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Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson this weekend

By Gary Lloyd The eighth annual Alabama Butterbean Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Pinson. This year’s festival will likely be the largest one yet, with tens of thousands of visitors expected. The two-day free event will feature fireworks Friday night and 14 hours of on-stage entertainment Saturday from gospel and rock performances. There will also be a new “WaterBall” attraction, camel rid ...

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Spencer Bachus not seeking re-election in 2014

By Gary Lloyd U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. Bachus has served the sixth district of Alabama for 11 terms. The sixth district includes parts of Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson and Shelby counties. “Spencer Bachus served Alabama and the Sixth Congressional District well for many years,” said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead in a statem ...

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Cahaba River Fry-Down Sunday

By Gary Lloyd The fourth annual Cahaba River Fry-Down is this weekend in Trussville. The fry-down is Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Trussville Springs off U.S. Highway 11. The fry-down was approved as a citywide event by the Trussville City Council last month. This is the fourth year for the fry-down, put on by the city of Trussville and the Cahaba River Society. The family friendly event will feature a vari ...

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SporTView: Television line-up for today’s college football games

Looking for the best college football games on television today? David Knox has the complete list of all of the televised games airing today. This week's television match ups include Ole Miss at Alabama, UAB at Vanderbilt, LSU at Georgia, South Alabama at Tennessee, and many, many more. Check out the full listings for channel and times here. Knox, is an award-winning journalist who has written about college ...

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JeffCo school board approves 5-year capital plan; includes 9 local items

By Gary Lloyd The five-year capital plan the Jefferson County Board of Education approved Thursday includes nine items relating to local schools. The prioritized, 42-item list plans for capital projects to potentially be funded between the 2014 fiscal year and 2018 fiscal year. The fifth item on the list is a projected $2.3 million renovation for Johnson Elementary School in Pinson. The funding year would b ...

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Pinson votes for financing option to purchase Solid Rock Church

By Lee Weyhrich The Pinson City Council in a special-called meeting Thursday voted on a financing option to purchase the Solid Rock Church building and nearby Triangle Park for $975,000. The city council earlier this month voted 4-2 to purchase the properties. The city chose Regions Bank due to better rates. The city council voted to put down a $75,000 down payment on the property and finance the other $900 ...

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Ground broken at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium site

By Gary Lloyd Hewitt-Trussville cross country and track and field coach David Dobbs broke down a bit as he listed the number of county titles, area championships and amount of runners who once competed at the track at Jack Wood Stadium that went on to run in college. Dobbs, the leader of the program since 1991, has seen many meets at Jack Wood Stadium, instructed at hundreds of practices. “It’s time to make ...

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Former JCCEO director pleads guilty to theft

By Gary Lloyd The former executive director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity entered a guilty plea Tuesday to the theft of close to $500,000 from the non-profit organization, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. Ruth Gayle Cunningham, 63, entered the guilty plea before United States District Judge L. Scott Coogler. Sentenc ...

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Trussville approves Interstate 59 lighting

By Gary Lloyd The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution agreement for lighting Interstate 59 from Deerfoot Parkway to Chalkville Road. The project is part of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program for 2013, which was announced in February. It was announced in February that the interchange lighting on I-59 at Deerfoot Parkway would cost ...

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