Students share Alabama’s heroes
Dancers Against Cancer Trussville event set for February 16
2018 6A All-Region 6 team released
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Jan. 3 - 8, 2019 Sulphur Springs Baptist Church hosts health screenings From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Residents living in and around the Trussville area will have an opportunity to learn about risks for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable health screenings at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church on See SULPHUR, Page 5
Trussville Libray to host ACT prep classes From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — A program to help prepare students to take the ACT will be held at the Trussville Library on Jan. 12 and Jan 13. The two-day session will cost $40 and includes review day that will take place on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a practice test administered on See ACT PREP, Page 5
Identity of Center Point man that died in apartment fire has been revealed From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
Trussville Tribune’s 2018 Person of the Year Mayor Buddy Choat
By June Mathews For The Tribune For the first time ever, the Trussville Tribune is taking a page, figuratively speaking, from Time magazine with regard to its 91-year-old tradition of naming a Person of Year. As defined by Time’s former managing editor, Walter Issacson, those chosen for the honor have always been “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives…and embodied what was important about the year…” Though the differences between the two publications are vast, Time’s criteria fit the Tribune’s purposes perfectly and made this initial choice a simple task. Thus, has Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat been named the Trussville Tribune’s 2018 Person of the Year. “This recognition is not necessarily an award, but an opportunity to recognize a person who has been influential in our community,” said Tribune Publisher Scott Buttram. “In this case, deciding
who to recognize was only a matter of looking out our window here at the Tribune office and seeing all the changes that have taken place on Main Street since Mayor Choat was
elected in 2016. After decades of everybody talking about downtown revitalization, things are getting done.” And in Buttram’s opinion, it’s no coincidence that the
activity downtown and beyond has occurred during the two years since Choat took office. “He’s clearly a man who gets things done,” Buttram said. “What we have here in Trussville is a rare breed: a politician who keeps his promises, a leader who inspires others to action, and a visionary who sees what our city can be and furthermore, knows how to make it happen.” Elected to the first of his two terms on the Trussville City Council in 2008, Choat served as the council’s 201314 president. He additionally served as the council’s liaison to the Trussville Public Library, while also working with Trussville Parks & Recreation and the Trussville Downtown Redevelopment Authority. In announcing his candidacy for mayor in early 2016, Choat said his decision was based on a number things, “but none more important than to serve the residents of See Person of the Year, Page 3
New sign celebrates accomplishments of Springville High School softball
Center Point Mayor set to give State of the City address From The Trussville Tribune staff reports CENTER POINT — Mayor Tom Henderson will be providing the annual State of the City address from city hall on Jan. 8 at 11:30 a.m. The event will be part of the Center Point Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon and the cost to attend is $15. See CENTER POINT, Page 5
Trussville Police searching for man wanted on theft, fraud charges From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Police in Trussville and Birmingham are looking for a man who is wanted for theft and fraud charges. Tony Ray Wood is wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrants charging him with first degree theft of property See TRUSSVILLE, Page 5
St. Clair County High School’s new principal brings years of service, passion to job For The Tribune By Shaun Szkolnik
CENTER POINT — An apartment fire on Friday morning in Center Point left one man dead. Authorities have now revealed his identity. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — St. Clair County High School is set to get a new principal on Jan. 1. Brandon Taylor, originally from Trussville and a graduate from the city’s high school, will be transitioning into the position after having spent
See IDENTITY, Page 5
See ST. CLAIR, Page 7
Center Point area woman wanted on felony warrants From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — A woman from the Center Point area is wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrants charging her with second-degree assault and first-degree criminal mischief, according to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. Latessa Vonsa Ricks is See CENTER POINT, Page 5
Photo courtesy of Springville
By Shaun Szkolnik For The Tribune SPRINGVILLE — The City of Springville has unveiled a new sign that recognizes the accomplishments of Springville High School softball, a program that has won four state championships since 2015. “Having raised softball playing girls, I know the un-
believable effort and time devoted by Springville High School softball players, coaches and parents to reach such unbelievable accomplishments — four consecutive state championships,” Springville Mayor William ‘Butch’ Isley said. “The citizens of Springville, Argo and other community residents take great pride in sharing on those fantastic efforts. The
City of Springville wanted to erect a sign that would bring the recognition to these ladies that they so deserve.” The sign was revealed on Friday morning and is located near the Davis Lake Volunteer Department. It features a photo of each of the four state championship teams. Springville High School Softball won 5A State Championships in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
New District 1 and District 6 representatives sworn in to the Birmingham City Council From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM -Newly-appointed Birmingham City Councilors Crystal Smitherman and Clinton Woods were sworn in as representatives on Wednesday. All nine seats of the CounSee BIRMINGHAM, Page 7
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Students share Alabama’s heroes in honor of the state’s 200th anniversary TRUSSVILLE - In honor of the state of Alabama’s 200th anniversary approaching in 2019, Governor Kay Ivey launched the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative in December 2017 to give 200 Alabama schools the opportunity to participate in a year-long project representing their state’s history and achievements. Nearly 400 K-12 schools statewide submitted proposals for the program, and each
of the 200 chosen schools received a $2,000 grant to complete their project. Among the schools chosen for this honor were five home-school groups, one of which was Trussville’s own Faith Community Christian School (FCCS). “It makes me so proud to see such a strong showing of schools participating in the program,” Ivey said in an August press release. “It is an honor to recognize these
outstanding schools and their projects as we head into Alabama’s bicentennial year. The Alabama Bicentennial celebration is about bring into g communities together and getting all of our citizens involved. The schools being honored are a great representation of that goal.” For their project, the students of FCCS are collectively writing a book called Everyone Has A Story, which will profile noteworthy Ala-
bamians, selected by the children. The middle and high school students took a sixweek Journalism class in the fall where they learned to write profile news stories about everyday heroes, while the elementary students are writing biographies of famous Alabamians. The following story was written by fifth grader Elizabeth Glenn.
Jesse Owens, Olympic hero By Elizabeth Glenn, age 10 Special to The Tribune by the students of FCCS Jesse Owens was born on Sept. 12, in Oakville, Alabama.
His real name was James Cleveland Owens, but his family called him J.C. He became “Jesse” when a teacher misunderstood him because of his accent and called him Jesse instead of J.C. His father was a fast run-
ner. After church, he would race the men in town and he would often win. Jesse loved to watch his father run. Jesse enjoyed games, but his favorites were running games. It was nine miles to his school every day and Jes-
se ran instead of walking. When he was nine, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he went to school and began running track, earning lots of awards. See JESSE OWENS, Page 3
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School Report Card: Trussville City Schools vault to No. 2 in Alabama, most area schools improve By Scott Buttram Publisher MONTGOMERY — The Alabama State Department of Education released the required 2017-18 report card scores for public schools and public school districts across the state on Friday. The school and school system report cards became a requirement after the state legislature
passed a law requiring the scores so that parents could easily assess the quality of their child’s school. As a whole, Alabama schools showed an improvement over the 2016-17 scores. One major change was that the state dropped the ACT Aspire testing system in favor of a Scantron test that state officials said better aligns with what Alabama students
are being taught in any given grade. Locally, the Trussville City Schools district vaulted to No. 2 in the state, coming in just behind the top scoring system in Alabama, Mountain Brook Schools. TCS earned an A and a numerical score of 96 for 201718, up from a 93 in 2016-17. MBS scored an A with a numerical score of 98 in 2017-
JESSE OWENS, from page 2
He went to Ohio State University and ran on the track team. When his team traveled for meets, Jesse and the other African Americans stayed in different hotels than their white teammates. In 1936, Jesse Owens made the Olympic team. He competed in the games held in Berlin, Germany. At the time, Germany’s leader was Adolf Hitler. Hitler thought his white Germans were better than the “colored” Americans. However, Jesse won four gold medals and showed the world that skin color was not important. When he returned home, there was a parade in his honor in New York City. But he still struggled to find a job and couldn’t ride in the front of a bus or enter through the front door of hotels. Jesse Owens married, had a family, and was given the US medal of freedom. He died in 1980 of lung cancer. In Berlin, a street leading to the Olympic stadium was named after him. He was known as a champion on and off the field. In Daleville, Alabama, there
18, which was the same score the system posted in 2016-17. Other top scoring systems in Alabama included Vestavia Hills City Schools with a 94, Arab City Schools with a 93, Madison, Oneonta, Saraland, Muscle Shoals and Hartselle City Schools with a 92, Homewood, Cullman, Auburn and Brewton City Schools with a 91. Hoover City and Cleburne County Schools both scored a 90. Locally, St. Clair County School System scored an 84 for the second year in a row. Blount County held steady at
83. Leeds City Schools improved from an 80 to an 81 in 2017-18, while Jefferson County Schools improved
from a 76 in 2016-17 to a 77 in 2017-18. See SCHOOL, Page 4
PERSON OF THE YEAR, from front page
the community I love.” Chief among his campaign promises were to continue working on downtown redevelopment and to bring more economic development opportunities to Trussville. Halfway through the current term, Choat, along with a supportive city council and other city leaders, has taken major strides toward fulfilling both. In his state of the city address in October 2017, Choat unveiled plans for a family-friendly entertainment district in the heart of downtown Trussville, a project that is now well underway. “The enthusiasm,” he said at the time, “is not only from the people of Trussville, but people outside of Trussville, who are now seeing what can happen here. They want to come to a safe environment is a museum honoring Jesse Owens and teaching people about his life. You can find
more information at http:// jesseowensmemorialpark. com/wordpress1/museum.
