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Hewitt-Trussville grad identified as woman missing
Bill filed in state senate would allow the Bible to be taught as a social studies elective
Superintendent for Trussville City Schools aces yearly evaluation
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday night and accepted the low bid for a new traffic signal for U.S. Highway 11 and
At the Jan. 22 Trussville City Schools Board of Education Meeting, Board President Kathy Brown reviewed the annual evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill. Neill is in her seventh year as superintendent of Trussville City Schools. The evaluation cycle for this year shifted to coincide with the calendar year and to align better with board member appointments. As was done in the previous year, the school board used the same evaluation instrument for Neill. The evaluation included six standards: • General Responsibilities • Instructional Leadership • Personnel Administration • Financial Management • Chief Executive Officer • School/Community Relations The rubric for each standard allowed one rating from high to low in the following categories: Commendable, Meets Expecta-
Carrington, Chalkville, Camp Coleman to close next week for railroad maintenance From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Norfolk Southern will be performing crossing maintenance at several areas in Trussville Starting on March 4. See CARRINGTON, Page 4
Clay Council motion to rezone Highland Green Sector III for garden homes fails to pass By Crystal McGough Copy Editor The Clay City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to rezone 28 parcels of land in Highland Green Sector III from Residential Medium Density to See CLAY COUNCIL, Page 7
Center Point area man wanted on felony warrants 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 ex-felon in possession of a firearm, probation violation and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Duchorn M. Clayton is deSee CENTER POINT, Page 5
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tions, Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory. Brown was pleased with the high ratings and reported that Neill received 100 percent commendable and meets expectations in all six standards.
“A strength of our school system is our leadership,” Brown said. “Dr. Neill is a strong leader with great insight, vision and wisdom. Her intentional actions and decisions reflect the goals
and standards for which we strive and are achieving. Thank you Dr. Neill for leading our system to the top and for your dedication to Trussville City Schools.” Neill thanked the board members for her outstanding evaluation. “It is my pleasure to work with this school board to lead one of the best school systems in the state of Alabama,” Neill said. “As I reflect on the last seven years, I can see our improvement, measure our progress, be proud of our awards and rankings, and I look forward to strategic changes in our schools that will continue our upward trajectory toward the next level of excellence. Trussville City Schools has a distinguished school board and magnificent employees in place to educate students and proudly associate themselves with an award-winning school system in an outstanding community. We are truly blessed in Trussville City Schools.”
Clay resident Mike Garrett released Christian fiction novel in February By Crystal McGough Copy Editor CLAY — When author and book editor Mike Garrett decided to write a new novel after spending 30 years building a name for himself in the editing and publishing industry, including being Stephen King’s first editor and publisher, he had no clue that God intended to be the true author of his story. But that is exactly what happened. Several years ago, Garrett had an idea to write a secular novel about a woman who was falsely accused of murder. He kept putting off writing the book, however, due to a lack of inspiration. The cure to his writer’s block came after attending a service at his church, Church of the Highland’s, Fultondale campus. “A couple of years ago, a church service about serving God with your spiritual gifts really moved me to think that, you know, God’s given me a whole career in this area,” Garrett, a resident of Clay, said. “I’ve been a book editor for 30 years and had a first secular novel published a long time ago, and I
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Trussville Council updates alcohol ordinance, accepts bid for new US 11 traffic signal
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Pinson Council paves way for speed calming system for Heather Point Subdivision By Shaun Szkolnik For TheTribune PINSON — The Pinson City Council unanimously approved $4,250 for Skipper Consulting Inc. to design and develop a speed calming system for the Heather Point subdivision. See PINSON, Page 5
HewittTrussville grad identified as woman missing from Grants Mill Road area, request help in finding her From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — Authorities have identified a missing 35-year-old woman that rescue workSee HEWITT, Page 5
St. Clair County Schools offer survey to choose school calendar From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
felt like I really do need to honor God in some way. He’s been so good to me. And so, I started to think about the idea and I realized this could very easily be even a Christian slant and take this in a different direction. So that’s essentially what I did. I felt like God was prodding me along. I’d find myself in difficult situations, and wham! An idea would hit me to get me out of it. I just felt like God was a part of it the whole time.” According to Garrett, the writing experience this time around was much different from what he experienced nearly three decades ago when he wrote his first novel, a suspense/ thriller titled “Keeper,” which was published in 1990. “I didn’t write on it fulltime,” he said. “I just kind of worked on it as I got a chance, and the writing experience was very different for me in this one than it was in my first novel. I really did feel like God was pushing me on this, because everything just kind of flowed…I felt like I was the keyboard; God was the typist. It just didn’t take as much effort as the first
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — The St. Clair County School system is giving the public a voice in the school calendar for the next school year. The system sent the survey link via social media. The survey offers three
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Palmerdale firefighter, 21, dies in the line of duty From The Trussville Tribune staff reports PALMERDALE — A firefighter for the Palmerdale Fire District has died in the line of duty after suffering a medical episode at work on Tuesday, according to Fire Captain David Kearns. Brenden Pierce, a burly 21-year-old redhead with an infectious smile, died at
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Gas tax increase should be ‘Even Steven’ – raise one tax, lower another By Pepper Bryars, Alabama Policy Institute Can Alabamians support raising our gas tax for better roads while remaining true to our belief in limited government and protecting a beneficial, low-tax environment for our businesses, our families, and our future? Yes … if taxes are lowered elsewhere so that the overall amount of money taken from the people doesn’t increase. The concept is called “revenue neutral tax reform.” It essentially means that if Alabama raises one tax by $100 million next year, then it should have a comparable decrease in something else. So, if you’re going to pay an extra $400 at the gas station, you should save an extra $400 at the grocery store. Even Steven. A solid majority of Alabamians support the revenue neutral approach, as well. Nearly 62 percent of respondents said they’d support raising gas taxes if grocery
taxes were decreased by the same amount, according to a statewide poll commissioned earlier this month by the Alabama Forestry Association. But why shuffle taxes around if it doesn’t ultimately change the government’s total haul? Because taxes change behavior, encouraging some actions while discouraging others, and they also impact people differently. Everyone who pays taxes on a gallon of gas uses roads and bridges. Fair enough.
But the rich man and the poor widow pay the same tax on a gallon of milk. That may not be entirely fair, or at least not kind, especially if that tax is relatively high. Shuffling things around can also simplify things, making taxes predictable and sustainable for both the citizen and the state. And lowering those that discourage economic growth may actually produce more revenue in the long term. In our nation’s great laboratory of democracy, Alabam-
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Trussville chamber of commerce recognizes community volunteers and more at 63rd annual banquet
Individual Gatekeeper: Sandra Vernon is pictured here with her family. Photos courtesy of TAC
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE, AL – The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce held its 63rd annual banquet Saturday night, February 23, at the Trussville Civic Center. The banquet is not only a fundraising event for the chamber but it also recognizes outstanding volunteers and customer service and serves as a platform to officially induct the chamber’s new officers and board members. About 180 people enjoyed the evening’s festivities, including entertainment provided by the Hewitt-Trussville Jazz Band. Presenting sponsor for the banquet was Trussville Gas & Water. Brumlow Legal Group was the silver sponsor, First Community Mortgage was the awards sponsor, and Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens sponsored the VIP reception. The entertainment sponsor was Bryant Bank. Recipients of the pres-
tigious Ned and Goldie Paine Memorial Gatekeeper awards, which recognize outstanding service to the community, were Sandra Vernon in the individual category and the Eastern Women Committee of Fifty in the group category. Nominations are accepted from the community-at-large, and a committee comprised of the three previous years’ recipients in each category makes the final selection. The individual recipient of this year’s ‘Ned and Goldie Paine Memorial Gatekeeper Award’ is a life-long resident of Trussville. She loves Trussville probably more than anyone we know. If there is an opportunity to be involved in something, she jumps at the chance. She volunteers at T.E.A.M., and if there is a particular need, she is right there already asking for donations. She is very involved with the Trussville City Schools Foundation. She attends Trussville United Methodist Church where she serves as the secretary to the church council, is on
the worship committee, is a greeter, and a member of the New Horizons Sunday School Class. She works tirelessly at her ‘day job’ to help the staff in any way possible. She was recently recognized as ‘Secretary of the Year’ for our school district. She ensures that the community is ‘In the Loop’ with everything going on in the school system by sending out e-newsletters, weather reports and school closings, and so forth. Her touch is the ‘glue’ between the school system and everyone in the city from City Hall to the utilities board to the chamber. She is the current President of the Trussville Rotary Daybreak
Ambassador of the Year: Donna Lowery. Photos courtesy of TAC
never says ‘no’ when somebody asks her to help with a committee or a project. And the list goes on. All this, and she still makes time for her family—including her precious granddaughter Amelia
CSA: TACC Board President Jeremy Tuggle and Customer Service Award recipient David Belcher of the Happy Wok. Photos courtesy of TAC
Club, which involves preparing every single week for a breakfast meeting. She keeps club members ‘in the loop’ by sending regular emails about what’s happening every week, and she
Claire. The Eastern Women’s Committee of Fifty is comprised of a women who live or work in the eastern area of Jefferson County. The purpose of the organiza-
tion is to participate in the cultural, civic, and charitable development of this area. Some of the ways this group achieves their goals are their annual charity golf tournament, fundraising galas, donation of books to Children’s Hospital and to the St. Vincent’s East Oncology Unit, participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and volunteering as hostesses at the Decorators Show House. Some of the charities and organizations that have benefits from this group’s efforts are: YWCA Childcare Program, Medical Center East Hospice, Honor Flight, the Liz Moore Low Vision Center, The Shepherds Center, Alabama Youth Home, Jefferson State Community College, and Magic Moments. This group also provided $1800 to sponsor a kindergarten classroom at Paine Elementary School and $500 to purchase art for Hewitt-Trussville High School. The group also offers a non-traditional scholarship to a deserving female student. Through their annual Women’s Archives Award, the group honors women who have committed to improving their communities or enhancing the quality of life for others. As of 2018, this organization has raised over $1M. The chamber presented its Customer Service Person of the Year Award to David Belcher of Happy Wok in Trussville. Our nominator had this to say about the Customer Service Award of the Year recipient: ‘My husband and I recently ate
