Students share Alabama’s heroes in honor of the state’s 200th anniversary
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The Trussville Tribune Nov. 13 - Nov. 20, 2018 Clay Council honors former Center Point Fire Chief Donnie West By Crystal McGough The Clay City Council unanimously passed a proclamation honoring former Center Point Fire Chief Donnie West at the regular council meeting Tuesday night. West retired from his position as fire chief this month after serving in the position since 2011. See CLAY COUNCIL, Page 1
Girl Scouts celebrate STEMfest at Trussville’s Camp Coleman From the Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Over 200 Girl Scouts from across the state attended STEM Fest held by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama at Camp Coleman in Trussville, on November 3. STEM, which is an acronym for Science, Technology, See GIRL SCOUTS, Page 6
A case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis confirmed in Alabama From the Trussville Tribune staff reports ALABAMA — A report from the Alabama Department of Public health is confirming that a case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis has occurred in the state, according to WIAT. Acute Flaccid Myelitis is described, by WIAT, as a rare and serious condition that can See A CASE, Page 7
Planned lane closures on I-59 NB in St. Clair County From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ST. CLAIR COUNTY – Beginning at 7 a.m., Monday, November 12th, weather permitting the Alabama Department of Transportation will close either the right or left lane of I-59 Northbound at various locations for Paving, Clearing, Grading, and Guardrail Operations beSee PLANNED, Page 8
Gene Coleman sworn in as new Center Point fire chief
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From The Trussville Tribune staff reports CENTER POINT — The Center Point Fire District has a new chief. William Eugene “Rhino” Coleman was sworn in, at the Center Point administration building Tues. Nov. 13. He succeeds Donnie West, who served as chief from 2011. Coleman began his career in the fire service in 1979. At the age of sixteen, he became one of the youngest paid members of the Center Point Fire District. As he rose through the ranks at Center Point Fire, he began a career at the Birmingham Fire Department on January the 3rd, 1989. At both departments he rose to the rank of Battalion Chief. He has announced his retirement at Birmingham Fire Service Department effective December the 1st 2018 as he prepares to take the lead as the Fire Chief at Center Point Fire District. In the 50 plus years of The Center Point Fire District Chief, Coleman becomes only the fifth Fire Chief. He will lead a ninety plus member organization with four fire stations that
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports PINSON – On Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cricket Wireless in Pinson will be giving away Butter Balls Vouchers. Every 30 minutes a winner will be picked to receive See CRICKET, Page 6
Victim identified from fatal car crash just north of Pinson From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
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cover the cities of Center Point, Clay and Pinson as well as unincorporated sections of Jefferson County.
Chief Coleman announced that he is honored to be trusted with this responsibility and promises to con-
tinue the great legacy of providing the very best fire and EMS service for the Center Point Fire District.
Wreaths Across America to honor veterans, including five local heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice By Shaun Szkolnik For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE — On Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. a ceremony will be held at Trussville’s Jefferson Memorial Gardens to remember and honor departed veterans for their service to country and community. “It is a national project,” said veteran and president of the local Fleet Reserve Association, Wayne Odell. “It started at Arlington National Cemetery. The goal is to put a wreath on every veteran’s grave throughout the country. We here in Trussville are very fortunate to have all active duty recruiters to lay the wreaths for each branch of service. We have the Alabama Artillery to fire the cannon. This year we’ve added bagpipes. We will have someone come and play taps also.” The project, known as Wreaths Across America, coordinates and facilitates such events all around the country. Their mission is to ensure that those who gave all are never forgotten. Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville is the resting place for five young men
from the local community who made that ultimate sacrifice. “The five KIAs that we have here are Jason Stegall from Hewitt Trussville High School, he was killed on December 14, 2009,” said Odell. “He has a Bronze Star and
a Purple Heart; he was two months and 14 days short of his 31st birthday.” “Michael Wesley Hosey, he was killed September 17th, 2011. He was a student at Clay Chalkville high school. He received the Bronze Star, he was 27.”
“William Z. Van Osdol, he was killed on August 19, 2009. He has a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was 23 years old. Six days short of his 24th birthday.” “Kelly Stevin Prewitt, killed in action April 16, 2003. A student of Cathedral of the Cross in Center Point. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His age was 24.” “Jonathon Millican was killed in action on January 20th, 2007. He attended Locus Forks High School. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He was 20 years old. Those are our five KIAs that are buried here in Trussville.” Including these five heroes there are approximately 2000 veteran’s buried at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Providing a wreath for each one presents a challenge; however, the public and local business can help Wreaths Across America to accomplish their mission by purchasing wreaths that may then be placed on the graves. The wreaths can be purchased at Three Hots and a Cot, an organization dedicated to See WREATHS, Page 6
JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Coroner’s office has released the identity of a woman who died in a car crash just north of Pinson on Monday, Nov. 12. Judy Clevenger Fletcher, 61, died when the veSee VICTIM, Page 1
New phone numbers to contact Alabama Legislature released From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY – On Nov. 8, the public will be using to new telephone numbers in order to contact their Alabama Legislators. The new system, provided by Verizon, uses advanced See NEW PHONE, Page 7
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 See GUN OPERATION, Page 7
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Students share Alabama’s heroes in honor of the state’s 200th anniversary TRUSSVILLE - In honor of the state of Alabama’s 200th anniversary approaching in 2019, Governor Kay Ivey launched the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative in December 2017 to give 200 Alabama schools the opportunity to participate in a year-long project representing their state’s history and achievements. Nearly 400 K-12 schools statewide submitted proposals for the program, and each
of the 200 chosen schools received a $2,000 grant to complete their project. Among the schools chosen for this honor were five 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 notewor-
thy 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. The following stories are written by seventh grader, McKenzie Fowler and ninth grader, Samson Douglas.
