The Trussville Tribune http://www.trussvilletribune.com All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.13 Shootings in Avondale, Ensley and Gate City leave 2 dead, 1 wounded http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/shootings-in-avondale-ensley-and-gate-city-leave-2-dead-1-wounded/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/shootings-in-avondale-ensley-and-gate-city-leave-2-dead-1-wounded/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:19:07 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34908 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM –A violent Sunday has left two people dead and one wounded in Birmingham. A 4-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire outside of his Ensley home around 2:30 p.m. and died of a gunshot wound. The shooting took place in in the 1600 block of 31st Street. The child more »

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BIRMINGHAM –A violent Sunday has left two people dead and one wounded in Birmingham.

A 4-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire outside of his Ensley home around 2:30 p.m. and died of a gunshot wound. The shooting took place in in the 1600 block of 31st Street. The child was transported to Children’s of Alabama hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Photo via Birmingham Police Twitter

Photo via Birmingham Police Twitter

“The suspect went to the home of the victim and confronted some adults about a cell phone that both parties’ kids were arguing over,” Sergeant Bryan Shelton said.  “Both parties began shooting and the victim was struck during the exchange of gunfire.  The suspect fled the scene.”

How many life moments in this child’s life were lost tonight,” Shelton said. “You can’t count the number. Birthdays, graduations, first this or that, none will be seen by this mother or the family. Precious moments lost over a cellphone. You can’t make sense of that.”

In Avondale, a teenager was shot and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Birmingham police. That incident occurred near 2nd Avenue South and 43rd Street. No one has been charged in that shooting.

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed at Joppa Court and Georgia Road in Gate City on Sunday afternoon following an argument. The victim died in route to the hospital and the suspect had fled the scene before police arrived.

 

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4-year-old child shot, killed in Birmingham http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/4-year-old-boy-shot-killed-in-birmingham/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/4-year-old-boy-shot-killed-in-birmingham/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:03:21 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34905 BIRMINGHAM –Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy they said was shot and killed in Birmingham on Sunday. WIAT reported that the child was caught in the crossfire in a shooting outside his home in the Ensley area. Police have not made any arrest in the shooting at this time.

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BIRMINGHAM –Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy they said was shot and killed in Birmingham on Sunday.

WIAT reported that the child was caught in the crossfire in a shooting outside his home in the Ensley area.

Police have not made any arrest in the shooting at this time.

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29-year-old Auburn man arrested following Toomer’s tree fire http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/29-year-old-auburn-man-arrested-following-toomers-tree-fire/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/29-year-old-auburn-man-arrested-following-toomers-tree-fire/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:09:39 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34891 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports AUBURN-The Auburn police department released a statement on Sunday morning announcing the arrest of 29-year-old Jochen Wiest of Auburn on charges of public intoxication. Witnesses pointed him out as the person who started a fire in one of the Toomer’s oak trees. According to the police, they were notified more »

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Joshen Wiest of Auburn has been charged with with desecration of venerable object following Toomer's oak fire.

Joscen Wiest of Auburn has been charged with with desecration of venerable object following Toomer’s oak fire.

AUBURN-The Auburn police department released a statement on Sunday morning announcing the arrest of 29-year-old Jochen Wiest of Auburn on charges of public intoxication. Witnesses pointed him out as the person who started a fire in one of the Toomer’s oak trees.

According to the police, they were notified of the fire at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday and arrived with the Auburn Fire Department to find one of Toomer’s oak trees on fire. The blaze was due to someone igniting the toilet paper used to roll the trees following Auburn’s win over LSU Saturday night.

See the video of the tree being set on fire here.

Police said Wiest was pointed out to officers. He was immediately detained and taken into custody by officers who charged him with public intoxication unrelated to the fire.

Wiest was transported to the Lee County Detention Center where he is being held on a $500 bond. Police said he is not affiliated with the university.

Auburn University officials are evaluating the damage to the tree and additional charges are anticipated, police said.

While being held in custody, further investigation led to Wiest being identified as the person responsible for setting the fire.  He was then charged with desecration of venerable object and his bond is now set at $1,000.

Updated with suspect’s name at 1:18 p.m.