Volunteer of the Year: Jeremy Walker. Photos courtesy of TAC
at Happy Wok for the first time, and we were very pleased with the food and with the service. Our server was David Belcher, who 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 Chamber recognizes a recipient each month, and then the community is invited to help select the Customer Service Person of the Year through a Facebook survey The Chamber recognized Donna Lowery as its Ambassador of the Year, sponsored by Brumlow Legal Group. The ambassadors work on a points system and accumulate a point each time they help with an event or recruit a new member. According to TACC Executive Director Diane Poole, ‘Our See BANQUET, Page 4
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chamber ambassadors have been phenomenal in assisting with chamber events, recruiting new members, and in general have been wonderful representatives for the chamber. We can’t begin to say how much we appreciate this group.’ Donna now serves on the chamber’s board of directors. Jeremy Walker, who was named Volunteer of the Year, has ‘truly gone above and beyond’ for the Chamber. The Maple Leaf Run is a big community event, and if you’ve never put on a run, you really have no idea what’s involved in putting together an event of this magnitude. Our Volunteer of the Year has helped us to put on this event for several years now, including one year raising the bar to create a ‘Cahaba Race Series’ with other races in the area to try to raise awareness for the local 5K’s and increase interest in our local races at a time when there are seemingly countless races in the metro area. Jeremy Walker has an amazing ability to juggle all those little details and also teach staff and volunteers how to use websites and apps to effectively coordinate a race. He’s always just a text or an email away when we have questions, and he never minds coming by to help us figure out a solution
Group Gatekeeper: Kathryne Brugge and Denise McDaniel with the Eastern Women’s Committee of 50. Photos courtesy of TAC
to what seemed to be a problem, which really wasn’t a problem for him at all. Winners of the Best Decorated Table competition were BB&T, 1st Place; First Baptist Church Trussville, 2nd Place; and Carroll Pharmacy, 3rd Place. The winners won $100, $75, and $50, respectively. BancorpSouth sponsored the competition. In addition to these awards, the chamber’s 2018 officers and board members were inducted by Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight. These board members and officers include Jeremy Tuggle, Bryant Bank, President; Vic
Modic, McWane Corporation, President-elect; Shea Carroll Waldrop, Massey, Stotser, and Nichols PC, Treasurer; Kendell JnoFinn, M3 Performance and Physical Therapy; Ian Maddox, Hitchcock Maddox Financial Partners; Donna Lowery, First Community Mortgage; Debra McCarley, DeDe’s Book Rack; David Moore, Fox’s Pizza; Kevin Sargent, Brik Realty; Scott Stearns, MortgageBanc; and Mike Strength, Trussville Gas & Water. Alan Taylor and Brian Plant are the City Council Liaisons to the chamber. Retiring board members Jay Mather, Enviro Management Company, Inc.; Johnny Amari. Amari Gray Legal Consulting; and Lynn Middleton, formerly of Avadian Credit Union, were also recognized. Certainly a highlight of the evening was the silent auction, where about 100 items were auctioned. Auctioneer Alan Taylor also auctioned off a Kitchen Aid mixer, bread, and baking goodies and accessories donated by Trussville Gas & Water. For more information on the Chamber, please call the Chamber office at (205) 655-7535, visit www.trussvillechamber.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.
COUNCIL, from front page
Vann Road. The low bid was awarded to Stone and Sons Electric Contractors for $129,300. “There are not many things we do that everybody agrees on,” Councilman Alan Taylor said. “But I think everybody agrees on this because that road is a nightmare to get on Highway 11.” The council also voted to
amend and replace the city’s alcohol ordinance. Much of the amendment was for the purpose of cleaning up the language, but significant changes are also found in the new ordinance. The city ordinance now says any business with a local alcohol license must maintain the state alcohol license in good standing, as well. Alcohol taxes must
be paid by the 20th of each month or the business risks have their license suspended or canceled. If the alcohol license is suspended, the business must remove all alcohol from view. Enforcement of the new code falls to the Trussville Police Code Enforcement Officer. That position is currently held by Chuck Bradford.
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Joel’s Restaurant scores a 69 on Feb.13 county health inspection From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — The Tribune contacted the Jefferson County Department of Health and learned that Joel’s Restaurant had been reinspected on Feb. 18 and raised their score to an 86. That score has not yet been posted on county records or online documents. According to the Jefferson County Health Department the new rating was part of a compliance score and that there were two critical issues that will have to be corrected within 10 calendar days of the compliance score. According to records Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to maintain TCS (temperature control for safety) food at 135 F or above. According to records Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to maintain TCS food at 41 F or below. TRUSSVILLE — Joel’s Restaurant of Trussville at 312 Main Street scored a 69 on its Feb. 13 inspection by the Jefferson County Department of Health, according to county documents. Remarks in the county inspection report showed a number of areas in which Joel’s Restaurant was cited. According to records, Joel’s Restaurant was instructed that employees need to wash hands for at least 15 seconds after any potential contamination (i.e. handling soiled utensils, after using toilet room, before
Joel’s Restaurant – Trussville. Photo by The Trussville Tribune
donning gloves, etc.) Records showed that an employee handled soiled dishes with same gloves used to handle clean and the same employee was observed going from soiled dishes to handling raw meat. Records show that Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to discard foods that had exceeded seven days or for which the date of preparation could not be determined. The report stated that cooked spaghetti stored in a cooler had an undetermined date and that a corn casserole was past the date limit. These items were voluntarily discarded. Records show that Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to maintain TCS food at 135 F or above. The report stated that country fried veal was 112 F – 127 F, beef tips were 124 F- 127 F and Turnip Greens were 115 F – 117 F. The items were volountarily discarded. According to records Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to maintain TCS food at 41 F or below. The report stated that milk was stored at 52 F and lettuce was 60 F. Those items were volountarily discarded. According to records, Jo-
el’s Restaurant was instructed to properly date mark all TCS food prepared in-house, when held for more than 24 hours, with the preparation date and date of discard — not to exceed seven days including the date of preparation. The report stated that various pans in the walk-in cooler were not date marked. Records show that Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to provide separation between packaged raw and ready-to-eat food. The report stated that raw bacon was stored next to shredded cheese in the RI unit. Records show that Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to store utensils left inside ice machines and closable containers of non-TCS foods with handles above the top of the food or ice. According to records, Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to repair a condensation leak in refrigeration units and repair a condensation leak in RI freezer units. According to records, Joel’s Restaurant was instructed to clean the dumpster area and/or grease receptacle at a frequency necessary to prevent accumulation of soil or becoming attractants for pests.
CARRINGTON, from front page
According to a social media post from the Trussville Police Department there will be alternate routes open for the Camp Coleman Road and Carrington Drive crossings. Motorists are thanked for their patience with the expected delays.
The road through the former Goldkist plant will be utilized during the closings of Commerce and Camp Coleman. The back gate out of Carraington which accesses Blackjack Road will be used during the Carrington closing.
The following crossings will be affected: Peggy Lee Lane South Chalkville Road Praytor Road Camp Coleman Road Commerce Drive Carrington Drive
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Will Bright Foundation brings message of secondary recovery to Washington By Shaun Szkolnik For The Tribune WASHINGTON — The state of Alabama, as with most of the nation, is in the midst of an opioid crisis. While there are no clear answers on how to end the epidemic, any solution must include helping the victims of addiction reintegrate into a world that can be long on temptation and short on support. That is where the Will Bright Foundation comes in. According to the foundation, their mission is to serve a need for a secondary form of recovery in central and west Alabama. This second form of recovery is necessary because often those who have completed a recovery may not be ready to function in the world. They need more than what can be given in the first form of recovery. They need spiritual guidance, job skills, a sense of worth and a sense of purpose. The Will Bright
Foundation seeks to provide precisely that at their transitional center, Restoration Springs, which is located in Fayette, Alabama. As important as that mission is, it is almost as important that the word be spread. A second form of recovery may be key in saving an untold number of lives, but it will only be successful if it is known and if there are resources in place to support it. Bill and Lisa Bright, of The Will Bright Foundation, will be in the nation’s capital this week spreading that word and educating others as to the vital importance of this project. “We will be traveling to Washington DC Tuesday… for two days to speak on Capitol Hill to members of congress concerning the opioid crisis,” Lisa said. “I don’t have my complete schedule but I do know for sure we will be meeting with Senator (Richard) Shelby and Con-
gressman (Robert) Aderholt. One of our goals is to be a voice for non-opioid choices to be covered by insurance and also to share our story from the parent’s perspective about how opioid addiction is killing our children. We will also have a private tour of the West Wing and Oval Office.” The Brights will be sharing with leaders in Washington how important it is that recovering addicts be offered places of refuge while they are healing, and faith-based solutions that can serve as the foundation on which their transformed lives will be built. “Next step recovery is essential to someone coming out of a recovery center but is in need of additional guidance,” Lisa said. “Most recovering addicts do not need to return from where they came from due to old stresses and influences. At Restoration Springs, we offer a safe place to live, assistance
in finding employment, community involvement and life skills training. We are faith based and are connected with several churches in our community. Our guys participate in Celebrate Recovery and other small groups, and this offers them a chance to discover their purpose. We do serve projects to give back to the community that has supported and welcomed us. Having a purpose in life is essential to living a life free from addictions.” The Brights know this approach works because it already has. “Our very first resident came to us with no job, no money, but he was wanting to break the bonds of his past life,” Lisa said. “He stayed with us for seven months and now has a great job with benefits, bought a truck, and is living on his own. Through our savings program, he was able to save up enough money to put a down payment on an apartment.”