Local scientist studies side effects of Parkinson’s drug By Mckenzie Fowler, seventh grade BIRMINGHAM - Karen Jaunarajs is a scientist working at U.A.B. Hospital. She studies the side effects of Levodopa
(L-dopa), a popular drug used for treatment in Parkinson’s disease. Before Jaunarajs moved to St. Clair County, she attended Binghamton University in New York for 10 years. In or-
der to continue with her education, she had to go to graduate school. “Originally, I wanted to study childhood trauma because no one really studies that,” Jaunarajs said. “But I
needed experience in a lab, so I asked my counselor what to do. She said there was a new guy who had an opening for an assistant. When I got there, I got the job.” See LOCAL, Page 3
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The life of Linda Price, a painter By Samson Douglas Glenn, ninth grade SPRINGVILLE - Linda Ellen Price has been a painter for around 35 years. Living in a retreat in Springville, Ala., she spends her time painting. She creates loose, flowing portraits, with her subjects not being detailed, but being very dynamic and alive. “I don’t usually have hobbies because painting takes up so much of my time,” Price said, “Other than that, I enjoy socializing and travel.” When Price was 10, her fifth-grade teacher would choose students to draw scenes across the blackboard. “I watched with rapt attention,” Price said, “I was spellbound.” That year, her class made displays for the teacher to judge. Set in a row, every display was bought from a store. Price’s, however, was homemade. “When she came to my piece, she stiffened,” Price said. “She asked who did this, and I raised my hand. She said, ‘You come up here and take this piece, and you put it in the incinerator right now.’” Price did, and she felt dejected. For years, she didn’t pursue art as a passion, but she doodled throughout high school and adulthood. One day, Price decided to study painting. Her first teacher, Barbara Evans, came and looked at her first portrait. “Barbara saw my first attempt at acrylic, she looked at my work and said ‘you’ve
Springville artist Linda Ellen Price poses with one of her paintings.
painted before,’” Price said. “But I hadn’t.” One of Price’s teachers was a man named Max Heldman. “When he walked in the door, he was charismatic from the start,” Price said. “He was very strict and very blunt. He was an excellent teacher and
I learned everything under Max that an instructor could teach me.” Price’s career has since been successful and long. She is in many art shows and creates paintings that are shown in galleries around the country and the world.
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After she got the job, she found out the person she was working for studied the side effects of L-dopa. L-dopa was made to help Parkinson’s patients regain some movement in their body. However, the side effects of this drug can cause the consumer to suffer from uncontrollable shaking known as dystonia. According to mayoclinic. org, “Dystonia is a movement disorder in which your muscles contract involuntarily, causing repetitive or twisting movements.” This is where Jaunarajs’ job comes in as an Instructor of Neurology at U.A.B. Her job includes working in labs and infecting lab rats with Parkinson’s disease. Then she tests different variations of L-dopa on the rat in order to study how it affects the human brain. “They are now trying to make a medication for what I studied 10 years ago,” Jaunarajs said. She hopes in the future
U.A.B. scientist Karen Jaunarajs studies the side effects of Levodopa
there will be a drug that can cure dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. Jaunarajs is making great advancements, not only
for the science community and U.A.B., but for Alabama, as well.
St Clair Sheriff’s Office in search of runaway Ashville teen From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ST CLAIR – The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a runaway teenager
from Ashville, AL. Christina “Tina” Hall was last seen at her home in Ashville on 11-3-18 at 1:30 aChristina is 5’4”, 122 lbs. with blue eyes and brown hair. If you know anything about
her whereabouts please call Investigator Knight at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office in Ashville anytime at 205594-2140. You may also leave an anonymous tip to crime stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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Springville City Council welcomes Gunter Oil Inc.; approves bid for paving throughout town by Tommi O. Peters For the Tribune SPRINGVILLE – With potential severe weather on the way, Fire Chief Richard Harvey took the opportunity to note that city shelters would be open for the evening, as is standard protocol. He reiterated, “Anytime we have a tornado watch, the shelters will be open. We don’t wait for a warning to open them.” Preceded by a Work Session and Public Hearings, council members moved quickly through a full agenda at Monday evening’s regularly-scheduled City Council Meeting. Approval was granted for an Alcoholic Beverage application submitted by Gunter Oil Inc., doing business as Springville Shell. Change in ownership of the convenience store at 41 Springville Station Road requires the sale of alcoholic beverages to be licensed under the new owner’s name. Acquisition of the previous Bebo’s location brings owner Mike Gunter’s collection of convenience store locations to 14. Gunter offered, “We’re really glad to be here. We look forward to doing some things
in the neighborhood and making sure. I’ve always been very involved in the cities where our stores are located, so we’re looking forward to doing that here, too.” Local businessman Mike Birgenheier was also present at the meeting, seeking to amend the zoning status of three of the four lots he owns on Elaine Street. Birgenheier request was to change the lots from their current status of R-1 Single Family Residential to R-4 Garden Home Residential. The change in zoning status would allow for six homes to be built on the three lots, rather than one home on each lot. Birgenheier noted, “Several people that have come into
[Rosewood Office Furniture] have shared that they love it here, love raising their kids here, but their parents or single parent lives in Trussville or Birmingham. We’d like to take care of them better, but we don’t want to move to where they are. We want to move them closer to be able to take better care of them into a place that’s nice and handicap accessible.” For each of the three lots, Sherry Reaves of District 7 provided the motion to amend the zoning status. Without a second to the motion, Ordinance 2018-16 Amend Zoning Lot 10 Elaine Street failed due to no-vote. For Ordinances 2018-16 Lot 11 and Ordi-
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nance 2018-17 Lot 12, Mayor Isley provided the second to Councilor Reaves’ motion which allowed the Council to vote. With Councilor Reaves and Mayor Isley being the only 2 to vote in favor of the rezoning, neither of the additional requests passed. In a review of bids for construction of a Community Storm Shelter, Fire Chief Richard Harvey shared that both bids received were over budget. He made note of adjustments to the plans which would likely result in significant cost decrease. The council approved Chief Harvey’s recommendation to reject both bids, adjust the plans and rebid the work with change of scope. Having submitted the lowest bid for city paving work, Massey Asphalt & Paving was awarded the job for work to be completed in various locations throughout the city. The bid requires all work to be completed within next two weeks, weather permitting. Councilor Tim Walker observed that none of the roads slated for pavement patching and upgrades were within District 5.
