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Trussville Council vacates portion of Morrow Ave for amphitheater, pavilion in entertainment district

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TRUSSVILLE – Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will have a great opportunity to give back to the community by helping a trail and riverbank cleanup on Saturday, Jan 12. A registration area will be set up in the parking lot behind the ball-fields and the cleanup

TRUSSVILLE — The City Council in Trussville met on Thursday to pass a resolution vacating a rightof-way in the entertainment district. The area to be vacated is Morrow Avenue from south of Beech to Pinchgut Creek to make way for the construction of the pavilion and amphitheater. Also to be vacated will be a 10-foot alley beside Ferus Brewery and the former liberty Automotive building from Morrow to South Chalkville Road and a portion of an alley on Cedar Lane, according to J.T. Murphy of Civil Engineers. Mayor Buddy Choat said buildings have been removed on Morrow Avenue to make way for construction. Buildings have been removed from Cedar Lane, as well, where much of the downtown parking will be located. In other council business, property owned by Trussville Gas and Water at 407 Cherokee Drive Park was rezoned from park zoning to R-1 after the public


Trussville Cicis Pizza giving out free buffets to members of law enforcement on Wednesday From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — The Cicis Pizza in Trussville will be participating in the National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by offering law enforcement officers, in uniform and with a valid ID, See CICIS PIZZA, Page 3

Leeds Daylight Donuts to host Law Enforcement Appreciation Day special event From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LEEDS – Daylight Donuts in Leeds will be doing something special to celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day this year. On Wednesday from 7 a.m. See LEEDS DONUTS, Page 3

Gardendale motorcycle crash, possible ties to Blount County Tribune staff reports BLOUNT COUNTY – According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, a Blount County state trooper was in pursuit of three motorcycles on I-65 south just before 2:20 p.m. on Monday. The pursuit entered Jefferson County and one of See MOTORCYCLE, Page 7

50 Cents Supervisory Special Agent Darren J. Mott to speak at January Chamber luncheon From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

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utility removed a water tank that had previously stood on the property. The lot will be offered for bid. A separate parcel of property will be deeded to the city, according to Mike Strength, general manager of TGW. The council also passed proclamations recognizing the Blow Away 5-K and School Board Member Recognition Month. Also passed was a resolution to reimburse city employees for tuition to further their education. Additionally, the coun-

cil issued a statement in opposition to the expansion of the Eastern Area Landfill proposed by the City of Birmingham. The Cahaba River Society has expressed concerns that the proposed landfill overlays the Bangor aquifer which serves as a source of drinking water for Trussville. “Public comment is open at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management website until Friday,” councilman Jef Freeman said. “They will be building a mountain of garbage and

trash about 40 feet high.” Mayor Buddy Choat said that he had reached out to Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and expressed his concerns with the proposed landfill expansion, but had not yet received a reply. The council also amended the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to update the language. Michael Pressley, Jr. and Anthony Martin, Jr. were approved as new hires for the police department pending approval from the Personnel Board of Jefferson County.

Pinson Public Library’s Grand Opening to be held at Rock School on Sunday By Crystal McGough Copy Editor The Rock School Center has long been a beloved landmark in the Pinson community, but as of this Sunday, the old building will be given a new heart. The Pinson Public Library, which opened in the back part of the city hall building in 2011, has moved into the main part of the Rock School Center and will be holding its grand opening on Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Hoyt Sanders and the Pinson City Council, as well as some special guests, and refreshments inside while patrons get to know the new building. “There is one kind of theme for this relocation for me,” Pinson Library Director Allison Scanlan said. “Everyone in the community loves the Rock School. That’s a big part of Pinson’s legacy and so many people love it. We are so fortunate that the outside of the building is the same, the rocks are still there. There’s the building they know and love, but we have kind of changed the heart of the building. The heart is now the library. The people are getting their building back. This is something that they can now visit, enjoy

and love, hopefully even more than they already loved it.” Along with a new location, the library also has a new logo, designed by Scanlan’s spouse, which ties into the theme by depicting the “iconic shape” of the Rock School building surrounding the name of the library. “That symbol is so iconic to people,” Scanlan said. “I want something to show: here’s this building, it’s the same building, this is the building you’re familiar with, but the inside has changed. It’s now the Pinson Public Library. That was my message with the logo and fortunately it was carried out amazingly well. We’re very happy with that.” The city of Pinson purchased the Rock School Center in 2013. According to Scanlan, the building had not been used as a school or daycare since the 1990s. “It was almost three years ago that they officially announced that they were look-

ing at putting the library in there,” Scanlan said. “The work started with the roof in the summer of 2017. They replaced the roof. Then Seay Construction started the actual renovation in the spring of 2018.” Scanlan said that the original part of the school in the front section of the building was fully renovated to accommodate the library. “It’s all new inside,” she said. “The building has been adapted to suit the needs of our library perfectly. We have much more space there than we had at our previous location and we have a larger event room, so we can have our summer reading program, events for children, story time, all of our big regular events that we do at the library. We have study rooms, too, which is something that we did not have before. We have space for additional computers, so we are adding more public computers for our library pa-

trons to use.” The “lower classrooms” in the Rock School Center will continue to be used for city offices, including offices for the Parks and Recreation department, Scanlan said. The auditorium is currently rented and used as a sanctuary for a local church, as well as used as a polling place for elections. The Pinson Public Library has been closed since Oct. 3, 2018, for the transition from the old building to the new. “Our collection is just over 18,000 items,” Scanlan said. “That’s books, movies, tablets, all the things that are available for checkout. So our library did a massive inventory and, as we packed things, we also got the opportunity to do some little pet projects that normally we wouldn’t have the opportunity to do when the library is open. Our DVDs are now organized by genre, so that makes them easier to browse.” Scanlan started working at the Pinson Public Library in 2013 as the Youth Services librarian, under former director April Wallace. When Wallace left, Scanlan became the new library director in March 2017. “As soon as I started working at the Pinson Public Library, I just immediately loved it,” she said. “It’s small See LIBRARY, Page 2

TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce announced that its January luncheon speaker will be Darren J. Mott. The luncheon will be held at the civic center on Jan. 17 with network development time starting at 11:30 a.m. and lunch being served at 12 p.m. Immediately following lunch, Mott will start his presentation. Darren J. Mott is the Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) for the Counterintelligence Program for the Birmingham Division of the FBI. The topic for his presentation is “The Current Cyber Threat Picture in Northern Alabama.” Mott will discuss the current cyber threat picture in the north Alabama area and how some simple business process changes can prevent our local companies from becoming victims of the crime. The luncheon is sponsored by Prestige Alarm and Specialty Products and will be held at the Trussville Civic Center, located at 5381 Trussville-Clay Road in Trussville.

Shipt announces plans for a second downtown location From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham based same-day delivery marketplace Shipt announced on Monday plans to become an anchor tenant at what will become known as Shipt Tower, according to a statement from the company. The tower is located at 420 See SHIPT, Page 6

Birmingham Council approves resolution of support for Dr. Angela Davis From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — On the heels of the news that broke over the weekend that the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded an award that was to be presented to Dr. Angela Davis, See CITY COUNCIL, Page 4

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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.
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LIBRARY, from front page

enough that you get to know everybody, but we’re also so busy and we get to do so much for the community. The city of Pinson has just been tremendous in their support of the library and that they’ve allowed us to grow, and as we’ve grown, they’ve allowed us to make changes. They’re just great people. The people who visit the library, but also the people who work for the city, the mayor and council.” Pinson Public Library has received many awards and grants during it’s seven

years, including the American Library Association’s Bookapalooza grant, which provided the library with about 1,500 award winning and award eligible books, and the American Dream grant, which helped the library provide ESL classes to the community and expand its Spanish Language collection. “Those are some of the big ones,” Scanlan said. “We are (also) a silver award winner from the Alabama Public Library Service. They have standard awards that they is-

sue each year and we do have a silver award from them.” The library has also received grants to pay teenagers for summer internships and jobs at the library. “We’re very excited about introducing more opportunities for teenagers,” Scanlan


said. “We have a great teen advisory board (a group of teen volunteers who help out at the library). We have a good core group of about 15 of those teenagers. I would love to be able to do more with them, give them more volunteering and work experience.” Scanlan said that she is also looking forward to continuing the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the new location. The program, which Scanlan launched See LIBRARY, Page 3

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Trussville Happy Wok employee wins Customer Service Award From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized its most recent Customer Service Award recipient at its monthly luncheon at the Trussville Civic Center on Dec. 20. The winner was David Belcher, an employee at the Happy Wok in Trussville. “My husband and I re-

cently ate at Happy Wok for the first time, and we were very pleased with the food and with the service,” said the nominator. “Our server was David Belcher, and he was very attentive without being overbearing, and he carried on some fun and interesting conversations. He kept our glasses, filled without being asked. Anything else we asked for, David delivered within just a minute or two. We found

out he was a student, and that made us appreciate his personality even more.” The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce is always looking to recognize outstanding customer service in the city of Trussville. Those interested in making nominations for the Chamber’s customer service award may call the chamber at (205) 655-7535 or visit their website.