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“Heather Point is probably our second largest subdivision,” said Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders before the vote. “That was approved, if you will, before we were a city. The speed devices have worked well in Innsbrooke…Innsbrooke was a bit of a prototype for these new design of calming devices, but (neither) the county nor the city has heard any adverse, so we’re going to, if approved, consider them now for Heather Point.” The council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of four new exterior doors at the Rock School. The total cost of parts and labor to install the doors came to approximately $3,500. The council considered the possibility of purchasing a new mower for the public works department. The city generally buys one new mower per year to protect against the possibility of a large
number of the city’s mowers, which have a life expectancy of approximately 1,000 hours, going out of service at the same time. The price of the new mower was $9,173. The city approved the purchase unanimously. The council considered a motion to expand Pinson’s disc golf course to a full 18 holes. The expansion would open up the possibility of the park being used for tournaments. The cost of the project was estimated to be $5,000. The council passed the motion unanimously. The council unanimously approved to remit $20,000 to help fund the position of Turkey Creek Manager during 2019. Pinson provides this amount annually as part of the city’s partnership in Turkey Creek. In other news, councilwoman Shannon Galamore shared some information with
Cannabidiol oil store to open in Trussville From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Plans to open a new cannabidiol oil store in town are creating a buzz across Trussville. Currently, the closest CBD store in the area is Your CBD Store Birmingham on Highway 280 near Inverness, but with the success of that location, proprietor B.J. Autrey is looking to expand and has chosen Trussville for the next spot. Your CBD Store Birmingham was temporarily closed down late in 2018, according to WVTM, due to an interpretation on the legality of CBD oil. However, with the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, and a subsequent clarification from Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, it was determined that CBD derived from Hemp was legal. Although the 2018 federal Farm Bill has cleared the path for CBD products with an amount of THC registering at 0.3 percent and lower, some municipalities are resisting
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shops that specialize in CBD products. According to the Shelby County Reporter on Monday, the Alabaster City Council placed a one year moratorium on granting licenses to stores that would receive 10 percent or more of their gross revenue from CBD products. According to social media for Your CBD Store Birmingham, the Trussville location will be set to open in as little as two to three weeks. Your CBD Store offers a number of CBD products, including water solubles, infused gummy candies, skin creams and even pet products. The exact location of Your CBD Store Trussville is not yet known.
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er was missing near Lake Purdy. After receiving additional information, the search moved to the Cahaba near Grants Mill Road. The staging area for Monday’s search will be at the Church of the Highlands, according to Safety Officer Grant Wilkinson of the Cahaba Valley Fire Department. In addition to the Cahaba Valley Fire Department, Birmingham Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,
Vestavia Hills Fire Department and the Leeds Water and Rescue team have all participated in the search, but rescuers said they had little to go on. The Yager’s truck was located, but officials don’t know if she is in a boat or on land. The Cahaba from Grants Mill Road to Overton Road has already been searched. Anyone with information is asked to call 205-3251450.
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Leeds Art Council to present The 39 Steps From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LEEDS — This weekend the Leeds Art Council will be presenting The 39 Steps at its downtown location. The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the 1915 John Buchan novel and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. The script was developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and adapted in 2005 by Patrick Barlow. The script is full of allusions to other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. This production is directed by Suellen Wilkins with
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Bill filed in state senate would allow the Bible to be taught as a social studies elective
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Brian Allison as Richard Hannay; Susan Cook as Annabella, Margaret, and Pamela; Stacy Lowery and Ron Landry are the two Clowns; Curtis Frost, Johnny Underwood, Lori Franks, Tommy, Wendy and Gracie Riley all pitch in to add to the comic mayhem!
Performance dates are: Feb. 22, 23 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Call (205) 699-1892 for ticket reservations. Tickets are $10 per person The Leeds Theater and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in downtown Leeds.
ALABAMA — A state senator from North Alabama wants public schools in the state to be allowed to offer three new electives with the Bible at the center. State Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence) has introduced a bill that would allow public schools to offer elective courses focusing on the study of the Bible in grades six through 12. It would also allow public schools to display artifacts, monuments, symbols and texts related to the study of the Bible, so long as displaying those items was appropriate to the overall educational purpose of the course. These new classes would
be social studies courses with one focused on Hebrew Sciptures of the Old Testament of the Bible, one focused on the New Testament of the Bible, and a third class focused on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible. According to the bill, the goal of these courses would be to familiarize students with the contents of the Bible, the history of the Bible,
the literary style of the Bible and the Bible’s influence on law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values and cultures. The bill also states that any instructor of these courses would not be allowed to endorse, favor, promote, disfavor or show hostility toward any particular religion or nonreligious faith or religious perspective.
Congressman Bradley Byrne announces run for Doug Jones’ U.S. Senate seat From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MOBILE — U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., threw his hat in the ring on Wednesday for the Republican nomination for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones, D-Ala. “The fight for America’s future is too important to sit on the sidelines,” Byrne said in a press release. “I am running for the United States Senate to defend the values important to Alabama. We need a Senator who will fight with President Trump to defend the Constitution, build the wall, stand up for the unborn, push for lower taxes, make health care more affordable, and protect the Second Amendment. I will fight every day to bring Alabama’s conservative values to Washington.”
Byrne first came to statewide prominence when Gov. Bob Riley appointed him as chancellor over Alabama’s two-year college system following a corruption scandal that garnered national headlines. Byrne’s mission was to clean up the community college system following the scandal of the previous chancellor, Roy Johnson, and his cronies, for widespread corruption. Johnson and several others were eventually found guilty and sentenced to prison. During the process, Byrne made enemies within AEA, which was led by Paul Hubbert and considered to be the group that most controlled Alabama politics with hefty campaign contributions. AEA members filed for a temporary restraining order in an attempt to stop Byrne from taking the post.
During Byrne’s tenure, several two-year college presidents were forced to resign or retired and more questionable financial dealings were uncovered, including state legislators on the college payroll for little or no work and a foundation that operated more as a slush fund. “There’s no question, job one was to bring confidence back to the system,” said David Lanoue, head of the political science department at the University of Alabama told Dana Beyerle in 2007. “Scandals have taken an enormous toll. It was a national story.” In 2010, Byrne would face Robert Bentley in a runoff for the Republican nomination for governor. During the runoff, a series of attack ads were funded by the Conservative Coalition PAC and the True Republican PAC. Due to campaign reporting laws, it was not known until af-
ter Bentley won the election that both groups were largely funded by AEA. “When he declared for governor, he really declared war on us, and we had no choice but to get involved. It
obviously had some effect on the outcome,” former AEA Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert told the Associated Press following Bentley’s win in 2010. Jones was the winner of a
special election for the senate seat Byrne seeks when allegations against his opponent, Roy Moore, surfaced in the Washington Post 32 days before the election. Moore was accused in the newspaper of an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl decades earlier. Dueling civil lawsuits between Moore and his accuser, Leigh Corfman, are still unresolved. A press release from the Byrne campaign stated, “Bradley’s conservative record is second to none. From cleaning up corruption at Alabama’s two-year college system to fighting for Alabama’s priorities to standing up for President Trump’s agenda in Congress, Bradley doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk.” The election for the U.S. Senate seat will take place in 2020.
GAS TAX, from page 2
Pledge that many candidates sign during election season. Tennessee’s voters were pleased with the result and reelected the Republican majority to the legislature the following year. Americans for Tax Reform also supported former Gov. Chris Christie’s efforts to raise the gas tax in New Jersey in 2016. His plan raised gas taxes there from 14.5 cents to 23 cents per gal-
lon, but eliminated the state’s death tax, lowered its sales tax from 7 percent to 6.6 percent, and increased the earned income tax credit. Even Steven. Same goes for South Carolina. Americans for Tax Reform supported then Gov. Nikki Haley’s plan to combine an increase in gas taxes with a significant decrease in the state’s income taxes on individuals, families, and small
businesses. Again, Even Steven. Unfortunately, there are other examples of how gas taxes were raised without the benefit of lowering anything else. They either failed to pass or, ultimately, harmed the communities they sought to help. We must remember that high taxes are one of the chief reasons why people and businesses are fleeing places like New York for places like
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Alabama. And there are also other reform measures that Alabamians should consider during this debate that were raised in a recent report issued by the Alabama Policy Institute. Meanwhile, our lawmakers should remember another lesson from Tennessee’s experience raising their gas tax – the need for open debate about the details.