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Upcoming hunting season significantly different from seasons past http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/upcoming-hunting-season-significantly-different-from-seasons-past/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/upcoming-hunting-season-significantly-different-from-seasons-past/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34870 By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The Alabama hunting seasons for 2016-2017 are significantly different from the past, with changes in the season dates for several popular species and the adoption of the mandatory reporting of deer and turkey harvests through the Game Check system. Some Alabama small-game hunters are already more »

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By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Alabama hunting seasons for 2016-2017 are significantly different from the past, with changes in the season dates for several popular species and the adoption of the mandatory reporting of deer and turkey harvests through the Game Check system.

Some Alabama small-game hunters are already taking advantage of the changes. The seasons for squirrels and rabbits opened on Sept. 15 and run all the way through March 5, 2017. The daily bag and possession limits of eight of each species remain the same.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division Director Chuck Sykes has been on a whirlwind tour of the state to help hunters become familiar with the changes for the upcoming seasons with specific instructions on how to comply with the Game Check requirements.

Sykes cautioned hunters about where they get their information on the upcoming seasons because of an abundance of misinformation that is being spread by uninformed individuals.

“There are a ton of misconceptions about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Sykes said. “Our hunting buddies can sometimes give us really bad advice. Most of the issues I’m dealing come from people who say, ‘My hunting buddy told me this,’ or ‘I heard this at the hunting camp.’ Please ask one of our officers or biologists, go to the outdooralabama.com website or pick up one of the hunting and fishing digests that are available all over the state.

“And let me get this out of the way: No matter what you’ve heard, no matter what you’ve read, or what your hunting buddy told you, you cannot hunt over bait this year. That legislation didn’t pass. The House (of Representatives) passed it, but it takes both houses of the Legislature to pass a bill. The Senate has to pass it as well. It didn’t make it through the Senate, so the regulation is still that supplemental feed must be at least 100 yards away and out of the line of the sight of the hunter through natural vegetation or naturally occurring changes in the terrain. So, make sure all of your hunting partners know the truth, because we don’t want any of them to get a citation due to misinformation.”

Speaking of Game Check, WFF recommended that the harvest information reporting system become mandatory to the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board, which unanimously passed the proposal. The change went through the legislative review process and became effective on July 19.

“Starting in October, hunters will have to report their deer and turkey harvests,” Sykes said. “This is a huge education process for us, our staff and the public. It’s my job to show the easiest way to comply that gives us the best data.”

2016-17-deer-zone-map_0Sykes said 60 to 80 percent of hunters who have attended the more than 30 seminars he has conducted across the state have a smartphone, which is the easiest and most reliable way to report the harvest. The second way is to go online to outdooralabama.com and follow the prompts. The third way, which costs WFF money, is to call 1-800-888-7690.

“In the three years we had the voluntary system, about 50 percent of the data we received through the phone service was inaccurate,” he said. “We couldn’t use it. So please help your kids and your buddies to go online or use the app to do the reporting.”

Even those hunters who are exempt from having a license, those 65 or older or 15 and younger or residents hunting on their own property, will still have to report their harvests. Those hunters will have to go online and obtain a HELP (Hunter Exempt License Privilege) number. It is free, like the HIP permit required to hunt migratory birds, but it will be required to access the Game Check system.

After the hunter accesses Game Check with a hunting license or HELP number, the information that is required is the county where the deer or turkey was taken, whether the turkey was an adult or jake, whether the deer was a buck or a doe, the date and whether the animal was taken on public or private land.

Sykes said hunters who use Game Check through the Outdoor Alabama app can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. If the app is used, it will comply with both the requirement that the harvest is recorded before the animal is moved and the reporting regulation for Game Check.

Those who do not use the app must write down the kill information on their harvest records before the animals are moved and then must obtain confirmation numbers from Game Check within 48 hours. The harvest information for both bucks and does is required this year.

Sykes also recommends that hunters take the time to get a Conservation ID number that will shorten the online reporting process and reduce the number of errors of entering hunting license numbers.

Because the Game Check system became mandatory, WFF was able to expand the hunting seasons for deer. The gun deer season was extended statewide to Feb. 10. There will be no December closure for the upcoming season.

“A lot of changes hinged on whether Game Check became mandatory,” Sykes said. “On July 19, we were able to determine the deer seasons dates. Hunters can hunt deer statewide until February 10. It’s not a mandate. You don’t have to do it. But if you choose to do so, you can. There will be no closure in December. We are setting a season framework where landowners and managers can more effectively manage the deer on their property.

“Archery season in the South Zone will start on Oct. 15 instead of Oct. 25 like it has been the past couple of years, but the first 10 days will be buck-only to stay in line with our fetal data.”