Former Trussville City Councilman Gordon Flynn dies From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Gordon Flynn, a former city councilman and longtime board member of Trussville Gas and Water, died on Friday. He was 89-years-old. Flynn was elected to the city council in 1964 and served during the administration of Mayor John Yarbrough. He was later appointed to the board of Trussville Utilities, now Trussville Gas and Water, where he served for 45 years. According to Flynn’s obituary from Dignity Memorial, he was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Brian Flynn; and sister, Susan Maddox. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mamie Flynn; daughters, Martha Jane Buck (Frank) and Leslie Colleen Camp (Rod-

ney); brother, James Bruce Flynn (Gail); grandchildren, Rachel Buck Flowers (Bill), Ashley Buck, Kerri Buck Stephen (Doug), Whitney Camp Lugo (Troy) and Lindsey Camp; great-grandchildren, Gabby and Lucy Flowers, Alli and Evva Stephen, and Raleigh and Cason Lugo; and several nieces and nephews. Fynn graduated from Ensley High School and Auburn University. He also served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Roosevelt during the Korean War as a fighter pilot, serving in the Tophatters squadron. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Trussville and a prominent citizen of Trussville having served as a volunteer firefighter, on the city council, Trussville Utilities Board from 19722017 serving as Chairman for

many of those years, chaired the Bi-Centennial Committee of Trussville, and worked towards raising funds for many city projects. Additionally, Flynn served on the Auburn University Engineering Council. He retired as CEO of Hardie-Tynes Manufacturing. He was a member of The Masonic Lodge, Rotary and several other organizations. His family said Flynn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed. His family will celebrate his life on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel, with his service beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Trussville City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shriners Hospitals.

Trussville veterinarian arrested on charges of sexual abuse From The Trussville Tribune staff reports A former Gardendale and current Trussville veterinarian, Thomas Hughes Fuqua, 67, was arrested by Gardendale Police and charged with sexual abuse in the first degree on Dec. 28, according to court documents. Court documents also

show that the charges are related to an event that is alleged to have occurred on March 19, 2018, when Fuqua is alleged to have used “forcible compulsion” to “subject the (victim) to sexual contact.” Fuqua was employed at a Gardendale veterinarian clinic but left shortly before Thanksgiving, according to

an employee at his former place of work. Sources have confirmed that Fuqua is currently working as a veterinarian in Trussville. Fuqua was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Dec. 28, but according to court records, was released on the same date. His bond amount is listed as $15,000.

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immediately after becoming library director, allows children ages birth-5 who have not yet started Kindergarten to receive rewards for every 100 books that their parents or guardians read to them and record in a reading log. When the children have had 1,000 books read to them, they get to participate in a graduation ceremony at the library. “Since my background is

in youth services, I am very passionate about early literacy,” Scanlan said. “We’ve had one graduation ceremony so far, and we actually have three (kids) right now who are ready to graduate. I’m sure once we open we’ll have (more). So one of the first things that we’ll do in our new building is we’ll have a little graduation ceremony for the kids who have completed the program.

Those are some of the things that we’re looking forward to the most. And expanding our collection! We have room now! Everything is out on the shelves and there’s plenty of room to grow, so I’m so excited about that.” After Sunday’s grand opening, the Pinson Public Library will resume its regular business hours at the new location on Monday, Jan. 14.

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to 8 a.m., Daylight Donuts will be hosting a cops and kids event where parents will be able to bring their children to

meet with a police officer and receive a free glazed donut. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is an

annual event set aside to show those in law enforcement how much the community values their service and sacrifice.

Center Point area man wanted on felony warrant From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — A man from the Center Point area is wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrants charging him with domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation, according to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. Billy Williams is described as a black male standing at 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing

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150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is at the 1400 block of Fourth Street NW 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 identified suspect could

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Car strikes tree in Center Point area vehicle accident, one dead

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — A single-vehicle crash in the Center Point area left one man dead on Thursday.

The accident took place around 11:30 a.m. in the area of Sun Valley Road near Third Place N.W. when the 59-yearold male driver lost control in a curve and the car left the road and then struck a tree, ac-

cording to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. The driver was transported to UAB Hospital, where he died of his injuries, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

2 random shootings on Center Point Parkway and Old Springville Road leave 1 dead From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police detectives are conducting a homicide investigation on an incident that occurred early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, involving a gunman who shot into another vehicle while traveling on Center Point Parkway. At approximately 12:39 a.m., BPD officers were alerted of a person shot when the victim arrived at the East Precinct located on Red Lane Road.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Carltez Clark of Birmingham. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived along with the Jefferson County Coroner and pronounced Clark deceased. Investigators learned that Clark was a passenger traveling in a car towards Center Point on Parkway East when a black male suspect in a black, midsized car pulled up and started to shoot into the car. Clark directed the driver to turn around and drive to the East Precinct.

Investigators received additional information from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that a similar shooting occurred on Springville Road approximately 10 minutes before this incident. Investigators believe this is a random shooting. No suspects are in custody. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.

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a free adult buffet on Wednesday. Cicis specializes in an unlimited buffet that features pizza, pasta, salad soup and desserts and, according to CEO Bill Mitchell, the special promotion on Wednesday is a way of letting the men and women in blue know how much they are appreciated. “Cicis is grateful for the

hard work and sacrifices made by the members of our law enforcement community on a daily basis to keep our communities safe,” said Mitchell. “We’d like to take the opportunity to thank them in person by offering them a free meal on us.” The Trussville Cicis is located at 5915 Trussville Clay Road Suite 125.

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will commence at 10 a.m., however volunteers interested in pre-event refreshments are encouraged to arrive a little earlier. Trussville resident Jean Cox has set up the event in which volunteers will be able to enjoy a day outside and do some good while they’re at it. “We will be working in the woods between river bend/ pump house road and the Cahaba, covering everything from the trail head beside the Senior Center all the way to the woods behind the tennis courts.” Said Cox. “We will have registration set up in the parking lot behind the baseball fields.” This time of year, is perfect for getting to all sorts of litter that is not accessible during the spring and the summer. “The area that we will be cleaning up and is part of a really beautiful trail system.” Said Cox “During the summer when all of the undergrowth and grass is high and green you would never imagine there’s trash and garbage littering the woods near the trails. The majority of the litter has been brought in when the

Cahaba floods. There are several areas that we will be focusing on that are at the base of ravines, in stream beds or near bends in the river. When floodwaters wash in trash settles in these pockets. There are also a few places in these woods where garbage was dumped many years ago. The volunteers that will be working on the 12th will also be asked to flag large debris such as tires or barrels. On the following Monday, I will have a small group of volunteers from the Home Depot and Oldcastle Retail coming out to remove the heavier debris.” Cox has received a lot of support from the community for this project. “I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone I have reached out to for support.” Said Cox. “The Cahaba River Society is helping promote the event on their social media and they will be sending out volunteers. The Trussville Parks and Rec Department is supporting the event. The Trussville Home Depot has donated buckets, gloves, bags, and other materials need-

ed for the event. We will have coffee and treats provided by Great Harvest Bread. Slag Heap brewery is also supporting the event. Everyone I have asked for help has jumped on board! “ The event is open to all volunteers, although some areas needing attention will be more difficult to attend to than others. “Anyone can volunteer.” Said Cox. “There will be harder areas to tackle, like the river banks and hillsides(for the super fit or adventurous volunteers). There will also be easier road side areas and flat trails for people with kids to work on. I would love to have a volunteer to help with registration as well.” For Cox this project is a personal one. “This is important because the Cahaba is the heart of our town and we should make sure that our stretch of riverbank is pristine.” Said Cox “We should also take pride in our fabulous trail system and come together to make sure it is clean and lovely for everyone that visits it.”

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Birmingham to honor Blazers with special day and parade From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – Jan. 18 was designated as UAB Blazers Football Day by the city of Birmingham and a parade will be held that day to honor the program, according to WBRC. “UAB already means so much to Birmingham in terms of jobs, economic impact and the education it provides it

students,” Mayor Randall Woodfin said in a statement. “And, now this team has shown the entire nation what Birmingham is all about – resiliency, perseverance and teamwork.” WBRC reported that the 2018 Blazers won the program’s first Conference USA championship and scored their first bowl game win against Norther Illinois at the Boca Raton Bowl.

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WBRC’s Good Day Alabama to extend show an extra hour beginning Monday

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Just days after the announcement that Raycom Media had been purchased by Gray Television, the Birmingham station announced that they would be expanding a popular morning news show. WBRC FOX6 News announced today that it is extending Good Day Alabama from 9 to 10 a.m. exclusively on streaming services starting Monday, Jan. 7.