The chairman of the transportation committee in the Tennessee House of Representatives, State Rep. Barry “Boss” Doss, was accused by some of breaking the chamber’s rules so he could “ram” through the gas tax increase. He ended up drawing a challenger in the Republican Primary and ultimately lost his seat, and some say his parliamentary maneuvers were partly to blame.
They say history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. If that’s the case, let’s hope Alabama’s lawmakers will be less like Boss Doss by being transparent in the process and more like Even Steven by balancing any increase in the gas tax with decreases elsewhere. Pepper Bryars is a senior fellow at the Alabama Policy Institute. Follow him on Twitter at @jpepperbryars.
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Feb. 27 - Mar. 5, 2019
CLAY COUNCIL, from front page
Residential High Density for the purpose of a garden home subdivision. “This was a subdivision that was originally approved by Jefferson County,” City Manager Ronnie Dixon said. “Even though the city of Clay existed, they did not do their own Planning and Zoning and inspections until 2006, so this was approved as a subdivision as Phase III of Highland Green back in 2004. Since no substantial work had been done on that subdivision, the developer came back to us; there is now a market in Clay for this type of lot, this type of house.” Dixon said that the proposal by the current developer is to decrease the number of lots to 50 homes, instead of 75 houses on smaller lots. “We’re looking to finish out Phase III of that Highland Green subdivision that was started back in ‘04,” said Allen Jones III, an authorized agent of Highland Green Development LLC. “We’ve got a few builders that are interested in this size lot and this size house now. It’s in the preliminary stages of where we are with it, and trying to get the zoning back to where we can get this size house in there and get some builders in there
and get the project going and finished up.” Councilor Ben Thackerson voiced concerns about Sectors I and II not being complete. However, Jones said that the lots for Sectors I and II were purchased by other builders. Councilor Don Baker asked about the style of houses proposed to be built in Sector III, but was informed by Jones that his company is not in that stage of the planning yet. Many Clay citizens and residents of the Highland Green subdivision attended the council meeting and voiced their concerns during the hearing. Carol Foster said that she is one of three people who bought houses in Phase II of Highland Green. “There are 22 houses in the subdivision where I live, and we have at least 10 lots that have not been built on,” Foster said. “I need to know, what are the prices…of these garden homes, because when I moved in Highland Green, the houses started at $269,000 up to $310,000. I’m concerned, and some of our neighbors are concerned, about our property value.” Foster also added concerns about the traffic that would come from adding 50 more
The Clay-Chalkville Student Ambassadors spoke at the council meeting to inform the council of many ways they are working to improve their schools.
houses to the area. “It’s going to be a mess,” she said. Mayor Charles Webster said that he expects the Planning and Zoning Commission will request all-brick, higher-end garden homes. “I don’t have any objection to the garden homes,” Foster said. “I just want to make sure that it’s not going to deflate our price of (our) homes.” Webster said he feels confident that it would not decrease the value of the existing homes because the Sector III garden homes would not be used as a comparison to the houses built in Sectors I and II. “Our goal is that it increases,” he said. Highland Green resident
Moody Police warn of telephone scam targeting locals From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MOODY — A number of recent incidents have prompted the Moody Police Department to issue a warning to citizens about a phone scam currently targeting locals.
On Feb. 20 the MPD released a statement on social media that said someone is contacting citizens from a number that appears to be local and registers as “City of Moody” on caller ID. Authorities said the caller states that they are with the City of Moody and are
collecting donations from charity. Officials stated that this is not legitimate. The City of Moody will not contact individuals via telephone to solicit donations. An investigation into the matter has been launched.
Pell City man arrested for the murder of his father From The Trussville Tribune staff reports RIVERSIDE — A missing persons investigation led to charges of murder against a Pell City man on Sunday. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist the Riverside Police Department in a missing persons investigation, authorities said. Officials reported that the investigation revealed evidence of a possible homicide. Sheriff’s investigators, along with Riverside Police
John Shane Patterson
Chief Rick Oliver, followed leads until the body of John W. Patterson, a 76-year-old white male from Pell City, was discovered in a wooded area on 1 Police Camp Road in Riverside. Officials said the suspect is John Shane Patterson, a 47-year-old white male from Pell City. John Shane Patterson is the son of the victim. Patterson was arrested and charged with murder. He was booked into the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City and awaits bond.
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Grandview Medical Center on Wednesday. He was a 2017 graduate of Westbrook Christian School. “It is with very heavy and broken hearts that we share the loss of one of our very own,” Kearns said on social media. “Firefighter Brenden Pierce suffered a medical episode while on duty Tuesday.” Pierce was working weather related calls at Station 3 in Palmerdale when the incident occurred. Kearns said Pierce had chosen to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a firefighter and was currently working on obtaining his paramedic license. “It seems only fitting that his firefighting career started at Palmerdale Fire District where his father, Allen Pierce, once held the position of Fire Chief,” Kearns wrote. “Kind-hearted till the end, Brenden’s organs will be donated so that other lives may be saved. We will miss
him dearly and offer sincerest condolences to his family and friends.” Palmerdale Fire Chief Jason Howell told CBS 42 that Pierce’s death was the first line-of-duty death for the Palmerdale Fire District and the first he has ever experienced. Pierce’s death has been especially difficult on Palmerdale firefighters who have known him most of his life through their relationship with his father. “He’s been coming here since he was two and for it to end like this is so painful for everybody,” Howell told CBS 42. “It’s so shocking. Any word you can think of wouldn’t do it justice. It’s a hard time for myself and all the guys.” There were numerous messages of condolences for the Pierce family and remembrances of Brenden Pierce from friends, family, former classmates, and total strangers posted to social
media. “Our sweet Brenden Pierce lost his life yesterday to a very rare brain stem stroke at the age of 21,” Jeanette Pierce Owens posted on social media. “We do not have any arrangements yet, he in a totally selfless act is an organ donor.” Owens asked that the family be remembered in prayer. “Our world has been changed in such a major way,” she said. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but Pierce’s fellow firefighters are already making plans to properly honor their fallen colleague. “Brenden will be buried with full fire department honors,” Kearns said. Any fire departments that are planing on being part of the funeral procession are asked to contact Captain David Kearns at Palmerdale Station 1 at 205- 683-3336.
Sheila Gray said that she felt several of the residents did not have adequate access to information regarding this development. “We did not get adequate information,” Gray said. “We got information from people, OK? We heard headcounts in the last meeting, last week. All we heard was headcount, more traffic. OK. “We move out to Clay to get away from it all. There’s a reason why we all move out to Clay. We didn’t come out here for the restaurants…we didn’t come out here to eat. We came out here to work our land, to be quiet, to do our own thing, to have a good place to live. And we do have a good place to live. We just want to know when it’s
going to stop. “The developer, I did talk to him last week, and he said the sewage plant that’s out there now was not the one he was going to use. Is it, or is it not? You said they were just going to use what they have. Are they or are they not?” Dixon said that the city doesn’t know. “We are not to that point,” he said. “What I said was it is all governed by the Jefferson County Department of Health.” Gray said that the citizens “don’t want to look at that stuff.” “We are our in the middle of the country,” she said. “Why do you have to build in the middle of the country?” Webster said that the reason is that there are people who want to move to the city of Clay. Councilor Dennis Locke made a motion to approve the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to rezone Sector III, which was seconded by Counselor Bo Johnson. “If I thought for one second this would negatively impact property values, I would have denied this at the Planning and Zoning Commission,” Locke said.
The motion, however, failed to pass in a 3-3 vote, where Webster, Locke and Bo Johnson voted yes, and Baker, Thackerson and Becky Johnson voted no. “I didn’t have enough information to make the decision that I wanted to make,” Baker said. “When you can’t answer how you’re going to do the sewage portion of it, whether you’re going to build another building or not, there’s people out there that have property and I would not want a sewage facility built beside my house. If they can bring it back up later and give me some more answers, that’d be great.” In other city news, the council unanimously voted to award the bid for garbage/waste disposal services in the city for the next three years to Santek Waste Disposal. Thackerson informed the council members and citizens in attendance that on Saturday, March 2, there would be a litter cleanup at Cosby Lake beginning at 8 a.m. The next Clay City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at Clay City Hall. Pre-council will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular council session will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Leeds man wanted on felony warrant From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — A man from the Leeds is wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrant charging him with the first degree theft of property of a motor vehicle. Jeffrey Oneal Johnson is described as a black male standing at 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
His last known address is at the 8100 Block Douglas Avenue of Leeds. If you recognize this suspect or know anything about this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777. You will remain anonymous and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect could result in a cash reward.