Another change for deer season is in Zone C (see map), where hunters had requested a reduction in the number of antlerless hunting days.

“The habitat is a lot more open with a lot of agricultural fields and small wood lots,” Sykes said. “The hunters and our biologists were reporting that deer numbers were down. So, we reduced the firearms season for antlerless deer in that zone.”

The antlerless season in Zone C on privately owned or leased land is Nov. 19-Nov. 27 and Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. On open-permit and public land, the antlerless season in Zone C is Dec. 23 through Jan. 2.

“If you hunt in that area or own property in Zone C and you have a bunch of deer on your place, it’s not a problem,” Sykes said. “Get with our technical assistance guys and get signed up on the Deer Management Assistance Program. If you need to harvest more does, they will write you a permit to do so.”

Dog deer season is set for Nov. 19 through Jan. 15 statewide, except for Talladega National Forest, which will have a reduced number of days and dog deer hunting must end at noon.

Legal shooting hours for deer were also clarified. Instead of “during daylight hours,” the regulation now reads 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

For those worried about coyotes, Sykes said there is no closed season on coyotes. Night hunting permits for coyotes will be issued on a case-by-case basis. There are also no closed seasons on raccoons and opossums.

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VIDEO: Toomer’s tree set on fire http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/toomers-tree-set-on-fire/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/toomers-tree-set-on-fire/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:23:21 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34887 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports AUBURN –For the first time since the iconic oak trees were replaced after being poisoned, the rolling of Toomer’s Corner resumed following Auburn’s victory over Arkansas State a week ago. A 29-year-old Auburn has been arrested in connection to the fire. Read the story here. Following the Tiger’s win more »

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AUBURN –For the first time since the iconic oak trees were replaced after being poisoned, the rolling of Toomer’s Corner resumed following Auburn’s victory over Arkansas State a week ago.

A 29-year-old Auburn has been arrested in connection to the fire. Read the story here.

Following the Tiger’s win on LSU on Saturday night, the second rolling took place followed by a roaring fire when someone set the toilet paper ablaze.

Auburn police have a suspect in custody.

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Without sin, there is no need for a Savior http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/without-sin-there-is-no-need-for-a-savior/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/25/without-sin-there-is-no-need-for-a-savior/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34868 By Andy Waits This past week I had a conversation with a friend about a taboo subject in the church today: Sin. He felt strongly that the church today had pointed their finger at people long enough in judgment. It was time for a new day and new reputation among God’s people. The church needed more »

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By Andy Waits

This past week I had a conversation with a friend about a taboo subject in the church today: Sin. He felt strongly that the church today had pointed their finger at people long enough in judgment. It was time for a new day and new reputation among God’s people. The church needed to spend its energies focusing on love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Our attitude and self-righteous piety has been a major cause of the decline in Christianity in America. His point was singular: The Body of Christ needs to shift from focusing on people’s sin to a message of hope and redemption. Pastors shouldn’t preach on things that tear people down; rather, they should encourage and build up. People are hurting and the last thing they need is the church rubbing their face in the mud.

This argument sounds great. It makes me feel good. In my flesh, I wish this is how church would be every week. Who doesn’t want encouragement when they meet with their Faith Family? We all want to walk away from church feeling good about how great of a person we are. However, when measured against the Bible, this way of thinking is dead-wrong. While it contains a small element of truth, at its core this argument is anti-biblical and anti-gospel. This is the precise definition of false teaching.

The gospel requires man to submit himself to Romans 3 to be saved. All men are sinners. We have been forever separated from God because of our sinful nature. Our thoughts are evil. Our speech is evil. Our motives are evil. Our actions are evil. Our hearts contain not even the slightest drop of goodness and are totally depraved. We are spiritually dead from the moment of conception (Psalm 51:5). Jesus even preached in the Sermon on the Mount that we are all adulterers, liars, murders, drama-queens, and self-centered little brats. Why? To expose our heart condition, showing every person that their righteousness and good works will never come close to pleasing a holy God. Eternal life requires a transaction. It requires surrendering to the fact that my works will never be enough to gain entrance into Heaven and that Christ is only way by which I will ever be able to please God. That’s the good news of the gospel! While we can never make it on our own, God has provided the way to Himself through the finished work of His Son on the cross. When we surrender our life to Him, our sin is placed upon Jesus Christ . . . and His righteousness is placed upon us forever.

