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Fundraiser aims at $50,000 for Camp Coleman

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- An online fundraiser has been started to help preserve Camp Gertrude Coleman in Trussville for current and future Girl Scouts. A new fundraiser posted by the Friends of Camp Coleman group at www.gofundme.com/Camp-Coleman is seeking $50,000 to help preserve the legacy of the Girl Scouts camp. “Help Friends of Camp Coleman raise the funds needed to continue the work that the brave ...

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Pinson tables city park contract

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON -- The Pinson City Council on Thursday tabled action on awarding the final contract for constructing the new city park. The contract will likely be on the agenda again for the Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Pinson City Hall. Other park considerations were touched on Thursday. The park still hasn’t been given a name. Suggestions have included Pinson Park, Children ...

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North Chalkville Road re-opens Friday morning

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Good news, morning commuters. The stretch of North Chalkville Road in Trussville currently closed -- from The Mall to Hewitt Street -- will re-open at 4:30 a.m. Friday, according to Trussville Mayor Gene Melton. [caption id="attachment_13235" align="alignleft" width="300"] The intersection of North Chalkville Road and Hewitt Streetfile photo by Gary Lloyd[/caption] The first sect ...

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Woman dies in crash near Trussville

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- A single-vehicle crash Wednesday claimed the life of a Rainbow City woman. Melissa Hill, 56, was killed when the 2002 Toyota 4Runner in which she was a passenger left the roadway and overturned.  The driver, Wayne Hill, 52, also of Rainbow City, was injured and transported to UAB Hospital. The crash occurred at 11 p.m. on Interstate 59 two miles south of Argo. Nothing further is ...

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‘Nothing new’ on disappearing pets in Maplewood

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The game warden for Jefferson County said there is “nothing new that I am aware of” in connection with disappearing pets in Trussville’s Maplewood subdivision. Kerry Bradford has been working with the city of Trussville since late June to try to find what has been causing the disappearance and death of pets in the subdivision. He said Wednesday there have been no significant upda ...

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Ribbon cutting for new Clay-Chalkville field turf Aug. 5

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The red carpet is being rolled out for a new field. Clay-Chalkville head football coach Jerry Hood said today that a ribbon cutting event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m. to show off the new artificial turf at Cougar Stadium. The field was nearing completion early Wednesday. [caption id="attachment_14950" align="alignleft" width="300"] Finishing touches were being put on the n ...

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Trussville City Schools holds first active shooter training in its history

‘Incredibly valuable’ for administrators, superintendent says By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- They traded in textbooks for blue handguns, their sweaters for thick, black vests and helmets. Some performed extraordinarily well for just 15 or so minutes of hands-on instruction in the halls of Paine Intermediate School. Some struggled to keep up with the others, to pull the trigger. All feel better prepared. Trussv ...

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Pinson holding special meeting Thursday to consider park contract

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson City Council will meet in a special session Thursday, July 31 to consider the contract for the new city park. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Pinson City Hall. According to the tentative agenda, there’s a resolution for the contract for park construction, as well as discussion of other park matters. [caption id="attachment_6825" align="alignleft" width="300"] This graphic s ...

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JefCoEd chief on Clay: Preparing for ‘difficult situation’

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- New Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey said last week that it would concern him if the city of Clay eventually broke away from the county and formed its own school system. The Clay City Council in July voted 4-1 to levy a five-millage property tax, which could be the first step toward a school system or police department for the city. The rate equates to $50 per year ...

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Children flee from Pinson home during burglary

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- A couple of Pinson kids fled from their home Monday as a man attempted to break in. At about 11:30 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 5200 block of Highland Trace Circle in Pinson. A 14-year-old girl and her 9-year-old brother were home alone when a man they didn’t know began breaking into their house. They called their mother ...

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