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The Trussville Tribune Nov. 7 - Nov. 13, 2018 Pinson City Council selects new Mayor Pro Tempore By Shaun Szkolnik for the Tribune PINSON — The Pinson City Council met on Thursday. After preliminary business was attended to the council addressed several issues of concern to the city. Among the items attended to was the choosing of a new Mayor Pro Tempore. The terms for Mayor Pro Temp
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Investigation concludes allegations of HTMS “hit list” From the Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — On Monday a message was sent, from Hewitt-Trussville Principal Dr. Lisa Berry to faculty, that a student had allegedly threatened to create a “hit list” for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Dr. Berry sent a message,
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Man robs Center Point pharmacy of 1,000 opioid pills From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
By Shaun Szkolnik For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE — A new business is coming to Trussville on Saturday, Nov. 3. Peek At Me 4D will provide expecting parents with the chance to take an early “peek” at their babies while using the latest in 4D ultrasound technology. See NEW BUSINESS, Page 3
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CENTER POINT —The Jefferson County Metro Area Crime Center is asking for help in identifying a man that they said stole 1,000 opioid pills from a Center Point Pahrmacy. On October 23, the robbery occurred at the CVS on the 2000 Block of Center Point Parkway. The suspect is described as 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 3
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Phase III of Faith Community Fellowship well underway; plans include public coffee shop
TRUSSVILLE – A young man from Center Point has been identified in the Nov. 2 crash which claimed the life of one and injured two. The Jefferson county Coroner identified the victim as a 19-year-old Froylan Ronaldino Ordonez-Grave, Hispanic male from Center Point. The crash occurred on Service Road between Misty Ridge and Kidron at around 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Paving on North Chalkville Road downtown could cause delays From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE –The repaving project for North Chalkville Road from Main Street to Hewitt Street is underway. Drivers should seek an alternate route to avoid traffic delays. The work was originally planned for October, but See PAVING, Page 5
North Alabama couple arrested for car sale scam From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LIMESTONE COUNTY — A north Alabama couple has been arrested in a car selling scam and law enforcement officials believe there could be many more victims impacted. Andrey Shvets, 42, and Iryna Shvets, 35, of Harvest, were charged with one count each of first-degree theft by See NORTH, Page 1
Rendering of balcony perspective of FCF’s new sanctuary.
By Tommi O. Peters For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE – Before planting Faith Community Fellowship church in January of 2006, Lead Pastor Steve McCarty lived as a missionary with his family, often traveling throughout the country to raise financial backing. He leaned heavily on that experience when prioritizing the design needs for construction of FCF’s Trussville location. “I’ve seen every church size and shape across the
country,” said McCarty. “What I observed most often was one building that was for youth and children. And that building was connected by a series of awnings to a newer, more attractive building that looked nothing like the first building. So parents drop their kids off then go to the brand new beautiful building while kids are in the dungeon. That was my often my experience and it felt horrible.” Determined to offer a different standard to the next generation, McCarty opted
instead to build the church ’s initial design specifically with kids and youth as the priority. “Before we ever took the first tree down on this property, we designed the building to be completed in three phases,” noted McCarty. The original design had Phase I fully dedicated to children and youth. Meaning that the sanctuary currently used on Sundays was always intended for children and youth, and is already being utilized as shared space. Phase II included the ad-
dition of office space and a commercial kitchen. Completion of Phase II relocated McCarty’s office from its previous location in the nursery. “I was the only pastor in America that you had to turn right at the purple caterpillar to get to my office,” he said. The decision to proceed with Phase III at this time is in response to the boom in Trussville’s housing market. “It’s not about the building, but about people,” McSee PHASE III, Page 4
AG’s office announces the arrest of three Selma police officers From the Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY — According to the Alabama Attorney General’s office three Selma police officers have been charged with making false statements related to a matter that is under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. The following men were See AG’S OFFICE, Page 9
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Students share Alabama’s heroes in honor of the state’s 200th anniversary TRUSSVILLE - In honor of the state of Alabama’s 200th anniversary approaching in 2019, Governor Kay Ivey launched the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative in December 2017 to give 200 Alabama schools the opportunity to participate in a year-long project representing their state’s history and achievements. Nearly 400 K-12 schools statewide submitted proposals for the program,
and each of the 200 chosen schools received a $2,000 grant to complete their project. Among the schools chosen for this honor were five homeschool groups, one of which was Trussville’s own Faith Community Christian School (FCCS). “It makes me so proud to see such a strong showing of schools participating in the program,” Ivey said in an August press release.
“It is an honor to recognize these outstanding schools and their projects as we head into Alabama’s bicentennial year. The Alabama Bicentennial celebration is about bringing communities together and getting all of our citizens involved. The schools being honored are a great representation of that goal.” For their project, the students of FCCS are collectively writing a book called
Everyone Has A Story, which will profile noteworthy Alabamians, selected by the children. The middle and high school students took a 6-week Journalism class in the fall where they learned to write profile news stories about everyday heroes, while the elementary students are writing biographies of famous Alabamians. These are their stories.
Home-educating mother builds support for rare cancer By Rachel Shannon Special to The Tribune BIRMINGHAM - Kym O’Connor of Birmingham, Ala., was diagnosed in April 2012 with a rare cancer, Lung
Carcinoid of Neuroendocrine (NET), in her right lung. Having been told that she only had 30 days to live, this young mother, home-educating her two young children, found herself with little to no
support for how to treat or overcome such overwhelming odds. “I felt detached from the world, no longer carefree.” O’Connor said. “I spent my time with family and
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Local children’s pastor helps build orphanage in Costa Rica By Caleb Shannon Special to The Tribune CLAY - Pastor David (Scooby) Graveman of Clay, Ala., was 28 years old and attending Parkway Christian Fellowship when he felt God was calling him into children’s ministry. He started by helping in the children’s ministry at his home church. Later, he felt led to expand and developed a Western Show, which he and
his wife Kasondra took all over the state, carrying God’s love to thousands of children. Years later, in 2005, Graveman took his first international mission trip and traveled to England. In 2016, he and his wife made their first trip to Costa Rica with a mission team from his current home church, Faith Community Fellowship in Trussville. “I’ve loved every minute
Pictured is Pastor David (Scooby) Graveman of Clay
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py or radiation, so she took a risk and underwent surgery to remove a large portion of her lung, in hopes of extending her life. Doctors told her she may never find another living person with Lung Carcinoid NET in her lifetime. Determined to once again defy the odds, she created the online support group, Lovable Lungnoids, to reach out to these rare patients in hopes of learning from each other. To date, there are over 2,000 members. Following her surgery and recovery, O’Connor’s doctor encouraged her to create a conference so that doctors and patients from all over the world could learn from one another. In April 2013, exactly one year from her original diagnosis, O’Connor, with the help of Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network, held the first Lung Carcinoid NET Cancer conference at Vanderbilt University. There were over 200 in attendance and it has continued to grow
Pictured here is Kym O’Conner
each year. Although she still lives with chronic pain from her surgery, O’Connor said, “I’ve never felt more alive than when the doctor said I was dying.” “I’m extremely grateful and proud of her for not accepting (her prognosis),” her 12-year-old daughter said. “She kept fighting.”
of it,” Kasondra said of their 25 years in ministry. While in Costa Rica, they became involved with the construction at the House of Hope Orphanage for Children. There are approximately 36,000 orphaned children in Costa Rica at risk of ending up in the crime ridden streets, plagued by violence and drug abuse. The House of Hope can provide homes for some of
these children, while giving them education, vocational training and Christian values. As they grow and leave the orphanage, they spread the hope and love of Jesus throughout Costa Rica. Before construction on houses could begin, roads and bridges had to be built to allow heavy equipment and cement trucks in. Then the site had to be excavated. Finally, construction on dormitory style
buildings could begin. It was a great undertaking and required many months to complete. It was truly a labor of love. “When you are called to serve, it’s one of the most pure feelings that you get, there is no doubt,” Graveman said. “God will equip you and give you everything you need to serve.” For more information on House of Hope visit http://kidsofcostarica.com/
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Owner Amanda Maynor, a Virginia College graduate with over 8-years’ experience in OB/GYN ultrasound, is excited about bringing this unique service to Trussville. “We recently moved to Trussville from Gardendale, and I figured there was no better place to open a business like that than locally,” said Maynor. “It is something that a lot of people are going to need, there are always babies being born.” 4D technology utilizes sophisticated ultrasound, also known as sonogram, equipment to provide a rendering of the baby which is far more detailed than other methods can provide. The 4D technique reveals details such as facial features and can also capture images of the baby moving. “4D is a totally different dimension from what you get at the doctor’s office, which offer just 2D photos,” said Maynor. “This is completely different. You
can see if the baby is going to have a cute little button nose, or chubby cheeks, or lips, you can see hair.” 4D technology can also determine baby’s gender far earlier than other systems. “We can tell you the gender as early as fifteen weeks, where most doctors’ appointments will make you wait till twenty
weeks,” she said. “We are in the process of starting the sneak-peak DNA testing, where we can tell you the gender as early as nine weeks.” Peek at Me 4D will provide several different options for customers to choose from. “Some of our packages have two pictures, some have four pictures, we
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may even throw in a CD that has all the pictures,” said Maynor. “A few of the packages even come with a DVD where you can sit and watch the video footage of what happens while you were there. So, if you have a grandparent, or a sister or brother, that couldn’t make it to see the ultrasound you can show it to them later.” Peek At Me 4D will even provide an option for parents that want to use their baby’s ultrasound in a completely unique way. “With our most inexpensive package you can come on in and we’ll print out a copy of the baby’s heartbeat for you,” she said. “A lot of women are taking with image of the heartbeat and making jewelry out of it. They can wear their baby’s heartbeat as a necklace or a bracelet.” Peek at Me 4D will have their opening on Saturday at 2030B Gadsden Highway in Trussville.