“The launch of Good Day Extra represents the beginning of an exciting new era for WBRC FOX6 News,” said Shannon Isbell, WBRC News Director. “Our viewers have told us they want more local stories, news and weather. There is already a tremendous appetite for Good Day Alabama. So, we’re thrilled to be able to provide Good Day Extra – high-quality, live-streaming local news for central Alabama.” With this additional hour, viewers can expect a variety

of content including First Alert weather and traffic to help prepare for the day ahead, as well as breaking and trending news. The regular morning team will remain for Good Day Extra. Mike Dubberly, Janice Rogers and Mickey Ferguson will be joined by Matt Daniel, Kelsey Davis and Clare Huddleston. Jeh Jeh Pruitt, Ugochi Iloka, Bakari Savage and Russell Jones will handle breaking news stories. “Our team is excited about this new opportunity to

grow our streaming offerings for our viewers,” Collin R. Gaston, WBRC FOX6 News Vice President and General Manager said. “This program expansion broadens our commitment to lead the Birmingham market with breaking news and local weather coverage that is On Your Side.” WBRC Good Day Extra will be available on streaming devices at WBRC.com, the WBRC FOX6 News app, and WBRC’s Roku and Amazon Fire channels.

be outraged because this was the epicenter of civil rights. Her influence is international and this makes it look like everyone respects her but us. She’s a champion for women’s rights, race relations and here she has an opportunity to be honored by her hometown and this is how it get’s handled. I’m embarrassed to serve in a city that would support this. George Wallace said “Segregation now, segregation forever,” but he said he changed his heart. We accepted that and there were a whole lot of black folks that voted for him to be governor. But now we have this woman — I want to emphasize, this woman, because

they wouldn’t treat a man like that — and you treat her wrong. It’s not right. You can’t mischaracterize a person for one part of their life when their work is so broad and their heart is inclusive. There are some things that are in the works where the city still plans to honor her. She’s one of our daughters. It’s important that young people know the body of her work. Not just a piece of it. Sometimes it takes an outside voice. She’s gone into communities around the world to bring awareness to humanitarian issues. Her entire life has been about bringing civil rights to all people. And for that we must honor her and celebrate the life of one of our own.”

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the Birmingham City Council unanimously passed a resolution of support for the civil rights icon. The BCRI issued a statement saying “supporters and other concerned individuals and organizations, both inside and outside of our local community, began to make requests that we reconsider our decision,” and claimed Davis did not meet the criteria for the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. It has since been reported that Davis’s long-time support of Palestine and calls for a boycott of Israel was seen as an issue for the BCRI board. Councilor Steven Hoyt issued this statement during today’s City Council meet-

ing regarding the matter (he later called for a resolution of support that was unanimously approved): “I want to say something about what we’ve experienced in the last couple of days since we learned on Saturday that the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute decided to withdraw an award that was to be given to Dr. Angela Davis. It is absolutely embarrassing to withdraw an award and it’s disingenuous that we would be selective in our measure of one’s humanity without considering the totality of their lives. We are products of our experiences, so where is the grace in this matter? She didn’t nominate herself. The nom-

inating committee deemed her worthy and now she’s not. All money isn’t good money, especially if it’s contingent on a partial view akin to “don’t shout until I tell you to shout.” Where is the inclusivity? The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was founded principally to embrace all cultures and all people from all walks of life. In the academic community, professors like Dr. Davis have freedom. Colleges like UAB don’t agree with everything that every professor says. But we are to respect their opinions because sometimes their teachings can provoke new thoughts. So to judge someone by a portion of their work and not the body

of their work is just not right. Here we are in a society where banks owned slaves. Do we stop using those banks? We have former presidents who owned slaves and yet do we not honor them as founding fathers of the United States of America? So where is the grace? It’s disheartening and embarrassing that you would judge a person by a segment of their life. This woman lived it. A bomb couldn’t have gone off at Center Street and she not experience it and yet we’ve forgotten about that part. We let a few people decide how we celebrate the black community. That’s an indictment. We all should

Tax returns may be negatively impacted by government shutdown From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY — A continuation of the partial government shutdown may mean that early filers will not

be able to get their refunds immediately, according to WIAT. WIAT spoke with tax preparer Elon Miree about the situation. “The government shut-

down, it does and it don’t affect us, because the IRS is not going to release the refunds until the 21st of January,” Miree said. Miree also counseled that people may be able to get an

advanced refund because it comes from the banks and not from the IRS, but cautioned that some of the advances come with fees. According to WIAT, regardless of other consider-

ations, a longer shutdown could translate into more problems for tax filers, especially those that are looking for refunds in February or March.


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Alabama students to receive nearly $3.7 million in Career Education settlement From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY —Attorney General Steve Marshall announced this week a settlement between the Attorneys General of 48 states and the District of Columbia and the for-profit education company Career Education Corporation (CEC). The corporation has agreed to reform recruiting and enrollment practices and forgo collecting more than $493.70 million in debts owed by 179,529 students nationally. CEC is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, and currently offers primarily online courses through American InterContinental University (AIU) and Colorado Technical University (CTU). CEC agrees to forgo any and all efforts to collect amounts owed by eligible former students living in the states participating in the agreement. In Alabama, 2,032 students will get relief totaling $3,732,371. Nationally, the average individual debt relief will be about $2,750. CEC has also agreed to pay $5 million to the states. Alabama’s share will be $50,000. CEC has agreed to forgo collection of debts owed to it by students who either attended a CEC institution that closed before Jan. 1, 2019, or whose final day of attendance at AIU or CTU occurred on or

before Dec. 31, 2013. Former students with debt relief eligibility questions can contact CEC through this web page. CEC has closed or phased out many of its schools over the past 10 years. Its brands have included Briarcliffe College, Brooks Institute, Brown College, Harrington College of Design, International Academy of Design & Technology, Le Cordon Bleu, Missouri College, and Sanford-Brown. The settlement, an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, caps a five-year investigation. “The investigation reinforced concerns that students were being misled about the costs they would incur, their courses of study and what real benefits were likely to be achieved,” said Attorney General Marshall. “This settlement restores a measure of fairness by removing the financial burden of having to pay back loans for programs that may have failed to prepare them for employment, and it mandates substantial reforms to protect future students.” A group of attorneys general launched an investigation into CEC in January 2014 after receiving several complaints from students and following a critical report on for-profit education by the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. That investigation re-

vealed evidence demonstrating that: • CEC used emotionally charged language to pressure them into enrolling in CEC’s schools; • CEC deceived students about the total costs of enrollment by instructing its admissions representatives to inform prospective students only about the cost per credit hour without disclosing the total number of required credit hours; • CEC misled students about the transferability of credits into CEC from other institutions and out of CEC to other institutions by promising on some occasions that credits would transfer; • CEC misrepresented the potential for students to obtain employment in the field by failing to adequately disclose the fact that certain programs lacked the necessary programmatic accreditation; and, • CEC deceived prospective students about the rate that graduates of CEC programs got a job in their field of study, thereby giving prospective students a distorted and inaccurate impression of CEC graduates’ employment outcomes. For instance, CEC inaccurately claimed that its graduates were

City of Birmingham to extend service hours ahead of ALDOT’s 14-month I-59/20 bridge construction closure From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — The City of Birmingham will be expanding service hours to the public for select departments beginning Jan. 14, to better serve commuters attempting to access City Hall during the Alabama Department of Transportation’s closure of the I-59/20 bridge downtown. ALDOT will shut down portions of the I-59/20 bridge completely for 14 months starting in mid-to-late January 2019. This will allow ALDOT to replace the aging bridge structure.

For more detailed information on the project, please visit ALDOT’s project website: www.5920bridge.com. The Department of Finance’s Tax & Licensing and Cash Management divisions and the Department of Planning, Engineering and Permits’ (PEP) One-Stop Permitting, Condemnation and Engineering field staff will operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Friday, effective Monday, Jan. 14. These expanded hours will offer more opportunities for individuals needing to pay fees, apply for business licenses or other permits. All other city de-

partments and divisions will operate under current office hours. Again, the intent of this change in service hours is to better serve the public and to reduce the city of Birmingham’s impact on traffic congestion with the expanded hours. “We encourage all downtown employers to consider innovative ways to help both employees and customers conduct business during the interstate construction project,” Mayor Randall Woodfin said. “Flexible hours will go a long way in helping our businesses run smoothly as possible during this transition period.”