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March 1 Storytime for Growin’ Beans with Ms. Allison We will be learning about the color, green! Join us for stories, songs, activities & more! Storytime is designed for children under the age of five, but all ages are welcome to attend. Pinson Public Library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 4 Monday Night Knitting Monday night knit class! Beginners can come to learn the basics; experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects to work on or troubleshoot. We may also do a pattern knit-along – call the library 655-2022 for more information. Trussville Public Library beginning at 6 p.m. March 7 Inspirational Book Club Join us for Inspirational Book Club! Each month we will read and discuss a fiction or nonfiction book of an inspirational nature. Contact the Adult Dept. to find out what we’re reading this month. We can also assist you in getting the book (most are available in regular, Large Print, audiobook, and ebook formats). Go here to register: http:// www.trussvillelibrary.com/ adult/adult-events/. Call 655-2022 for more information. Trussville Public Library beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 13 Wellness Screening To stay abreast of your numbers, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference screenings will be held by appoint-
ment. Results and interpretation in fifteen minutes with a simple finger stick. Please call 408-6550 to register for St. Vincent’s Trussville (by appointment only). Beginning at 8 a.m. March 16 Red Shoe Run Join us on March 16, 2019 at the 15th Annual Red Shoe Run benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama! The Red Shoe Run will include a Rockin’ 5K course, 1 Mile course, and a celebratory block party following the run/walk. The event will be held in beautiful Downtown Birmingham, starting and ending just outside the Ronald McDonald House. Get your team together and register to walk, run, and fundraise at https://www.redshoerun-bham.org/ Event begins at 8 a.m. March 17 Hammer Ride Presented by Brannon Honda Join us for the Inaugural Hammer Ride, a 64-mile supported training ride led by USA CRITS D1 teams and former world tour pro, Frankie Andreu. Train with the pros, enjoy lunch and social hour afterword at Avondale Brewery and help bring professional bike racing back to Birmingham. Event begins at 8 a.m. Register at https:// birminghamhammerfest. com/ March 18 Monday Night Knitting Monday night knit class with Laura Reichert! Beginners can come to learn the basics; experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects to work on or troubleshoot. We may also do a pattern knit-
along – call the library 655-2022 for more information. Trussville Public Library beginning at 6 p.m. March 19 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. Begins at 8:30 a.m. March 25 Meal Prep 101 Cooking Class During National Nutrition Month, join Registered Dietitian and Chef, Jessica Ivey, for a cooking class that will help you learn how to prepare meals in advance and set yourself up for success regardless of a busy schedule. The menu will include Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups, Greek Chicken, Veggie, and Quinoa Bowls, Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Cauliflower “Rice” and Ham and Asparagus Stuffed Potatoes. The cost is $12/person. To register, please call 408-6550 by 10 a.m. on March 21st. St. Vincent’s Trussville beginning at 11 a.m. March 27 Thyme to Cook for Spring Break Spring is in the air and with it comes fun ideas for cooking. Join us for spring break with a cooking class for kids your age (6-12 years), as we make Chicken (or Egg) Salad in a Bird’s Nest, Spring Rolls and Dirt Dessert. Plant an herb to take home and watch it grow to use on your own creations during
the summer. Please call 408-6550 to register by noon on March 24. The cost is $15/child. St. Vincent’s Trussville beginning at 11 a.m. April 4 Inspirational Book Club Join us for Inspirational Book Club! Each month we will read and discuss a fiction or nonfiction book of an inspirational nature. Contact the Adult Dept. to find out what we’re reading this month. We can also assist you in getting the book (most are available in regular, Large Print, audiobook, and ebook formats). Go here to register: http:// www.trussvillelibrary.com/ adult/adult-events/. Call 655-2022 for more information. Trussville Public Library. beginning at 1:30 p.m. April 6 Coast to Coast Championship Wrestling “SCORNED” Coast to Coast Championship Wrestling presents its debut show, “SCORNED”, April 6, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy live, entertainment wrestling, food and drinks. Suitable for the entire family. General Admission Tickets, if pur-
chased in advance via the Coast to Coast Championship Wrestling Facebook Page are $8.00, and $10 at the door. Ringside seats can be purchased for $12 in advance, and $15 at the door by calling the Coast to Coast office and reserving your space. Coast to Coast Facebook: h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . com/coasttocoastchampionshipwrestling Coast to Coast Phone:1-205-202-9386 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 email@example.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 205-5420076. For more events, please visit our on-line calendar at trussevents.com.
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O b i t u a ry
Elizabeth Ann Dobbs
91, of Birmingham, formerly of New Orleans, passed away on Feb. 16.
92, of Trussville, passed away Feb. 12. She was a member of Trussville First Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband Buster Dobbs, daughter Peggy McGinnis, grandson John Roger Gilbreath, brothers Eugene, Emmett, Ralph, Edwin, Fred, sisters Nell, Maxine, and Ruby.
Trotter loved to sew, work on her crafts, and play bingo. She also was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 171.
She is survived by her son David Dobbs (Sharon), grandchildren Donna Causey, Kelley Judson (Mark), and Dori Weldon (Tyler), 2 great grandchildren Bobby and John Whitehead, 3 great great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Trotter Sr.; parents, George and Annie Graff; sisters, Elaine Lyle (Martin) and Gertrude Nunez (Frank); nephews, Coulton Lyle Jr. and Frankie Nunez Jr.; and niece, Patsy Nunez. She is survived by her son, Fred Trotter Jr.; nieces, Shannon Lyle and Anna Badeaux (Paul); nephew, Coulton Lyle (Suzanne); and many other loving relatives and friends.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Fairhaven Nursing Home and Compassus Hospice for the care given to Trotter.
9, 1933 ~ february 16, 2019 (age 85)
Doris Williams Wehunt of Birmingham Alabama, made a call to Jesus on Sunday morning Feb 16 2019 at 12:30 AM. When he answered, she said I didn’t think you would be home this morning, Jesus said, then why did you call Doris? Mom answered, I just wanted to see if you were there. He said, I am, come on home and she did at the age of 85. Doris was a good hearted, loving Mother, Grandmother and wife. She just reached 64 years of marriage to her lifelong valentine Donald, this past week. Doris loved reading, her sunporch is lined with hundreds of books, she loved to crochet and quilt. She loved searching the sky for those big, beautiful puffy white clouds. She absolutely loved her family, her lifelong friends, neighbors and the entire Hopewell community, where she grew up. Doris worked for The Birmingham Transit Authority, Dial Finance and she was always very active in politics and the election process. She was the Chief polling official for over a decade at voting precinct 1030, L M Smith Elementary school. Doris leaves behind her loving husband, and servant, Donald. Two Children, four grandchildren and 1 Great-grandson, Son: Steve Wehunt, Granddaughter: Kristin Cassidy, Grandson: Alexander Wehunt, Great-grandson: Silas Cassidy, Daughter: Lesia Newman, Grandson: Joshua Newman, Grandson: Jason Newman Doris will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Services will be on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2 PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be an hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Pinson, AL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Glaucoma Research or St. Jude’s Hospital. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
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Geneva Ferguson july
15, 1932 ~ february 20, 2019 (age 86)
Geneva Ferguson, 86, born July 15, 1932 in Margaret, AL, died February 20, 2019. She was a long-time resident of Birmingham, AL residing most of her adult life in East Lake. In recent years she lived at Highland Lake in Oneonta, AL. Geneva loved life to the fullest and loved family more than anything. She was known for her pleasant disposition; the eternal optimist. She was generous and possessed the gift of hospitality. Frequently her home was opened for guest with her table spread; where food was served along with hugs and laughter. Although she had numerous interests and hobbies, playing cards was her favorite past time. Young and old alike affectionately called her Maw Maw. Geneva was one of the few surviving charter members of the Roebuck Seventh-day Adventist Church where she served in various areas of responsibility including head deaconess, Sabbath school superintendent, head greeter, and children’s ministries leader. Geneva had the reputation of being one that could get things done. Known as the Tupperware lady, she was employed as a unit manager for over 30 years and conducted Tupperware parties in thousands of homes throughout the Birmingham area. Geneva was the eleventh of 12 children born to Sam and Jessie Carruba and was the last surviving child of their household. Sam, an Italian immigrant, was a farmer and worked in the Margaret coal mines. Geneva’s husband of 57 years, Ray Ferguson, preceded her in death in 2003. She is survived by one son, Charles (Sharon) Ferguson of Hendersonville, NC, along and two daughters, Claudia (Tony) Gilmer of Birmingham and Carla (Dean) Snider of Brookhaven, MS; five grandchildren, Charles’ two sons Adam and Carson and Sharon’s daughter Heather Buck, and Carla’s two children, son, Jason and daughter Kelli; and three great-grandchildren Eli (Adam’s son), Madison (Heather’s daughter) and Tanner (Heather’s son). Geneva also is survived by a multitude of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Trussville AL, March 2nd Saturday with the viewing from 1:00-3:00 and the Service at 3:00.
Leslie Michelle Yarbrough
Sue M. Farmer went to be with the Lord on Feb. after a year long battle with various types of cancer. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, James (Bert) Farmer of Trussville; brother, James Mathews of Memphis, TN; son, Mr. Jeff Farmer (Wendy) of Trussville; daughters, Mrs. Catie Hastings (Clark) of Gallatin, TN and Mrs. Jill White (Levi) of McDonough, GA. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Gavin (10), Lawson (9), Owen (9), Leila (8), Jack (7) and Atley (3).