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Cafe seating will be available with completion of FCF’s Phase III Construction.
Carty clarified. “Buildings are expensive, but we need that tool to reach people. Completing Phase III provides a larger capacity to do more things for our community and reach more people.” Because of the long-term vision driving the three-phase design, the infrastructure for Phase III was completed in Phase I. Underneath the current building is plumbing large enough to service the addition. Headers built into designated walls during Phase I will now be released to drop specified sections of the walls. Similarly, an entire wall on the first floor was intentionally designed to be removed for Phase III, becoming a large hallway into the new building. Though the new space will seat more than twice the
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of stewardship. In a manner that honors God and honors the giving of the people. And right now, our finances are stronger than they’ve ever been, which is very encouraging to me.” In a unique approach, McCarty doesn’t include a designated offering time during worship services. “Paul said that we should not give under compulsion. So at FCF, we don’t take time out of the service to take up an offering. There is an opportunity for
last two years and the current term, for Council Member Robbie Roberts, is set to expire in the next week. They council selected Council Member Joy McCain as the incoming Mayor Pro Tempore. All of the council voted for McCain with the exception of McCain herself, whom abstained. The Council heard from City Attorney Shane Black on changes to the 99-year lease on the old Palmerdale School from the Jefferson County Board of Education. Changes to the proposed lease agreement included: The city will have the power, at its expense, to make changes and improvements to the school building. The Jefferson County Board of Education will be able to ask for financial records related to
the improvements. The Board of Education will not be liable for any changes that the city makes to the property. After the 99 year lease up the property will revert back without notice. The city will maintain insurance on the property against such perils as fire, earthquake and vandals. If any damage occurs the city will invest all insurance proceeds back into the property. The changes were approved by the council. The council also heard from city attorney Shane Black about Charter Cable’s franchise with the city. Their previous franchise with the city has expired, however, federal case law suggests that the contract remains until the city takes action on the mat-
ter. Council Members Shannon Galamore and Robbie Roberts expressed concern that Charter Cable does not provide coverage for every resident in Pinson. Galamore will research into which residents are impacted by a lack of cable. She will present her findings to Black who will present the information to Charter Cable. Attorney Shane Black provided a draft of an ordinance to create a Parks and Rec advisory board for the city of Pinson. The draft ordinance was created mostly for instructional purposes so that the board could get some idea as to how setting up such a board could be achieved. The council will consider the document before making the decision on the type of advisory board they desire to create.
HOMES, from front page Rendering of ground floor perspective of new FCF sanctuary.
current sanctuary, McCarty shared that the capacity is pushing his personal preference limit. “Nothing against megachurches, but it’s just not me,” he said. “I’d rather have several locations that are small enough for people to connect in relationships. I’d rather a smaller sanctuary than spend everything we have on a large building.” Frugality, practicality, and necessity seem to vie for dominance in McCarty’s approach to finances. “Because we’ve been missionaries, we’ve always lived conservatively and below our means,” he said. “Even as we build new buildings, we’re going to do it in a manner
people to give online or on their way out of the sanctuary if they want.” Hopeful that construction will be complete in time for Easter 2019, McCarty shared that he’s eager to offer a public coffee shop which will be open throughout the week. “For all of the neighborhoods nearby, I’m excited that we’ll have a coffee spot on this side of town,” he continued. “And it’ll be a place designed for a fellowship that’s open to the community.” “It’s so cool to see what God put in our spirit 12 years ago come to fruition.” Visit fcffamily.com for more information, service times and locations.
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Trussville resident runs in the NYC Marathon to honor donor who saved her life By Shaun Szkolnik For The Tribune NEW YORK — The New York Marathon is an annual event that covers 26.2 miles and the average time to complete it, for those participants that make it to the end, is over four hours. It is a grueling testament to the endurance, resolve and strength of those that can see it through. This year’s marathon is set to take place on Sunday, and when it does a Trussville resident will be running for a purpose. Amy Griffin is no stranger to beating the odds. In 2003 she received devastating medical news. “I spent the first 22 years of my life relatively healthy, but on September 11th, 2003, I ended up in the Emergency Room,” said Griffin. “Later that month I was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, a disease where copper is retained in the liver instead of being expelled. On October 1st, I was checked into the University of Michigan Hospital, where they have one of only six Wilson’s Disease Clinics in the world. By the end of the month the doctors realized that I wasn’t getting any better and my liver was failing.” “On Friday, November
Griffin in Central Park during NYC Marathon weekend. Photo provided by Griffin.
7th, 2003, after a few days of talking about a possible liver transplant and clearing it through insurance, I was placed on the UNOS transplant list. I was in the number one spot. Four days later, on November 11th, we were told that there was a liver available, and that evening I went into surgery. What was supposed to be a 6-10+ hour surgery was four and a half
hours and everything fit perfectly.” Since the successful transplant Griffin has gotten married, had two children, graduated from UAB with a degree in accounting, found meaningful employment with Region’s Bank and taken up running. “I have two small children now and I decided that I needed to get healthier,” said
Griffin. “In December 2015 I completed my first official 5k in Homewood. I then thought that I should do the Mercedes Half Marathon, which was symbolic to me because my surgical incision is called the Mercedes-Benz. I completed my first half marathon at Mercedes Marathon Weekend in 2017 despite stepping in a pothole and spraining my ankle during mile 5.”
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scheduling conflicts postponed the repaving until now. Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said the length of time the project will take is dependent on the weather, but it is planned to be completed this week. Storms are expected to roll through the area overnight Monday and into the
early morning hours on Tuesday, but should clear the
athon runner has no plans on slowing down. “For the future, I just want to strive to continue becoming a healthier me for myself and my family,” she said. “I don’t want the gift of life to have gone to waste due to living a sedative life style. In 2019, I will focus on shorter distances, 5ks & 10ks, so that I can build up speed and endurance. I’m hoping to eventually be able to run a 5k without having to stop to walk. In January 2021 for my 40th birthday I hope to go to Disney World and participate in Marathon Weekend and complete the Dopey Challenge -it involves a 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and a full marathon on Sunday.” Griffin’s plans, however, extend further than running. “Looking back at the past 15 years, I am very thankful that I have been able to get married, have two children, graduate college, and be able to spend time with my family,” she said. “I am grateful that I have the opportunity to see my children grow and enjoy their lives. I want to continue to raise awareness for organ donation and will look to do some volunteer work with the Alabama Organ Center in the future.”
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Trussville area shortly after daybreak on Tuesday.
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inches tall and weighs approximately 260 to 300 lbs. The suspect possibly fled the scene in a dark colored pickup truck. According to CBS 42, the man handed store employees a threatening note and made off with approximately a thousand hydrocodone and oxycodone tablets.
To Griffin the running is about even more than testing her limits and pushing beyond them. It is a way for her to honor the donor whose gift saved her life. It is also a way for her to support the important work of raising awareness and facilitating organ donations. Her participation in this year’s New York Marathon attests to such. “I tried to get into the NYC Marathon via lottery, but like the other 90 percent of applicants I was not chosen,” she said. “I then decided to partner with the American Liver Foundation because it was the closest charity to my cause. I raised money by going to local businesses and asking friends and family to donate. Marco’s Pizza Trussville hosted a two- night fundraiser for me and I also had LuLaRoe and Paparazzi fundraisers throughout the year.” “I have always loved New York City and the NYC Marathon is one of the World’s Majors,” Griffin continued. “I thought that it was fitting to pay tribute to my donor on the 15th anniversary of my liver transplant in a place that I love doing something that most people only dream of being able to do.” After New York this mar-
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to Hewitt-Trussville Middle School parents, that contained further information concerning the incident. According to the message, a social media posting was investigated this week by the Trussville Police Department. The message went on to
advise that the Threat Assessment Protocol has been completed and the police department has informed the school that the investigation on the social media posting is closed. The message quotes the police as advising, “The perceived threat in this case is
considered to be unfounded.” The message concludes by stating, “As always, the safety of our students is our first priority. Please thank the Trussville Police for helping us keep our students safe.”