BPD investigate early morning homicide in Birmingham From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Police Department detectives are conducting a homicide investigation on an incident that occurred early Saturday morning, Jan. 5. At approximately 3:42 a.m., BPD officers were alert-

ed that a person was shot near 16th Street and Avenue V in Birmingham. After officers arrived, they were unable to locate a victim but did locate a possible crime scene in the 2500 block of 16th Street. It was later determined that the victim, identified as 46-year-old Charles Reese, was transported to UAB Hos-

Meet Gracie, a beautiful one year old Boxer who has "graced" The Dog Stop with her presence since our opening day. Gracie is a sweet and very energetic baby who enjoys running and playing with her playmates. She especially loves to climb up and under the playground equipment; as well as jump off of it into a group of dogs who are playing. She goes nonstop the entire time she is in daycare and keeps the yard hopping. Gracie is loved by all, including her Mom who can't get enough of her. We hope she continues to "grace" us with her beautiful smile for years to come. We love you Gracie.

pital for treatment by private vehicle. Reese was taken into surgery but later died from his injuries. Investigators do not have a motive in this shooting and no suspects are in custody. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

“placed” who worked only temporarily or who were working in unrelated jobs. As a result of the unfair and deceptive practices described above, students enrolled in CEC who would not have otherwise enrolled, could not obtain professional licensure and were saddled with substantial debts that they could not repay nor discharge. CEC denied the allegations of the attorneys general but agreed to resolve the claims through this multistate settlement. Robert McKenna, former Washington state attorney general and current partner at the San Francisco-based law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, will independently monitor the company’s settlement compliance for three years and issue annual reports. Under the agreement, CEC must: • Make no misrepresentations concerning accreditation, selectivity, graduation rates, placement rates, transferability of credit, financial aid, veterans’ benefits or licensure requirements. • Not enroll students in programs that do not lead to state licensure when required for employment, or that due to their lack of accreditation, will not prepare graduates for jobs in their field. For certain programs that will prepare graduates for some but not

all jobs, CEC will be required to disclose such to incoming students. • Provide a single-page disclosure to each student that includes: a) anticipated total direct cost; b) median debt for completers; c) programmatic cohort default rate; d) program completion rate; e) notice concerning transferability of credits; f) median earnings for completers; and g) the job placement rate. • Require students before enrolling to complete an Electronic Financial Impact Platform Disclosure, which provides specific information about debt burden and expected post-graduation income. CEC is working with the states to develop this platform. • Not engage in deceptive or abusive recruiting practices, and record online chats and telephone calls with prospective students. CEC shall analyze these recordings to ensure compliance. CEC shall not contact students who indicate that they no longer wish to be contacted. • Require incoming undergraduate students with fewer than 24 credits to complete an orientation program before their first class that covers study skills, organization, literacy, financial skills and

computer competency. During the orientation period, students may withdraw at no cost. • Establish a risk-free trial period. All undergraduates who enter an online CEC program with fewer than 24 online credits shall be permitted to withdraw within 21 days of the beginning of the term without incurring any cost. All undergraduates who enter an on-ground CEC program shall be permitted to withdraw within seven days of the first day of class without incurring any cost. The CEC investigation was led by Iowa, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The agreement also covers the District of Columbia and the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Blount County Sheriff’s Department arrests convicted sex offender From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BLOUNT COUNTY — Blount County investigators made a social media request for help in locating registered sex

offender Eddie Gene Higginbotham on Wednesday. See Related: Blount County investigators request help in locating a registered sex offender According to their Facebook page, Higginbotham was

located and arrested by patrol deputies later on that same day. The Blount County Sheriff’s Department, via social media, thanked the public for all of the tips and leads that were provided.

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Alabama AG calls on new Congress to support border wall; criticizes Pelosi for failing to address border security From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall called on the new Congress convening today in Washington to fully fund a border wall to protect Americans and uphold the rule of law. Marshall also criticized incoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, for deliberately ignoring border security by pushing a budget plan that funds every remaining federal agency for the balance of fiscal 2019 except for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “It is the fundamental role of government to provide for the safety and security of its citizens and yet many in Washington, D.C., shirk this basic duty in order to score political points,” Marshall said. “Shame on them and shame on Speaker Pelosi for turning a

blind eye to continued security threats to Americans by refusing to fund a border wall and the vital operations of U.S. Homeland Security. “As Alabama’s Attorney General, I am deeply troubled by the steady stream of dangerous illegal drugs entering my state and the impact it has on our citizens and law enforcement. Drug trafficking, human trafficking and many violent crimes committed in Alabama can be traced to criminal elements crossing our country’s borders and the failure of current efforts to secure our border. “Alabamians were shocked to learn of the brutal murder of a little 13-year-old girl in our state last year by affiliates of the Mexican drug cartel. Tragedy struck South Alabama when a woman riding her bike was hit and killed by an illegal immigrant who fled the scene, knowing that he’d already

been deported twice. This week, we learned that a criminal alien previously deported for drug crimes illegally reentered the country — even returning to Alabama where his original crimes were committed — and was charged with the rape of a minor. Where does it end? When does it end? It ends with a border wall as the backbone of a serious and effective border-security strategy that protects Alabamians and all Americans. “I call on Speaker Pelosi and all Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate to stand with the American people and law enforcement and fully fund the border wall to enable our hardworking U.S Homeland Security personnel to secure our borders once and for all.” Attorney General Marshall participated in a White House panel on protecting America’s borders in August 2018.

SHIPT, from front page

20th Street North in downtown Birmingham and is part of the company’s larger strategy to remain in Birmingham and create an additional 881 local jobs. The company announced that renovations are soon to begin on Shipt’s space in the tower and additional updates will be made to the building’s lobby and common areas. Shipt will also maintain office space in its current location in the John Hand Building. “The city of Birmingham has been a crucial part of Shipt’s success,” said Jeffrey Smith, senior vice president of Shipt. “We are thrilled to expand our team and reside in two beautiful, iconic buildings in downtown Birmingham. Shipt has a very bright future and the Shipt Tower will be a

great second home for our rapidly growing team.” Shipt launched in 2014 after CEO and founder Bill Smith set out to create a more efficient and less stressful way to accomplish essential shopping trips. Founded in Smith’s hometown of Birmingham, Shipt became an instant hit among busy locals

who enjoyed the convenience of fast and trustworthy delivery. Since then, the service has expanded to more than 250 markets across the country. In March of 2016, Shipt opened a second office in San Francisco to take advantage of the region’s technology talent, while maintaining its presence in downtown Birmingham.

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Thieves targeting mailboxes in Pell City From The Trussville Tribune staff reports PELL CITY – Thieves are stealing from mailboxes in the Pell City area and police are investigating, according to WIAT. “I believe the person that is stealing the mail was looking for cash or gift cards,”

Pell City resident Tobias Eaton said to WIAT. Tony Robinson of USPS provided WIAT with a statement. “Rewards up to $10K for info leading to arrest and conviction of those responsible for mail theft,” Robinson said. “Local law enforcement was notified

to be on the lookout. Tips can be called to the United States Postal Inspection Service number 877-876-2455 or online at postalinspectors. uspis.gov. Descriptions and license plates are helpful. If suspects are actively being observed stealing mail, contact local law enforcement first.”

Girl Scouts kick off cookie season From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama launched the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season on Tuesday, Jan. 2, celebrating the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders. Local Girl Scouts are reaching their goals and honing their entrepreneurial skills by participating in booth sales (starting Feb. 8), door-todoor sales and digital sales through the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run their Girl Scout Cookie business online. Purchases of Girl Scout Cookies (like customer favorites Thin Mints® and Samoas®) don’t only mean a delicious treat for customers. Earnings from the Girl Scout Cookie Program fuel the adventures, leadership opportunities and passion projects of local Girl Scouts. All of the net revenue through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with the local council and troops, meaning that when consumers purchase the cookies that come from a registered Girl Scout only, they’re giving back to their wider community. Across Alabama, girls put their earnings toward impact-

ful community projects right in their own backyards, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws. The skills girls learn in the cookie program also influence later success: data shows more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting and public speaking. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential, but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. And Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is celebrating a tasty way to support young female entrepreneurs with the return the Toffee-tastic® cookie to the 2019 lineup. Toffee-tastic, which joins

classics like the Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils® varieties, is a gluten-free option introduced in 2015 that features a rich, buttery cookie with sweet, crunchy, golden toffee bits. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, call 800-734-4541, visit www. girlscoutcookies.org, or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices. About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama: Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama are over 13,000 strong — 9,500 girls and 4,000 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we’ve made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions and talents. Today the Girl Scout’s mission continues building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org or call 800-734-4541.

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Life Flight dispatched to crash with injuries in St. Clair County on I-59 North near Ashville From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ST. CLAIR COUNTY – State troopers are working a crash on I-59 North at the 165mile marker near Ashville, according to the Alabama Law

Enforcement Agency. Law enforcement reported that the crash involved an overturned tractor trailer. One lane is currently blocked. There are reported injuries in the crash, but the extent of those injuries is currently un-

known. Life Flight was dispatched to the scene. It appears the tractor trailer was the only vehicle involved. Officials ask that motorists be patient, expect delays and seek an alternate route if possible.