She was also loved by many other family members and friends. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She graduated from Messick High School, then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lambuth College in Jackson, TN. She married Bert Farmer on January 12, 1974. Sue and Bert started their family in Memphis, TN, but eventually moved to Charlotte, NC, returned to Memphis, and then lived in Ridgeland, MS for 30 years. After Sue and Bert retired, they decided to move to Trussville in June 2017 to be closer to their six grandchildren. She loved being outdoors. She enjoyed camping with the family, kayaking, waterskiing, and swimming with the manatees in Florida. She was also an accomplished artist, working in various mediums to include painting, clay, knitting and cake decorating. She was a lifelong Girl Scout, earning her Gold Award as a youth member, leading troops for both Catie and Jill, and working for and retiring with the Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi. Services will be held at Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home, 5360 Deerfoot Parkway, Trussville, AL 35173. Visitation will be held March 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and March 2 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with services to follow. Services will be officiated by Rev. David Teel of Trussville First United Methodist Church. Internment will be at Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Trussville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mustard Seed, where Sue volunteered for many years.
9, 1964 ~ february 21, 2019 (age 54)
Leslie Michelle Yarbrough, age 54, of Birmingham, passed away February 21, 2019. Michelle was employed for over 25 years as a computer programmer with Regions Bank and was preceded in death by her parents James Maurice and Dorothy Yarbrough, and sister Denise Yarbrough. She is survived by her brothers Richard Yarbrough (Mary), Randell Yarbrough (Kerri), James Michael Yarbrough (Amber), nieces and nephews Jay (Kayla), Josh, Courtney, Raegan, Stephen (Sophie), Danielle, Jacob (Mary), Dakota (Dean), and Brianna, great nieces and nephews A.J., Avery, Cody, and Lyssa and especially her fur babies: Ferrari, Romeo, Lacey and Macey. Visitation will be Thursday, from 5pm until 7pm with Chapel services at 7pm. In lieu of flowers make donations to Sisters in Rescue (Animal Rescue), PO Box 172 Jefferson, GA 30549.
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6, 1922 ~ february 23, 2019 (age 96)
Dorothy Dunn Beach, loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 96, of Birmingham, AL was born in Flint Michigan. She passed away on February 23, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Beach; two sons, Andrew Paul Beach and Scot Beach; her daughter, Lori Richey. She is survived by three daughters, Susan Beach, LuAnn Ross (Mick) and Jill Jones; grandchildren, Tina (Eddie), Bari, Michael Paul (Jillian), Amy, Erin (Charles), Jason, Kiley, Jessica (Lamar), Josh (Ashely) and Daniel. She also leaves behind numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Jefferson Memorial Funeral home in Trussville on Saturday, March 2nd from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A memorial service will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Chapel.
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Crossroads: Immigration By Congressman Bradley Byrne Special to The Tribune Growing up, my parents taught me the basic values of fairness and following the rules. I think these values were common in households all across our state and country. In today’s society, those two basic values need to be applied to the ongoing debate about illegal immigration. In terms of fairness, we have people who are going through the legal process to enter our country, which takes time and effort, only to have people skip that entire process and just walk across our border illegally.
That goes against the basic value of fairness. Also, we are a nation built on laws, but currently illegal immigrants openly disregard the rules and laws of our country. By not holding them accountable, we are further encouraging a culture where the rule of law does not matter. Currently, we find ourselves at a crossroads as a nation. Down one path is the status quo of broken immigration policy, porous borders, and a steady flow of drugs, violence, and human trafficking across the southern border. Down another path is what Democrats advocate for: open borders, limited
funding for national security measures at the border, and disregard for the rule of law. But, down the final path is strong border security, including increased funding for a border wall, cracking down on criminal aliens in the United States, and reforming our broken immigration system in a way that works for American citizens, not for foreign interests. Unfortunately, the Democrat leadership in Washington is pulling the nation down the path to the left, the path that threatens our national security. Because of this, the President was recently left with no choice but to declare a
national emergency to secure the funds necessary to adequately secure our border. As much as I wish that it had not come to this point, I stand with President Trump on this action to get a handle on our immigration crisis. If the Democrats in control in Congress will not act in the best interest of the American people, then it is up to the President to take the necessary steps to keep our nation safe. I have heard from countless people throughout Alabama that they are worried about the influx of drugs and violent crime across our Southern border due to illegal immigration. We see story after story
each week of criminals arrested by the dozen trying to enter our country illegally, murders committed by illegal immigrants who are members of violent gangs, and the myriad of deaths caused by overdose from drugs originating in Central and South America. This must stop. Once we can get a handle on the countless illegal crossings each week, we can move to reforming our broken system, combatting sanctuary cities, and encouraging people down legal paths to citizenship. For the officer killed in California at the hands of an illegal immigrant, I will fight this fight. For the three Americas killed in Missouri
by an illegal immigrant released without the knowledge of ICE, I will fight this fight. For the young woman raped by a previously-deported illegal immigrant in Shelby County, I will fight this fight. For the people of Alabama, and for the people of the United States, I will remain committed to seeing this fight through to the end to secure our borders. We need to return the commonsense, family values of fairness and following the rules to the immigration debate. By doing that, we can take our nation down the path toward secured borders, safer communities, and a more prosperous nation.
Having a solid money management plan is critical By David Guttery Special to The Tribune Money management involves several things. It involves everything from the creation of a budget, to the maintenance of emergency cash reserves. Some of us live rigidly by our budget constraints, and others merely check the balance at the end of the month to see if there’s anything left. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle. From a financial planning standpoint though, having a
budget is critical. How can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you are? Frankly, all plans that we make for retirement investments, to college investments, to risk management, must be accommodated within the budget. We can’t plan for these goals with any degree of certainty unless we not only have a budget, but also follow that budget. Additionally, the provision for, and maintenance of, emergency cash reserves is no less important than con-
tributing to your retirement plan. Unfortunately, many people couldn’t withstand a financial emergency that might disrupt income for any length of time because they haven’t prepared for such emergencies. Yes, there are “rules of thumb” numbers out there, such as three times your monthly income that should be held in reserve, but in reality, that number is going to be different for everyone. As I’m working with clients in this regard, we look at the need for such reserves,
and then we evaluate their level of comfort. Sometimes, clients would just feel that much more comfortable with having excess reserves. In such cases, we break down “cash” into two sleeves. One sleeve is readily accessible, principally guaranteed, and without regard for yield. I honestly don’t care what might be the yield or rate of interest on this sum of money. The only purpose for this sleeve of cash is to just exist – to be there, and in a place where you can lay hands on it within ten minutes. The other sleeve of “cash” may be placed where its liquid, but somewhere other than a money market, or savings account, where yields might be a bit higher, but it’s still considered an emergency reserve. Such sources of income could be found with floating rate mutual funds, or exchange traded funds. Another often overlooked place for solid cash reserves might be the cash value of your life insurance policy. At a high level, there are many alternative places that we can seek safety, and maximize yield when it comes to this sleeve of cash. Credit management is also critical. Leveraging strategies are a cornerstone of the holistic approach to money management. We work with clients to devise strategies for the elimination of what I call toxic debt, which would include credit cards with revolving interest. We seek to lean more heavily upon favorable forms of leverage until such time that it can all be elimi-
nated from the money management part of the plan. As this is unfolding, cash flow is generally improving, and thus we can direct increasingly greater sums of cash to build or supplement emergency reserves. Relativity is a fantastic tool for clarity regarding purchase decisions. For example, we’ll evaluate the purchase of a given thing in terms of its current impact upon cash flow, and alternatively, through the use of credit. When a client can see that a $1,000 purchase is really a $1,845 purchase over five years at 13 percent, then the relative utility of that thing becomes clear. Is it truly worth the total real cost, not only nominally, but also in terms of the lost opportunity cost in the form of interest that could have been had otherwise? This kind of “to buy or not to buy” analysis can help in making good money management decisions. (*) = Securities products are subject to investment
risk, including possible loss of principal. Before investing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, limitations, charges and expenses of the product and any underlying investment options. This information can be found in the prospectuses or offering statements. Please read carefully before investing. Variable products are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Before investing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, limitations, charges and expenses of the product and its underlying investment options. This information can be found in the product and investment option prospectuses. Copies are available from my office. Please read carefully before investing. David has been in practice for 28 years, with a distinctive focus on the management of retirement assets for the production of durable income. David R. Guttery, RFC, RFS, CAM, is an Investment Advisory Representative of Ameritas Investment Corp, and President of Keystone Financial Group, in Trussville, Alabama. David independently offers securities and investment advisory services through Ameritas Investment Corp. (AIC) member FINRA/ SIPC. AIC and Keystone Financial Group are not affiliated. Additional products and services may be available through David R. Guttery or Keystone Financial Group that are not offered through AIC.
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Jordyn Trammell chosen as Crowd Favorite at Dancers Against Cancer Gala From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — The Dancers Against Cancer Gala was held at the Truusville Civic Center on Saturday and raised $24,000 in the fight against cancer. The event, originated by Emily Lombardo and produced by numerous
community volunteers, grew substantially in year two. The gala is highlighted by the entertainment provided by local dancers, many of which are dancing in honor or memory of a loved one impacted by cancer. The 2019 winner of the Crowd Favorite award was Jordyn Trammell.
lived our motto of ‘Never too young to make a difference.’ We are very proud of Jordyn and her beautiful dance!” Trammell received a piz-
za party for her friends from Marco’s Pizza of Trussville for her winning performance in front of a packed Civic Center audience.