Mayor Isley explained, “Effort was made to triage the roads and select them based upon severity of damage. The roads that didn’t make the list this time might be the ones we’re able to service in spring.” A motion presented by Councilor David Vinson of District 2 was approved to pursue a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant in the amount of $175K from U.S. National Parks. If approved, the city would need to match up to half of the grant funding. Results of the grant request aren’t expected until early spring. District 3 Representative Wayne Tucker shared that he has received multiple complaints from individuals being awakened by the sound of compression braking systems, often referred to as jake brakes. City Attorney James Hill Sr. agreed to return to the Council with a recommended course of action regarding the noise concerns. Other items approved included: – Resolution 2018-34 Acceptance of Abigail Trail as City Street
– Expenditure approvals from the Fire Department: • CAD add-on ESO interface in the amount of $1495.00 which allows data such as address and caller info to be automatically uploaded rather than manually entered at a later time. • Front tires for Engine #522 from Tire Tech in the amount of $1078.58 • Brakes for Engine #522 from Tire Tech in the amount of $1554.34 The Mayor’s Report included highlights from October and previews of November events, presented from various department heads: Senior Center Nov. 15 Line-dancing demonstration Nov. 21 Pot luck Thanksgiving gathering Dec. 8 Participation in Christmas parade Public Library Thirty-seven new families joined the library in October, bringing the number of family memberships to 6,503. Nov. 6 Coding Class Nov. 9 Book Club Nov. 10 American Girl Crafting Club Nov. 17 Ancestry.com Genealogy Class Nov. 29 Lego Club Municipal Court 370 items on the docket for November, compared to 300 in October Public Works Nov. 16 Showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 6:00 p.m. in Big Springs Park The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is set for 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 19 at City Hall, preceded by a Work Session which begins at 5:30 p.m.
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Trussville Cigar Company honors veterans By Shaun Szkolnik For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE – On Nov. 11 happened. Tomorrow an important centenary will be upon us. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, of 1918, World War I was brought to a close. The events that led to that great conflict may have been an accident, but the symbolism associated with the armistice that ended it was not. For the generation that participated in the first war November 11 became Armistice Day. For the generation born at that war’s end, the one that grew up during the Great Depression and marched off to a world war
of their own, November 11 was transformed into Veteran’s Day. It has remained so ever since. In the decades since 1954, when November 11 was officially transitioned into Veteran’s Day, much has changed. One thing that should not change, however, is the commitment to recognizing and honoring the veterans that remain and all of the veterans that have passed on. It is precisely that sentiment that has led the Trussville Cigar Company to hold a special event on Sunday and Monday to honor our veterans and first responders. “The event was on the eleventh and twelfth, which is Sunday and Monday.” Said
co-owner Larry Butler. “We are normally closed on Sunday, but we were open for that day. The cigars were discounted.” “Five percent of the profits, for the two days, are given to troops; in the form of cigars.” A third party will be responsible for getting those cigars to the troops. Because of the nature of
Owners announce the closing of the East 59 Vintage & Cafe BIRMINGHAM – Owners announced Monday, Nov. 11, that the East 59 Vintage & Café will close the café at the East Lake location on Nov. 18. Due to resolutions of building conditions with the building owner, a viable solution could not be reached. Owners sent a press release stating their plans to closing. ”Though a difficult decision, we concluded it was the only way to remain true to the highest standard of quality. However, we will continue to offer catering services and honor previously booked events through the end of the year.” During the three and a half years of operations in East Lake, the Café has served hand-crafted coffee and espresso drinks as well as breakfast, sandwiches, and salads to over 65,000
customers. The shop has also served as a venue for many parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and corporate gatherings. The concept of East 59 was introduced during a weeklong pop-up shop as part of the October 2013 REVIVE Birmingham event, sponsored by REV Birmingham. During an extensive renovation of two formerly vacant shop spaces, the “Welcome to EAST LAKE” mural was designed and painted on the exterior of the building by East 59 staff. This later led to the creation of a courtyard in the space adjacent to the mural, by a group that included REV Birmingham, East Lake Initiative, local churches, and neighborhood volunteers. The establishment was opened in March 2015 by the Tolbert, Glenn and
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Bates families, seeking to establish a community-focused café and retail establishment in the East Lake community’s commercial district. The early success of this location lead to the opening of an additional café location at the Hoover Public Library in January 2017. ”It has been our great privilege to serve this community and we appreciate each and every customer that gave us an opportunity to serve. You all embraced us with open arms and we will always cherish the relationships and memories we’ve created together. For this and so much more, we thank you.” ”Moving forward, we are actively pursuing opportunities for relocation in the Birmingham area and are hopeful to be able to announce a new location soon.”