Fifth-grader Lizzy Glenn, 10, models as Olympic runner Jesse Owens in the FCCS Wax Museum.
that has a wonderful neighborhood, great community support, and events that are family-friendly. Our whole downtown area should grow from this experience and we are excited about that.” During his state of the city address in October 2018, Choat announced the formation of a committee to lead in the creation of a 20-year economic development plan for the city called Vision 2040. He also called on others to become involved. “We’ve got to define what we’re going to do, and you’ve got to help me,” said Choat in his typical self-effacing style. “I can’t do it alone.” Choat and wife Ginny, married for 45 years, made Trussville their home 26 years ago. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Editor’s Note: In what we plan to be an annual feature, we are pleased to announce the first Trussville Tribune Person of the Year for 2018. This recognition is not necessarily an award, but an opportunity to recognize a person who been influential in the communities served by The Trussville Tribune. Every day, elected officials, business leaders, volunteers, and citizens from every walk of life endeavor to improve the communities in which we live. Beginning later this month, The Trussville Tribune will also recognize a Person of the Month. While the Person of the Year may come from this group, those considered will not be limited to the group.
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How sweet it is! Pinson Valley Marching Chiefs perform at 2018 Sugar Bowl By Shaun Szkolnik For The Tribune NEW ORLEANS — On New Year’s Day in New Orleans, the Georgia Bulldogs took on the Texas Longhorns at the Sugar Bowl; and the Pinson Valley Marching Chiefs were there. “The Pinson Valley Marching Chiefs planned multiple performances in New Orleans,” said Pinson Valley High School Band Director Keith Brandenberg. “The band left on Saturday, Dec. 29, for New Orleans. On Sunday morning, the band competed in a marching competition with bands from Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. In thee coursee of a few days, the bands worked together to bring together a collaborative effort for the Sugar Bowl. The show featured music with a Latin flair. The performance was the conclusion of halftime after the bands of the University of Georgia and the University of Texas. In addition to thee-
ir preparation for halftime of the Sugar Bowl, the band performed a pep rally in Jackson Square, as well as the Sugar Bowl parade in downtown New Orleans.” These efforts capped off
an extraordinary year for the Chiefs. “The band has had the unique opportunity to practice and perform more this year than any other,” Brandenberg said. “From our first
football game at Hoover, which aired on ESPN, to a couple of weeks ago when we were able to play at Jordan-Hare stadium for our football team’s second state title. We have been perform-
ing at a high level all season and that preparation should culminate in New Orleans.” Preparation for the trip, however, was not been limited to learning the music, learning the marches and perfecting the routine. “The parents and students worked hard to raise money for the trip,” Brandenberg said. “We’ve coordinated fundraisers including Snap Raise, selling tumblers, selling fruit, multiple car washes, a pancake breakfast, and we were given a large amount by the community.” That large amount from the community included a $10,000 grant from Senator Shay Shelnutt. The grant was used for travel expenses for the competition trip. Brandenberg was very grateful for this contribution, as well as all of the efforts that Pinson has made to make the trip possible. “I’d also like to thank the City of Pinson, the City Council, Mayor Hoyt Sanders, who was instrumental in setting this up, and our city
officials and representatives are always willing to help out on kids,” Brandenberg said. Brandenberg is also extremely grateful for the many ways in which this experience enriched his students’ lives and will help shape their futures. “For us, it is a way to show the kids that band is one of the best ways to achieve their goals,” Brandenberg said. “The bands we saw at the Sugar Bowl are filled with students who receive scholarships to play in the band. Most of those scholarship students are not music major, but rather are using their hard work to help pay for their education. Hopefully this experience inspired them and future Marching Chiefs to do all the work and then experience the thrill of performance. For our community, we did our best to represent the city of Pinson and Jefferson County schools with not only our performance, but with the high quality of students we have in the band.”
17 to an 88. Moody High School School posted an 87, up five points from an 82, while Moody Middle School improved one point to an 82. Leeds High School scored an 85, up from an 82 in 2016-17. Leeds Elementary improved from a 69 to a 79 in 2017-18. Leeds Primary School posted a 77, while Leeds Middle School fell from a 75 in 2016-17 down to a 67 in 2017-18. In Blount County, Hayden High School led all schools with an 88, followed by Southeastern, Locust Fork
High School, and Cleveland High School with an 86. Hayden Middle School and Appalachian School scored an 85. Hayden Primary and Hayden Elementary both posted an 83. Susan Moore Elementary and Locust Fork Elementary both scored an 81, while J.B. Pennington High School had a 79. Susan Moore High School and Cleveland Elementary posted a 77, followed by Blountsville Elementary with a 76.
SCHOOL, from page 3
At the individual school level, Trussville schools all posted A’s, while many area schools showed dramatic improvement from 2016-17 to 2017-18. Moody Elementary was a shining star among local schools with a 15-point increase, jumping from a C to an A. In Trussville, Cahaba Elementary School led the way for TCS, posting a 99 for the second straight year. Magnolia posted a 96 and Paine earned a 94; both schools were down two points from the previous year. The big-
gest gainers in 2017-18 for Trussville were Hewitt-Trussville High School with a 95 and Hewitt-Trussville Middle School with a 94. Both schools had scored an 88 in 2016-17. In the Clay-Chalkville feeder group, Clay Elementary was the top scoring school with an 86, up from an 80 in 2016-17. Chalkville Elementary improved from a 74 in 2017-17 to a 78 in 2017-18. Clay-Chalkville High School improved three points to a 74, while Clay-Chalkville Middle School moved up from a 67 in
2016-17 to a 69 in 2017-18. The Pinson Valley feeder group was led by Pinson Valley High School, which jumped from a 69 in 201617 to a 77 in 2017-18. Pinson Valley Elementary and Kermit Johnson each scored a 76. Rudd Middle School remained unchanged from the previous year with a 69. Center Point Elementary posted a 64 while Erwin Intermediate School improved from a 55 in 2016-17 to a 63 in 2017-18. Center Point High School earned a 63 for the second straight year,
while Erwin Middle School posted a 61, up from a 60 the previous year. Springville Elementary led all St. Clair County schools with a 94, up from an 87 in 2016-17. Springville Middle School improved from an 88 in 2016-17 to a 92 for 2017-18. Springville High School held steady with an 85 for the second year. Moody Elementary was one of the biggest gainers in the local area, jumping from a 75 in 2016-17 to a 90 in 2017-18. Moody Junior High improved from a 77 in 2016-
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Owner addresses Grand River score for Daylight Donuts From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LEEDS — Daylight Donuts of Leeds at 6200 Grand River Parkway scored a 78 on their Dec. 20 inspection by the Jefferson County Department of Health, according to county documents. Remarks in the county inspection report show that Daylight Donuts needs to “Provide an employee health policy that states what actions are necessary when an employee has a specific symptom or diagnosis related to diseases that are transmissible through food.” It is further noted that it must be verifiable that employees have been made aware of the health policy.
Owner Jonathan David addressed the score and pledged to correct the issues. “Daylight Donuts in Leeds always strives to be the very best in cleanliness and customer satisfaction,” David said. “We try our best to take end of the day donuts to our local firemen, police and let senior centers or non-profits pick up. I don’t say that for accolades but to say we truly love giving our support where we can and do whatever we can to help.” David said he planned to strengthen his management of the Shops at Grand River location to help employees understand health department requirements and avoid future problems. “Jefferson County Department of Health visited our location at the Shops of Grand River,” David said. “Due to
some poor management on my part, I had paperwork that wasn’t up-to-date on employees who had returned from college to work on Christmas break.” Several of the items cited were not related to the quality of the food, David said. “There was also a few other items that were non-food related,” David said. “We only provide donuts and coffee at that location and have no kitchen as it is a kiosk. We appreciate the support the local communities have always given us and we plan to continue doing our very best!” County documents also indicate that Daylight Donuts will need to make sure that food handlers, “Wear hair restraints that are designed and worn to effectively keep hair from contacting exposed food, equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-service/single-use articles.”