BCBS of Alabama announces statewide “Be Healthy School Grant Program” From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has announced it is continuing its statewide Be Healthy School Grant Program. For the 2019 -2020 school year, Blue Cross will make available $250,000 and award grants up to $10,000 to 25 schools across the state that enroll students in grades K through six. Since 2012, Blue Cross has awarded more than $1.5 million in 167 Be Healthy School Grants statewide, impacting over 81,000 students. “We continue to see the positive impact of the Be Healthy School Grant Program in schools across our state,” said Jeff Adams, Community Relations Manager,

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. “The ongoing success of our school grant program validates the investment we are making in the longterm health of Alabama’s children.” The grants are for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs that emphasize increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement during the school year. Applications can be completed on our website at AlabamaBlue. com/schoolgrant. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 22. Each selected school will receive a grant of up to $10,000, and schools will be further recognized with a Blue Cross Be Healthy School banner. In April 2020, students who successfully

complete their school’s program will be presented with Be Healthy awards by Blue Cross. About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has insured Alabamians for over 82 years. Blue Cross offers coverage plans to corporations, individuals and the senior market. For more information about Blue Cross, visit AlabamaBlue.com. Connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and follow us on Twitter for more up-to-date information. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Congressman Mo Brooks sworn in for fifth term From The Trussville Tribune staff reports WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mo Brooks, of Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District, was sworn in for a fifth term in the United States House of Representatives on Thursday. “As the 116th Congress begins its work, I am deeply honored to again have the opportunity to serve the people of Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District,” Brooks said. “As a Congressman, I have

fought hard to defend the foundational principles that have made America the greatest nation in world history. I will continue to fight for those values in the face of stiff and majority-controlling Socialist Democrats in the 116th Congress. In particular, I will work to rein in out-of-control Washington spending, secure America’s borders and elections, defend free-enterprise policies from a strong and dangerous but naïve Socialist agenda, while also promoting strong national security and

technological advancement NASA promotes for the benefit of all. The prosperity and freedom of America’s future generations is at stake. I appreciate the trust citizens of the Tennessee Valley have placed in me, and I look forward to a fifth term in the U.S. House.” Brooks was first elected to the U.S. House on Nov. 2, 2010, and was the first Republican elected in the Fifth District in 136 years.

DNA confirms identity of missing Birmingham woman found in Jefferson County lake From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — Through DNA technology, a Jefferson County coroner has identified 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 to 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 at the time she was missing.

Felecia Renea Hornsby (photo from Facebook)

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 Feb. 9. 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 it still remains a mystery as to how her body ended up in the lake.

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the motorcyclists pulled over and was taken into custody by the trooper on Mt. Olive Road in the area of I-65. The two remaining motorcycles continued south but were no longer being pursued by state troopers. Shortly after, state troopers were informed of

a motorcycle crash that occurred at the intersection of US 31 and Vulcan Drive in Gardendale. The motorcycle crashed into another vehicle as it crossed the intersection of US 31 and Vulcan Drive and the driver was killed as a result of the crash. It is believed that the driver of

the motorcycle may have been one of the individuals who failed to stop on I-65, according to law enforcement. ALEA reported that the motorcycle that crashed was not being actively pursued by state troopers at the time of the crash.

BPD, family members in search of Birmingham man missing for a month From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

checked and the door was found ajar. All his property

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Police detectives are conducting a missing person investigation on a Birmingham man. Family members last spoke with 30-year-old Roosevelt Lassiter on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. BPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Lassiter. Lassiter’s residence was

was found in place and his vehicle was parked. It is unusual for Lassiter to be gone for an extended period of time and not communicate with family members. If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Roosevelt Lassiter, please contact Birmingham Police at 297-8420 or 911. If you have additional information on this investigation, contact Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.

Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting during gun deal in Jefferson County From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — An investigation is underway after two people were shot in southwest Jefferson County during a gun deal gone bad, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a shooting investigation after two people were injured in a shooting at a convenience store in Brighton this evening,” JCSO said in a statement released Saturday night. Just before 7:30 p.m. on

Saturday, deputies responded to a shooting complaint at 3597 Jaybird Road at the Chevron convenience store. They arrived to find an adult male inside a car suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries. While on scene, deputies learned that an adult female had been taken to an area hospital by private vehicle. She was also suffering from a gunshot wound. Her injuries are non-life threatening. “Early information from the scene is that the male

went to the convenience store with the female to sell a gun to another man,” according to the JCSO statement. “During the transaction inside the car, the first man pulled a gun and began shooting. The second man returned fire inside the car.” After the shooting, the second man fled the area, deputies said. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone information about this crime is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-3251450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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January 10 Device Day Learn how to use your e-readers and other devices (Kindle, Nook, Apple products, Androids, etc). Library staff will guide you in how to download and use Libby (Overdrive), Hoopla, and other online library services. Let us help you optimize your virtual library experience… with your library card, you have access to ebooks, downloadable audio, movies, reference databases, auto repair manuals, and much more! Stop in the Trussville Public Library for help between 2:00 and 5:30; no signup required. January 14 I Got A Ukulele for Christmas, now what? Uke-A-Ladies Meet Up (Jam Sessions)All ages. Don’t be shy! If you’re a Female Ukulele and or Guitar Enthusiast who’s looking for a safe laid-back environment to play music, then this meet up is for you! We meet at the Trussville Public Library on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30pm. All you need is a Ukulele/Guitar and the desire to have fun. The structure will be friendly and welcoming. If you are not experienced or do not own a Ukulele yet, let us know! The library will provide a loaner ukulele. I will have chord charts and sheet music projected onto the big screen TV. We’ll have fun with youtube play-a-longs as well. You can bring your own favorite music to share with us too. We’ll teach each other! All skill levels are welcome. So, grab your uke and come have fun with us. There’s no cost to join the Uke-A-Ladies. Visit our site for more info about our meet ups. https://www.facebook.com/trussvilleukealadies.tamidalton If you have any questions contact me, Tami Dalton: tamurai@mindspring.com January 17 Understanding Medicare Educational seminar about Medicare options. Learn

about important Medicare Parts A and B topics that could impact you, including enrollment, costs, benefits, etc. Your questions will be addressed by Health Benefits specialist Linda Reynolds. Event will be at th Trussville Public Library beginning at 1 p.m. January 21-27 Scale Back Alabama Coming in January, Trussville will be a Weigh in site. Weigh in week is January 21-27. More information about the challenge can be found at www.scalebackalabama.com. Local Trussville businesses including Carrington Medical Spa will be participating. Visit scalebackalabama.com for a list of weigh ins in the area. January 22 Trussville Ukulele Strummers Are you a ukulele enthusiast looking for a place to meet up and jam? We’re looking for folks at all playing levels; beginners to advanced, young and old, everyone’s invited! If you haven’t yet purchased your own uke, we can help you with a “loaner” instrument. Come join us! Trussville Strummers Ukulele club meets at the Trussville Public Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month. There is no cost to join the ukulele club. For more info join our Facebook page “Trussville Ukulele Strummers” or contact: Organizer Rich Patsios: trussvillestrummerukulele@gmail. com January 23 Souper Supper Cooking Class Winter often brings a desire for comfort food and what better comfort food is there than hearty one pot meals brimming with vegetables and lean meat? Join Registered Dietitian, Donna Sibley, to learn how to quickly prepare some soups and stews that will become favorite meals that can be eaten for several days. Easy Chicken and Sausage

Gumbo and Moroccan Stew are two recipes on the menu. The cost is $12/person. To register, please call 408-6550 by January 21. Event will take place at St. Vincent’s Trussville beginning at 11 a.m. January 25 Living Room Rest with Kirk Cameron Kirk Cameron will be bringing the Cameron living room to churches across the country and want you to join him for a heartfelt conversation about what matters most to us as husbands, wives and parents. Think of it as a “homerun date night” with Kirk and his wife, Chelsea and also our special music guest, Matt Hammitt. A time to get away with your spouse for 3 hours with them to laugh together, pray together, learn together, and worship together, as everyone dives deep into the subjects that matter most to you and Kirk. And best of all, you’ll learn how to see your family with new eyes and be inspired about giving your family a “Living Room Reset”. January 28 Bolton Book Club Adult Book Club – each month we will read a selection (fiction or non-fiction) and discuss. For the January meeting, we will discuss Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Contact the Adult Dept. if you need assistance getting the book (also available in Large Print, audiobook, and ebook formats) Register here: http:// www.trussvillelibrary.com/ adult/adult-events/. Call 6552022 for more information. January 29 Comprehensive Diabetes Education If you have diabetes, this seminar at St. Vincent’s Trussville is a must. A physician’s referral is required. Pre-assessments are given proceeding the class time. Please call 939-7248 to register. Event begins at 8:30 a.m. at St. Vincent’s in Trussville.

