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City of Pinson receives clean audit, plans to purchase prime real estate

By Lee Weyhrich A presentation was made at the Pinson City Council meeting Thursday night by the accounting firm of Borland Benefield regarding the city’s annual audit. The city passed with flying colors. Additionally, the council passed a resolution Thursday that will net the city three acres of prime real estate worth an estimated $700,000. The land runs near Highway 75 from the corner of Big 10 Tire thro ...

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Trussville City Council approves SROs

By John William Gallagher The Trussville City Council approved a measure to set funds up to $400,000 to the police department’s budget for School Resource Officers at tonight’s council meeting. Mayor Gene Melton will meet with the Trussville City Schools Board of Education to discuss a plan about these officers. He will then bring the plan back to the council for approval. "I know it has been tough these la ...

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City, county officials weigh cost of permanent officers in schools

By Lee Weyhrich   The nation is still reeling from the mass shooting of children in Connecticut last week. People across the country are looking for answers as to why the tragedy occurred and what could have been done to stop it. In an effort to prevent such tragedies in local schools, Jefferson County and the city of Trussville are looking into what it would take to make added security a staple in are ...

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Thursday’s weather for Trussville, Clay and Pinson, includes Hazardous Weather Outlook

Thursday's weather for the Trussville, Clay and Pinson area calls for showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3 pm. Temperature rising to near 62 by noon, then falling to around 44 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitat ...

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As Christmas approaches, Alabama National Guard unit toils away in Afghanistan

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- Less than halfway through their deployment, the Soldiers of the Alabama National Guard's 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry Regiment have completed more than 5,000 missions and covered thousands of miles providing transportation and security to key leaders, military personnel and civilians throughout Afghanistan. Task Force Centurion Prime, as the battalion is known for the deployment, work ...

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In the wake of Sandy Hook, mental illness is center stage

By Dr. Zachary B. Steele As most of you know, I am a father of two.  Before I get to some mental illness topics, I wanted to take a minute to talk about my oldest child. Her name is Janie.  She is a kindergartner at Paine Elementary. Janie loves to dance. She asks to dance in the living room every night after her bath.  You can find her sitting with the cheerleaders at the Husky basketball games.  She wants ...

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Cougar boys, girls rout Huskies

By John William Gallagher On Tuesday, the Clay-Chalkville Cougars Varsity boys and girls basketball teams defeated their rivals, Hewitt-Trussville, at Bryant Arena on the campus of Hewitt-Trussville High School. The Cougar girls won their game 45-27. The Cougar boys won their game 58-46. Sophomore Kristian Hudson lead the Cougar girls with 24 points. Senior Marcus Baldwin lead the Cougar boys with 22 points ...

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Trussville Ophthalmologists perform Alabama’s first laser cataract surgery

By Anna McFall This week has proven to be a success for a local ophthalmologist group, which is now performing the first cataract laser surgery in the state. Trussville VisionFirst ophthalmologists Dr. Mark Bearman and Dr. Sarah Hays are currently the only professionals in their field offering this blade-free laser cataract surgery technique in Alabama. VisionFirst Eye Center is introducing the LenSx femtos ...

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Paine Primary principal addresses school security measures

Paine Primary School principal Betsy Schmitt addressed new security protocols in a letter to parents on Monday. Below is the letter in it's entirety. Monday, December 17, 2012 Dear Paine Primary Families, Thank you for sending your children to school today and for trusting us to keep them safe while they are in our care. Mrs. Glover and I visited each classroom first thing this morning and the boys and girl ...

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Clay Council plans to have budget for 2013

By John William Gallagher The Clay City Council said at the regular council meeting tonight that the they plan to have a city budget ready by the end of the year to present to the Finance Committee and bring before the council in January. The city did not have a budget throughout the last administration and Clay spent $2.1 million and earned only $1.9 million during its last fiscal year. "We want to do what ...

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