Points were deducted from Daylight Donuts score, according to remarks in the county inspection report, because the current permit and their current inspection report had been placed behind a coffee machine and not in public view. A review of previous inspections for Daylight Donuts indicate that the previous inspection score from June 19 was a 91. Other remarks noted that Daylight Donuts will need to, “Provide appropriate, readily accessible thermometer for verifying internal temperatures of TCS food stored under refrigeration; and, for manual warewashing, to measure washing and sanitizing temperatures. A probe-type thermometer could not be located: provide a probe thermometer scaled to measure 0F-220F.” Further points were deducted, according to the inspection report, because Daylight Donuts had a container of Ortho Home Defense residential pesticide stored under the warewashing sink. The pesticide was not labeled for use in a food establishment. Daylight Donuts was advised to “Use only pesticides labeled for use in a food establishment.”
ACT PREP, from front page
Jan. 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students will receive an extensive review of math and grammar as well as instruction in essays, story problem strategies and more.
Participants are expected to bring a notebook, pencil and calculator. A pizza lunch will be provided for the Saturday session.
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The chamber requests that those planning to attend RSVP by Jan. 4. For more in-
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Jan. 9. Health screenings will be provided by Life Line Screening at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church located at 7500 Roper Road in Trussville. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health. • Narrowing of the smaller arteries of your ankles and feet, called Peripheral Arterial Disease • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels • Diabetes risk • Bone density as a risk for
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IDENTITY, from front page
the departed as Walter Quinn Parker, a 35-year-old black male, of Center Point. The coroner’s office reported that Parker died at 1:03 a.m. The decedent’s death was due to an apartment fire that occurred at an apartment com-
plex in Center Point. While extinguishing the fire, the firefighters discovered Parker inside an apartment. The incident is being investigated by the Center Point Fire Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
CENTER POINT, from front page
described as a black female standing at 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 154 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Her last known address is at the 2500 block of Fifth Street NE in Center Point. If you recognize this suspect or know anything about this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777. You will remain anonymous and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an
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Birmingham City Council calls for ‘compassionate release’ of former Mayor Larry Langford
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BIRMINGHAM — A statement released by the Birmingham City Council on Thursday, Dec. 27 advocated for the ‘compassionate release’ of former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford. Langford, 72, is serving a 15-year term in a federal prison in Kentucky. He is slated for release in 2023. According to a press release issued by Langford’s family last week, Langford is in critical condition and will
have great difficulty in finishing his prison sentence. The statement from the Birmingham City Council cites those concerns as why
Langford should be released. “Birmingham City Councilors are respectfully requesting an immediate reduction in sentence and compassionate release of former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford from federal custody and have released the following statement: Langford, who relies on oxygen and a wheelchair for mobility, is in critical condition,” the statement said. “He is a nonviolent offender who poses no danger to the community or flight risk. And although he has committed serious crimes
that damaged public trust in government, he has already served more than half of his 15-year sentence. “Langford has paid and continues to pay a hefty price for his actions. The people of Alabama and America will not soon forget what he has done. But holding him in custody while he suffers through his last days will do nothing to further the interest of justice. Releasing him will show not that our laws are weak, but that our conscience is strong.”
Former Lipscomb police chief indicted, arrested on incest, rape, furnishing controlled substance From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Former Lipscomb Police Chief Brian “Scott” Martin has received a four-count indictment from a grand jury for multiple sex crimes and distributing drugs to a family member. Martin, who was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in July, was indicted by a St. Clair County grand jury on charges of first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape, incest
Lipscomb Police Chief Brian Scott Martin. Photo from Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police.
and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. All but one charge are considered Class A felonies. The incest charge is a Class C felony. According to the Dec. 6 four-count felony indictment, Martin engaged in “deviate sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse (with a family member) who was incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.” In addition, Martin provided a controlled substance to the victim on July 17, which occurred be-
fore his initial drug arrest. Court records indicate Martin had his bond after being arrested on Dec. 21 for a DUI in Pell City. Martin was booked into the St. Clair County Jail where he was served the felony indictments. Martin’s bond was $100,000, but according to jail officials, he is no longer in custody. Martin’s arraignment for the multiple felony charges is set for Jan. 16, prior to his Feb. 29 drug misdemeanor charges.
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Hepatitis A outbreak investigation underway in North Alabama From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JACKSON COUNTY — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in Jackson County. They believe that this outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties. ADPH said that people who are at the highest risk for hepatitis A include users of illegal substances, homeless persons, and men with same sex partners. Other persons also may become infected with the hepatitis A virus. ADPH said that there is an effective vaccine available to reduce the risk of developing hepatitis A. “We are in the early stages of this investigation, but we need to make sure everyone knows the importance of getting vaccinated and taking health precautions including good hand-washing,” said Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers. According to the ADPH, hepatitis A can spread easily among unvaccinated persons if good hand-washing practices are not observed. ADPH also emphasized that individuals who may be experiencing homelessness, using recreational drugs, sharing drugs or drug paraphernalia, having spent time in jail or prison, or men with same sex partners need to be vaccinated against hepatitis A. Other persons may chose to get vaccinated as well.
After being exposed to someone sick with hepatitis A, symptoms may not appear until 15 to 50 days later and may include fever, headache, fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dark urine or jaundice. If you or anyone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and take steps to prevent spreading illness. To reduce the risk of hepatitis A disease: • Get vaccinated. • Wash hands after using the bathroom, before preparing or eating meals, and after touching anything unclean. • Do not share food, drinks, eating utensils, cigarettes, towels, toothbrushes or drug paraphernalia. For more information, visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/ assets/hepatitisaflyer.pdf or contact the ADPH Immunization Division at (334) 2065023 or toll free at 800-4694599
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Proud parents welcome their newborn baby on New Year’s Day.
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ST. CLAIR, from front page
two and a half years as the assistant principal for St. Clair County High School. He has spent just under 13 years with the St. Clair County School System, spending part of that time teaching and coaching at Asvhille Middle School. “I have always wanted to be a teacher,” Taylor said. “I had some excellent role models at Hewitt growing up who pushed me to excel. Lisa Self, Louise Wood and Glenda Canada, just to name a few, all helped instill a love of learning in me. It is a career I have enjoyed immensely.” It is also a career that Taylor has thoroughly prepared himself for, in both his time on the job and in his education. “I completed my under-
graduate degree from UAB in 2005, my graduate degree from the University of Alabama in 2016, and I am currently working on my Educational Specialist degree at the University of Alabama, with plans to graduate in August,” Taylor said. Taylor is looking forward to the challenges and the rewards of his new position, and wants to do the best he can for his school and the community. “I am extremely humbled and excited,” Taylor said. “I have had the privilege of working with the exceedingly talented faculty and staff at SCCHS as assistant principal for the last two and a half years. They are a great group of dedicated educators. Additionally, under
more than just a career, it is a calling, and he has dedicated himself to making sure a high-quality education is available for every student. “Education is always in a state of flux,” Taylor said. “Financial challenges, societal changes and government legislation all play their part in making public education a
the leadership of Mike Howard, the superintendent-elect, we have made great strides towards reaching our goals. Our students have a drive to be second to none in academics and athletics and have no limit to what they can accomplish. You would be hard pressed to find a
better group of young men and women anywhere. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, I hope to be able to lead the continued upward advance that this school and community has experienced in the last couple of years.” For Taylor, education is
Red Cross encourages people to give blood during January’s National Blood Donor Month From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — The American Red Cross is encouraging people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood during January’s National Blood Donor Month. Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with endstage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January. “Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusionsbefore and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.” The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the mostdifficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for pa-
tients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1800-733-2767). Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive. How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor
card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. Volunteers needed: Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For
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constantly changing landscape. However, one constant remains. Every child that enters that building in the morning must be given an equal opportunity to succeed. I am a huge believer in public school’s ability to meet the needs of the students and provide them with an opportunity to succeed in their chosen path in life.”
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cil have now been filled until the next citywide election is held. The two Councilors touched on the issues they’d like to focus on while in office. Smitherman said she wants to focus on improving the “Three E’s of empowerment”: environment, education and economy. “We’ve scheduled a meeting with the mayor and his team to discuss needed road improvement and repairs and the status of abandoned homes in the district,” Smitherman said. “We plan on doing this immediately.” In regards to environmental concerns, Smitherman and Council President Pro Tem William Parker will soon be announcing plans to turn Legion Field “green” and poten-
tially utilize the facility as recycling hub. Woods also shares and enthusiasm for improving educational opportunities for children in Birmingham, especially in terms of workforce development. “Our main focus is investing in our youth,” Woods said, detailing three of the objectives he’d like to focus on in office. “We want to go into the schools and focus on improving the reading skills in elementary and middle schools.” Woods said he is also focused on small business growth in his district and public safety. New committee meeting assignments are expected to be announced next Tuesday January 8, 2019.