A church that refuses to preach on sin is betraying its members. A pastor that says he only wants to encourage his parishioners does not love his people; in practice he deceives them. This would be the equivalent to a doctor not telling his patients when they have cancer because he doesn’t want to upset or offend them. Salvation is even more important than life or death; it’s an eternal matter and we have the cure! Churches can still love on people and deal with the sin in their lives.

It seems to me pastors and churches have two options. We can refuse to confront sin and send people to Hell with a smile on their face . . . or we can lovingly confront sin and see people enter the Kingdom of God with their hands lifted in the air!

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Auburn kicks LSU http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/auburn-kicks-lsu/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/auburn-kicks-lsu/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:18:59 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34884 By Charles Goldberg AuburnTigers.com AUBURN, Ala. – Daniel Carlson had a game to remember, and Auburn’s defense stood up to the challenge of LSU on Saturday night. Carlson tied a school record with six field goals as Auburn beat LSU 18-13 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn held off LSU in the final seconds. There was a more »

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By Charles Goldberg
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AUBURN, Ala. – Daniel Carlson had a game to remember, and Auburn’s defense stood up to the challenge of LSU on Saturday night.

Carlson tied a school record with six field goals as Auburn beat LSU 18-13 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Carl Lawson (55) makes the sack. Auburn vs LSU football game on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2016 in Auburn, Ala.  Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics

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Auburn held off LSU in the final seconds. There was a second left with the officials put the ball in play, but time ran out just before the snap on LSU’s final play, an apparent touchdown. The officials signaled a score, but the play was quickly reviewed. The replay showed time had run out before the snap.

Carlson was an equal-opportunity kicker, hitting three in the first half and three more in the second. Auburn’s defense did the rest, holding LSU to 14 first downs.

There were eight field goals in the game.

Auburn’s defense set the tone early when it held LSU to only five first downs in the first half.

The Tigers tried, but couldn’t do this against No. 5 Clemson and No. 10 Texas A&M. The third time was a charm against a nationally-ranked team.

No. 17 LSU couldn’t overcome Auburn’s improving defense

The first half belonged to Auburn’s defense and Carlson. He kicked field goals of 51, 29 and 29 yards. The last of those was Carlson’s 50th in his career, and gave Auburn a 9-7 lead with 5:14 left in the second quarter.

He kicked his 51st field goal on Auburn’s first drive of the second half to give the Tigers a 12-7 lead.

His first field goal was his seventh of at least 50 yards. That padded his school record.

Auburn held LSU to 137 yards in the first half.

The Tigers threatened to increase its 9-7 lead late in the first half, but Kerryon Johnson’s run on fourth-down at the 1 was stopped short of the goal line.

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Alabama takes down Kent State in a shutout http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/alabama-takes-down-kent-state-in-a-shutout/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/alabama-takes-down-kent-state-in-a-shutout/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:46:48 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34880 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s top-ranked football team (4-0) shutout Kent State (1-3), 48-0, before a capacity crowd of 101,821 on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of The University of Alabama. A strong start by the Crimson Tide quickly ended any question about the outcome as Alabama racked up a more »

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s top-ranked football team (4-0) shutout Kent State (1-3), 48-0, before a capacity crowd of 101,821 on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of The University of Alabama. A strong start by the Crimson Tide quickly ended any question about the outcome as Alabama racked up a 21-0 lead after one quarter and led, 41-0, at halftime.

Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts accounted for 218 total yards on the day, passing for 164 yards and rushing for 54 yards. Tide wide receiver Cam Sims had a career-best four catches for 54 yards while tight end O.J. Howard caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Trevon Diggs caught three passes for 23 yards and Derek Kief had three catches for 17 yards as 12 Alabama players caught at least one pass and nine players had at least one rushing attempt in the game. Freshman running back Joshua Jacobs rushed for 97 yards on 11 attempts and scored two touchdowns. B.J. Emmons rushed for 51 yards on eight carries. Bo Scarbrough gained 19 yards on three carries in limited action due to an injury. Damien Harris also left the game with an injury after gaining 19 yards on four attempts.

 

ua1Overall, the Tide gained 502 yards (217 passing and 285 rushing), picked up 26 first downs, and averaged 6.3 yards per play. Kent State totaled 166 yards (84 passing and 82 rushing), along with converting five first downs and averaging 3.6 yards per play. The Golden Flashes’ George Bollas completed four of eight passes for 71 yards.