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Women in Aviation to host Girls in Aviation Day at the Southern Museum of Flight From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – The Southern Airways Chapter of Women in Aviation International will host its second-annual Girls in Aviation Day (GAD), where girls can learn about different aspects of aviation. “Events like Girls in Aviation Day bring awareness to aviation careers,” said Nikki Jordan, president of the WAI
Southern Airways Chapter. “Our goal is to reach young girls to bring education and focus to what is available for them as young women in the aviation industry. Early awareness is vital to capture their attention.” Participants will be able to tour the museum, talk to role models who work in the aviation industry, and learn about how airplanes fly and how meteorology and weight and balance impacts flight,
among other activities. The free event is open to girls ages 8 to 16 years who will receive a free lunch and a WAI string backpack that includes a Girls in Aviation Day magazine and other goodies. The event is hosted at the Southern Museum of Flight, located at 343 73rd Street N., from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 17. To register, email waisouthernairways@gmail. com. About Girls in Aviation
Day and Women in Aviation International: GAD is a global event designed to introduce and educate girls about the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation/aerospace industry. Last year, an estimated 9,700 girls participated in 74 separate events worldwide. GAD is an initiative of Women in Aviation International (WAI). WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encour-
agement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. With a network of more than 115 chapters, corporate members, and partners, our diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. We provide
year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members, and young people nationally and internationally. In addition, WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation.
Naloxone: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies new tool in the fight against the opioid crisis From the Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies are now equipped with a nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Naloxone, more commonly known by the trade name Narcan, is an intranasal medication used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. As part of the ongoing effort to combat opioid deaths in Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale has equipped deputies with naloxone. In 2017 Jefferson County saw
202 deaths due to overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. Having deputies equipped with naloxone is expected to aid in bringing these numbers down. Deputies often are first to arrive on the scene of an overdose and can now take steps to save the life of a victim. Three lives have already been saved by a deputy equipped with naloxone. Deputies began training on the use of naloxone in late September and began carrying it with them as soon as they were trained. On the day one deputy received training and began carrying it he was able to use it to save the life
of a man who overdosed on heroin. The deputy was dispatched to investigate a report of an unresponsive male in a pickup truck in western Jefferson County. The deputy responded along with Bagley Fire Department. Once on scene, he encountered a male subject who was exhibiting the effects of an opioid overdose. Though paramedics were on scene they had no naloxone. The deputy gave his issued naloxone to the paramedics who were able to administer it and revive the victim. This past Saturday deputies were called to an address
in the 6700 block of Hickory Trail in northeast Jefferson County to investigate a report that two adult women had simultaneously overdosed. While they were on the way the caller reported that CPR had been started on one of the women. Deputies arrived and found both women unresponsive. The deputy administered naloxone which was immediately effective. The women were taken to an area hospital for additional treatment. Of additional concern to law enforcement is accidental exposure to fentanyl while conducting searches of suspects and vehicles.
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ilies across the country. In our jails, we have partnered with UAB to help inmates break the cycle of addiction. Inmates willing to be part of the program are given a new promising treatment to combat their addiction to opioids as well as counseling and support that continues after their release. We have stepped up enforcement efforts, sued the drug companies, conducted a robust media campaign to educate people of the dangers and armed our deputies with this medical remedy. More lives will be saved because of this comprehensive effort. I’m certain of that”.
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Brookwood Baptist Health names new Chief Nursing Officer From the Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAMOn Tuesday Brookwood Baptist Health announced that Amy Beard has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center. Beard has served as Interim CNO at Brookwood Baptist since May of this year, and prior to that appointment, she served as the hospital’s Associate CNO. A nurse executive with more than 22 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Beard led the Brookwood Women’s team to achieve the first Joint Commission Perinatal Excellence Designation in the State of Alabama and sixth in the nation in 2015. In her work with Women’s Services, she held several roles of increasing responsibility, including Director, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Market Vice President. Among her many professional affiliations, Beard is recent past President of the Birmingham Region of Nurses Leaders; Board Member of the March of Dimes Central Alabama Division; a member of the Alabama Department
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How much did your city collect in online sales tax? From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE –Beginning on October first of 2018, the state of Alabama started requiring online retailers who shipped goods to Alabama to collect state and local sales tax. The law is limited to companies that do more than $250,000 in business in the state each year.
Prior to that, many online retailers such as Amazon were already voluntarily collecting and remitting state and local sales tax. Alabama municipalities could sign up to participate in the Alabama collection program and 590 did so. The state keeps 4 percent and counties and cities get 2 percent each. The amount allocated to counties and cities
is prorated based on population. Alabama has collected $70,275,362.86, though it is not clear if that total precedes 2018. Below are the amounts that cities in The Trussville Tribune overage area received from January 2018 through October 2018. ARGO $24,496.26 CENTER POINT
$101,817.98 CLAY $58,415.52 PINSON No report SPRINGVILLE $24,550.39 TRUSSVILLE $119,941.96 JEFFERSON COUNTY $2,394,734.54 ST. CLAIR COUNTY $304,014.25
Former Alabama resident indicted for attempting to provide support to al Qaeda From the Trussville Tribune staff reports of Public Health Women’s Advisory Steering Committee; and a former member of the Samford University Ida V. Mofett School of Nursing Advisory Board, among others. According to Keith Parrott, CEO, Brookwood Baptist Health, “Over the past five months, Amy has demonstrated her innate leadership skills, along with her ability to develop and cultivate strong teams. I am extremely confident she will continue to push the standard and demand sustainability in a way that will continue to drive high-quality care for of our patients.”
BIRMINGHAM — On Monday a federal grand jury indicted a woman, whom is a former resident of Alabama, with attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and aiding and abetting others, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2339B and 2, announced Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the National Security Division, United States Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. According to court filings, Alaa Mohd Abusaad
instructed an FBI undercover employee (UCE) about how to send money to the mujahedeen—fighters engaged in jihad. Abusaad told the UCE that money “is always needed. You can’t have a war without weapons. You can’t prepare a soldier without equipment.” Abusaad also advised the UCE on how to send money without getting caught, such as by using fake names and addresses. Subsequently, Abusaad introduced the UCE to a financial facilitator who could route the UCE’s money to “brothers that work with aq (al Qaeda).” “Federal agents and prosecutors are working tirelessly and using every available lawful tool to disrupt the evil
schemes of those who would support foreign terrorist organizations to do harm to our troops, our allies, or our homeland”, Town said. “The FBI did an excellent job investigating this matter, effectively engaging with other districts, and worked tirelessly to investigate this terrorist behavior. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to our local FBI field office, FBI-Cleveland, FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Northern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman, and the entirety of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division for their diligent and enormous efforts in developing this case. Our collective vigilance as law enforcement
and in our community must resolve to continue to say something if you see something.” The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison, up to a life term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. FBI, including FBI offices in Birmingham and in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, investigated the case, which the Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Cornelius and Manu Balachandran, and Trial Attorney Jennifer Levy of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting. An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Argo City Council hears police and fire report, discusses building permit ordinance By Shaun Szkolnik for the Tribune ARGO — The Argo City Council met on Monday at 6 p.m. After preliminary business was attended to the council addressed several issues of concern to the city. The council received a report from Katie Whitfield of the teen council. The teen council wants to participate in Small Business Saturday, on November, 24. They requested permission to speak with local businesses in the area so as to secure their participation in the event as well. The council granted the teen council permission to proceed. The council received a Police Report from Chief
James Downing. The following occurred in Argo over the month of October: • 19 incident reports were filled out • 10 motor vehicle accidents • 14 false/burglar alarms • 15 incidents of domestic violence • 28 fire assists • 57 office assists • 81 911 calls • 190 patrol requests • 61 public assistants • 972 inspection calls • 57 calls to I-59 • 7 DUI incidents • 25 driver’s license violations • 7 drug arrests • 61 public assistance • 33211 business checks • 125 tag violations
• 1574 total calls for service • 297 citations • 82 warnings The council received a Fire Report. The following occurred in Argo over the month of October: • 3 structure fires • 1 brush fire • 1 car fire • 1 fire alarm that turned out to be a false alarm • 1 Gas leak • 33 medical calls • 43 total calls for the month • Issued 8 fire permits Installed three smoke detectors in resident’s houses The council was informed that the Fire Department will, upon request, install smoke detectors in the
homes of private residents. The costs of the smoke detectors are covered by the state of Alabama. The council heard a report on the Argo Food bank from Jim Link. Link informed the council that on November 17 the food bank will be giving away turkeys to the families in need. The council then had a discussion on the Building Permit Ordinance. Councilman Ronnie Bowman expressed concerns that, since the ordinance would allow the city to grant permits without inspections, it could possibly result in lawsuits, against the city, as a permit could be interpreted as the city vouching that the structure was safe and adhered to
all building codes. Bowman has been in contact with the state for clarification on the matter, that clarification has yet to be delivered. After some discussion the council decided to table the ordinance until the state could offer clarification on the issue. The council next took up the issue of adding provisions to the city’s ordinance on signs to specifically deal with signs for yard sales. The council agreed that permits for yard signs would be issued for $5 or $10, depending on size, and that those that had purchased the permit would be required to remove the signs within 24 hours of the end of their yard sale. Failure to do so
could lead to a fine of $100 being issued to the violator. The updates were passed unanimously. The council had a short discussion on renewing the term of Judge Carl Chamblee for another two years. The council approved of the renewing the term, for two years, unanimously. Other topics before the council were: • Storm shelter update • CCI Invoice • Christmas Parade • Christmas for Kids • There were no public comments. The Argo City council will meet again on November 26.