JEFCOED to host STEM Playground at Clay-Chalkville High School this week JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County School District will host JEFCOED STEM Playground: Technology Solutions to Engage the Curious Mind at Clay-Chalkville High School Jan. 4 from 8:30 am 4:30 pm. This highly informative event will involve hands-on learning where JEFCOED educators, as well as educators from
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Alabama’s Zeigler Meats recalls 11,654 pounds of product due to possible metal contamination From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ALABAMA – A recall for 11,654 pounds of products, due to possible health issues, has been issued, according to a statement from the R. L. Zeigler Company. The recall applies to the 24 ounce Red Hots and 24
ounce Extra Red Hots marked “Use by JAN 24 2019”. According to Zeigler’s statement, the recall comes after someone discovered a possible contamination caused by metal pieces. Zeigler also reported that no medical illnesses or harmful effects have resulted from use of this product.
Zeigler is encouraging any consumers who have purchased this product to not open the package, but to dispose of it or return it to where they purchased it from. Customers with further questions are asked to call Zeigler at (205) 758-3621.
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Jan. 3 - 8, 2019 The Trussville Tribune Fatal stabbing of inmate at St. Clair DNA confirms identity of missing Birmingham woman found in Jefferson County lake Correctional Facility in Springville
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports SPRINGVILLE — An investigation into the Saturday death of an inmate at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville has been initiated, according to The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC). ADOC reported that at approximately 3:30 p.m., a fight between two inmates was reported inside a prison housing area. Correctional officers found Terrance Andrews, 24,
Cedric Lashawn Davis (photo from ADOC)
unresponsive with multiple stab wounds. Andrews was taken to the prison’s infirmary where he was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m.
ADOC further reported that prison officials identified inmate Cedric Leshawn Davis, 35, as a suspect in Andrews’ death. Davis is serving a life sentence for a 2006 murder conviction in Baldwin County. Andrews was serving a 25-year sentence on a 2013 first-degree robbery in Mobile County. A murder charge against Davis is pending. ADOC is investigating the homicide to determine the circumstances that led to the fatal incident.
Birmingham robbery suspect wanted in two separate cases From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Police have reported that detectives are conducting two robbery investigations with what appears to be the same suspect. Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance identifying the suspect.. On Dec. 10, at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to the ABC store located at 7600 Crestwood Boulevard to investigate a report
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of a robbery. Officers arrived to find that the suspect entered the business and took several bottles of alcohol. While fleeing, the suspect threatened to shoot the cashier. On Dec. 24, 2018, at approximately 3:49 p.m., offi-
cers from the South Precinct responded to the Hibbett’s Shoe store located in the 300 block of Palisades Boulevard. Officers arrived to find that the suspect entered the business and took several clothing items. While fleeing, the suspect threatened to shoot the employees. If there is anyone with information on the identity of the suspect, the Birmingham Police Department asks that they contact BPD robbery detectives at 254-1753 or contact Crime Stoppers at 2547777.
Teenager charged with capital murder in Birmingham From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham Police have reported that an arrest has been made in connection with a homicide that occurred in the 2400 block of Steiner Court Southwest on Sept. 8. According to authorities, on that date at around 12:30 a.m., the victim along with another
male arrived at UAB Hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim had been shot once in the back and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The other male was shot in the arm and his injuries were not considered life threatening. The victim was identified as Marqueze Green, a 21-year-old black male, of Birmingham. The suspect has been iden-
tified as Terry Lee Skanes, an 18-year-old black male, of Birmingham. Capital murder and attempted murder warrants were obtained for Skanes and authorities said the suspect was in possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest. He also had a firearm and narcotics. Skanes was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.
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JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County coroner has identified through DNA technology a Birmingham woman who was found in a Jefferson County Lake in April. According to several news reports, the coroner said DNA samples have helped them identify a body of a woman who went missing in February. The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Felecia Renea Hornsby who was known to be in poor health
Felecia Renea Hornsby (photo from Facebook)
at the time she was missing. Hornsby suffered from dementia and had a history of wandering from her home in Pratt City.
Hornsby was last seen with her family visiting relatives in the Smithfield area on February 9th. A police report was filed by family members and numerous searches were made as well as appeals on social media in an effort to find her. A fisherman pulled her body from the lake two months later in April, but it wasn’t until the coroner conducted DNA testing last week that Hornsby’s identity was confirmed. An autopsy showed no signs of foul play but still remains a mystery of how her body ended up in the lake.
Birmingham Police Department announces first murder of year From The Trussville Tribune staff report BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham police have reported that detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. According to police the victim was discovered on Tuesday at approximately 7:19 a.m. and has been identified as Earl Lee Evans Jr., a 57-year-old black male, of Birmingham.
Authorities reported that officers from the West Precinct responded to a report of a person down at 2621 Avenue C., Ensley. Officers arrived to find the victim lying outside the location unresponsive. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived along with the Jefferson County Coroner and pronounced the victim deceased. Initially investigators were unable to determine the cause of death. Following
an autopsy, it was revealed that the victim suffered a gunshot wound. The results of the coroner’s examination has led detectives to investigate this incident as a homicide. If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 2541764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.
JeffCo Sheriff’s Department investigate homicide in western Jefferson County From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County sheriff’s detectives are now conducting a homicide investigation after an 18-year-old male victim, shot this afternoon in McDonalds Chapel, died at an area hospital.
Deputies responded to a shooting complaint at a convenience store in the 3200 block of Birmingport Road on Monday, Dec. 31, at around 3 p.m. It was reported that several shots had been fired between two groups of men in the store parking lot. Two adult men involved had been
shot and transported to an area hospital in private cars. One of the men, an 18-yearold, died at the hospital. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-3251450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
38-year-old man killed in north Alabama crash From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MORGAN COUNTY — A single-vehicle crash at 1:46 a.m. Saturday has claimed the life of a Hartselle man, according to the Alabama State
Trooper’s Office. Anthony James Anders, 38, was killed when the 2002 Honda Accord he was driving left the roadway on Indian Hills Road and struck a tree. Anders, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pro-
nounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred two miles west of Priceville. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate
BPD asking for help identifying suspect of Birmingham car break-ins From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Detectives with the Birmingham Police Department are trying to locate the identity of a suspect who has been seen breaking into vehicles in Birmingham. According to the BPD, the person pictured has been seen breaking into vehicles near the 1000 block of 20th Street. The image was pulled from a surveillance video. Police be-
lieve the suspect may be driving what appears to be a gold colored Chevrolet Malibu. If you recognize this suspect or know anything about this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777. You remain anonymous and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect could result in a cash
Roebuck area man wanted on felony warrants for murder From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — A man from the Roebuck area is wanted in Jefferson County on multiple warrants, according to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. 21-year-old Ro’Daryus Donel Mitchell of Birmingham is wanted as of Dec. 21 on felony warrants charging him with Murder. Mitchell is described as a black male standing at 5 feet,
7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has black hair and
brown eyes. His last known address is at the 400 block of Sunbrook Avenue near Five Mile Road and Roebuck Drive. If you recognize this suspect or know anything about this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777. You will remain anonymous and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect could result in a cash reward.
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January 3 Healthy Holiday Challenge Need help keeping your weight steady during the busy, stressful and food-laden holidays? This program at St. Vincent’s Trussville is a motivational tool to help you maintain your weight through the holiday season. Earn points for healthy habits, such as keeping a weekly food record, attending exercise at a gym, participating in a wellness screen or dietitian consult, attending a cooking class, healthy seminars and especially for maintaining your weight. High point earners will be eligible for prizes. This challenge is open to all people who attend the first weekly thirty-minute group session. Weigh in is October 31 – November 2 and weigh out is January 2-4. For more information contact Donna at (205) 408-6551. January 3 Inspirational Book Club Join us for Inspirational Book Club! Each month we will read and discuss a fiction or nonfiction book of an inspirational nature. For the October meet-
Calendar ing, we will discuss Twelve Steps to a More Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. Contact the Adult Dept. if you need assistance getting the book (also available in Large Print, audiobook, and ebook formats). Go here to register: http://www.trussvillelibrary. com/adult/adult-events/. Call 655-2022 for more information. Event will be at the Trussville Public Library beginning at 1:30 p.m. January 3 Storytime 10 a.m. at the Trussville Public Library Auditorium. January 7-12 Voice Lessons The Conservatory at First Baptist Church in Trussville. January 7 Children’s Lego Time 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Trussville Public Library in the auditorium.