the holiday the Trussville Cigar Company is keen to highlight two particular brands that have a close association with veterans. “The two cigars that were featured during the event werer Southern Draw and Warfighter. Southern Draw is a veteran-owned,” said Butler. “Warfighter is veteran owned as well,
but Warfighter will only sell to veterans and first responders, as owners of the company, that is their criteria for you to be a dealer for them.” A large part of the market that the Trussville Cigar Company serves are veterans and first responders. In fact, it was a first responder that first clued
them into the existence of the Warfighter brand. “A customer, a police officer from Odenville, came in and asked if we carried Warfighter.” Said co-owner Terry Wester. “And we said, ‘Warfigher’? And that is what started it.” The Cigar Company has further planned to use social media in their two-day celebration of the nation’s finest. “During the events we’ll be having Facebook live feeds, throughout the day.” Said Wester. “And we’ll honor some of the troops and the veterans on Facebook live.” The Trussville Cigar Company is located at 112 Glenn Avenue in Trussville.
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“Last night was the swearing in of Gene Coleman as the new chief,” City Manager Ronnie Dixon said. “So that was effective immediately and Don is now the 911 director and Howard Summerford (former Jefferson County E-911 Director) is officially retired from all of his duties.” According to Proclamation 2018-05, West has been employed at the CPFD since 1977 and has won several awards including the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs’ Fire Chief of the Year award and the Medic Alert Foundation Award for Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS from the U.S. Congress. The Center Point Fire District was also awarded an ISO 1/1x Classification, the highest classification possible from the Insurance Services Office, under West’s leadership. “Chief West has done so many things, I feel like we should have two proclamations,” Councilor Bo Johnson said.
Mayor Charles Webster said that he received a letter from Jefferson County Board of Education CFO Sheila Jones with an updated list for the city’s school grant money. “This is for the year of 1718,” Webster said. “They have spent $11, 806 and rolled over $3, 863, so they will have that in their 2018-19 fund. They sent us a graph and a list of everybody that used their money and what they used it for. They do a great job in keeping up with what we ask them to do, so I appreciate them doing that.” Councilor Dennis Locke announced the $500 School Grant winners for the month of October. The winner for Clay Elementary School was second-year teacher Michelle Williams, who plans to use the funds to purchase books, Chromebooks and educational games for her classroom. Exceptional Education teacher Kay Mickel won the grant for Clay-Chalkville Middle School. She plans to
use her funds to purchase sensory equipment for her classroom. For Clay-Chalkville High School, the winner was Physical Education teacher Natasha Brown. While Brown submitted the application, the funds will be used to purchase resources to benefit all five of the school’s physical education teachers, including DuraHoops, foam balls, Velcro catch, shuttle birdies and more. “Congratulations to our school teacher winners,” Locke said. In other city news, the dates for two upcoming holiday events were announced during the pre-council meeting. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Cosby Lake will be Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m. and the Clay Christmas Parade will be Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The next Clay City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m., immediately following a pre-council meeting at 6 p.m.
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A Foundry Iraqi War veteran, Hurricane Katrina survivor, and overcomer From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BESSEMER – James is one of the 70+ homeless veterans who come to The Foundry each year seeking care, guidance and tools to overcome addictions, manage mental health issues, and gain marketable job and life skills to rebuild productive and fulfilling lives. James was in basic training with the Army National Guard on the tragic day of September 11, 2001. Upon his return from the Iraq War, he fell victim to drug and al-
cohol abuse. In an attempt to distance himself from his addictive environment, James enlisted in the Coast Guard and was stationed in New Orleans. Life was going well until Hurricane Katrina devastated the area and James lost everything. James fell into a deep depression and his alcohol abuse spiraled out of control. During this time, he suffered a car accident that left him with three shattered vertebrae, four broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. He turned to methamphetamines to cope with the pain.
In and out of jail as a result of his addictive lifestyle, James was tired of his destructive path and was ready to change his life. He is currently a participant of The Foundry’s 12-month Recovery Program at The Foundry Farm where he is receiving the time and encouragement he needs to mend the broken pieces of his life and finding the emotional and spiritual healing he desires. “The Foundry has done more than save my life,” he said. “They saved my soul. And I don’t even know how to thank them for that.”
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Engineering and Math, has taken on an increased importance as we continue into the information age. The Girl Scouts of America are doing their part to introduce these vital concepts to the next generation of girls. Girls experienced handson learning about STEM through interactive exhibits provided by organizations around the state. Exhibitors included: • Cahaba River Society – hands-on and feet-in the creek to identify macroinvertebrates • Alabama Snake Removers – education about snakes and what to do if you find one • Society of Women Engineers – Snap Circuits and
water filtration • Meghan Thomas – ABC 33/40 Meteorologist • Bucks Island Marina – water propulsion and how boats move through water • Hemphill Services – How central air conditioners work • Audubon Society of Birmingham – entering bird counts into national databases for research
• Southern Research – hands-on demonstrations about hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties and an exciting exothermic reaction • Entertainment – Splash the Singing Science Lady and Lydia the STEM expert STEM Fest brought together Girl Scouts from across North-Central Alabama together for a fun and hands-on day to experience how STEM touches their daily lives, understand how STEM relates to the outdoors and be inspired by those in STEM careers such as a meteorologist, scientists, IT professionals and engineers.