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Two month operation takes 40 guns off North Alabama streets From the Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — A two-month operation focused on reducing violent crime in Tuscaloosa resulted in federal charges against 36 defendants, with 40 guns seized, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy and Tuscaloosa District Attorney Hays Webb.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and ATF joined with local law enforcement in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, University of Alabama Police Department, Northport Police Department, 17th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force in an intense effort in September and October to charge violent offenders and take guns off the streets. “These indictments represent the hard work of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners and our
continued efforts to work together to remove these criminals from our streets with severe punishment, and return our communities back to their rightful owners…the law-abiding citizens,” Town said. “We have bed space in federal prison for these folks and we will fill it.” “These arrests represent use of ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence partnership with law enforcement and the community to ultimately disrupt the shooting cycle that negatively impact Tuscaloosa County,” Watson said. “The arrests are part of Operation Focused
Jefferson County man charged with attempted murder after shooting wife in face, claimed it was accidental From The Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY –A 43-year-old Adamsville man has been charged with attempted murder after he claimed he accidentally shot his wife. At about 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of an accidental shooting in the area of Forestdale Boulevard and Winters Drive. A caller, later identified as Raymond Swink, reported that he had accidentally shot his wife while in their vehicle. Deputies arrived to find a 39-year-old woman suffering
Raymond Swink is charged with attempted murder after wife shot in face.
from a gunshot wound to her face. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Raymond Keith Swink
was taken into custody and questioned by detectives. He reported that he had intended to shoot himself, but accidentally shot his wife. Evidence at the scene indicated that the shooting was no accident, JCSO officials said in a statement. Raymond Swink was taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges. This morning detectives reviewed the case with the District Attorneys Office. An arrest warrant was issued formally charging Raymond Keith Swink with Attempted Murder. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set $100,000.
Remedy which leverages technology and partnerships statewide to provide a safe environment to our neighborhoods.” “The Tuscaloosa Police Department is extremely delighted to have the assistance of the ATF in removing dangerous criminals, who commit gun crimes, from our City,” Anderson said. “We are grateful for their assistance in reducing gun violence and making Tuscaloosa a safer place.” “This is a great example of federal and local agencies working together here in Tuscaloosa,” Abernathy said.
The majority of the 36 defendants facing current gun charges have at least 3 prior felony convictions. The total number of prior convictions tops 122. Among these arrests for violent offenses, include charges such as domestic violence, assault and attempted murder, rape and sodomy. Of the 36, there are 2 individuals that have 11 felony convictions each and 1 individual that has 10 felony convictions. Among the 40 firearms seized, 12 were identified as stolen, according to the ATF. These cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods,
a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
Police welfare check in Pell City reveals couple dead from gunshot wounds From the Trussville Tribune staff reports PELL CITY — On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. officers discovered a dead couple at their Pell City home, according to the Pell City Police Department. Officers responded to the 200 Block of Seddon Farms Lane on a welfare check, initiated after Jennifer Lynn Grap failed to report to work. Once on the scene Officers checked the residence, which was secured, but after looking through windows police observed a person’s body in a doorway. Officers entered the residence and found two victims that were deceased from gunshot wounds. The victims are Jennifer Lynn Grap, 39, and Patrick
Wayne Grap, 47, both of Pell City. The victims are married to each other and neighbors reported to police that they had lived there for several years and they both work in Birmingham. According to police, officers have spoken with numerous persons who knew the victims and they reported domestic problems between them, however the Pell City Police Department has never responded to anything at the location nor has the department received any previous reports. “From all of the evidence gathered on the scene and statements taken from friends and family of the deceased we do not have another reason to believe anyone else was involved in this tragedy.”
A police statement said, “Our prayers go out to the friends and family of this young couple.” “This month is domestic violence awareness month and we hope that this can be a wake-up call to anyone who knows someone who is living in a relationship that needs help.” the Police statement said, “The Pell City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will vigorously investigate and prosecute any type of domestic related offenses in hopes that this type of event will never reoccur in our city or any other place.” Anyone with information on this case is encourage to call the Pell City Police Department at 884-3334.
Pell City woman sought on drug charges From the Trussville Tribune staff reports ST CLAIR COUNTY — Tonique O. Crowe, 33, is wanted in St. Clair County on a felony warrant charging her with unlawful distribution/ furnishing controlled substance/selling near school. The subject is described as a 5-foot-6, and weighing 250
pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The subject is a black female. The subjects last known address was on the 400 block of 25th Street N in Pell City. If you know where this suspect might be, please call Crime Stoppers at 205-2547777. Photo courtesy of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama
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Pictured are Andrey Shvets, 42, and Iryna Shvets, 35, of Harvest. Photo provided by Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.
deception, possession of a forged instrument or altered title, and deceptive business practices, according to a statement from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement officials said the couple had been selling vehicles that had been totaled as undamaged vehicles with clear titles. Officials said the “title-washing” scam led to an investigation that discovered large amounts of evidence that the pair may have scammed numerous unsuspecting victims. On Oct. 1, an investigator spoke to a family that believed
they had been scammed into buying a car with a forged Alabama title. The victims had met the Shvets in late 2017 at the Shvets’ residence to look at a 2016 Nissan Maxima advertised online for $25,999. The victims asked if the Maxima had ever been damaged and were told a rock had cracked the windshield, which had been replaced, but otherwise the car had never been damaged and had a clean title. Iryna Shvets said she had just had a baby and the vehicle was too small for their growing family of four children. The victims received a
clean Alabama title when they purchased the car. In June, the victims decided to sell the Maxima. After listing the car for sale, the victim searched the VIN history and learned the car had a salvage title history due to an accident in Mississippi and had been totaled before the Shvets bought it. Investigator Durden of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said victims can check their vehicle’s VIN number online. If it shows a salvage history but they have a clear title, they should call LCSO at 256-232-0111 and ask for Investigator Durden.
Center Point woman sought on charges of financial exploitation From the Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY — Brittany Shaunta Martin, 28, is wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrants charging her with financial exploitation of an elderly person in the first degree and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. The subject is described as a 5-foot-3, and
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weighing 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The subject is a black female. The subjects last known address was on the 1800 Block of Mara Drive in Center Point. If you know where this suspect might be, please call Crime Stoppers at 205-2547777.
indicted on Thursday by a Dallas County grand jury and surrendered, on Friday, at the Dallas County Jail: Toriano Neely, also known as Tory Neely, 48, a lieutenant who supervised the department’s detectives. Jeffrey Hardy, also known as Jeff Hardy, 45, a sergeant under Neely’s supervision. Kendall Thomas, 38, a ser-
geant formerly under Neely’s supervision. Each is charged with knowingly falsifying, concealing or covering up material or making a false or fraudulent statement in a matter under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, a violation of Code of Alabama §36-15-62.1 The crime is a class C felony punishable by
Pelham Police charge Jefferson County man with five counts of possession of child pornography From the Trussville Tribune staff reports PELHAM – A Jefferson County man has been charged in Pelham with five counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pelham
Police Department. On Tuesday Velantin Belevich was arrested by detectives from the Pelham Police Department after a two-month joint investigation between the Pelham Police Department and the Hoover
CENTER POINT – A man was found dead in a Center Point yard on Thursday. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identtified him as Christopher James Burgay, a
From the Trussville Tribune staff reports HOMEWOOD – A fatal wreck has occurred on Lake-
shore Court and Columbiana Road in Homewood, according to WIAT. The wreck involved one vehicle.