January 30 Wellness Screening To stay abreast of your numbers, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference screenings will be held by appointment. Results and interpretation in fifteen minutes with a simple finger stick. The cost is $20. Please call 408-6550 to register for St. Vincent’s Trussville. ONGOING Georgiana Davis Masonic Lodge Georgiana Davis Masonic Lodge No. 338 in Trussville meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd/4th Monday at 190 Beechnut St., Trussville. For information, call Bruce Phillips at 205-4852.

Cahawba Art Association meetings The Cahawba Art Association meets the 2nd Monday 6 p.m. at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Trussville. For info call 661-0517. Republican Women of Trussville The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Three Earred Rabbit in Trussville with meet and greet beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact cherylamathews@gmail.com or www.rwot.com. Springville Military Order of the Purple Heart The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2213, Springville meets at the Smokin’ Grill at 85 Purple Heart Boulevard on the

first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The Joyful Jammers The Joyful Jammers are looking for people to join us who enjoy playing Southern Appalachian folk music and hymns. Dulcimers, psalteries, spoons, and all types of acoustical stringed instruments are welcome. We are part of the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Association (SADA). We meet each Thursday from 6-8pm at the First Baptist Church Trussville, AL. For more information and room location, contact E. Maddox at 205-542-0076. For more events, please visit our on-line calendar at trussevents.com.

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Robin Dill september 5, 1973 ~ december 31, 2018 (age 45)

The family of Robin Marsh Dill is sad to announce the passing of their loved one after a long but courageous fight against breast cancer. Robin was predeceased in death by an infant brother. She is the daughter of and survived by Ronald and Lyn Marsh of Oneonta Al. She is also survived by her husband Donald Wayne Dill, son Andrew Dill, daughter Kaylyn Dill, stepson Justin Dill, and grandson David Dill, sister Tammy Lyn Chamblee, brother Scott (Sha) Wayne Marsh, father in law, Johnny Dill, mother in law, Linda Dill and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation and funeral will be January 5th from 10:30 AM to 11 for friends and 11 to 12 for family at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. Services will be conducted by Reverend Bill Barnett and Reverend Roger Humphries. Burial will be at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Pall bearers will be Harold Bearden, Max Blanton, Dallas Chamblee, Cameron Hale, Tony Reynolds, Chris Reynolds and honorary pallbearers Leldon Marsh and David Dill.

Annie Hartley november 17, 1931 ~ january 1, 2019 (age 87) Annie Mae (Anne) Hand Hartley, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, after a long journey and battle with Alzheimer’s. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Clarence Hartley. She is survived by her children, Teresa Sheppard, Karen Martin (Tony), Beverly Allen, Cal Hartley (Terrie); grandchildren, Michael Lambert, Tim Lambert, Linsey Martin, Lauren Gibson, Brittani Perkins and Jackson Hartley; her sister, Claudette Mason, brother, Bobby Hand (Lynn); numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be held Monday, January 7, 2019, at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens on Gadsden Highway in Trussville: visitation at 1:00 p.m.followed by services at 2:00 p.m.

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Gordon Lee Flynn, 89, of Trussville went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 4. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Brian Flynn; and sister, Susan Maddox. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mamie Flynn; daughters, Martha Jane Buck (Frank) and Leslie Colleen Camp (Rodney); brother, James Bruce Flynn (Gail); grandchildren, Rachel Buck Flowers (Bill), Ashley Buck, Kerri Buck Stephen (Doug), Whitney Camp Lugo (Troy) and Lindsey Camp; great-grandchildren, Gabby and Lucy Flowers, Alli and Evva Stephen, and Raleigh and Cason Lugo; and several nieces and nephews. Flynn graduated from Ensley High School and Auburn University. He also served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Roosevelt during the Korean War as a fighter pilot, serving in the Tophatters squadron. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Trussville and a prominent citizen of Trussville having served as a volunteer firefighter, on the city council, Trussville Utilities Board from 1972-2017 serving as Chairman for many of those years, chaired the Bi-Centennial Committee of Trussville, and worked towards raising funds for many city projects. Gordon also served on the Auburn University Engineering Council. He retired as CEO of Hardie-Tynes Manufacturing. He was a member of The Masonic Lodge, Rotary and several other organizations. Gordon was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed. His family will celebrate his life on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel with his service beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Trussville City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shriner’s Hospitals

Joseph Daniel kennedy june 2, 1954 ~ december 29, 2018 (age 64) Joseph Daniel Kennedy, age 64, went to be with the Lord Saturday December 29th, 2018. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served proudly in the Vietnam War and was a skilled welder until he retired. He is survived by his wife Annette Kennedy; daughter, Bridget Kennedy; granddaughter, Madison Storey; step-sons, Josh and David Hollis; granddaughter, Willow Hollis; sister, Barbara Rotruck; brother, Jerry Kennedy (Patsy); sister Mary Casey (Bill); and many nieces and nephews. He had a special love for animals, especially his little dog “Sox”. There will be a memorial service Saturday January 5th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville.

august 23, 1930 ~ december 19, 2018 (age 88) Evelyn Jean Robinson was born August 23, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama to John Thomas Bowen and Willie Mae Bowen. Evelyn walked through the Pearly Gates to the embrace of her Lord and Savior on December 19, 2018. She had been a one year resident of High Point, North Carolina having relocated from her home of 50 years in Gainesville, Florida to be near her immediate family. Evelyn had been an army wife for nearly 30 years, married to Lieutenant Colonel William S. Robinson from 1948 to his death in 1985. During this time she and the family had lived at Fort Jackson, SC, Heilbronn, West Germany, Fort Bliss, TX, Canal Zone, Panama (both Caribbean and Pacific coasts), Fort Knox, KY, Gainesville, FL, Okinawa, Japan and Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. She endured almost 20 relocations while keeping the home and raising two sons, William, Jr. (Sandy) and John (Roddy). Twice she did extended double parenting duty while her husband served his country in Korea and Vietnam. For 10 plus years Evelyn also served her country as the VFW representative to the VA hospital in Gainesville, Florida where she provided critical material and emotional support to military veterans, many of whom suffered from combat related illnesses, disorders and injuries. She was recognized for her contributions to patient outcomes on numerous occasions by both the United States Veterans Administration and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In the community, she was also active in the Gainesville Women’s Club, Gainesville Garden Club, Retired Officers Wives’ Club and the Pine Grove Baptist Church. Because of her friendly, outgoing personality she served as the church’s Sunday services greeter. The pastor still brags to this day that no church was lucky enough to have anyone so welcoming as “Miss Evelyn.” Evelyn cherished her memories of growing up with her parents and siblings in Alabama and of the many unique experiences she had as a military wife and mother. She was one of six children and was predeceased by her parents and three siblings; sisters Margie Robson and Virginia Kendrick and brother Ronald Bowen. She is survived by sisters Joan Judd and Jeanette Owens, both of Birmingham, Alabama and by son William Sanford Robinson, Jr. and wife Ruth Ann Robinson, of Jamestown, North Carolina; and son John Ronald Robinson, of Greensboro, North Carolina; and by granddaughters Erica Lindsay Robinson, of San Francisco, California, and Kelly Martina Robinson, of Nashville, Tennessee. She is loved and missed by all. May God bless and bestow his infinite mercy. Services will be held Thursday, December 27 with visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at which time services are rendered, the reverend Jimmy King presiding, followed by burial. These will be at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens, 1591 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham, AL 35235.

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march 24, 1956 ~ january 3, 2019 (age 62) Patricia Patty Nadine Caver Ronchetti went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at the age of 62. Patty graduated from Hewitt High School in 1974. She served as a real estate paralegal at Najjar Denburg PC for over 25 years. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Presbyterian Church in Pinson, AL. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joseph Agatino Ronchetti; her daughter Marie Charlene Ronchetti Tenney (David); sisters-in-law, Laura R Weiss (James) and Julie Ann Ronchetti (Christle); 1 niece, 3 nephews, a host of cousins and extended family. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Betty Caver. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens in Trussville on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Birmingham Humane Society. Brother Jimmy Wilson will officiate.