Authorities seek Pell City woman From the Trussville Tribune staff reports ST CLAIR COUNTY — Rebeccah Ann Bowdon, 57, is wanted in St. Clair County on a felony warrant charging her with burglary third degree. The subject is described as a 5-foot-7, and weighing
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hicle she was driving northbound on Highway 79 crossed into the south-
bound lane and ran into a pickup truck. Three passengers in the
pickup truck were taken to UAB Hospital for injuries.
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helping homeless veterans get back on their feet, at 2124 Old Springville Road. “The Mayor of Trussville has issued a challenge,”
said Odell. “He believes the Trussville community will purchase 100 wreaths. So, his challenge is to Clay, Pinson, Center Point and Locus
Forks; all to purchase 100 wreaths in the memory of their sons that they have lost in combat.”
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Federal jury convicts a Marshall County man for distributing methamphetamine From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – A federal jury convicted a Marshall County man Wednesday, Nov.7, for distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. The jury returned a guilty verdict against Michael Pedro
Andres, 31, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon. A sentencing date has been set for Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Birmingham, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. The evidence at trial showed that in August 2017,
on two separate occasions, Andres unlawfully distributed 36.127 grams of methamphetamine and 49.336 grams of methamphetamine, totaling over a pound of methamphetamine. On August 16, 2017, Andres was arrested for possessing 421.10 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
“My office is dedicated to stopping the influx of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine into our communities,” Town said. “The fact that more than a pound of this illegal narcotic is off the streets is significant as are the penalties associated with this criminal activity. This defendant faces a potential life sentence for
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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 Remedy which leverages technology and partnerships statewide to provide a safe environment to our neighborhoods.” “The Tuscaloosa Police Department is extremely de-
lighted 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.
“This replaces the telephone system that’s been in place since the Legislature moved into the State House Building in 1986,” said Sec-
retary of the Senate Pat Harris. “Additionally, this will result in significant savings for taxpayers.” A link to all of the new
off the street and unable to carelessly endanger our communities with the poison he was peddling.” FBI, along with the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Hodge prosecuted.
Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former chairman of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission From the Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — A Jefferson County grand jury has handed out an indictment against Scott Phillips, a former chairman of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, for violations of state ethics laws while he was on that commission, according to Al.com. The indictment happened on Tuesday and, according to Al.com, Phillips has been charged with violating state ethics laws by, “soliciting a thing of value from a principal, lobbyist or subordinate, and receiving money in addition that received in one’s
official capacity, according to the Alabama Ethics Commission.” Al.com is also reporting that the indictments are connected to work Phillips performed while he was consulting for industries that wanted to stop a polluted Birmingham neighborhood from being included on the EPA’s National Priorities list. “I am innocent of the charges that have been made against me.” Phillips said in a statement. “The charges against me are totally unfounded, and will be vigorously defended. I appreciate so much the continued and overwhelming support from my family, friends and clients.”
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his role in putting this poison on our streets. So to other drug dealers out there, rest assured, we will pursue you and stop you.” “Drug trafficking is a dangerous business that ruins lives every day,” Sharp said. “Thanks to the sentence handed down today, north Alabama is safer with Anders
telephone numbers can be found on the Legislature’s homepage found here.
lead to paralysis. There have been comparisons made between it and polio with nearly every case occurring in children under 18 years old.
The CDC has reported that the condition has been confirmed in 22 states.
The Trussville Tribune Student from Oak Mountain Middle School has been charged tween the St. Clair Springs exit (Milepost 156) and the for making terrorist threat Etowah County line (Mile-
From the Trussville Tribune staff reports SHELBY COUNTY — The Shelby County Sheriff’s office is reporting that an Oak Mountain Middle school student has been charged for making a verbal threat directed against a fellow student. According to authorities on Thursday the school resource officer assigned to Oak Mountain Middle School received a report from school officials that a student made a threat directed at another
student regarding the use of a gun. After a thorough search, officials determined that the threat did not pose any immediate physical threat to students, however the verbal threat was serious and as a result, there was a disruption in school activities. The incident was investigated and resulted in the arrest of a juvenile student for Terrorist Threat (13A-10-15). The juvenile student was transported to the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center. According to the sher-
iff’s department, Sheriff John Samaniego wants parents to know that the school resource officers assigned to Oak Mountain Middle School, and other schools are there to ensure students are able to learn in the safest environment possible. In this case, the system in place worked as it should. The cooperation between school officials, the school resource officer and students helped to bring this incident to a quick resolution.
post 175) All travel lanes are expected to re-open at approximately 4 p.m. on Monday. These same lane closures will be in place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday, November 13th thru Saturday, November 17th. Motorists are requested to consider using alternate routes, adjust arrival/departure times, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs, and use extreme caution in this area. ALDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this construc-
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tion operation to improve Alabama’s roadways. ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, envi-
ronmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.
