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280 Living neighborly news & entertainment Conquering Cancer February 2013 February | Volume 62013 | Issue 6 We buy gold and select diamonds 5299 Valleydale Road Suite 111 • Birmingham, AL 35242 (two blocks from 280) • 980-9030 Controlled burn The Annual Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run returns to St. Vincent’s One Nineteen next month. Community page 8 ALDOT to respond The Alabama Department of Transportation will hold a public involvement meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at The Church at Brook Hills’ Student Building to present updates to it’s November 2012 intersection improvement proposal. Sponsor page 31 INSIDE Sponsors ...... 4 280 News ..... 6 Business ....... 10 Food .............. 12 Faith .............. 17 Community .... 18 School House . 21 Sports ............. 26 Opinion ........... 27 Calendar ......... 28 Firefighters train in home near Mt Laurel community - See page 6 A father’s plea Following the tragic death of his son, Kenneth Lucas is calling attention to the issue of teen drug use By JEFF THOMPSON Kenneth Lucas will say the cost of teenage drug abuse is incalculable. He would know. On Oct. 28, 2012, Noon had came and gone, and Lucas’ son, Allec O’Brien, hadn’t woken up. He was a straight-A student at Valleydale Christian Academy and maintained a parttime job. He was an all-star lacrosse player, an Eagle Scout and a black belt. He was also, Pre-Sort Standard U.S. Postage PAID Birmingham, AL Permit #656 60 See PLEA | page 16 Kenneth Lucas, right, with his son Allec O’Brien on a mission trip to Honduras. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Lucas. Reported Substance Abuse by Seniors in Shelby County Schools Percent Report use of Kenneth said, a frequent user of illegal drugs. The prior morning, Allec was scheduled to take the ACT. He had already scored a 26 and was aiming for a 28. He told Lucas that after the test he was going camping for the night and wouldn’t be back by their house in the Oak Mountain area. Instead, he began the day by taking a stimulant, Adderall, and followed it with a alcohol 23 35 18 10 Report using weekly Report use of Report using weekly Report use of Percent Percent marijuana Percent Percent heroin Statistics from the 2009-2010 Shelby County Schools Pride Learning Survey 4 Percent Report using daily

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