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January 9, 2019 – Alabama’s 1940’s Congressional Delegation By Steve Flowers Recently I came across a copy of an old congressional directory from 1942. It is always fun for me to read about this era in American political history. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been first elected in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression. He would go on to be reelected in 1936, 1940 and 1944 and would have been reelected into perpetuity. However, he died in Warm Springs, Georgia in April of 1945, only four months into his fourth term. He was the closest thing we Americans have ever had to having a king. Nobody has or ever will serve four terms as President. After FDR's omnipotent reign, the Constitution was changed to limit our presidents to two four-year terms. Roosevelt brought the country out of the Depression with his New Deal. However, he did not do it alone. He worked closely with a Democratic Congress. They congruently changed the nation and it’s government. Our Alabama delegation was an integral part of that transformation. Our delegation in Washington was seniority laden and very much New Dealers. A cursory perusal of Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation, reveals that a standard prerequisite for being

Steve Flowers Inside the Statehouse successful in politics in Alabama during that time was to have been a military veteran. All of our congressmen had been veterans of World War I, unless they were too old to have served. In the 1940’s we had nine congressmen, whereas today we have seven. All nine members of our congressional delegation were men and all were Democrats. Today, we have six Republicans and one token Democrat. There are several differences in our delegation on the Potomac today and our group of gentlemen congressmen of over 70 years ago. Obviously, their partisan badges have changed as have Alabamians. Another observation is the tremendous difference in power and seniority of the 1940s group versus our group today. Of

that group of men, which included Frank Boykin, George Grant, Henry Steagall, Sam Hobbs, Joe Starnes, Pete Jarman, and John Sparkman, many of them had been in Congress for decades and wielded significant influence. Indeed, from the mid 1940s through 1964 ours was one of the most powerful delegations in the nation’s capital. They had risen to power through their seniority and their allegiance to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal policies. Henry Steagall from Ozark in the 3rd Congressional District was Chairman of the prestigious Banking Committee. He was instrumental in the passage of much of FDR’s New Deal banking laws which were revamped in the wake of the collapse of America’s banks in 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression. He was the sponsor of the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, which was a lynchpin foundation of FDR’s Banking Resurrection Plan coming out of the Depression. One of the monumental differences in that era’s delegation and today’s is their philosophical voting records. As mentioned, that group of men were witnesses to and participants of the Great Depression. Every one of them had been born in the late 1800s, therefore, they were in the prime of their life when the Great De-


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pression struck. They witnessed the devastation of the country. These men voted lockstep with FDR’s liberal agenda to transform America. Given this partisan progressive loyalty to FDR and the New Deal, this delegation’s voting record was one of the most liberal in the nation. Because of their loyalty to FDR’s programs, coupled with this group’s seniority, no state benefited from the

New Deal agenda more than Alabama. Through the Works Progress Administration and the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Alabama progressed. The Tennessee Valley of North Alabama was especially transformed. Later John Sparkman would create the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, which made this North Alabama city one of the most prosperous and progres-

sive areas of the country. To the contrary, our delegation today is one of the most conservative in America. It was a different era. See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.

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Holiness – not balance There is no god in Star Wars. Instead, there is the Force – an impersonal, mystical energy field that binds the universe together. The Force has a Light side and a Dark side, what we might call good and evil. But what the heroes strive for in Star Wars is not the victory of the Light, but balance. This is an example of something called Dualism, a philosophy represented by the Yin-Yang symbol. You know the black and white circle with an S down the middle? It represents the balance of good and evil, and really teaches that good and evil are complementary forces, not opposites

(notice how the white side has a black dot and vice versa). This is why Star Wars tells us that good is “a point of view,” and that even the wicked Darth Vader has some good in him. Now this is just a movie, and I am oversimplifying for the sake of time, but this is a very common idea. Balance is a very popular term for what a person’s life should be. But the Bible teaches us something different. God in Scripture is not balanced between good and evil, He is holy. The angels in Heaven cry out “Holy! Holy! Holy!” night and day. What does that mean? At its simplest, to be holy

means to be separate from what is common. With God, there is a moral quality to it as well; God is separate from us not just in power or in wisdom, but in His goodness. Evil itself is defined as that which deviates from God’s nature and character. Remember, before creation there was only God, so sin by definition is the introduction of unholiness, or not-like-Godness into the world. We say God cannot lie, not because He does not have the ability to lie, but because a lie is a deviation from God, who is truth. God is not balanced, God is holy. He has no rival or equal. It’s foolish to think of the Devil as be-

ing God’s opposite. Evil only continues today because of the mercy of a holy God towards the people He loves. Don’t think this makes God into some kind of softie Santa Claus. Strength does not require the ability to sin. This actually makes God more intimidating, because He is an all-powerful, righteous warrior who is incapable of compromise. A Crusader with a cause. God tells us in both Testaments that, “You must be holy because I am holy.” That is the Christian ideal. Not someone who has right and wrong under control in their life, but someone who has become

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like God. We must remember that as Christians. Our goal is

pure, unadulterated, blindingly white-hot Good. Some worldly ideas sound nice but they turn out to be capitulations to our sinful nature. The road of truth is difficult, but it is better. Don’t be balanced, be good! Be holy. Tyler Warner is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Trussville. CCT currently meets on Sunday morning at 9:30am, in the Cahaba Room of the Hilton-Garden Inn on 3230 Edwards Lake Pkwy. Listen to Tyler’s verse-by-verse Bible teaching at CalvaryChapelTrussville.com or Sundays at 2:30pm on WXJC (101.1 FM).

Kids talk about God: Why is gossip wrong? By Carey Kinsolving and Friends “Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person,” wrote Ethel Watts. Or, as Ivern Ball quipped, “A small town is a place where there is little to see or do, but what you hear makes up for it.” In small towns or large cities, gossip wreaks havoc wherever it spreads. And it does spread, says Scott, 11: “A rumor is in all likelihood an expanded lie, which becomes

larger as it goes along. A lot of rumors spread from jealous people who aren’t at peace with themselves and have a big mouth the size of a western African Safari Elephant.” Thanks, Scott for being specific. Africans are quick to point out that their elephants are bigger than those in India. Like a charging elephant, a tongue out of control can destroy, says Maddie, 11: “You can never take back the words you say. Once I was called a bad name in the 4th grade. It hurt me very bad, but I decided to go up and face the world.” Way to go, Maddie. It takes courage to ignore gossip. The Lord takes care of those who entrust themselves to him. The Book of Proverbs is full of sayings about how those who lay a trap for a righteous person will be caught in it them-

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selves. The Bible says this about Jesus: “He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly” (I Peter 2:23

NLT). If you gossip, you might find yourself living in fear, says Kaci, 10: “My sister was hurt by some mean gossip at school. But the boy is too afraid to tell more gossip about her now because her boyfriend is 6’4”.” This is called the Terminator Method for controlling gossip. It’s very effective until the gossip gets a friend who’s 6’8”. For permanent results, Karlyn, 11, recommends the Golden Rule. “God said do unto others as you would have done to you. We don’t like it when people are rude and start rumors about us. So we shouldn’t do that to others.” Your tongue needs the Golden Rule because “it’s the most powerful thing you have,” says Holly, 10. The

Bible compares the destructive potential of the tongue to a spark that starts a forest fire. Both are small, but the effects are devastating. The Bible calls anyone who can bring the tongue under control “perfect” or “mature” (James 3:2). If you’re a woman looking for the perfect man or a man looking for Miss Right, ask yourself if God is in control of his or her words? “Gossip is wrong because the Bible tells us not to let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, and we should build up people with our words, not tear them down,” says Jonathan, 12. The Apostle Paul wrote that our words should “impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). The Bible is clear that eternal salvation comes to us by God’s grace through

faith in Jesus Christ, and that this kind of faith comes by hearing the Word of God. It’s humbling to realize that God allows us to impart grace to others through the words we speak. Think about this: Grace builds up, and gossip tears down. Memorize this truth: “If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2). Ask this question: Do your words build up or tear down? “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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Tribune Living Southern Bits and Bites Recipes

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mix well. Transfer wings to a large bowl and pour sauce over them. Toss to coat and serve.

TRUSSVILLE — A south Georgia native has a love for all things delicious and values home cooking. Publishing a cookbook for USA Today’s best-selling author, Suzanne Johnson, began merely as a check off to her bucket list. Today Johnson’s love of cooking and sharing easy, delicious recipes has provided her an opportunity to connect with a vast number of hungry readers and viewers through bits of family memories and bites delicious recipes.

BLUE CHEESE DIP • ½ cup sour cream • ½ cup mayonnaise • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp pepper • 1 tsp garlic powder • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. SPICY SAUCE • 1 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp sriracha • juice of 1 lemon In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 30 minues before serving. SPICY CORN DIP • 1 (15.5 ounce) can white corn • 1 (15.5 ounce) can yellow corn • 8 ounces cream cheese • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped • ¼ cup fresh jalapeno, chopped (seeds removed) • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon pepper • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl,

GAME DAY WINGS with BLUE CHEESE DIP • 3 pounds chicken wings, cut into thirds and tips discarded • ½ cup hot sauce • 1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning • 1 teaspoon salt • 6 cups oil, for frying • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter 1 bottle Russian dressing In a large bowl, toss the wings with ¼ cup hot sauce, steak seasoning and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 375 degrees. Fry wings in oil until crisp and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees, about 10-12 minutes. Drain on paper towels. While the wings are draining, melt butter in a small bowl for 1 minute in the microwave. Add remaining ¼ cup hot sauce and Russian dressing to the butter and

mix together all of the ingredients except for 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and red pepper flakes. Place in a baking dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with red pepper flakes. FRIED PICKLES and FRIED PICKLED OKRA • 1 jar pickled okra • 1 jar hamburger dill pickle slices • 2-8oz container sour cream • 1 cup cornmeal • 1 cup flour • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning • Oil for frying  In a Dutch oven or deep fryer bring about 6 cups of oil to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream with the pickle juice from the jar. Next, mix together the flour, cornmeal and Cajun seasoning in a medium bowl. Dip each piece of okra and pickle slices into the sour cream mixture and then into the dry mixture. Add about 6 at a time to the fryer and cook for 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all okra and pickles have been fried. Drain on paper towels. MARGARITA CHEESECAKE BITES • 1 cup crushed pretzels • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted • 2 tablespoons sugar • 2 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened • 1 cup powdered sugar • Juice and zest of 1 lime • 1 tablespoon tequila • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • ½ teaspoon salt