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september 25, 1943 – december 26, 2018 Patricia “Pat” Louise Dickey, 75, of Trussville, Alabama passed peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, December 26th, with family by her side. She was born on September 25, 1943, in Savannah, Georgia, the second child of the late Lamar and Frances Bryant. She is survived by her sisters Betty Ann (John) Dixon and Judy (Butch) Mosley, and her brother, Danny (Kathy) Bryant. She was predeceased by her sister, Sandra Strickland. In July 1959, Charles Dickey saw Pat sitting on her front porch swing, noticed her long brown hair and heard the way she laughed… and he said it was love at first sight. After a year and a half courtship, they were married on December 23rd, 1960, and were fully devoted to each other for 58 wonderful years. Their love and dedication to each other is a testament to them placing God first in their lives, as well as in their marriage. A loving mother and homemaker, Pat was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She always made sure that she had everyone’s favorite food on-hand when they came to visit, and made everyone feel welcome in her home. Her tremendous legacy is reflected through the love and adoration of her whole family and close friends, who lovingly refer to her as “Memommy.” She was a selfless nurturer as evidenced by the special relationship she also had with each member of her extended family. She was the epitome of kindness and gentleness, always looking for ways to help others, and was a true servant of God. One of Memommy’s unique traits was her quick wit. Even at the hospital, she entertained us all and won over the hospital staff. One of them said she was her “favorite patient ever,” and another stayed over an hour after shift change just to make sure she was well taken care of. Her love of dolls, hummingbirds and flowers (her favorite one being roses) was topped only by her devotion to her husband, children, friends and church family. She leaves her beloved husband Charles “Gedaddy” and their five children; son Steve (Karen) Dickey; son Tim (Lisa) Dickey; daughter Regina (David) Horvath; daughter Rhonda (James) Hindman and son Brian (Julie) Dickey. She also leaves her fourteen grandchildren and four great-grands, as well as several nieces, nephews, and other extended family. The memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home, 5360 Deerfoot Parkway, Trussville, AL 35173 with Pastor Tom Kirkpatrick presiding. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fresh flowers in her honor can be sent to Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home.
Betty Sanford september 29, 1929 ~ december 22, 2018 (age 89) Betty Jean Weaver Sanford (89) of Birmingham, AL, passed away peacefully on 12/22/18. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Hugh Sanford, Sr; her parents, Doctor Claude Weaver and Ida Weaver; brothers, D.C, Elmus and Ray Weaver; sisters, Mary Belle Self, Dorothy Likis and Madge Marion. Betty had a special love for her son, John and daughter-in-law Donna, who were always there for her support, encouragement and love. John and Donna’s devotion to Betty and any other requests she made were readily accommodated. Also, left to cherish her memory are: Sister, Joyce Herndon and being one of eight siblings, she had several nieces and nephews, who helped her many times in her golden years. Born on 9/29/29 in Birmingham, AL, Betty attended Phillips High School and Birmingham Business College. Her first job was with Birmingham Trust National Bank and then on to Jefferson Federal Savings, but her real passion and love for make-up and beauty led her to Lovemens/Pizitz/McRae’s where she worked in cosmetics the rest of her career. Betty loved the Lord and wanted her family, friends and all she met to know Him also. For many years, Betty was an active member of Huffman Baptist Church where she was a member of “The Mary” Sunday School Class. She dearly loved each one of her Birthday Club Group, including Doris and Morris Bryson, Martha and Winston Hearn, Inez and Oliver Holmes and Eula and Mark Ingram. Betty was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Salvation Army Auxiliary and Birmingham Humane Society. Her creativity and imagination, along with a passion for writing and scripture, made Betty an entertaining and captivating author of many short stories. She filled numerous journals with her descriptive writings, most of which were love stories. Her dream was for at least one to be published. Betty was well-known for many years as a model at The Club and her fashionable style remained throughout her lifetime. There was never too much “bling” for Ms. Betty. Enjoying the Florida Gulf Coast with family and friends throughout the years brought her great joy. During the last years of traveling, Betty enjoyed trips to the casinos and especially treasured week-end trips to the Beau Rivage to play the slot machines where she was thrilled to win (if only a few dollars). This brought a big smile to her and those who were with her. Betty loved reminiscing by sharing her numerous photo albums with all. Her zest for life shined in all she did! The family wishes to thank Danberry for her last several years of taking wonderful care of her at a fabulous facility. Visitation will begin at 1 pm with the service to follow at 2pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville on Friday, 12/28. Memorials may be made to Mexico Beach Fund (MBARA).
Betty Jane “BJ” Frew, a native and long-time resident of Birmingham, AL passed away on December 30, 2018. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frew on February 20, 1927 in Birmingham, AL. She graduated from High school in 1945 and graduated from Howard College on June 6, 1949. She enrolled at Seminary Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in September of 1950 and graduated with her masters in May of 1952. She served as Youth Director at Beech Street Baptist Church in Texarkana, AR from June 1952 until April 1955. She later served as Youth Director at Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, MS from May 11, 1955 until September 28, 1958. In September of 1958 BJ started her journey as Baptist Student Union Director at Hinds Community College; she retired after 35 years of service on June 1, 1992. BJ was member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church for several years. She was devoted to her faith and very passionate about her work. BJ is survived by her sister, Jean Frew Brannon; niece, Carol Lynne Dye (Tom); her nephews, Donald R. Brannon and David F. Brannon (Philip); one great niece and several great nephews.
Mr. Jakie Butts 1944 ~ 2018 (AGE 74) Jakie Lee Butts Sr. (74) went to be with the Lord on December 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Sandra C. Butts. He is survived by his sons, Jakie Lee Butts Jr. (Shannon) and Michael Wade Butts (Cindy), granddaughter Hannah, and brother Earl Heath (Mary). Jakie was a retired Marine, serving his country proudly for 20 years. He was awarded a Purple Heart during his two tours in Vietnam. His second career was with Southern Research in Birmingham, AL as Head of Security. He retired from there after 23 years. He was born in North Carolina and lived in Birmingham for 41 years. A visitation will be held on December 31, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, AL. Graveside service will be held at 1:15pm at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL with Pastor Andy Waits officiating.
Elizabeth Vaughn Davis march 28, 1925 ~ december 26, 2018 (age 93) Mrs. Ada Elizabeth Vaughn Davis, 93, of Birmingham, AL passed away on December 26, 2018. She was born on March 28, 1925 to the late Lewis and Mary Vaughn. Elizabeth was a lifelong member of Huffman United Methodist Church and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was a Sunday School Teacher for Preschoolers and for Mary Martha Ladies Sunday School Class for over 20 years. Where ever she went laughter always accompanied her. She took care of her mother and her father during their late years. Elizabeth was an avid writer. She and cousin Lucy developed a Family Newsletter (News in a Nutshell) to family in several states. She was a genealogy researcher before the days of computers and assisted in writing a book about the Hansford Family. Friends and family called her Liz and she penned the signature Lovingly, Liz as she remembered a very large family on every occasion-birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. She always sought out those who needed help and served them relentlessly. Liz is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, H. Milton Davis. She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Lavender (John) of McCalla, AL and Rebecca Reed (David) of Somerville, AL; four grandchildren, Amy Rodgers (Joel) and Daniel Lavender of Birmingham, AL, Rachel Evans (Daniel) of Meridianville, AL and Ariel Reed of Catalina Island, CA; three great-grandchildren, Lily Kate Rodgers and Eli and Carson Evans; one brother, John E. Vaughn (Margaret) of Huntsville, AL; special niece, Carol Waller (Jim) of Locust Fork, AL; dearest cousin, Lucy Rimler of Watkinsville, GA; and a special thank you to Sarah Thrasher, caregiver who loved her like a mother. The family would also like to thank Ascension At Home (St. Vincent’s Hospice) caregivers for their care of Elizabeth. A visitation will be held on January 2, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. The funeral service will begin from the funeral home chapel at 2:00pm with Reverend Alan Head officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. In lieu of flowers, the family requests no cemetery flowers, but make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10001, www.alzfdn.org, (866) 232-8484.
Don Carl Marino JANUARY 11, 1938 ~ DECEMBER 27, 2018 (AGE 80) Don Marino, age 80, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on December 27, 2018, in the comfort of his home in Vestavia Hills. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete Marino and Nellie Abruzzo and his sister, Mary Fant. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, survived by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Harper Marino. He is also survived by his four children: Tracey Boyd, Melissa Cox (Taylor), Carl Marino (Stephanie), and Chris Salamone (Kristi). He was a beloved grandfather to 10 grandchildren: Conner Boyd, Caitlin Boyd, Charlie Boyd, Walker Cox (Mary Claire), Crawford Cox, Taylor Cox, Chandler Cox, Hana Marino, Claire Salamone, and Emma Salamone. Don was born on January 11, 1938 in Birmingham, AL. He graduated from John Carroll High School and Auburn University with a degree in Accounting. He served in the U.S. Military and was stationed in France. Don spent his career as a Certified Public Accountant and was a partner in Warren, Averett, Kimbrough, and Marino until retirement. He enjoyed the relationships he built with his clients and valued their friendships beyond his working career. Don enjoyed spending his time with family and friends particularly at the beach. He loved woodworking, working in the yard and traveling. He was also passionate about Auburn football and enjoyed heading down to the plains for home games. Grandy, as his grandchildren referred to him, had great love for his entire family and was proud of them. Arrangements are as follows: The funeral will be at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens in Trussville at 12:00 on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 with visitation from 11am until service time. Graveside service will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be sent to The Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL.