Alabama U.S. Attorney joins team handling Chinese economic espionage cases BIRMINGHAM – U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town has been appointed to serve on the Justice Department’s China Initiative. The group is led by Assistant Attorney General John Demers, who heads the Department of Justice’s Nation-
al Security Division. Town is one of five U.S. Attorneys serving on the working group. The Initiative will pursue high priority Chinese economic espionage and trade secret cases. It reflects the Department’s strategic priority of countering Chinese
national security threats and reinforces President Trump’s overall national security strategy. “It is an honor and a privilege to join my colleagues in the FBI and Department of Justice to expose any threats to our national security posed
Odenville man sought by authorities From the Trussville Tribune staff reports ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Joseph Keith Lacosse, 40, is wanted in St. Clair County on a felony warrant charging him with failure to appear for theft of property in the first degree. The subject is described as a
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5-foot-1, and weighing 150 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. The subject is a white male. The subject’s last known address was on Bucks Road in Odenville. If you know where this suspect might be, please call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
Gunfire in Birmingham on Monday, one dead and one wounded
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BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department has reported that detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred Monday at 937 47th Place North. Police have identified the victim as Carl Dominick Beasley, a 27-year-old black male, of Birmingham.
Authorities have advised that at approximately 2:54 p.m., South Precinct Officers responded to the incident location on a report of a person shot. When officers arrived, the victim was located lying in the driveway and was unresponsive. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived and transported the victim to UAB Hospital for treatment. Investigators were later notified that the victim had succumbed to his injuries.
A second victim was also injured by gunfire, but is expected to recover from his injury. Police have also reported that investigators have not established a clear motive in this case. The investigation is still ongoing. No suspects are in custody. If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the BPD. Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.
by the theft of American innovation, American technology, and American intelligence.” Town said. “I look forward to the leadership of Assistant Attorney General John Demers. The Department of Justice remains on the front lines of these threats to our nation-
al security. U.S. companies, many of them with a footprint here in the Northern District of Alabama, spend billions developing intellectual property, trade secrets, and other proprietary information only to see it infringed upon by foreign bad actors. Whether
state secrets or trade secrets, the China Initiative will offer profound resolve to those inimical threats posed to our sovereignty, by China.”
BPD announces open house for Police Explorers From the Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department has announced that the Birmingham Police Explorers Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m. This event will be held at the Birmingham Police Academy located at 401 6 Avenue South. The Birmingham Po-
lice Explorers Program is a community-based policing program that is a partnership through the Birmingham Police Department and Boys Scouts of America. The Explorer program is designed for males and females that are interested in getting a better understanding of law enforcement. Being a part of the Birmingham Police Explorers Program can open many
doors of career development. This program is for individuals between the ages of 14 years old, that are in the ninth grade, through the age of 20. For additional information on this program, contact the Birmingham Police Department’s Community Services Division at 205933-4175.
Prescribed burn planned for Eagle Loop section of Gulf State Park From The Trussville Tribune staff reports GULF SHORES, Ala. – A prescribed burn is planned at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction, and invasive species control. The planned burn will take place in the Eagle Loop section of the park near Lake Shelby sometime between November 7-30, 2018, weather permitting. Every effort is being made to ensure safety and proper smoke management during this burn. However, park
guests staying in the lakeside cabins can expect to experience some smoke from the fire. During the active burn period, access to the Eagle Loop area will be limited to only lakeside cabin guests and visitors utilizing the golf course. Additionally, sections of State Park Road (Alabama Highway 135) will be closed during active burn times. This prescribed burn complies with a permit from the Alabama Forestry Commission. Prescribed fire is an effective way to reduce wildfire risk, reduce fuel loads,
enhance wildlife habitat and maintain a healthy forest ecosystem. This is especially important in the south Alabama coastal region due to vegetation type and a longer growing season. For more information about the benefits of prescribed fire, visit www.outdooralabama. com/prescribed-fire-alabama. The Alabama State Parks Division relies on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visitwww.alapark.com.
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FBI report confirmed sightings of LA sexual predator in Alabama, South Carolina, on FBI’s top ten wanted list From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LOS ANGELES, Ca. – FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, Paul D. Delacourt, and Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), announced on September 27, the addition of alleged sexual predator, Greg Alyn Carlson, to the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. On Nov. 2, officials are reporting a recently confirmed sighting of Carlson and information is being shared with the public in order to generate tips that lead to Carlson’s arrest. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of Carlson. Approximately two weeks ago, the FBI received information of a confirmed sighting of Carlson in the Mount Pleasant area of South Carolina where Carlson has known ties. Based on this information, investigators believe that Carlson is likely still in the southeast area of the United States. Agents have conducted additional investigation in the area but to date, have not located Carlson. Carlson was seen in a late model white Hyundai Accent vehicle which he had been driving on previous occasions. The state and number of the license plate on the vehicle seen by eye-witnesses two weeks ago is unclear but investigators suspect Carlson may have stolen a plate from another vehicle. At this time, investigators have reason to suspect that Carlson may be traveling in the states listed below, but have not ruled out travel by Carlson in additional states, nor even that Carlson may have by now crossed the border: South Carolina North Carolina Georgia Florida
