...

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Rain, rain go away

Weather a challenge for Trussville stadium project By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Mother Nature continues to call audibles on the Hewitt-Trussville Stadium project. As of last Thursday, Trussville-based Blalock Building Company had been on the job for 296 days. Of those, 92 days -- or 31 percent -- have been delayed due to inclement weather, according to National Weather Service records, said Blalock Building ...

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Game warden meets with mayor, cameras to be set up in Maplewood

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Jefferson County Game Warden Kerry Bradford is working with the city of Trussville regarding the missing small pets in the Maplewood subdivision. Bradford said it’s been reported that several small pets are missing and one was killed. At least three residents of Maplewood have seen a large “cat-type animal,” Bradford said. [caption id="attachment_14308" align="alignleft" width="3 ...

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