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Pinson OKs contract for Alabama Butterbean Festival

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson City Council at its Feb. 5 meeting approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Hoyt Sanders to enter into a contract for advertising and promotion with the Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce for the 2015 Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson. The festival is scheduled for Oct. 2-3. The city will pay the chamber $10,000 to go toward advertising and promotion of the event. [caption ...

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Trussville goes out to bid on computer equipment

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Council last week authorized going out to bid on computer upgrades in various departments. The cost will likely be around $155,000. The city council also approved the purchase of a phone system for various departments from the state bid list for $51,209.52. [caption id="attachment_11308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trussville City Hallfile photo by Gary Llo ...

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Online fund started for Argo man killed in dump truck, train accident Friday

By Gary Lloyd ARGO -- An online fundraiser has been established for the family of Darin Voudrie, who was killed in a train accident Friday. The Darin Voudrie Memorial Fund was set up over the weekend on www.gofundme.com. The fund’s goal is to raise money for financial assistance for health insurance and long-term expenses for his family, which included a wife and four children. The post states that a “gener ...

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Video: Winter storm watch lifted for Jefferson, St. Clair counties

From staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has canceled the winter storm watch for much of central Alabama, including Jefferson and St. Clair counties. Tribune meteorologist Dennis Washington said the latest weather models indicate the low will come across central Alabama, forcing the cold air a little further north. The local area will see a lot of rain with the possibility ...

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Winter storm watch issued for Jefferson, St. Clair counties

From staff reports BIRMINGHAM -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a winter storm watch for much of north central Alabama, including Jefferson and St. Clair counties. The watch will be in effect from late Sunday evening until Monday evening. According to the NWS, a strong storm system will move into central Alabama beginning Sunday night after midnight. The system could produce ice accum ...

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Victim killed in truck, train collision identified as Argo man

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos issued a statement identifying the man killed in Friday’s morning’s fatal accident involving a Jefferson County Roads and Transportation Department dump truck and train. Petelos identified the victim as Darin “Voodoo” Voudrie, a Jefferson County employee for 19 years, all in the Roads and Transportation Department. The Jefferson County ...

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Truck, train collision leaves 1 dead

By Scott Buttram BIRMINGHAM -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported that a county worker was killed Friday morning in an accident involving a dump truck and a train in northern Jefferson County. The driver and lone occupant of the Jefferson County Roads and Transportation dump truck died in the mishap, which occurred at about 10:20 a.m. on Brasher Road near Hagood Road. The cause of the accident r ...

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Sheriff’s office seeks Pinson man in CVS robbery

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s “Creep of the Week” is a Pinson man wanted in the Dec. 29, 2014 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy in Pinson. Tyrome Jamal Barber, 22, is charged with first-degree robbery. His bond will be set at $50,000. [caption id="attachment_19707" align="alignleft" width="239"] Tyrome Jamal Barberphoto courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office[/caption] ...

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UAB: Trussville couple sharing baby, family journey with rare hypoplastic left heart syndrome

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- A Trussville couple is sharing its pregnancy journey with UAB. Crystal and James Burford are sharing their story about Jeremiah James (J.J.) Burford, their son who’s due in eight weeks, on April 7. The baby has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left side of the baby’s heart can’t pump oxygen-rich blood to the body properly. The oxygen-rich blood bypasses the poorly ...

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Ex-boyfriend shoots woman in Center Point; shooter still at large

By Gary Lloyd CENTER POINT -- Just after 2 a.m. Thursday Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment in the 100 block of 14th Avenue Northeast in Center Point to investigate a report of a shooting. They arrived to find a 28-year-old female suffering from a single gunshot wound to her arm. The victim told deputies she had been in her apartment with her current boyfriend when there was a kno ...

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