Line 24 mini cupcake tins with liners. In a large bowl, mix together pretzels, butter and sugar. Press an even layer of crushed pretzels into the bottom of each muffin tin using the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined. Mix in remaining ingredients, reserving some of the zest for the topping. Spread evenly over pretzel crust and top with remaining lime zest. Freeze for 1 hour or until ready to serve. PUMPKIN SPICE LOAF with SPICED ICING • 1 8 count can flaky layer biscuits • 1 can pumpkin filling • 1 cup sugar • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice • 1 stick butter, melted Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. On a large plate, mix together sugar and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl add the butter. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, making a total of 16 biscuit rounds. Dredge each biscuit into the melted butter. Then dip each side into the sugar mixture. On a second large plate place down 4 biscuit rounds a time. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of pie filling. Stack biscuits in 4 piles of 4 biscuits each. Place stacks on their sides in a row in loaf pan, making sure sides without filling are on both ends touching pan. Bake 50 minutes or until loaf

is deep golden brown and center is baked through. Cool 10 minutes. Top with spiced icing to serve. CHOCOLATE CINNAMON ROLLS with CREAM CHEESE ICING • 1 package refrigerated pizza crust • ¼ cup Nutella • 3 tablespoons butter, melted • ¼ cup white sugar • ¼ cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll pizza crust and spread evenly with Nutella and melted butter, in that order. Sprinkle remaining ingredients evenly across all of the dough. Roll up dough lengthwise and slice into 1 inch thick rolls. Place on a greased 9 x 9-inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Top with Cream Cheese Icing. CREAM CHEESE ICING • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3 cups powdered sugar In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, combine butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until blended. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until all 3 cups are blended. LASAGNA ROLLS • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained • 1 large bottle of marinara sauce • 12 lasagna noodles,

cooked • 1 large container ricotta cheese • ¼ cup basil pesto • 1 egg • ½ cup grated parmesan • 2 cups mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine beef and marinara sauce in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes. Cook noodles according to package. Drain and place noodles flat on parchment paper. Combine ricotta cheese, basil pesto, egg and Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl and spread evenly on noodles. Place half of the marinara sauce in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Roll noodles with cheese mixture from end to end and place on top of sauce. Spread remaining meat sauce over rolled noodles and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. SPICED ICING • 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened • 1 stick butter, softened • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice • 3 cups powdered sugar In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, combine butter, cream cheese, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until blended. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until all 3 cups are blended. To read more about Suzanne Johnson, visit www. southernbitsandbites.com. She is also on Facebook at SouthernBits&Bites, and Instagram SouthernBitsand_Bites.






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Henry “Hammerin Hank” Aaron, a biography By George Allen, first grade Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. He was the third of eight children. He was born in Mobile called “Down the bay”, but grew up in Toulminville, Alabama. Aaron had his first tryout with a Major League Baseball team, but he did not make that team. He joined the Pritchett Athletics when he was fifteen years old, followed by the Mobile Black Bears his junior year of high school. Hank Aaron signed with

the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League on November 20, 1951. Seven months later, he played for the Eau Claire Bears, the Boston Braves Northern League Class C Farm team. On March 14, 1954, Aaron made his MLB break through when a Braves player fractured his ankle the day prior leaving a spot open for Aaron. He signed a contract the final day of spring training. He received a Braves uniform with the number 5 on it. He later changed his number to 44. Aaron was nicknamed

1. Keep length between 50 and 100 words. 2. Follow directions for the topic. Creativity is great but is the entry on topic? 3. Make sure all entries are legible. 4. Include students’ name, school, grade and parent’s email on each entry submitted. 5. Screen for appropriateness. We try to avoid potentially embarrassing entries, but sometimes it is not obvious.

“Hammerin Hank” by his teammates his rookie year. Little did they know the powerhouse hitter he would become. On June 21, 1954, he hit three two-run home run. On May 20, 1967, he hit the only inside-the-park home run of

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his career. Hank Aaron had many career records. He is most famous for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record when on April 18, 1977 he hit his 755th and final home run. Hank Aaron was an amazing athlete.

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If I was the Principal of my school the first thing I would do would be for students to vote on the kind of lunch they eat to make lunch a little more exciting. The next thing I would do is have actual lockers to put their stuff in with combination locks on the lockers so kids can’t just browse around their stuff. The last thing I would make happen if I was Principal of my school would be getting rid of homework because kids already do plenty of work in the day so why take school home?

If I were the principal I would leet kids com to school at 9 a.m. where they can sleep in and they get out of school at 4 p.m. because if you let them sleep in and they come at 9 a.m. they will be ready for school and be ready to learn. Also I would add 10 minutes to specials where they can learn more and do activities and have fun. I would also add 10 more minutes to recess because the kids could have a minute from learning and let them have fun and take a break.

If I we’re the principal I would not have school start until 10 a.m. Students would only have to come to school on Monday and Friday. Monday to receive work for the week. Friday to turn it in. But of course, you could come any other day for help. Also there would beee a Starbucks on campus for thee teachers for who they have to get up early for school they can have all the Starbucks they want. I would also make sure everyone is kind to each other. That is what I would do if I were the principal.

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2018 All-Tribune Team and players of the year By: Damian Mitchell Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE — The All-Tribune football team has been selected for the 2018 football season. The Trussville Tribune offensive, defensive and special teams players of the year have also been selected. Pinson Valley quarterback and Auburn signee Bo Nix earned offensive player of the year honors after his record-breaking senior season as the Indians quarterback. Nix led the Indians to their second straight state championship as he posted 3,802 passing yards with 50 touchdowns. He also added 417 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He also set the all-time ca-

signing period, accounted for 571 return yards, which included a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the season. Most opponents feared to kick

161 touchdowns Hewitt-Trussville defensive back Creed Parker earned defensive player of the year honors for his 2018 season. The North

ion Holloman, Pinson Valley hh Wide Receiver: Logan Pruett, Clay-Chalkville hh Tight End: Cole Clark, Springville

hh Defensive

Lineman: Joel Parker, Pinson Valley hh Defensive Lineman: Tyler Antkowiak, Hewitt-Trussville hh Linebacker: Leroy King,

stops. Parker also led the team with six interceptions with a forced fumble as well. Husky wide receiver Ja'Varrius Johnson earned

Ja’Varrius Johnson

reer total yardage record and total touchdown record with 12,505 total yards and

Alabama signee finished first on the team with 133 tackles, including 100 solo

special teams player of the year. Johnson, who signed with Auburn at the early

Johnson's way, but when they did he usually made teams pay. All-Tribune Team: hh Quarterback: Paul Tyson, Hewitt-Trussville hh Runningback: Armoni Goodwin, Hewitt-Trussville hh Runningback: Demarcus Burris, Clay-Chalkville hh Wide Receiver: Dazalin Worsham, Hewitt-Trussville hh Wide Receiver: Keyonteze Johnson, Pinson Valley hh Wide Receiver: Demar-

hh Offensive

Lineman: Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville hh Offensive Lineman: Brock Bethea, ClayChalkville hh Offensive Lineman: Jaylin Hatcher, Pinson Valley hh Offensive Lineman: Logan Self, Hewitt-Trussville hh Offensive Lineman: Ivan Cornelius, Springville hh Defensive Lineman: D.J. Dale, Clay-Chalkville hh Defensive Lineman: Kam Griggs, Pinson Valley


hh Linebacker:

Braden Hughes, Springville hh Linebacker: Brayden Burgeson, Hewitt-Trussville hh Defensive Back: Malachi Moore, Hewitt-Trussville hh Defensive Back: Jaylin Mack, Clay-Chalkville hh Defensive Back: Aaron Byars, Springville hh Defensive Back: Drew Heller, Clay-Chalkville hh Athlete: Ga'Quicy McKinstry, Pinson Valley

Pinson Valley state championship parade set for Jan. 12 By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor PINSON— The Pinson Valley Indians have announced the championship parade for the 2018 season will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday Jan. 12. The route is set to begin at Winn-Dixie located at 4701 Center Point Road

and run through Bicentennial Park located at 4200 Oak Street in Pinson. The Indians will celebrate their 26-17 defeat of the Saraland Spartans in the 2018 state championship game to capture their second consecutive football championship. Photo credit Ron Burkett

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