Tide linebacker Reuben Foster recorded a team-best seven total tackles, including two solos. As a unit, the Tide defense had three quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, forced one fumble and was credited with six quarterback hurries.

Alabama punter JK Scott averaged 49.0 yards on two punts, including a long of 53. Placekicker Adam Griffithconnected on both field goal attempts, connecting from 28 and 48 yards.

Alabama asserted its dominance quickly, taking the opening kickoff and driving 70 yards in eight plays to get on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the game. Hurts took a quarterback keeper around right end for 20 yards and a touchdown to give the Tide the early 7-0 lead following Griffith’s point-after kick. Alabama led, 7-0, with 12:14 left in the first quarter. Hurts rushed three times for 41 yards on the march.

KSU answered with a scoring threat of its own on the ensuing possession. After a touchback on the kickoff, KSU began at its 25. Rankin took a handoff at right tackle on the first play and broke free for a 47-yard run to the Tide 28. Three plays netted seven more yards, setting up a 37-yard field goal attempt by Hynes, which was no good and wide right, keeping the Alabama lead at 7-0.

The Tide marched to another touchdown on the next drive. Starting at its own 21, the Tide moved 79 yards in 10 plays to a score. Jacobs gained 16 on a run at left end to the Tide 37 on the first play. A pass to tight end O.J. Howard netted eight more to the 45. Jacobs rushed for 10 over right end to the Kent State 45. Facing second-and-15 at the 50, Hurts passed to Cam Sims for eight yards to the KSU 42. After a Bo Scarbrough rush gained six to the KSU 36, the Tide faced fourth-and-one. Scarbrough gained the first down on a four-yard rush to the 32. Then, Hurts passed to Sims for 31 yards to the KSU one-yard line. Jacobs took it in from there on a one-yard rush at right guard for the touchdown. Griffith’s conversion kick made it 14-0 for Alabama with 5:54 left in the first period.

Alabama’s offense notched its third touchdown in its first three drives of the game following another KSU punt on the next possession. The Tide moved 55 yards in four plays this time on a march keyed by an 18-yard pass from Hurts to Howard to the KSU 30 and ending on a 24-yard run by Jacobs for the touchdown. Griffith’s kick gave the Tide a 21-0 lead with 3:39 left in the opening period.

The Tide offense was on the march again as the first quarter drew to a close. Alabama drove 75 yards in 16 plays to a field goal after another KSU punt. Hurts passed for 17 yards to B.J. Emmons on the second play of the drive to the Tide 33. Later, Jacobs gained 15 on a rush at left end on a third down play to set up the Tide at the KSU 29. Three plays later, from the KSU 11, Griffith nailed a 28-yard field goal to give Alabama a 24-0 lead with 12:45 left in the half.

Tide cornerback Anthony Averett set up Alabama’s next score by forcing a fumble at the KSU 24 on the first play of the ensuing possession. Tide safety Ronnie Harrison recovered the loose ball at the KSU 24 and Blake Barnett entered the game at quarterback for Alabama. Three plays later, from the KSU 31, Griffith connected on a 48-yard field goal to give the Tide a 27-0 lead with 11:34 on the clock.

Alabama extended the lead on its next drive, moving 61 yards in five plays to a touchdown. Barnett completed all three pass attempts on the march, hitting Ridley for five yards on the first play, Jacobs for 15 yards three plays later, and capping the drive with a 34-yard pass across the middle to Howard, who took it in for the touchdown. Griffith’s point-after kick was good, giving the Tide a 34-0 lead with 6:47 left in the half.

After another KSU possession failed to advance, Alabama’s Xavian Marks took Derek Adams’ 40-yard punt at the Tide 25 and weaved through excellent blocking for 75 yards and a touchdown. Andy Pappanastos‘ point-after kick gave the Tide a 41-0 lead with 2:14 left in the half. The return marked the sixth consecutive game that Alabama has scored a non-offensive touchdown (a school record) and the sixth such touchdown this season (the 52nd under head coachNick Saban). Adding in a blocked punt for a safety in last year’s SEC Championship Game win over Florida, Alabama has posted a non-offensive score in seven consecutive games.

The Tide’s dominance of the first half was evident in every statistical metric. The Tide had 18 first downs to KSU’s two; outgained KSU in total offense 352 to 53; ran 50 offensive plays to KSU’s 24; outrushed KSU 177-43; had a 175-10 edge in passing yardage; and held KSU to 0-for-7 in third down conversions.