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Opinion Thoughts on the outlook for 2019
By David R. Guttery Volatility never really goes away. Indeed, the 15 months between November of 2016 and February of last year were unique in that volatility was largely absent, but over time, such is a constant of the market. As we’ve discussed in prior articles, markets are simply discounting mechanisms. They constantly re-price risk as the landscape changes. Don’t confuse discounting with forecasting however. The markets don’t have a stellar track record when it comes to predicting the future. They aren’t forecasting mechanisms, but rather discounting mechanisms. The cause of volatility in 2018 was largely related to imposed tariffs by the US, and retaliatory tariffs by other countries. The markets priced into themselves the risk of such evolving into a global trade war, and the impact such might have upon previous assumptions of economic growth. Other concerns were related to Brexit, and the unwillingness of Republicans and Democrats to compromise on spending measures that resulted in a government shutdown. Certainly, the markets focused upon the Federal Reserve, and discounted the impact of current and future monetary policy into its assumptions about economic growth. Yes, I believe that volatility will persist throughout 2019, but hopefully with fewer cathartic swings. Markets move on perception and fear sometimes, and over the long term, they’re generally driven by what can be quantified. The quantifiable economic data looks about as strong as
I’ve seen it over the duration of my 28 year career. The good news is that if were to suddenly find ourselves with a trade agreement with China, or a resolution to the government shutdown, or if what’s been known of Brexit since 2016 remains intact, or if Chairman Powell reassures the markets that the Fed remains measured, and data driven, then this correction, induced largely by fear, could resolve sharply as well. Concern over the sustainability of corporate profits also contributed to the slew of concerns that worried the market in the last quarter of 2018. Haver Analytics and other sources offer historical evidence of corporate earnings and the current trends just don’t support the recent skepticism. From the fourth quarter of 2005 through the third quarter of 2008, we noticed a gradually deteriorating pattern in corporate profits. We see no such pattern evolving today. Indeed, we see 7.1 million unfilled skilled labor jobs, and companies spending a lot of money to train people to fill those jobs, because consumerism remains strong, and companies must expand their capacity to meet increasing demand that isn’t slowing down. In the face of such spreadsheet evidence, on the 3rd of January anyway, I can’t see any reason to believe that recent patterns of corporate profitability should change. The mainstream media spared no opportunity to float the recession concern in the previous quarter. In my opinion, the chances of a recession in 2019 are about as great as Birmingham seeing snow in July. The elements just aren’t there. That doesn’t mean that
David R. Guttery geopolitical risks can’t suddenly alter that equation, but based on what I can quantify on a spreadsheet today, you just don’t get a recession when the economy meets the definition of being at full employment, and the 4 week moving jobless claims average is just off an October 1968 low, and the ISM manufacturing and non manufacturing index values are right around 60, and non defense capital goods spending is this strong, factory orders and new orders are this strong, and the housing market is this strong, and the leading economic indicators are this strong. The October and November consumer confidence readings were the highest seen since the end of the last recession. We just experienced the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday in history, and the Redbook retail sales data in December was historically strong. Confident consumers spend money, and we can quantify the degree by which they’ve done so. Consumerism is 70% of GDP, and we just saw the first 12 month period of time since 2005 where GDP grew by more than 3%. None of this data is consistent
Hair of the dog: Treating the post-holiday blues with more holidays By June Mathews Of a Certain Age Once again, I survived the holidays. And if you’re reading this, you evidently survived, too. For another 11 months or so, there’ll be no more last-minute shopping and wrapping, back-to-back gatherings, marathon baking sessions, decorating (although I did precious little of that this year), and the other stuff that keeps everybody hopping all season long. And, if you work for the local chamber of commerce like I do, there’ll be no more worries about the early December weather forecast until late November. I now know firsthand how upset people can get when God rains on their Christmas parade. But while the chores and obligations of the holidays can become a grind, the celebratory aspects are usually worth the trouble, and the magic of the season becomes a soothing antidote to whatever stress it causes. Before you know it, though, the New Year has come and gone, and the rest of January turns into a dreary period of readjusting to routines, repenting of all the money spent and calories consumed, and resolving to either break bad habits or form good ones. No wonder the first month of the year, widely considered a time of new beginnings, can be such a disappointment. I’ve heard some people refer to this mid-winter letdown as the January blues, an affliction proven real by science and statistics. Too bad we
June Mathews can’t maintain that happy holiday feeling a while longer. Or can we? In my internet meanderings a few days ago, I ran across a rather extensive list of January celebrations and decided to choose some favorites for my personal post-holiday enjoyment. For example, I’ll be observing National Spaghetti Day on the 4th, National Popcorn Day on the 19th, National Cheese Lovers Day on the 20th, National Blonde Brownie Day on the 22nd, National Pie Day on the 23rd, Chocolate Cake Day on the 27th, and National Corn Chip Day on the 29th. Lest I be considered an over-indulger, I’m skipping Bean Day on the 6th. I’m also looking forward to Peculiar People Day on the 10th, National Nothing Day on the 16th, and Measure Your Feet Day on the 23rd, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my observance of National Pie Day. Some of these holidays, though, I can do without. Take, for example, National
Take the Stairs Day on the 9th. Can a celebration that requires physical effort really be considered a holiday? That sounds like work to me. And speaking of work, Punch the Clock Day falls on the 27th. But seriously, who in their right mind would celebrate that one? I started to add Dress Up Your Pet Day to my calendar on the 14th but figured it would be a waste of time and money. The last time I tried putting clothing on my two furry little heathens, they wound up playing tug-of-war with each other’s sweaters. Bitsy and Moxie are much more likely to enjoy Squirrel Appreciation Day on the 21st, but I figure the neighborhood squirrels wouldn’t appreciate their idea of a celebration, no more than I’d appreciate finding a lifeless squirrel on my front porch. So, I’ll be passing on that one, too. As a writer, I’ll no doubt observe Thesaurus Day on the 18th and maybe National Handwriting Day on the 23rd, even though there’s nothing to celebrate about my personal brand of chicken scratch. And because I enjoy puzzles of all kinds, I’ll work a few on National Puzzle Day on the 29th. I then plan to wrap up the month in a big way with National Backwards Day on the 31st. Or is that Day Backwards National on the 13th? Sure not am I. At any rate, Happy January all month long! Email June Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
with an economy tipping over into recession. So yes, that fear has been overly priced into the discount of the stock market. So, what should investors do during periods of fear such as this? First, review and reflect upon your objective, and the time between now and the realization of that objective. If you remain with a long period of time between now and then, remain true to the plans that you’ve put into place. Secondly, have the intestinal fortitude to make such periods of volatility work for you. Invest through the lows, into your 401k and other plans. By doing so, you purchase greater numbers of shares with static monthly investments, and over time, such dollar cost averaging will reward persistent and patient investors. Those of my clients without long holding periods, or who are near, or into retirement and focused upon the production of income, have allocations without a large exposure to risk assets, and they’re generally weathering this period in good shape. Everything is driven by your objective and tolerance for risk. Markets worry. Sometimes, it’s a full on panic, but my job is to remain dispassionate and advise clients accordingly. Right now, we have an abundance of “what if” induced panic, and an abundance of strong quantifiable data. Remain focused upon your objective, rise above the “what if” and be driven by the quantifiable. (*) = Securities products are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Before invest-
ing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, limitations, charges and expenses of the product and any underlying investment options. This information can be found in the prospectuses or offering statements. Please read carefully before investing. Variable products are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Before investing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, limitations, charges and expenses of the product and its underlying investment options. This information can be found in the product and investment option prospectuses. Copies are available from my office. Please read carefully before investing.
David has been in practice for 28 years, with a distinctive focus on the management of retirement assets for the production of durable income. David R. Guttery, RFC, RFS, CAM, is an Investment Advisory Representative of Ameritas Investment Corp, and President of Keystone Financial Group, in Trussville, Alabama. David independently offers securities and investment advisory services through Ameritas Investment Corp. (AIC) member FINRA/SIPC. AIC and Keystone Financial Group are not affiliated. Additional products and services may be available through David R. Guttery or Keystone Financial Group that are not offered through AIC.