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports CALHOUN COUNTY – A single-vehicle crash at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, has claimed the life of a Piedmont
man. Gary Russell Howard, 75, was killed when the 1993 Chevrolet Silverado he was driving left the roadway on Alabama Highway 21 and overturned. Howard, who was
BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department has reported that detectives are conducting a robbery investigation. The incident happened on Tuesday. Investigators need assistance from the public to identify the suspect. Police have advised that at approximately 5:50 p.m. officers from the West Precinct responded to the CVS Pharmacy, located at 632 Tusca-
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Robbery at CVS, Birmingham Police request help identifying suspect loosa Avenue, to investigate a report of a robbery. Officers arrived to find that the suspect entered the business and proceeded to the pharmacy area to rob the business. Authorities are requesting that if there is anyone with information on the identity of the suspect that they contact BPD Robbery Detectives at 254-1753 or remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.
The Homewood Police Department has advised that the accident resulted in one fatality.
Single vehicle crash claims life of Piedmont man
23-year old white male whom was living in Center Point but not at the address where the body was discovered. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office Burgay’s death is considered a homicide and an investigation is currently being conducted.
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Police Department. Authorities have also advised that because the investigation is still ongoing further details cannot be provided. Belevich is currently in the Shelby County jail.
Wreck on Columbiana Road in Homewood results in fatality
Identity of murdered man, found in Center Point yard, has been released From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
one year and one day to 10 years. The officers have been on administrative leave from their positions with the police department No further information about the investigation nor about the defendants’ alleged crimes has been released at this time.
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November 7 Billy Graham Library / Biltmore Estate trip Open Road Tours by Kim & Central Baptist Church will travel to Asheville and Charlotte, NC to tour the Billy Graham Library and the Biltmore Estate. Come with us to learn about America’s Pastor and the legacy his has left. Also, tour the Biltmore House/Gardens/Antler Village and have lunch on the Estate. Everything will be decorated for Christmas. Call for all the details and pricing. November 10 Darleen Roper Book Signing Meet local author Darleen Roper! In her book “Show Me: a Spiritual Journey,” she chronicles her faith life and hopes to inspire others to understand how God will show them they way. A heart-warming, diary-like record of one woman finding her hidden strengths in the midst of helping others. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Nov 14 Wellness Screening To stay abreast of your numbers, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference screenings will be held by appointment. Results and interpretation in fifteen minutes with a simple finger stick. The cost is $20. Please call 408-6550 to register for St. Vincent’s Trussville Nov 17 Steven Ehrensperger Memorial Blood Drive The 9th Annual Steven Ehrensperger Memorial Blood Drive will be held at Faith Lutheran Church (6704 Deerfoot Parkway - next to Piggly Wiggly) on Saturday, Nov. 17th, 9:00am until 2:00pm. Potential donors are encouraged to make an appointment on-line by going to the Red Cross web site, www.redcrossblood.org. The Sponsor Code for this particular drive is “STEVEN.” Contact Fred
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Santa, children’s activities and punch and cookies! Arlington is a Greek Revival style, antebellum-era home, known by its original homeowners as “The Grove,” and was built by Alabama Circuit Judge William S. Mudd as a gift for his wife. He purchased the property in 1842 for $600. In 1865, Union General James Wilson came upon the house and decided to use it as a basecamp for his men while they planned their attacks on Tuscaloosa and Selma. The rich history of Arlington continued as it was purchased by others over the years, including Henry DeBardeleben in 1884, Franklin Whitney in 1886 (who renamed the house “Arlington”), and Robert Munger in 1902. Arlington is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open throughout the year to host visitors, tours, luncheons and events. Anne Gibbons is President of the Arlington Historical Association and Terri Hicks is Chairperson of Christmas at Arlington. Friday, December 7, 2018 – Hanging of the Green, Candlelight Program and Reception, 6:00 pm. $20 admission. Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 10 am – 4 pm, free admission Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 1 pm – 4 pm, free admission Address: 331 Cotton Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211 Phone: 205-780-5656 Facebook Page: Arlington House and Gardens www.arlingtonantebellumhomeandgardens.com
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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
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july 13, 1962 ~ october 24, 2018 (age 56)
Johnny Gaylan Hughes, age 56, of Birmingham, AL passed away on October 24, 2018. He graduated from Hewitt Trussville High School in 1980. He was an outstanding first chair trumpet player for the Hewitt Trussville Husky marching band. Johnny served in the retail industry for over 41 years and ultimately managed for Fresh Value Market Place. He was a kind soul who remained the rock of his family until his death. He was known for being a hard worker and wonderful provider to his family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and many funny sayings. He was a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan, but most of all he was a loving son to his parents, devoted husband to his former wife, a loving father and grandfather, a wonderful brother and good friend. Johnny is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Jenny Hughes; his three children, Jessica Ann Hughes, age 34 and his two grandchildren, Meadow and Maximus Brewster, Jordan Thomas Hughes, age 31 and Jonathan Hughes, age 24. He is also survived by his parents, Billie G. and Patricia Hughes; siblings, Debra Brown, Dianne Wood (Shawn), Greg Hughes and his fiancé, Shelly Muller, and Gary Hughes (Jennifer); twelve nieces and nephews, and seven great nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held for Johnny at 10:00 a.m. on November 2, 2018 at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. The visitation will be held one hour prior.
september 5, 1931 ~ october 28, 2018 (age 87)
Mrs. Clara Cookie Douglas, 87, of Center Point, AL passed away on October 28, 2018. She retired from ALTEC Industries as a Data Entry Clerk, was a devoted member of Hilldale Baptist Church, and was a graduate of Woodlawn High School. Clara was an avid doll collector, worked hard for her family, enjoyed swimming, and was the youngest of five girls. Most importantly, she loved her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Douglas; son, David Alan Douglas; sisters, Louise Outlaw, Virginia Hall, and Catherine Shannon; and parents, Ralph and Lillian Cook. She is survived by her sons, John Michael Douglas and Mark Paul Douglas (Sonya); daughter, Linda Williford (Arvin); grandchildren, Steven Williford (Sandra), John Williford (Kelli), Daniel Williford (Erica), Amanda Douglas, and Alyssa Douglas; great-grandchildren, Clara, Lincoln, Bonnie, and Graham; and sister, Gracie Armstrong. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. The funeral service will begin from the funeral home chapel at 2:00pm with Pastor Dallas Culver officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Pinson, AL.
Christopher James Burgay 1994 ~ 2018 (age 23)
Mr. Chris Burgay, 23, of Birmingham, AL passed away on October 31, 2018. Chris enjoyed skateboarding, audio designing, the beach, traveling, playing guitar, and camping. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James Edward Burgay and maternal grandfather, Vernon E. Gee. He is survived by his father, Tom Burgay and mother, Sheryl Burgay; sisters, Anna Marie Burgay and Windy Michelle Rhoton (Jeff); paternal grandmother, Violet Whitman; maternal grandmother, Virginia Gee; nephew, Simeon Eli Rhoton; aunts, Susan Wilkerson, Anita Burgay, and Laura Alexander; uncles, Wayne Gee and Larry Gee; and numerous cousins, other relatives, and friends. A visitation will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. The funeral service will begin from the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 2:00pm with a one-hour visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to an addiction prevention charity of your choice.
june 9, 1941 ~ october 31, 2018 (age 77)
Judy Marie Stinson of Tarrant passed away on October 31, 2018 at the age of 77. She is now with her heavenly Father and completely healed. She is preceded in death by her parents, HT and Anna Lois Sharit. She is survived by her sisters Annette Layton (Lynn) and Claudia Matthews (Don); nieces and nephews Troy Layton (Lisa), Jeff Layton (Stacy), Lori Blake, Kameron Black (Jason); great nieces and nephews Lauren Layton, Brad Layton, Keith Layton, Anna Kathryn Layton, Justin Blake, Joshua Blake, Anna Whitley Blake, Layton Black; her loving and caring caregiver Brigitte Ballard and her family Diamond Ballard, George Sanders, Ga’Niah Sanders, Georionna Sanders, and Da’moni Ballard. Graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon.
may 26, 1924 ~ october 28, 2018 (age 94)
Lillian Babb Bailey, 94, a long-time Pinson resident, passed away Sunday at Kirkwood by the River, the senior living community where she lived for the past three years. Mrs. Bailey was born in Maylene and lived in the Birmingham area for most of her life. She was a home-maker with many avocations. She was a Sunday School teacher, choir member and Christian Endeavor leader at Pinson Presbyterian Church for a number of years. Her church later merged with several other Presbyterian Churches to form Cahaba Springs Presbyterian Church where she maintained her membership. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed photography, coin collecting, gardening and canning what she grew, traveling and camping, particularly at the beach where she loved to collect shells. She is predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Jack L. Bailey, and a son, James Lee Bailey. Survivors are sons Thomas E. Bailey (Jan) and Dale S. Bailey; grandchildren, Drew Bailey (Natalie) and Olivia Ficken (Adam); Patrick Bailey, Nathan Bailey (Shawna) and Danielle Balogh (Andrew); great grandchildren Henry and Snow (Nathan); John, Tucker and Aurora (Danielle); Blake and Madelyn (Drew); Dylan and Noah (Olivia). Funeral will be at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Trussville. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. followed by a service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens.