Alabama Texas A photograph of a vehicle similar to the one Carlson may be driving is being provided. Below is a press release issued on 9/27/18 when officials in Los Angeles announced that Carlson had been added to the FBI’s List of Top Ten Fugitives. Carlson, 46, is the 520th fugitive to be named to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives which has been in existence since 1950. Carlson is being sought for his alleged involvement in an armed sexual assault in the Los Angeles area. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. In July 13, 2017, Carlson allegedly committed a burglary in Los Angeles during which he attempted to sexually assault a woman while using a weapon. A local arrest warrant was issued for Carlson by the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, on September 6, 2017, and he was charged with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon. He was arrested by the LAPD in September 2017; however, Carlson posted bond and was released. After posting bond, Carlson fled to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. At some point thereafter, investigators believe Carlson left South Carolina with a stolen handgun, a rental car, and a significant amount of cash. Carlson was seen in Hoover, Alabama, on November 22, 2017, where he led police on an erratic, highspeed pursuit that was terminated by the police due to the potential danger to the public. He was later seen in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 28, 2017, and in Daytona Beach, Florida, on November 30, 2017. “While the FBI publicizes hundreds of fugitives at any given time, the List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
is reserved for a select few who need to be taken off the streets based on their horrible crimes and where widespread publicity can play an important role,” said Paul D. Delacourt, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “Greg Alyn Carlson joins the notorious Top Ten list because he is considered an enemy to the public and we believe his violence may escalate. My hope is that his photograph will be viewed by many on the Internet, on every phone, in every newspaper and on television sets across the world until he is caught.” Based on their investigation, detectives believe Carlson is likely responsible for additional sexual assaults. Anyone who believes they were victimized by Carlson but did not report it at the time is urged to do so by contacting LAPD Robbery Homicide at (213) 486-6910. “We believe this collaborative effort will lead to the apprehension of Greg Carlson, an individual who has viciously attacked women and threatened the public safety over the past decade,” said Captain Billy Hayes with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division. After it had been established that Carlson had fled the state of California, LAPD Detectives requested the assistance of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in apprehending
Off-duty Florence Trooper struck, killed by a single vehicle From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LAUDERDALE COUNTY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has reported a single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, that has claimed the life of a Florence man. The pedestrian, identified
as Jason William Hewett, 34, was killed when he was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John Malcolm Thomas of Florence. Thomas was not injured in the crash. Hewett was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on County Road 137, four miles northwest of Florence. Hewett was a 2006 graduate
of the Alabama State Trooper Academy and was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division in Lauderdale County of the Quad Cities Trooper Post. Trooper Hewett was off duty at the time of the crash. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.
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and returning Carlson to Los Angeles to face prosecution by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On December 12, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Central District of California, after Carlson was charged in a criminal complaint with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Carlson may be in possession of a stolen pistol. He was last seen traveling in a stolen white, four-door, 2017 Hyundai Accent rental car with South Carolina license plate NKI-770. Carlson had previously resided in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach, California. Carlson also uses the aliases Greg A. Carlson and Greg Alym Carlson. Carlson has indicated that he will not return to Los Angeles to face prosecution. He is described as follows: DOB Used: November 2, 1971 Place of Birth: Washington, District of Columbia Hair: Brown/Graying Eyes: Green Height: 5’11”
Weight: 170 pounds Race: While Nationality: American As previously indicated, Carlson has been known to travel within Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. At this time, he could be in any state or may have fled internationally. Investigators do not have a clear understanding of whether Carlson was employed or how he may have earned money, although investigators have information suggesting he has worked as an actor in the past. Additional information and wanted posters in English and Spanish can be found at this link: https://www.fbi. gov/wanted/topten The FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list was established in March 1950. Since then, 486 fugitives have been apprehended or located; 162 of them were apprehended as a result of citizen cooperation. Since its inception, there have been 25 fugitives wanted from the Los Angeles region placed on the list. In addition, 35 fugitives that have been placed on the list were
arrested in the Los Angeles region. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Greg AlynCarlson. Anyone with information concerning Carlson should take no action independently but should immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency. All information can remain anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed. Individuals calling from outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 888 CANT-HIDE (888 2268443). This fugitive investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles. The task force is a collaboration that has been in place for more than two decades with full time participation by FBI Agents; Detectives and Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department; Agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Parole Division; and Officers with Los Angeles County Probation. The task force receives considerable assistance from Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including Agents with ICE-Homeland Security Investigations. The FBI’s Fugitive Task Force specializes in finding fugitives who are suspected of crimes that occur in the Los Angeles area, or suspects who flee from another jurisdiction to the Los Angeles area.
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November 16-17 Everything Christmas Everything Christmas Arts and Crafts Show Friday, Nov. 16th from 9am-8pm and Saturday, Nov. 17th from 9am-4pm. Santa will be there Friday night from 5-7pm and on Saturday from 10-2 for pictures. Over 80 booths, live entertainment, great food and everything you need for Christmas! FREE ADMISSION! November 26 American Girl Club The American Girl Club is back! The event will be on November the 26th at 6:30 p.m. The girl featured this month will be Julie Albright. Sign up for the event will
close on November 19 at 8:00 p.m. The event is open to children aged 5K to 6th grade. There will be no waiting list this year so make sure to sign up before the cut off. Please go to website (https://goo.gl/forms/jcIWoX5d3DRAm5GI3) sign up for the event. November 27 Comprehensive Diabetes Education If you have diabetes or prediabetes, this seminar at St. Vincent’s Trussville is a must. A physician’s referral is required. Pre-assessments are given proceeding the class time. Please call 939-7248 to register.
November 25 Holiday Healthier Appetizers and Desserts Cooking Class The holiday season is filled with parties and get-togethers, and what’s a party without food? Join Registered Dietitian, Donna Sibley, to learn how to prepare crowd-pleasing appetizers and sweet treats with less calories and more quality nutrition. The cost is $15/person. To register, please call 408-6550 by November 26. Class will be held November 28, 11 a.m.- noon at St. Vincent’s Trussville.