Alabama kicked off to begin the second half. JK Scott‘s kick sailed out of the end zone, setting up KSU at its 25. The Golden Flashes were forced to punt again, so the Tide took over at its 34 after Marks’ eight-yard punt return. Hurts completed six-of-seven passes on the drive for 43 yards on the 13-play, 66-yard drive that consumed 6:17 of game time. The drive was capped by Hurts passing one yard to fullback Mack Wilson for the touchdown, the first catch of Wilson’s career. Pappanastos kicked the extra point to give Alabama a 48-0 lead with 6:14 left in the third quarter.

KSU put together its most impressive drive of the day in a march that spanned the end of the third period and the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The Golden Flashes moved 73 yards in 11 plays to the Tide one-yard line. The march ended in futility when, on fourth-and-goal at the Tide seven-yard line, Bollas scrambled to what was originally ruled a touchdown as he dove for the pylon in the front left corner of the end zone. But an official replay review revealed the Bollas was knocked out of bounds short of the end zone by Tide linebacker Christian Miller. Miller’s stop preserved the shutout for Alabama with 10:21 on the clock.

The shutout held, and Alabama’s reserves played out the rest of the quarter to end a 48-0 victory, the 17th shutout victory for the Tide in the Nick Saban coaching era and Alabama’s 95th shutout win since 1958.

Alabama continues its season next Saturday, October 1, by hosting Kentucky, which is slated to play South Carolina tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central Time at Bryant-Denny Stadium and the game, which will serve as Homecoming for the Tide, will be televised by ESPN.

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Birmingham School Board fires superintendent after 16 months http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/birmingham-school-board-fires-superintendent-after-16-months/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/birmingham-school-board-fires-superintendent-after-16-months/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:36:28 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34877 By Nick Patterson Editor, Weld for Birmingham BIRMINGHAM –Thursday night the Birmingham Board of Education voted 6-3 to fire Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, as allegations of mishandling of funds swirled into public view. While it was not clear exactly why the board fired “Dr. G,” as she has been known during her 16 month tenure as more »

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By Nick Patterson

Editor, Weld for Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM –Thursday night the Birmingham Board of Education voted 6-3 to fire Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, as allegations of mishandling of funds swirled into public view.

While it was not clear exactly why the board fired “Dr. G,” as she has been known during her 16 month tenure as head administrator of the Birmingham City Schools, the vote cast light on a rift between board members. That rift resulted in testy commentary being made by board members on either side of questions about whether the board was acting in haste, for political reasons or with just cause to terminate the superintendent.

DR. KELLEY CASTLIN-GACUTAN. PHOTO COURTESY OF BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS.

DR. KELLEY CASTLIN-GACUTAN. PHOTO COURTESY OF BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS.

What is known immediately in the aftermath of the meeting is that the school system is on the hook for paying out Gacutan’s contract — $400,000 was the number board members referred to repeatedly during the meeting — and that Dr. Larry Contri has been appointed interim superintendent effective immediately. Contri is the BCS’s longest serving employee; his tenure dates back to 1967.

Board members Randall Woodfin, Brian Giattina, and Lyord Watson voted against the measure to fire Gaucutan, which was made by April Williams and approved by the other board members, Wardine Alexander, Sherman Collins, Jr., Cheri Gardner, Daagye Hendricks, and Sandra Brown.

The decision to fire Gacutan, who became the eighth superintendent in the Birmingham City Schools in 20 years when she was appointed in May 2015, was meet with approval from some spectators, and shock by others. That difference was played out later on social media.

Parents weigh-in

On the BCS Facebook page, for instance, a parent identified as “Vee Boh” wrote: “How can you fire someone that has tried to help Birmingham City School. And you wonder why parents like myself did everything in my power to make sure my child DID NOT attend any Birmingham City School. Cities like Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood does not have the issue that Birmingham does. If it’s not the city council is the board of education. This is an embarrassment that this city can’t get anything right.”

Another, Lamurah Howard, wrote, “What’s going on with the Birmingham City Schools System, are we going to have another takeover by the state because the board wants to micromanage the superintendent. I am glad that my son has graduated from school, but he has a daughter in the system. This is embarrassing to the city and the board.”

On the other hand, those in favor of the firing were more terse on the Facebook page. “Thank God,” wrote Cora Williams.

Nowhere was the split over the board’s decision more plain than in the meeting room itself.

Points of contention

Alexander, the school board president, opened the meeting, which seemed to have basically one topic: governance and leadership.

