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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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Husky Parkway extension to open Sept. 15, school announces traffic plan

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- Steven Blalock of Blalock Building Company said the Husky Parkway bridge and extension to Trussville-Clay Road is expected to open Sept. 15, barring any weather delays. The road will connect Trussville-Clay Road to Deerfoot Parkway. Traffic signals located at the intersection of Trussville-Clay Road and Husky Parkway have been installed and began flashing Monday morning. Truss ...

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Civitan Park work to pick back up soon

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Work on the long-delayed Civitan Park greenway project in Trussville is expected to pick back up soon. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning at Trussville City Hall, and a notice to proceed is expected to be given to the new contractor. Trussville Mayor Gene Melton said the meeting’s purpose is for the contractor to understand everything involved and expec ...

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The Basement security director’s leaving scene trial continued

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The Jefferson County Circuit Court trial of The Basement security director Vince Lovell has been continued to Nov. 17, his attorney Brian Ritchey said last week. Ritchey said the trial was supposed to be last Monday at 9 a.m. in Judge David Lichtenstein’s courtroom. In Trussville Municipal Court in March, Lovell was found guilty of two misdemeanors in connection with leaving the ...

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