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The vapor resolution By Richard Harp This past year has come and gone like a vapor. So, with the new year I am making something I call a “Vapor Resolution.” If you get the chance to hear the New Year’s countdown, it gives you cause to join in and may even give you pause for thought. While the ball drops and numbers ring out, I think about the potential of the coming year. Ten… “What will this year be like?” Nine… “What new adventure awaits me in 2019?” Eight… “Will I be experiencing my greatest joys this year?”
Seven… “Will I realize hardship that will bring grief?” Six… “Will I achieve the goals I set out for myself?” Five… “Will this be the best year of my life so far?” Four… “Will I help more people this year than last year?” Three… “Will I be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within me?” Two… “Will I help those closest to me to see God in my actions?” One… “Will this be the last countdown I experience in this life of vapor?” This last musing may seem negative or even come across a little morbid. Why
would I allow my thoughts to center on death? Because life is a vapor. Scripture emphasizes this:
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By Carey Kinsolving and Friends “My favorite thing that God created is blueberries. God is good for making them,” says Olivia, 6. I’ve never linked blueberries with the goodness of God, but why not? If you had mentioned blueberry pie a la mode, somehow the link would be clearer. “I think God created flowers so they could fresh-
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God’s. Jesus said it best, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul” (Mark 8:36, 37)? There is nothing better we can do on this earth than get prepared for eternity. John the apostle gives us insight into how we can be prepared in 2019. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along
with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17). We need a balance when it comes to our New Year’s Resolutions. Are we resolute in the fact that we may or may not have a year to spend on this earth? The blessing we find from these passages is to ask for the Lord’s will to be done in the year we spend. Will you trust God in the time of plenty and the time of need? What is God’s Will for your life in 2019? Will you make the “Vapor Resolution?” A Note From the Harp Richard preaches for the Deerfoot Church of Christ
Kids talk about God: What part of creation reminds you of God?
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“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). James is telling us that living life according to our own will profits us nothing if we are not living according to
en the world with their beautiful smell,” says Natalie, 8. “And they look very pretty in the sunlight.” We need lots of beautiful sights and smells in our lives. God knows that. Flowers are like miniature, smiling explosions of God’s grace. We really should stop to smell the flowers and enjoy the loveliness of God’s creation. “God created sunsets because he has a taste for beauty,” says Marci, 11. “One of my favorite things God made is an elephant. They remind me of God’s strength,” says Allen, 9. I’ll never forget that helpless feeling of being surrounded by wild African elephants, who probed us with their trunks as we sat still in an open jeep. In contrast to the brute strength of the elephant, the gentleness of the dove most reminds Devon, 9, of God. “Noah sent a dove out to get help, and when it came back, God dried up the land.” Noah actually sent the dove out three times. After the third trip, the dove didn’t return because the floodwaters had receded. When John baptized Jesus, he saw the Spirit descending upon Jesus from heaven like a dove (Matthew 3:16). In the Genesis creation account, the Scripture describes a dark world without form and void. Following this grim description,
the Scripture reads, “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2b). The word “hovering” can also be translated as “brooding,” as in a bird brooding over its eggs in a nest. If it weren’t for the Spirit of God coming into the world as symbolized by a dove, the world would know only darkness. In the first creation, God’s command of “Let there be light” came forth after the Spirit brooded over the dark waters. In the second creation, the Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove at his baptism. As the head of a new creation, Jesus came to earth as the “light of the world” (John 8:12). Hannah, 11, beautifully ties together the two creations when she says, “God created the first rainbow as a promise to Noah and his family. He promised never to flood the entire earth at
one time. “A rainbow reminds me of God because of God’s promise that if we believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as our savior, we will go to heaven when we die. I’m glad God promised not ever to flood the earth, but I’m even more happy that I’ll go to heaven when I die.” Hannah’s testimony is the tale of two floods and two promises. The first is the flood of God’s judgment upon the earth for the wickedness of its inhabitants. The second is the flood of judgment upon his son for the sins of all people. Just as those in the ark escaped the first flood, so those believers in Christ will escape the second flood of eternal judgment. Think about this: Jesus Christ wants to be your rainbow. Memorize this truth: “But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:22). Ask this question: Is the Lord Jesus your promise of escape from judgment? “Kids Talk About God” is written and distributed by Carey Kinsolving. To access free, online “Kids Color Me Bible” books, “Mission Explorers” videos, a new children’s musical, and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, visit www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org.
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Dancers Against Cancer Trussville event set for February 16
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Motivated by the motto “Never too young to make a difference,” a dynamic group of youngsters has become the driving force behind the 2019 Dancers Against Cancer Trussville Gala, set to take place February 16 at the Trussville Civic Center. “We formed our Jr. Board this year as a way for youth to take ownership and leadership in planning the Gala,” said organizer Emily Lombardo. “They are the voice of DAC Trussville.” A family-friendly event in terms of pricing (each $25 ticket includes dinner) and entertainment, the Gala will feature dancers from Miss Kelley’s School of Dance and 5678 Dance and More, as well as the Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Dance Team and the Hewitt-Trussville Highsteppers. Each dance will honor a loved one fighting cancer. “These dancers are uniting by using their talents to raise money to make a difference,” said Lombardo. “The money they raise will go directly to help fund cancer research at UAB and to help those fighting cancer in financial need in the dancing community.” As part of their commitment to the event, the Jr. Board is currently soliciting donations for the live and silent auction at the event. “Our fundraising basically comes from the auction, so
The newly-formed Dancers Against Cancer Trussville Jr. Board includes: Front row, L-R: Ella Kate Clark, Livi Gay, Caroline Lombardo, Emma Lombardo, Lauren Wideman; Middle row, L-R: Abigail Wideman, Sara Kate Lombardo, Brianna Limbaugh, Lilly Stanbery, Sarah Lynn; Third row, L-R: Ashton Gay, Josie Wilbourn, Savannah Limbaugh, Payton Tice, Kaili Marlin, Kalea Townes, Kate Lowery; Back row, L-R: Ethan Finnegan, Jordan Lynn. Not pictured: Abbie Argo, Darcy Hall, Molly Horn, Sydney Humphries, Myah Tarassoli
the Jr. Board is responsible for the biggest part of the money raised,” Lombardo said. Major sponsors of the event are Agnew Jewelers, Benzaia Photography, Blue Cross Blue Shield AL, Dobbs & Atkins, DMD; Miss Kelley’s School of Dance; Monkey Business Boutique, Rape & Brooks Orthodontics, Sheepdog Firearms, Shelby Printing, Southeastern Refrigeration, and 5678 Dance and More. Other donors include B&B Enterprises, Interior Style LLC, and Two Boro Girls. Tables for eight, including dinner, are $200 each; tables for eight, including dinner
and priority seating, are $400 each. Business sponsorships will be recognized as table donors and on social media. Tickets are available at EventBrite.com “Tickets sold out last year and raised $10,000, so we anticipate another sold-out event this year,” said Lombardo. “We wanted to keep the event a community local event, so we will not be able to expand ticket sales.” For more information or to donate auction items to the Dancers Against Cancer Trussville Gala, email DancersAgainstCancer@yahoo.com or call (205) 422-0027.
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Last month we reached out to young readers and writers asking “What is the greatest gift you have ever given and why?” These are their submissions. DeDe’s Book Rack has partnered with The Trussville Tribune to award two $5 gift cards each week. Winners will be announced each Friday following the paper’s release on Wednesday via email. Each month, The Trussville Tribune invites students to submit stories to Tribune Kids for their own special column. The list of the upcoming topics will help you plan. Please also try these guidelines in order for students to have a better chance of having their writings published. Please send all writings to email@example.com or bring to The Tribune located at 190 Main Street, Trussville.
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The greatest gift I have ever gave was when my dad was having a hernia operation last year. All I could do was be there by his side the whole time he was in the hospital. I think that was the greatest gift of all - kindness, caring and loving.
The greatest gift I’ve ever given is to our first foster baby. We had her for almost one year. We all loved her even though she was not ours. We got her about six weeks old. It was amazing to have her around. We still love her now even though she is not here. But now we have a new baby to give a gift to.
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The greatest gift I have even given is every Christmas me and my family drive to downtown to the homeless park. We always bring peanut butter with us to hand out to all the homeless and also spoons. It always makes me happy to see the smiles on their faces.
The best gift that I ever gave was a bracelet. I made it just for my mom and dad and they still wear it. I made them both one. They said it was the best thing they had ever gotten. It was the best thing I ever gave.
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The greatest gift I’ve gave is $12 to a charity. The charity was about helping sick children. My whole family donated money. I hope our money could help the sick kids. That is why donating money is my greatest gift I have ever gave.
The greatest gift I’ve ever gave was a bag of clothes to my cousin who doesn’t have a lot of money. Her face was so happy when she saw the clothes. I will always remember her face. It made me feel so good to see her happy.