Sandra Louise Cummings
october 3, 1948 ~ november 2, 2018 (age 70)
Sandra Louise Archer Cummings, age 70, of Clay, AL, embraced her Lord and Savior in Heaven November 2, 2018. Sandra graduated from Banks High School in 1966 and received her degree from Alverson Draughon Business College shortly thereafter. She began her lifelong career of insurance at Liberty National in Birmingham, AL, and continued as an independent agent at ALFA until her retirement in 1997. Sandra married the love of her life, Barry Joe Howard Cummings, in 1969, and loved every moment of camping, fishing and spending time with him and their best friends Jan and Bud Williams. In 1975 they welcomed a son, Joseph Howard Cummings, whereby Sandra dedicated her heart and soul into motherhood and family. Her grandchildren, Jacob and Lucy Cummings, brought her great joy until her final days. She is preceded in death by her husband Barry Joe, her father William Howard Archer (Rosa), her sister Judy Fay Archer, and her grandson Luke Howard Cummings. She is survived by her mother Rosa Lee Archer, sister Joan Marie Archer Cole (Robert), brother Larry Howard Archer (Kathy), son Joseph (Rebecca), aforementioned grandchildren, extended Archer and Cummings family, and lifelong friends and neighbors. Visitation will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home on November 4, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM. Services will be on Monday at 10 AM in the chapel and the burial to follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
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Will work for food: Experienced writer seeks running gig as restaurant reviewer By June Mathews OF A CERTAIN AGE I know, I know. I’m getting close enough to retirement age to slap it with a short-handled flyswatter, but I’m not ready to go there yet. Over the past 40-plus years in the working world, toiling either for “the man” or as a freelancer, I’ve enjoyed several careers, beginning with retail sales in college to now working for a busy chamber of commerce, and I’ve found something to love in every job. But the thing is, I’ve still got a few careers I’d like to explore. In fact, I’m considering another career right now, one I’ve got plenty of experience for (I may even be a bit over-qualified) and for which I’ve got more than enough desire to succeed. I want to be
June Mathews a restaurant critic. You know. One of those people who go out to eat at somebody else’s expense then write about their dining experience, for better or worse. Now this idea didn’t come to me out of the blue. I’ve been mulling it over for most of my life. Remember the old
Dennis Washburn “Dining Out” columns in the Punch section of The Birmingham News? Starting in my early teens until the column fizzled, oh, 20 years later or thereabouts, I was an avid reader of Washburn’s accounts of his dinner dates, first with Pretty and later, Bunny. (Bhamwiki identifies the women as Washburn’s fourth and fifth wives.) The basic routine called for the writer and his date to show up at a local restaurant or nightspot, enjoy a sampling of the establishment’s typical fare, soak up the atmosphere, evaluate the service, and later compare notes on what they did and didn’t like about their outing. Then each week, Washburn would create a review of their experience for the newspaper. Thing was, the pieces he
wrote were largely promotional in nature, so Washburn highlighted the positives and soft-pedaled the negatives – which didn’t make him much of a critic in the strictest sense of the word. At some point, he even admitted his columns were designed to draw advertising, and he feared negativity would turn potential advertisers, as well as prospective customers, away. “All of them were positive columns,” he once said. “The idea was to get more people eating out because our restaurants were in terrible shape.” Nevertheless, he’s served as my inspiration all these years for wanting to write about food – and not because our local restaurant community is suffering. (If you think that’s the case, you must not have tried getting into Cracker Barrel right after church
lately.) But I mostly think it would be fun. Besides, I love a good bargain as much as I love good food, so to me, having somebody else pick up the tab is as good as it gets. In return, I’m willing to sacrifice the time and effort it takes to eat the proffered meal then write about it. What a screaming deal for some lucky restaurant owner and/or newspaper publisher, right? That said, after pondering this whole food critic thing over for lo these many years – and considering I’m not getting younger – I feel the time has come to buckle down and make my long-held restaurant writer dream a reality. And the first step is a little advertising of my own. So if there’s a restaurant owner out there willing to pay big advertising bucks for
a positive story about their business or a newspaper publisher looking to pay a quality writer for mouthwatering descriptions of lemon pepper wings with blue cheese dressing or tiramisu cheesecake, please know I’m available. Rates are reasonable, and turnaround times for assignments involving baked goods, barbecued ribs, or anything Italian is fast. In fact, I can probably be there in about 15 minutes, depending on how hungry I am. Anybody want to pretend to be Pretty or Bunny and come along? Email June Mathews at email@example.com.
specifically focus on maturing and strengthening the homeland security enterprise itself.” When asked how DHS plans to achieve these goals, Secretary Kirsten Nielsen responded, “DHS is actively working to strengthen partnerships with communities, first responders, law enforcement, and Government agencies-at the Federal, State, local, tribal, and international levels. We are accelerating the deployment of science, technology, and innovation in order to make America more secure, and we are becoming leaner, smarter, and more efficient, ensuring that every security
resource is used as effectively as possible.” There will be no test, but you now know not only what the Department of Homeland Security does, but you know who runs it. No, “Big Brother” is not watching you … just protecting you. “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. What exactly did Thomas Jefferson mean by this phrase? He was telling us that no person has the right to withhold these civil liberties from us. Isn’t it great to be an American?
Civics 101 By Judi McGuire Capitol Steps For The Trussville Tribune Civic knowledge and public dialogue is at an alltime low. A recent survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government, which was a significant decline from previous years. Do you know the names of the President’s Cabinet members and the department which they are responsible? If you answered “no”, you aren’t alone. It seems that despite our
having a political system which highlights our freedoms and responsibilities, we have failed to provide the average American with an understanding of civics and the features of our political structure. So, are you ready for a lesson regarding who runs our great country and the name of the department for which they are responsible? Then let’s begin with Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established in 2003 as a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296. The DHS mission statement is: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the Amer-
ican people, our homeland, and our values.” The Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirsten Nielsen, said, “In order to fulfill
such an important mission requires the commitment and dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs ranging from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspectors. Their duties may be wide-ranging, but their goal is clear - keeping America safe.” Secretary Nielsen continued, “DHS has five core missions: (1) prevent terrorism and enhance security; (2) secure and manage our borders; (3) enforce and administer our immigration laws; (4) safeguard and secure cyberspace; and (5) ensure resilience to disasters.” In addition, we must
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Kids talk about God: How do the pure in heart see God? BY CAREY KINSOLVING AND FRIENDS RELEASE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018 How Do The Pure In Heart See God? “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). “This verse means people that go all out, not halfway, will see God,” says Matthew, age 9. Lukewarm Christians make Jesus nauseated to the point of vomiting. I’m not making this up. Read Revelation 3:16. Have you ever been in love and heard the words “I just want to be friends”? Remember that sick, sinking feeling? You almost wish you’d heard “I never want to see you again.” It’s better to know where you stand than to
be offered a half-hearted relationship. “If your heart is good and doesn’t think bad things, you shall see God,” says William, 10. “But you also have to believe in Jesus, for works cannot take you to heaven.” Yes, it’s bad thinking that gets us into trouble. It’s especially bad when you’re counting on good deeds for entrance into heaven’s gates. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day upheld a tradition of thousands of laws created as a fence around the law given to Moses. The idea is that you won’t steal a cookie if you can’t reach the cookie jar. This resulted in a religion of rituals focused on outward cleanliness. Jesus challenged the prevailing religious thought and practice when he pronounced blessings on the “pure in
heart.” Cleanse the inner life, and the outer life will take care of itself. Or, as Augustine said, “Love and do what you will.” “Purity is special to God,” says Anna, 9. “The pure are filled with joy.” Yes, purity
is special to God because he himself is pure. “Purity of heart is to will one thing,” said Soren Kierkegaard. God has never deviated from his purpose of bringing everything into conformity with his Son. The new world order began when Jesus left heaven and invaded planet Earth as a baby born in a manger. The Apostle Paul presents Jesus as the new Adam, untainted by the fall of the first Adam. Purity of heart begins by becoming part of a new humanity, says Dave, 11: “It means that people who have accepted Christ and believed that he died on the cross and rose again will go to heaven when they die.” Dave knows there’s a resurrected man in heaven who is fully God sitting on his throne. As the firstborn from the
dead, Jesus opened heaven’s gates for all who trust in him. The pure one bore our impurities in his body when he hung on a cross. “If you are pure in heart, you are blessed,” says Madison, 10. “Being blessed will help you see God.” When Moses asked to see God’s glory, the Lord said no man could see him and live. The contrast between God’s reply to Moses and Jesus’ promise to the pure in heart is startling. Purity of heart is absolute in that Christians are forever forgiven because they’ve received the life that comes from believing in Jesus as Savior. But it’s also relative in the sense of Christians needing to confess their sins to God to restore the closeness of fellowship that comes from being filled and led by
the Spirit of God. “The ones who are pure in heart will be rewarded,” says Nicole, 10. “They love God very much and study his word.” Think about this: Allow the Lord to replace the confusion in your life with the joy that comes from purity of heart. Memorize this truth: Matthew 5:8 quoted above. Ask this question: Are you pure in heart or confused in the head? “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.