“Madame President,” Williams said, “I’d like to make a motion to go in a different direction with the leadership of Birmingham City Schools. Specifically, I move that we terminate the contract of Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, pursuant to section 15 of her employment contract, hereby providing a 60 days notice and placing her on paid administrative leave effectively today, throughout the duration of the 60-day period.”

Woodfin was first to voice the minority view and the most vocal of those opposing Gacutan’s termination. “You know, I never thought that the day would come when I would be embarrassed to be a member of this body,” he began, to murmurs among the crowd. “This evening’s action is both unwarranted and reckless. It shows a complete disregard for the students of the city and to Dr. G. as a professional.”

Woodfin added, “Should my colleagues decide to take this action, I would not in good conscience be able to ask anyone to consider taking this position in the future. No one in their right mind would want to walk into a situation where you have one year to improve a system that has struggled for many decades.

“This discussion goes well beyond poor policy and is just reflective of personal animosity,” he said. “I can’t be a part of that….

“[The] superintendent’s been here one year. We just gave her an evaluation last month where we said she met expectations. We just approved her strategic plan — our strategic plan — that she led us on, last week. So we agreed to her vision, we agreed to the direction she wants to take us in and said she meets expectations. This school year just started. And we’re going to terminate her without cause…

“It’s inappropriate. It’s wrong and it highlights the following things,” he continued. “One: school boards tend to have a problem when they can’t control a superintendent with personnel recommendations. Two: school boards tend to have a problem when they can’t control a superintendent with brick and mortar issues. Three: we get into a situation when we have school board members elected by district and unfortunately they can’t look past their district and look at the system as a whole.

“And here’s four,” Woodfin said, directing his comments to school employees. “You need to know that some people on this board feel the following. We’re her boss. Quote: We are her boss… That’s a bad mindset to have as a board member.” Woodfin said that board members should not be making recommendations to the superintendent, but the other way around. “Our behavior is out of hand and out of control,” he said.

Those in favor…

Hendricks, speaking for the majority opinion, took exception to just about everything Woodfin said. “I am a parent who has a child that is within this Birmingham City School,” she said, suggesting that it was disingenuous to suggest that the board was not acting on behalf of the students in the school system.

Hendricks also noted that as she spoke she was looking into the faces of staff members and that “I have not received a letter that is in any way not supporting the decision that I’m making today, if I choose to make it. … The impression has been given — and I want to clear that up now — that we as a board can’t work together, that we as a board are separated.”

She took aim at Woodfin’s contention that a 5-4 vote represented only a majority, not the will of the whole body. “It was a 5-4 vote that brought Dr. G here to begin with,” she said, to hoots of approval from the audience.

“I want to go on record and say that I believe that collectively this board has afforded this superintendent every single opportunity to succeed. I can tell you the millions of dollars of decisions that we have made to support the decisions that were recommended by the superintendent. I as one board member spent very little time in Dr. G’s office, but some of our colleagues spent a considerable amount of time coaching, developing and influencing current leadership,” Hendricks said.

“So to say that this board collectively is trying to work on brick and mortar, is absolutely not the case. To say that this board is upset because we cannot control the superintendent, when we are voting on the recommendations that are presented by the superintendent, is absolutely not the truth.

“This board is professional. We have worked diligently to get our accreditation back as a group. We worked diligently to provide millions of dollars of books to our school system, that have been left behind for years. And the books are not in the classrooms, colleagues and we all know that,” she said.

Hendricks said the board’s “millions of dollars of decisions” based on Gacutan’s recommendations had not led to any return on their investment. She also disputed suggestions by the minority that the corporate partners of the city would not take kindly to the board’s decision.

“We have made difficult decisions in the four years almost that we’ve served, and we will do it again. Because I believe in Birmingham, I believe in our corporate partners and I believe in our children. So anyone that is sitting on this board that believes that we can’t move past this, find leadership to support our children, maybe should not serve my child and the children that are in this system.”

That last comment elicited applause. Hendricks said there were “myriad” decisions that were made — presumably by Gacutan — which she would not bring up. “But believe that this is not a hasty decision and it is definitely not based on personal beliefs.”

Finances

Without specificity, Hendricks suggested that “legal liability and fiscal irresponsibility” were “looming.” She said, “We have a $293 million budget. And if we are misappropriating funds and not spending money on behalf of our students, or the money that we spend for our students is not reaching the classroom, we are out of order. That is not what any of us were elected to do.”