The greatest gift I ever gave was a song I sang for my mom, she loved it and she cried. I know the gift wasn’t long term, but the memory will last forever. I was six years olf and I felt bad for not giving her a Christmas gift, so I sang her “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” the only song I knew at the time. Although I still messed it up, I will never forget it.
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2018 6A All-Region 6 team released By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor ALABAMA — The 6A All-Region 6 team was released Dec. 28. Pinson Valley made a clean sweep with quarterback Bo Nix receiving offensive player of the year and defensive end Joel Parker earning defensive player of the year honors. 6A All Region 6 Team: Player of the Year Offense: Bo Nix, Quarterback Pinson Valley Defense: Joel Parker, Defensive End Pinson Valley 1st Team: QB Willie Miller ClayChalkville RB Tyetus Lindsey Oxford RB Jayson Brooks Gardendale RB Demarcus Burris ClayChalkville WR Demarion Holloman Pinson Valley WR Tez Johnson Pinson Valley WR Geordon Pollard Pinson Valley WR Logan Pruett ClayChalkville OL Clay Webb Oxford OL Brevyn Jones Huffman OL Jack Jones ClayChalkville OL Jaylen Hatcher Pinson Valley OL Jake Spivey Oxford DB Gaquincy McKinstry Pinson Valley DB Deshazio Williams Pinson Valley DB Jaylen Mack ClayChalkville DB Drew Heller ClayChalkville LB Keon Fomby Oxford LB Kendall McCallum Oxford LB Leroy King ClayChalkville LB Rhasaan Christian Pinson Valley DL DJ Dale Clay-Chalkville DL LC Purifoy ClayChalkville DL Xavier Skinner Gardendale DL Jaylen Swain Oxford DL Avery Weiss Pell City K Jaren Van Winkle ClayChalkville P Bo Nix Pinson Valley ATH Anthony Wiggins Huffman ATH Kendale Allen Gardendale
Locals headline USA Today’s High School All-USA Alabama team
By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor
Clay Chalkville’s Logan Pruett leaps to make a play which led him to be an All-Region receiver for the 2018 season.
ATH Isaac Sims Shades Valley 2nd Team: QB Will Crowder Gardendale RB Antonio Williams Shades Valley RB Darius Garrett Pell City RB JB Carlisle Oxford WR Colt Belcher Gardendale WR Jamichael Thompson Clay-Chalkville WR Caleb Tillman Huffman WR Keiandre Sanders Shades Valley OL Rashad Evens Pinson Valley OL Earnest Files Pinson Valley OL Brock Bethea ClayChalkville OL Tyrion Copeland Shades Valley OL Jarvis Pruitt Huffman DB Kendall Thorton Pinson Valley DB Antwon Fagan Oxford DB Trequan Fagan Oxford DB Isiah Sims Shades Valley LB Garrett Davenport Oxford LB Antoine Williams Pinson Valley LB Dorian Henderson Pinson Valley LB Alfred Thomas ClayChalkville DL Draven Griffin Shades Valley DL Gabe Hamby Pinson Valley DL Kam Griggs Pinson Valley DL Michael Lockhart Huffman DL Kristin Booth Oxford ATH Courtney Braxton Clay-Chalkville ATH Kelley McCollough
Clay-Chalkville ATH Monterio Smith Shades Valley Honorable Mention Bryant Freeman Pell City Brett Staples Pell City Jacob Fomby Pell City Sam Thomas ClayChalkville Daunte Davis ClayChalkville Levert Jefferson ClayChalkville Robert Sykes ClayChalkville Devin Owens ClayChalkville Judah Walton ClayChalkville John McKinney Pinson Valley Jay Sharp Pinson Valley Tye Pouncey Pinson Valley Nic Miller Pinson Valley Donny Hawkins Pinson Valley Kenji Christian Pinson Valley DeAndre Olds Shades Valley Kameron Bass Shades Valley Bo Spearman Shades Valley Jordan Pearson Shades Valley Samuel Howard Shades Valley Dale Crear Shades Valley Jakobie Smith Huffman Dwight Prewitt Huffman RayMone Bush Huffman Jacob Wright Gardendale James Hancock Gardendale Micah Gibson Gardendale Cole Dobson Gardendale Revy Higgins Oxford Rokafewlloa Taylor Oxford Asante Ferrell Oxford Cross Davis Oxford Octavious Adair Oxford
ALABAMA — USA TODAY High School Sports announced the 2018 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Alabama football team from the 2018-19 season. Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix was selected as the first-team quarterback and also earned offensive player of the year honors for his 3,802 yards and 50 touchdowns while leading the Indians to their second straight Class 6A state championship. Hewitt-Trussville offensive lineman Pierce Quick also earned first-team recognition for his work on the line. The University of Alabama signee joined fellow teammates offensive lineman Logan Self and Auburn signee receiver Ja’Varrius Johnson, who both earned second-team honors at their respective positions. On the defensive side of the ball, Clay-Chalkville defensive lineman D.J. Dale earned first team honors. Pinson Valley defensive back Zo Williams also took second-team honors for the Indians. OFFENSE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bo Nix, Pinson Valley (Pinson) First Team
QB Bo Nix (6-3, 210, Sr.), Pinson Valley (Pinson) RB Roydell Williams (5-10, 205, Jr.), Hueytown RB Lee Witherspoon (6-0, 180, Sr.), North Jackson (Stevenson) WR JJ Evans (6-2, 185, Jr.), Montevallo WR George Pickens (6-3, 190, Sr.), Hoover TE Michael Vice (6-4, 240, Sr.), Vestavia Hills (Birmingham) OL Jaylen Childs (6-4, 290, Sr.), Saks (Anniston) OL Javion Cohen (6-5, 275, Jr.), Central (Phenix City) OL Amari Kight (6-6, 300, Sr.), Thompson (Alabaster) OL Pierce Quick (6-5, 277, Sr.), Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville) OL Clay Webb (6-4, 307, Sr.), Oxford Second Team QB Taulia Tagovailoa (6-0, 200, Sr.), Thompson (Alabaster) RB Tony Amerson (5-11, 210, Sr.), St. James (Montgomery) RB A’montae Spivey (6-1, 185, Sr.), Central (Phenix City) WR Ja’Varrius Johnson (59, 170, Sr.), Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville) WR AJ Toney (5-7, 176, Sr.), Jackson-Olin (Birmingham) TE Kelshun Campbell (64, 225, Sr.), Park Crossing (Montgomery) OL James Dawson (6-1, 282,
Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix received first-team honors and offensive player of the year from USA Today for the state of Alabama.
Jr.), Opelika OL Treveon Pickens (6-1, 285, Sr.), Jackson-Olin (Birmingham) OL Logan Self (6-3, 265, Jr.), Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville) OL Jayme Simmons (6-5, 270, Sr.), Thompson (Alabaster) OL Adarius Tolliver (6-7, 333, Sr.), Autauga Academy (Prattville) DEFENSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Vonta Bentley, Jackson-Olin (Birmingham) First Team DL DJ Dale (6-3, 323, Sr.), Clay-Chalkville (Pinson) DL Tim Keenan (6-2, 285, So.), Ramsay (Birmingham) DL Jayson Jones (6-7, 340, Jr.), Calera DL Patrick Lucas (6-3, 290, Sr.), Wetumpka LB Vonta Bentley (6-0, 220, Sr.), Jackson-Olin (Birmingham) LB Jackson Bratton (6-3, 215, Jr.), Muscle Shoals LB Mohamoud Diabate (6-4, 215, Sr.), Auburn DB Trikweze Bridges (6-3, 175, Sr.), Lanett DB Jaydon Hill (6-0, 174, Sr.), Bob Jones (Madison) DB Ray Thornton (6-2, 200, Sr.), Central (Phenix City) DB Christian Williams (6-1, 182, Sr.), Daphne Second Team DL LeDarrius Cox (6-4, 305, Sr.), McGill-Toolen (Mobile) DL Daevion Davis (6-1, 315, Sr.), James Clemens (Madison) DL Phillip Hopkins (6-4, 215, Jr.), Lee (Montgomery) DL Bernard Miles (6-1, 235, Sr.), Central (Phenix City) LB Demouy Kennedy (6-2, 204, Jr.), Theodore LB Cameron Riley (6-4, 210, Jr.), Hillcrest (Evergreen) LB Kendall McCallum (6-3, 230, Sr.), Oxford DB Cordale Flott (6-1, 165, Sr.), Saraland DB D.J. James (5-10, 175, Sr.), Spanish Fort DB Reddy Steward (6-0, 165, Sr.), Austin (Decatur) DB Zo Williams (6-0, 170, Jr.), Pinson Valley (Pinson) SPECIAL TEAMS K/P Will Reichard (6-1, 185, Sr.), Hoover
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