Will they ever run out of rabbits? I wonder what the Apostle Paul would think if he visited some churches today. Some are healthy. But I imagine he would have strong words of caution to many. He would flat out-rebuke others. I wonder if Jesus looks down from Heaven, embarrassed. I’m uncertain if my generation truly understands what it means to be the Body of Christ. You know the churches I’m talking about: man centered, not God centered. They seek to be new and sexy, because the way God’s people have worshiped for ages is outdated. They seek to be relevant, even if it means crossing biblical boundaries to do so. Entertainment, not preaching the Word of God, is the engine that drives the
Andy Waits church. Publicity, not relationships, are the focus of ministry. I often think, “Will they ever run out of rabbits to pull out of the hat”? Games and gimmicks draw wonderful crowds but make weak disciples. Building your church on hype cannot be sustained long-term.
It wears off quickly. The air goes out of the balloon. Someone else is always waiting to pull a bigger rabbit out of the hat, “oohing” and “ahhh-ing” the crowds. It becomes a competition between churches: Who can have the biggest splash? Who can generate the greatest shock value? Who can produce the most emotionally-driven show? I wonder if the rabbits weary Jesus? I think of Jesus feeding the crowds in the gospels. The crowds were his biggest fans as long as he was giving them food. When he began to teach, especially hard teachings, they walked away (John 6:66-67). When I hear of churches giving away a new car on high attendance day, I laugh. Maybe I shouldn’t.
One church I spoke with wouldn’t refer to it as “worship;” the correct terminology today is “production.” I hear of churches substituting the proclamation of the Scriptures for a secular movie with spiritual points. It scares me that they will give an account before God for their preaching! I’m told the church over there is literally giving out cash to get people of another skin color to visit their church. That breaks my heart. I attended church on vacation and they sang one song by Journey and another by John Den-
ver. It’s supposed to make lost people feel more comfortable. I’m asking myself, “Am I in a church or a pub?” I saw a mega-church pastor preach on sex while lying in his bed on stage. Is he more interested in making a name for himself or in making disciples for Jesus Christ? I’m not certain, but I wonder. I could give more examples but what’s the use? I know the old proverb says, “If you’re going to go fishing, you’ve got to have some bait.” Being relevant is important. However, when we elevate relevance above
the Scripture, we are in danger of losing the true meaning of church. It doesn’t make disciples. It creates weeds that spring up quickly but die as soon as tribulation comes. I look around the church today and it looks like “VBS-for-adults.” All milk, no meat. Spurgeon once remarked, “One day instead of shepherds feeding the sheep we will see clowns entertaining the goats.” Pastors, stop pulling rabbits out of your hat; pull your Bible off the shelf, and feed the sheep.
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The Anxious Leaf Once upon a time a little leaf was heard to sigh and cry, as leaves often do when a gentle wind is about. And the twig said, “What is the matter, little leaf?” And the leaf said, “The wind just told me that one day it would pull me off and throw me down to die on the ground!” The twig told it to the
branch on which it grew, and the branch told it to the tree. And when the tree heard it, it rustled all over, and sent back word to the leaf, “Do not be afraid. Hold on tightly, and you shall not go till you want to.” And so the leaf stopped sighing, but went on nestling and singing. Every time the tree shook itself and stirred up all
its leaves, the branches shook themselves, and the little twig shook itself, and the little leaf danced up and down merrily, as if nothing could ever pull it off. And so it grew all summer long, till October. And when the bright days of autumn came the little leaf saw all the leaves around becoming very beautiful. Some
were yellow and some scarlet, and some striped with both colors. Then it asked the tree what it meant. And the tree said, “All these leaves are getting ready to fly away, and they have put on these beautiful colors because of joy.” Then the little leaf began to want to go, too, and grew very beautiful in thinking of it, and when
it was very gay in color it saw that the branches of the tree had no bright color in them, and so the leaf said, “O branches! why are you lead-color and we golden?” “We must keep on our work-clothes, for our life is not done - but your clothes are for holiday, because your tasks are over,” said the branches. Just then a little puff of
wind came, and the leaf let go, without thinking of it, and the wind took it up and turned it over and over, and whirled it like a spark of fire in the air, and then it dropped gently down under the edge of the fence, among hundreds of leaves, and fell into a dream, and it never waked up to tell what it dreamed about.
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TRIBUNE KIDS WRITING SUBMISSIONS Last month I reached out to young readers and writers asking the following questions:
Each month, The Trussville Tribune invites students to submit stories to Tribune Kids for their own special column. The list of the upcoming topics will help you plan. Please also try these guidelines in order for students to have a better chance of having their writings published. Please send all writings to firstname.lastname@example.org
TRIBUNE KIDS MONTHLY WRITING
C O R N E R Thanksgiving Write about a special Thanksgiving tradition in your family. Deadline: November 9 Publish Date: November 21 Value What is the most valuable thing you own? Why is it so special? Deadline: November 23 Publish Date: December 5
TRIBUNE KIDS MONTHLY WRITING
GUIDELINES 1. Keep length between 50 and 100 words. 2. Follow directions for the topic. Creativity is great but is the entry on topic? 3. Make sure all entries are legible. 4. Include students’ name, school and grade on each entry submitted. 5. Screen for appropriateness. We try to avoid potentially embarrassing entries, but sometimes it is not obvious.
“Who has the best job in the world? Why?” as well as to write and submit a poem describing “the sound leaves make when you step on them.” Below are submissions from fifth graders in surrounding elementary schools. As a writer, I love to read these submissions and see these talented children take the time to write and share their works of art. I am proud to share the submissions for November. - Tanna M. Friday, Managing Editor.
Autumn Leav es
Submitted by Harper Carmichael 3rd grader, Paine Elementary School
Submitted by Angie Ruiz 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
“I think that the coolest job in the world is being a teacher. Although I am still young, when I grow up I want to be a teacher. Teachers get to help students every day and they also learn from their students too. I want to teach K-3rd grade. Teachers get to play with students and read to them. I want to wake up, get ready, and go to school each morning to teach children. So to me, the coolest job ever is teaching!”
Sound like... A bag of chips crrunching, Me crunching on my Takis, Popcorn popping, Crumbling paper, Maybe even ripping paper, and finally... It reminds to me of... Walking through the Woods all alone.
Fall Leav es
Crashing and Bashing
Submitted by Gracelyn Zimmerman 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Submitted by Skyler White 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Fall runs right around the corner as leaves turn bright red orange and yellow. Kids jumping on crunchy leaves makees such a lovely sound. But in winter when the fire crackles, you’ll always remember those fall leaves.
When I go dashing, the leaves go crashing. When I stumble, all of the leaves crumble. The leaves don’t splash, but they do get mashed. Leaves are not trash, but they’re also not classy. Leaves go bash, crash, mash and crumble, leaves are but bumble. On a fall night, there is no light. But when a leaf falls, that’s the light. A breath taking sight.
Note: Parents or teachers should include a note if an entry is exceptional for a particular student that might not otherwise stand out.
One Leaf Submitted by Brennan Stooksbe 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Wonder ful Autumn Leav es
Submitted by Kylie Hendrick 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Submitted by Skylar Harvey 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Leaves, oh so wonderful leaves, Why do you crinkle? Why do you crunch? Why do you break, oh so easily? Oh, so beautiful and bright you are. You warm me up from the inside out.
Leaves snap when I step on them. Every one is unique. As I walk through the fields, I hear them ripping. Very amazing they are. Every fall I wait to watch them change colors. So thin and crisp they are.
The Sound of Fall
Submitted by Vivian Westin 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Submitted by Matthew Blake 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Submitted by Brittain Lagace 5th grader, Magnolia Elementary School
Leaves rip, crackle, and crunch like a popping fire. Each one louder than the other. A single leaf sounds likee a crisp crunch. Very many different noises. Each leaf has a snap, click, and a clack. So many sounds coming from these leaves.
When I think of fall, I think of leaves that fall. The crunch of them under my shoes sounds like a twig snapping under a car. After I hear leaves fall, I think Christmas is on the way.
I love the sound leaves make when you step on them, Crunch, crinkle, and crack. I love the color of leaves in the fall, Red, orange, and yellow. I love how it makes me feel, Delighted, happy, and cheerful.