Earlier in the day, Citizens For Better Schools Executive Director Ronald E. Jackson, long an outspoken watchdog over the school system, announced that he was filing a complaint against Gacutan, Alexander and Woodfin, who he accused of “Violation Of Alabama Education Accountability act an Violation of AdvancedED Accreditation Standards…Violation of Alabama State Fiscal Accountability Act mandatory reporting and BOE Notification of Code of Alabama Section 16-13A-5 [sic].”

Jackson also accused Alexander, Woodfin and Gacutan, along with “Chief School Financial Officer [Sharon] Roberts” of “suppression of material financial information.”

The BCS did released an official statement concerning Jackson’s allegations by press time.

One parent who was at the meeting expressed concern over Gacutan’s firing, but also said she wished she had more information on which to base an opinion.

Juliet Easlick, who has a daughter in Avondale Elementary, saw both positive and negatives in Gacutan’s tenure as superintendent, but she didn’t know, she said, exactly what to think about her termination.

“I don’t know all of what’s gone on behind closed doors,” she said. “I have noticed that, attending the board meetings and watching the videotaping of board meetings that there has been a rift in the board of education, between the members. I know that financial concerns have been very difficult for them to talk about and it’s been hard for me to really understand where those are really originating from, …not being privy to what’s been talked about, not in public.”

Easlick said she was aware of rumors, as well as what has been disclosed in meetings. “I guess my concern, and the reason I have been so vocal is, without any proof or details given to the public, there’s no way for me to know whether this is politically motivated or whether there is substantial evidence to warrant termination.”

Easlick added, “I would support the termination if I knew that something illegal had occurred. But I don’t know of that occurrence. It hasn’t been shown, so it’s hard for me to say that this isn’t political. And given the past history of the board of education, it seems like the same pattern that I’ve seen in the past.”

Gacutan could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

 

 

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Encore Rehabilitation opens in Center Point http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/encore-rehabilitation-opens-in-center-point/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/09/24/encore-rehabilitation-opens-in-center-point/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:25:49 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=34874 By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune CENTER PONT— This year, the citizens of Center Point have welcomed dozens of new businesses into the area, with six opening in August and September alone. While the new establishments provide everything from food to shopping to services, one of them is bringing something to the community that wasn’t more »

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CENTER PONT— This year, the citizens of Center Point have welcomed dozens of new businesses into the area, with six opening in August and September alone. While the new establishments provide everything from food to shopping to services, one of them is bringing something to the community that wasn’t available before.

Encore Rehabilitation, which opened on September 1, is now providing a wide range of physical therapy services to the Center Point community. From occupational therapy to sports medicine and more, the new clinic joins the many Encore centers that have served the southeast for decades.

“Encore Rehab is the biggest privately-owned physical therapy company in the southeast,” David Robinson, Encore’s Regional Marketing Coordinator for Central Alabama, said. “We have well over 100 clinics now in Mississippi alone.”

In addition to the Mississippi locations, Encore also has around 50 clinics throughout Alabama, including the Birmingham area.

But the new location will be the only one of its kind to serve the Center Point and Pinson communities.

“There really wasn’t any physical therapy provider in that area,” Robinson said. “You had to go into Trussville or Birmingham.”

Because Encore Rehab is partnered with the Alabama High School Athletics Association and UAB Sports Med, the new clinic in Center Point will be servicing athletes from both Center Point High School and Huffman High School. But their services will also extend to the rest of the community.

“Encore Rehab has been around for over 40 years,” Robinson said. “So we have relationships with all the orthopedics groups in Birmingham, North Alabama, South Alabama… So we are just there for the community.”

Mayor Henderson is glad to see the new clinic open, as well as all of the other establishments that have just joined the community.

“Anytime we get new businesses in, it’s good for us,” Henderson said, explaining that over 40 new businesses have opened in the area this year alone. “We’re going to have a good year I think, with new businesses.”

In addition to Encore Rehabilitation, other businesses new to Center Point include Carstar Automotive Group at 1823 Center Point Parkway, Auto Acceptance Insurance at 1639 Center Point Parkway, Bounce Back Credit and Financial at 1540 Center Point Parkway, I Design 4 Life at 1859 Center Point Parkway and Sheehan Ice Machine at 2415 Center Point Parkway.

Encore Rehabilitation is located at 1687 Center Point Parkway. For more information, visit encorerehab.com or call 205-730-5005.

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