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Photos courtesy of Dancers Against Cancer
Dancing to “Jealous of the Angels” in loving memory of her aunt and uncle Deana and Neal Hemphill, Trammell’s moving performance brought many in the audience to tears. “It was a very emotion-
Will Bright Foundation to host upcoming Restoration Run From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
9:30 a.m. – Awards Ceremony 5K
BIRMINGHAM — The Will Bright Foundation will be hosting the Restoration 5K and 15K run at Red Mountain Park on March 16. All proceeds from the event will go to the Will Bright Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to help those left vulnerable and devastated by drug addiction. The Will Bright Foundation seeks to break through the cycle of drug addiction by helping those who have gone through rehab to transition back into life by providing a safe place to live after treatment is done, but before they are ready to transition back into a world full of difficulties and temptations. A safe home where those putting their lives together can receive the spiritual support and learn the job skills necessary to triumph over addiction. This year’s event promises a challenging, technical run for runners of all skill levels. Race Day Agenda: March 16 6:30 a.m. – Registration Opens at Red Mountain Park 7:45 a.m. – 15K & 5K Registration Closes 8:00 a.m. – 15K Start 8:15 a.m. – 5K Start 8:45 a.m. – 1 Mile Fun Run Registration Closes 9:00 a.m. – 1 Mile Fun Run Start 8:30 a.m. – Post Race Food Area Opens
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al win for her and well deserved,” Lombardo said. “She showed the true emotions of Dancers Against Cancer and why we hold the event. Her dance impacted everyone who saw her performance, and she
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one did.” Garrett’s new book, “Innocence Denied,” was released on Feb. 21, and is available online through Walmart, Target, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. It is available in both paperback and e-book formats, and Garrett said he has things in the works to get it made into an audiobook. “I’m pretty sure that (physical copies are) going to be at Books-A-Million,” he said. “Even a bookstore chain in Australia has it up online. Interestingly enough, most people buy their books online now, so a bookstore presence is not nearly as important as it was when my first novel was published.” “Innocence Denied” is a Christian fiction novel based on the Bible verse, Matthew 5:16, which says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” In fact, Garrett said that the working title of the book was “One Good Deed.” “I think that all centers around the male character, Derrick, who just got through a terrible life crisis and now he’s facing another one,” Garrett said. “He finds it difficult to forgive himself for his past sins, even though God has forgiven him. So he’s probably in the greatest need of his entire life, but he decides to focus on the plight of someone else instead of himself because of that verse. He’s on a mission of his own and he puts the needs of someone else ahead of his own.” The book, set on Logan Martin Lake in Talladega County, Alabama, focuses on Derrick
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Walton, a Christian man who risks his life to help Larissa Baxter, a woman who has been falsely accused of murder. “The Talladega County setting is strongly positive as well, and I think the citizens there will be proud of it,” Garrett said. “The setting in my novel is almost as important as the characters themselves. There’s a special place in my heart for that area, and I think it shows in the story.”
Garrett had a book launch on Saturday, Feb. 16, at The Shack BBQ in Talladega County, where two scenes in the book take place. Upcoming events include book signings at Trussville Public Library on March 3 at 2 p.m., and Pinson Public Library on March 16 at 10 a.m. More information about “Innocence Denied” can be found at innocencedeniedbook. com.
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What about money? By Michael J. Brooks He was a long-time church member and a “seasoned citizen” as Rush Limbaugh would say. He came to see me when I’d been at his church for only a short time. “We have some wealthy members here, and other pastors have cultivated their friendships because we need their money,” he explained. “I hope you’ll do the same.” I smiled sweetly, but in my heart of hearts I thought, “I hope I never base friendship on someone’s check book balance!”
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One of those wealthy members did become a good friend. He invited me to tell him privately about special needs he might help with, and I did. He had a heart for chil-
dren and sent scores of young people to summer camp. No one every knew about this except me and him. Later I had the sad duty of conducting his funeral and tried to say some kind words about him. I’ve had other church friends with no money. One called lately to announce there wasn’t a “crumb of food” in his house. We were able to handle this privately and discreetly. Money is important in the church. Most everything we do requires it and we have to have it. My tact has been different
from some of my fellow pastors. One of them forthrightly told me, “I preach on money all the time. If people get their hearts right about money everything else will work out.” I tend to believe money is a by-product of spiritual growth; that is, if we get our hearts right, then honoring God with our money won’t be an issue. I preached a sermon on money last December after realizing I’d not mentioned money in months. Churches have different opinions on reporting, too. A current practice is to include all salaries in one budget line
item. The stated reason is not to embarrass anyone by publicizing their salary, and also to use money to deal privately with work performance. My mentor was the late Dotson Nelson of Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham. When his finance team moved to lump salaries into one-line item, he refused to let his salary be included. “I’m the editor of the Sunday bulletin,” he said. “If you don’t publish my salary, then I’ll print it every Sunday!” His reasoning was that the pastor’s salary is the first thing people look at in the
annual budget and he wanted to be transparent. Our church follows this practice and my salary is known to all. Money can be an issue of controversy in our churches. I think we must encourage people to grow financially, as well as spiritually, to the glory of God. And churches need to be accountable in spending, too. -30Reflections is a weekly devotional column written by Michael J. Brooks, pastor of the Siluria Baptist Church in Alabaster, Ala. The church's website is siluriabaptist.com.
Kids talk about God: Why is it important to be courteous? By Carey Kinsolving and Friends Lewis Copeland tells the story of a mother who boasted about the good manners of her little darling at a dinner party. "Charlie, my dear, won't you have some beans?" she said. "No," was the ill-mannered reply from the so-called cherub. "No!" exclaimed the astonished mother. "No what?" "No beans," said the child. You won't hear "no" without a "thank you" from Gunter, age 7, because he says: "The only time you have to be polite is at the table. It will make the day better." Gunter, the dinner table is great place to start, but you'll find courtesy is useful in many
areas of life. "Courtesy is important so we don't get out of control,” says A.C., 9. "If you're not polite, you won't have any friends," says Hicks, 11. Without consideration for others, "people will think you're gross" or that "you look like a slob," say Jason, 10, and Taylor, 12. Courtesy will make your relationships better, says Kelsey, 9: "That is how people will start liking you. Being kind and loving to people is how you really make your friends." Courtesy can be little things like opening doors or saying "thank you" or "you're welcome," says Jordan, 11. "People will be nicer to you and think better of you." One of the best reasons to be always courteous is "be-
cause of the Golden Rule," says Meredith, 11: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The rule itself "represents much more than a common-sense or self-centered motivation for conduct," says Bible scholar Robert Guelich. "The primary focus of this saying is on doing for others rather than on what one will have done in return." When Jesus taught the golden rule, it was in the context of an active relationship with his Father (Matthew 7:12). As people experience the healing and wholeness of God's proactive love, they become channels of blessing to their relatives, friends and even enemies. "I think courtesy is important because God is very courteous," says Hannah, 10.
"God is love, and love is courteous," adds Tait, 8. Yes, Tait, the love of God is the basis for courtesy. As a wise man once said, courtesy is "love in small things." "Love does not behave rudely," the Apostle Paul wrote in his beautiful ode to godly love in I Corinthians 13. How many marriages end in divorce because couples fail to show simple courtesy to each other? Have you ever thought of putting the cap on the toothpaste as an act of love? In this same ode, the Apostle Paul mentioned patience or long-suffering as another love trait. Rudeness often starts with impatience, which can escalate into fatal actions. How many car wrecks are caused by impatience and rudeness? Brantley, 10, cites the ulti-
mate act of patience and love as her motivation for being courteous: "God is so gracious that he sent his son to die for us, so that we can go to heaven. I want to be as gracious and as courteous as him. He loves us
and is gracious to us every day, but sometimes we don't realize it." Point to ponder: Love is polite. Scripture to remember: "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil" (I Corinthians 13:4-5). Question to consider: Do you think of others before you think of yourself? "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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Lady Huskies dominate Spain Park, punch ticket to Final Four From The Trussville Tribune staff reports HANCEVILLE — The next stop for the Lady Huskies basketball team will be the Final Four at the BJCC after a dominating performance over Spain Park High School in the regional finals. Hewitt-Trussville entered the regional championship game with an 0-4 record against the Jaguars on the season. But the girls put that in the rearview mirror and took the game that mattered most
by a 72-56 score. After a see-saw first quarter that featured nine lead changes, the Lady Huskies led 19-15. It was the second quarter, however, that the ladies from Hewitt-Trussville began to show their dominance over the Jaguars. A withering defense and an inside outside offense from the Huskies was more than Spain Park could handle as Hewitt extended their lead to 39-28 at the half. The Huskies led by 12 after three quarters of play and
stretched the lead to 16 in the final stanza. The Huskies were led in scoring by sophomore Amiya Payne with 23. Leah Harrison added 14, Erica Jones had 12, Morgan Kirk finished with 11, while D’yona Jones chipped in 9 for a balanced offensive attack. Ashley Barker had 24 for Spain Park. Harrison, Payne and D’yona Jones were named to the All-Tournament team with Payne collecting MVP honors.