One leaf drowns in a pile. One leaf rotts away. One leaf cracks and snaps. One leaf flows with the wind. One leaf follows the rest. One leaf is sileent. One leaf crinkles. All leaves soon fly away.
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Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix receives Under Armour All-American jersey By Justin Nails Tribune Sports PINSON—In a packed auditorium filled with classmates, teammates, parents and media Bo Nix received his official jersey for the 2019 Under Armour All-American game. The celebration comes just days before the final regular season game of his career and the beginning of another playoff run for the Pinson Valley Indians. The brief ceremony took place in the Pinson Valley High School auditorium where Nix’s family, Pinson Valley Head Coach and Bo’s father Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley faculty and cheerleaders joined Nix in the celebration as he was named to the Under Armour All-American game. Nix, who is set to graduate early and enroll at Auburn, took the stage and thanked everyone from his family and father, teammates, fans and even the band during the celebration. Nix joins Oxford’s Clay Webb and Hewitt-Trussville’s Pierce Quick as the only three players named from the state of Alabama to be named to the Under Armour game so
far this year. Nix is also just the second quarterback to be named to the team so far joined Texas commit Roschon Johnson from Port Neches, Texas. Head coach and Nix’s father Patrick Nix also received an award as he was named the American Family Dream Champion Award recipient that is given to the person who is most influential in each players career and growth. Speaking with Nix on this opportunity and what it means to him, Nix called the opportunity to play in this game a “Dream come true. My grandfather coached in this game back in 2008 and it’s the first all-star type game that I can remember watching growing up so it’s just always been a dream of mine to play in this game. When you look at some of the big name players who have played in the game, it’s a huge honor.” Speaking of some big time names that have played in this game, names like AJ Green, Julio Jones, Leonard Fournette, Amari Cooper and Jameis Winston are just a few. In fact, over 50 NFL first round drafts picks have been
featured in the Under Armour All-American game. One of the most surprising stats that hasn’t received a ton of attention given the fact
that Nix reached 10,000 total yards in his career this year and continues to see offensive numbers is the fact that he has yet to be sacked this year.
“What an accomplishment for my offensive line to be able to say that. Those guys do a phenomenal job up front for me and I know they are proud
of that state. To be able to say that and know that we don’t give up sacks or turn the ball over because of sacks says a lot about them.” When asked if this was icing on the cake for his career, Nix said not yet, “ To win another state title and to go back-to-back as state title winners would definitely be the icing on the cake as far as my high school career goes.” I also asked Bo, who spoke highly of his father Patrick multiple times, about what it meant for his father to get some recognition, “It nice to see him get that. He’s been great to me not only as a father but as someone who has helped shape my career and helped me become the player I am and to see him get recognized for that is really cool.” The Under Armour All-American game will take place in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium on January 3rd, 2019 and will be televised on ESPN 2. Nix and the Indians will face Lee Huntsville on Friday at Pinson Valley and already know their first round opponent in Albertville as the playoffs begin next Friday night.
Huskies represent well at cross country sectionals, several advance to state championships By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE— The Hewitt-Trussville men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in Alabama High School Athletic Association Sectionals on Friday Nov. 2. The women’s team finished in second place as a team and qualified for the AHSAA State Championships on Friday Nov. 10. Head women’s coach Anita Dobbs was extremely pleased with her team’s performance and praised her leaders for their
Hewitt-Trussville women’s Cross Country Team: SeniorKylee Glenn; Juniors – Sarah Cannon, Kaley Grace Howard, Ellie Kate Jones; Sophomore – Amelia Brady; Freshman: Maci Mills; 8th graders – Olivia Browning, Sophie Bryant, Mia Cane, Sophia Knox.
journey. “They have been working hard all season. There were four 8th graders who joined the six varsity high school girls for the last part of the season and they all qualified. It’s a young team but with upper class leadership.” She said. The men’s team finished fifth in sectionals and did not qualify for the team championships but did have qualifiers individually. Aaron Dykes, Aaron Himes, and Nathan Knox will compete individually in the state championships next week.
Men’s coach David Dobbs was proud of his team for their work this year, “Proud of the
team for the effort, we’re a young team and will rebound and be in the hunt next year. “
Aaron Dykes, Aaron Himes, and Nathan Knox qualified for the men’s Cross Country state championships next week.
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Cougars handle business on senior night, defeat Gadsden-City 45-17 By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor CLAY— The ClayChalkville Cougars wrapped up the regular season on senior night with a 45-17 win over the Gadsden-City Titans. The Cougars started their scoring early as quarterback Willie Miller scampered in from eight yards out to give them a 7-0 lead at the 7:06 mark in the first quarter. After an Andru Ransaw interception for the Cougar defense, Miller then found Jamichael Thompson for a 12 yard touchdown pass to increase the lead 14-0. Miller found the endzone again through the ground for a two yard touchdown to take a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Gadsden City got on the scoreboard at with 10:10 left in the second quarter after a field goal to trim the lead 21-3. Cougars runningback Demarcus Burris added a touchdown run of his own to give the Cougars a 28-3 lead with 4:30 left in the half. Jaren
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Vanwinkle added a field goal late in the quarter to give the Cougars a 31-3 lead heading into halftime. The second half started off strong for the Cougars as well. After a huge half-opening kickoff return by Jaylin Mack, the Cougars scored once more with another touchdown run from Willie Miller from one yard out to take a 38-3 lead. The Cougars put up one more touchdown in the quarter as quarterback Damione Ward took it in the endzone from 11 yards out as they took a 45-3 into the fourth quarter. The Titans added a touchdown late in the fourth after a nine yard touchdown pass. They also recovered a fumble in the endzone by the Cougars to add another touchdown which made the final score 45-17. Clay-Chalkville finishes the regular season 9-1 and will host thier first round opponent, Mae Jemison, in the state playoffs with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. next Friday Nov. 9.
Indians shut out Generals 45-0 By Justin Nails Tribune Sports PINSON—Pinson Valley capped off their 2018 regular season Friday, Nov. 3, with their first game shutout in a 45-0 win over Lee Huntsville. The win is the Indians eighth
After a penalty that backed Pinson Valley up, Bo Nix found Tez Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown pass putting the Indians ahead 10-0. The Indians defense were big once again as Dashazio Williams secured an interception, almost taking it to the
down each for the evening. Nix found senior Geordan Pollard twice in the second quarter giving Nix four touchdowns in the first half and the Indians a 38-0 halftime lead. Backup quarterback Barry White took over in the third quarter finding Taborie Reed
straight win after dropping the season opener to Hoover. The Indians began the game with great field position on their 38-yard line, driving all the way into the Generals red zone before being forced to kick a field goal to take the 3-0 lead. Pinson Valley’s defense held strong in the first half not allowing the Generals to pass over the 50-yard line. The Generals were forced to punt to dangerous return man, Gaquincey McKinstry, who returned the ball to Lee’s 22-yard line.
house before tripping up deep in Lee territory. After a completed pass from Nix to Talil Pouncey to the 1-yard line, John McKinney provided Pinson Valley with their first rushing attempt of the night to a 1-yard touchdown run giving the Indians a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The Indians capped off the quarter with an interception by Kendall Thornton that was returned to the Lee 19-yard line. Two plays later, Nix found Tez Johnson for an 11yard touchdown pass, giving the duo their second touch-
on a 5-yard touchdown pass giving the Indians the final score of the evening – a 45-0 win. Head coach Patrick Nix spoke after the game. “Well we played well early which we obviously needed to do tonight, but we got a long way to go and a lot to improve on,” said Nix. “Now we’ve got to get ready for a five-week grind to, hopefully, finish what we wanted to accomplish from the get go.” Nix also shared about his defense finally getting their first shutout of the season.
“Thankfully we were able to get the shutout,” he said. “We’ve had four blown opportunities when the one’s come out and the two’s give up a late score, so thankfully we were able to get the shutout. It makes our defense look like they’re not as good as they are, but this defense is very good and I’d take them anywhere anytime.” Nix also shared about getting his team ready mentally for the playoffs and what that
process looks like. “We just get ready every week,” Nix said. “Get ready for the next day and the goal is not just to make the playoffs, the goal is to win it, there’s no doubt about that. It’s a daily process.” Nix said he’s seen growth everywhere from his team from that first loss of the season to now. “There’s so many different spots that you can look at from,” Nix said. “The defen-
sive line, wide receivers and the offensive line has really come a long way. There’s so many different places that we’ve really grown and I’m proud of the guys and how hard they’ve worked all season to get better each week and I totally expect we will get better each week through the playoffs.” The Indians playoff begins next Friday, Nov. 9, at Willie Adams Stadium against Albertville.
The Trussville Tribune
Nov. 7 - Nov. 13, 2018
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