Huskies set to make history at Final 4 on Thursday From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — Win or lose the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies are set to make school history on Thursday by, for the first time ever, playing in the Final 4.
level and are thankful to represent not only Hewitt-Trussville athletics but the entire school and community of Trussville. “It is awesome.” Said Hunter. “Not just for our players, (although) this is something they’ll always re-
has served this team so well over the course of the season. “We talked about this all year long with this young team about the small things, they take care of the big things. So, we’re just going to try and remain as relaxed
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Pinson Valley ready for the Final 4 on Wednesday
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — The Pinson Valley High School Basketball team is heading to the Legacy Arena in downtown Birmingham on
go out and do well.” For Barber part of the joy in having such a successful season is being able to share it with his school and community. “Right now, this is an exciting time.” Said Bar-
me’. So, we just want to talk about putting others before yourself, serving others and just being good men on and off the basketball court. That is just what we live by.” PVHS Principal Michael Turner shares Barber’s be-
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Wednesday to take on Hillcrest in the AHSAA 6A Final 4. The winner will advance to the championship game on March 2. PVHS Basketball Coach Daryl Barber is confident in the team, their skills and their preparation for the event. “Coming in right now what we’ve been trying to do is keep the guys focused and keep them poised.” Said Barber. “You know, this is our first trip down there for most of the guys but they’ve been focusing and practicing and I fully expect them to go out there and do a good job. They’ve been following reports, they’ve been watching films, so I expect for them to
ber. “This is the first time in school history that they’ve ever made it to the Final 4. The students are really excited, they’ve been really supportive, the administration has been really supportive, the community has gotten behind us. It is just a really exciting time at Pinson now. But we have two more games to win for our ultimate goal.” Ultimately, however, the program is about something even bigger than winning. It is about turning young men into great men. “We talk about developing character in these young men, and not characters.” Said Barber. “Also, we have a slogan that says ‘PV before
lief in school’s being able to bring out excellence in students. “The reality is that, from my seat, it is about recruiting the absolute very best personnel that we possibly could bring to Pinson Valley High School.” Said Turner. “As we are able to solicit those individuals, bring them in and make them a part of our culture, who we are, they in turn are able to impart their knowledge, their skill set, their love, their passion to the classroom but also, if they are a coach just like Coach Barber, they are able to use that as a vehicle to help really guide and train up our students .
Hewitt-Trussville opens 2019 football season against Pinson Valley “This is our third year going to the Sweet 16, our second year in the Elite 8, and our first Northwest Regional Championship.” Said Head Coach Tonya Hunter. “So, this is our first Final 4 appearance ever in history.” Coach Hunter and her players are ecstatic about the chance to compete on a state
member, no matter what they do at the high school; also, for the kids in the hallways with them and for everybody in the community. That is so huge for this team to be able to do something for the community.” Coach Hunter has a plan for their game on Thursday and it is the same plan that
and free as possible and that is working for us. Just to be relaxed and focused on the small things.” Tip off is at 9 a.m. at the Legacy Arena in downtown Birmingham. The Lady Huskies will take on Auburn, a team that is coming into the game with a 24-4 overall record.
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville football coach Josh Floyd announced the 2019 schedule on Tuesday and it has the making of a new local rivalry. How does The Valley vs. The Ville sound? The Huskies will open the
season against their neighbors with the two-time 6A state champion Pinson Valley Indians coming to town on Aug. 23. Here’s the complete 2019 schedule. Aug. 23 Pinson Valley – home Aug. 30 West Forsyth – home Sept. 6 Oak Mountain –
away Sept. 13 Hoover – away Sept. 20 Spain Park – home Sept. 27 Huffman – away Oct. 4 Vestavia Hills – home Oct. 11 Mountain Brook – away Oct. 18 Tuscaloosa County – away Oct. 25 Thompson – home
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Veterans honored and Mauldin pitches no-hitter in Monday’s game against Pinson From The Trussville Tribune staff reports The crowd at Phil English Field erupted into cheers and heavy applause on Monday night as veterans of the United States Military were escorted onto the field by each and every Husky baseball player. Once positioned the veterans, ball players and attendees faced the American flag while Hewitt-Trussville student Anna Katherine Summers performed a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, after which, the crowd once again honored the as-
sembled veterans with cheers and applause. “This is to show our appreciation for what they have done for our county,” said Hewitt-Trussville Baseball Coach Jeff Mauldin. “We want to thank them.” Hewitt-Trussville’s opponent for the evening also took part in the pre-game ceremony with several of their players escorting a veteran onto the field. The event was especially meaningful for Pinson Valley High School senior Blaine Crawley. Crawley, an 18-year-old, who pitches and plays outfield for Pinson
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Valley, has enlisted in the Air Force. “His older brother Lance Crawley, who graduated from PVHS in 2016, is currently serving in Germany.” Said Crawley’s mother, Kristy Hayes. “Blaine has a love for baseball but decided to follow his heart and wanted to join in serving alongside of his brother. So, I will have two sons serving!” The Huskies defeated Pinson Valley 10-0 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Junior Tyler Mauldin pitched a complete game and threw a no-hitter. Mauldin struck out 11 Pinson
Valley batters on the night. Hewitt-Trussville opened the scoring in the 3rd inning when Creed Parker doubled to lead off. Hudson Boren singled to right field to drive in Parker. In the 4th inning, Parker was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make the score 2-0. Boren singled again to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. Coach Jeff Mauldin’s team put the game away in the 5th inning as they scored seven runs. For the night, Hudson Boren has three hits and four RBI’s. Creed Parker had two RBI’s, and Jacob Bishop added a double and two RBI’s.
Huskies named to All-Star football, cross country teams, Hewitt’s Dobbs named All-Star coach MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association on Saturday announced the athletes and coaches for the football, cross country and volleyball All-Star teams. Locally, Hewitt-Trussville landed two players on the football team and a runner on the boys cross country team. David Dobbs was named All-Star coach of the north girls cross country team. North-South all-star squads for the upcoming 60th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two 37-memeber teams, comprised of 2019 graduating seniors, were announced by Jamie Lee, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Tuesday. The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices
of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) will also host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country during the All-Star Week. Lee, who also released the NorthSouth Volleyball and Cross Country All-Star teams and coaches Friday, announced plans to add all-star competitions for tennis and golf for the first time at the 2019 All-Star Sports Week and AHSAA Summer Conference. Those teams will be announced at a later date. The North-South Game will be played Thursday, July 18, at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The annual game will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. The South holds a 30-27-
2 edge in the North-South series, which began in 1948. The North won 27-14 last July, its fourth straight victory in the series, which was first played in 1948. The North won that first game, played in Tuscaloosa, 33-0. Head coach for the South is Dadeville High School Coach Richard White. The North head coach is Winfield Coach David McKinney. The North coaching staff includes Clint Smith, Jacksonville; Bryan Moore, Jasper; Scott Mansell, Hueytown; Al Smith, Gadsden City; Jeremy Sullivan, Boaz; Oscar Glasscock, Cullman; and Cedric Brown, Southside-Selma, the squad’s administrative coach. Rounding out the South coaching staff are: Lawrence “L.T.” Yelding, B.C. Rain; Jack Hankins, Thomasville; Danny Raines, Headland; Roger McDonald, Carroll; Patrick Browning, Pike Road; Dan-
iel Flowers, Southside-Selma; and Administrative Coach I Mark Heaton of Gadsden City. Among the players on the North team is Mars Hill Bible linebacker/fullback Colton Smith, who led the Panthers to their first stat football title last December. He scored five TDs in the Super 7 finals to earn MVP honors at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Three players from Vigor’s Class 5A state runner-up team in 2018 are on the South squad: quarterback Kyle Walker; wide receiver Artel Howell; and defensive end Eric Thomas. Coaches for the All-Star volleyball squads include: (North) April Marsh, Bob Jones; Justin Kisor, Faith Christian; Administrative Coach Sue Marshall, Randolph; and the South: Janie Wiggins, Enterprise; Manuel Guice, Alabama Christian; and Administrative Coach
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery. The North holds a 14-7 edge in the series dating back to the first match in 1997. Coaching the North AllStars in cross-country competition are David Dobbs, Hewitt-Trussville (girls);
B lake Borden, Huntsville (boys); and Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook, administrative coach. South coaches are Paul Agnew, Baker (girls); Jonathan Fischer, Beauregard (boys); and Ron Peters, Smiths Station, administrative coach.
Tickets now on sale for 2019 USL Championship campaign From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
hem Steel FC, and for the following game on March 16 against Ottawa Fury FC, here. Tickets for the rest of the regular season home games will be made available at later date. This will be the first opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets after a successful season-ticket-only exhibition game that allowed 2,000 Legion FC season ticket holders exclusive access. The event also allowed Legion FC to open BBVA
BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Legion FC has released single game ticket pricing for the inaugural 2019 USL Championship campaign. Tickets start at $15 for General Admission, $25 in the Grandstand and $35 in the Premium section. Tickets went on sale Monday and fans can purchase individual tickets for the regular season opener on March 9 against Bethle-
Compass Field for the first time to work through game day operations, with a limited capacity, to enhance the regular season gameday experience for fans. To purchase single-game tickets, go to the Legion FC Tickets Page, contact the Ticket Office at (205) 600-4635, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As an expansion member of the USL Championship, Birmingham Legion FC is the Magic City’s first and only locally owned
and operated professional soccer franchise. The club will play home matches at a newly renovated BBVA Compass Field, on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, beginning in March. For ticket information and to purchase official Legion FC merchandise, please visit bhmlegion.com. Supporters are encouraged to follow @bhmlegion on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest club news.
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Congrats to Senior, Geordon Pollard of Pinson Valley Basketball. Pollard is a dual sport athlete playing both football and basketball maintaining a 3.4 GPA. He averages 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. All Bedzzz Express MVP nominees are giving the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship at the conclusion of their season.
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Feb. 27 - Mar. 5, 2019