December 1 Christmas Pilgrimage to Eufaula Open Road Tours by Kim and Central Baptist Church will travel to one of the oldest “Tour of Homes.” We will enjoy lunch and a tour of one of the historical mansions and then tour two other mansions in Eufaula. It should be a great trip to get us in the holiday spirit. Trip includes motor coach with private driver, driver tip, tour guide, lunch, tour of 3 mansions. Cost is $107.00pp. To reserve a seat payment in full must be received by September 20th. Call for further details.
ONGOING Georgiana Davis Masonic Lodge Georgiana Davis Masonic Lodge No. 338 in Trussville meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd/4th Monday at 190 Beechnut St., Trussville. For information, call Bruce Phillips at 205-4852. Cahawba Art Association meetings The Cahawba Art Association meets the 2nd Monday 6 p.m. at the Trussville Library. For info call 6610517. Center Point Masonic Lodge meetings Center Point Masonic Lodge No. 872 located off Old Springville Road meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information call Scott Sharpton at 205-288-0082 or Russell Self at 205-3702913.
December 4 Santa’s Workshop Come see Santa at the Trussville Public Library on December the 4th. The event is open to all ages, so gather up the family and come do a several Christmas themed crafts. The event will run from 4:30 to 6:00 in the library auditorium.
Republican Women of Trussville The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Three Earred Rabbit in Trussville with meet and greet beginning at 5:30
p.m. For more information, contact cherylamathews@ gmail.com or www.rwot. com. Springville Military Order of the Purple Heart The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2213, Springville meets at the Smokin’ Grill at 85 Purple Heart Boulevard on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The Joyful Jammers The Joyful Jammers are looking for people to join us who enjoy playing Southern Appalachian folk music and hymns. Dulcimers, psalteries, spoons, and all types of acoustical stringed instruments are welcome. We are part of the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Association (SADA). We meet each Thursday from 6-8pm at the First Baptist Church Trussville, AL. For more information and room location, contact E. Maddox at 205- 542-0076. For more events, please visit our on-line calendar at trussevents.com.
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Melton A. Robertson, age 71 of Birmingham, AL passed away on November 4, 2018. Melton serviced in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After he was honorably discharged, he began worker for the U.S. Postal Service and remained there until he retired. Melton was a member of Deerfoot Church of Christ. He was a wonderful father to his two daughters and loving husband to his wife, of 45 years. Melton was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Grace Robertson; his two brothers, Jimmy Jo and Edward Robertson; he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Ann Robertson Medlock. Melton is survived by his wife Patricia A. Robertson; his daughter, Laura Denise Robertson Murphy (Jeff); grandsons, Zach and Chase Murphy; granddaughters, Hailee and Brooke Medlock; son-in-law, Dave Medlock; numerous nieces and nephews. Melton also leaves behind a host of friends from Deerfoot Church of Christ and Tarrant Church of Christ; his deer friends John and Freida Gallagher, and all of his loving caregivers. The funeral for Melton will be at 2:30 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, November 7th. The visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of the service.
Robert (Bob) Hayes Windle, age 84, passed away at his home in Trussville, Alabama, surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 11, 2018. He was born on May 8, l934 in Stansel, Alabama to Hubbard Billups and Martha (Cameron) Windle. He was the last living sibling of Hubbard and Martha Windle’s nine children. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters. He graduated from Pickens County High School and Northeast Louisiana University where he played football and earned a degree in Agriculture. It was at Northeast Louisiana that he met and married Carrie Nell Spence. After graduating, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and then enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Second Lieutenant and achieved the rank of Colonel. He retired from civil service after 42 years as the Command Executive Officer, 81st Regional Support Command. Bob was a member of Huffman Baptist Church for fifty years where he was a life deacon and served on many mission trips. Bob loved playing and watching all sports. His favorite sport was football and the Alabama Crimson Tide was his favorite team. He loved grilling and cooking out at his home for his family and others. He and his wife Carrie have loved, served and fed hundreds of people over the years with their gift of hospitality. Bob’s hobby was gardening. Every summer after he retired he planted a huge garden that was full of vegetables. He and Carrie would pick them and deliver them to family members and friends. He had a green thumb and grew beautiful roses, fruit trees and all kinds of other flowers. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Carrie Spence Windle, his three sons, Bert (Debbie), Bill (Lisa), and John (Kerri), and one daughter, Robin Dietrich (Gary), six grandsons, Spence, Daniel, Bentley, Justin, Jack, and Hayes, three granddaughters, Abbey Willoughby, Katelyn Howard, and Lucy Windle, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was known by his grandchildren as “Big Daddy” and was dearly and much loved by them and his whole family. He lived a life of simplicity, honesty, and integrity and loved his family and others well. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial’s adjoining gardens. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Larry Smith will be officiating. The family would like to give special thanks to Voris, Edlue, Christy, and Tabitha for their excellent care and kindness to Bob and our family during the past year. The family requests in lieu of flowers that a contribution be made to the Eastern Area Christian Ministry.
Elise Moore Elise Archer Moore, age 86 of Tarrant, AL passed away on November 6, 2018. She was a member of Tarrant Rock United Methodist Church. She was very involved with the United Methodist Women and also served in the children’s ministry as nursery coordinator. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Lee Moore. She is survived by her daughters, Lee Ann Williams (Mack) and Sandra Moore; grandchildren, Jonathan Williams (Emily) and Joy Williams; great granddaughter, Claire Elise Williams. Services will be on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2 PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be an hour prior to services. The burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Rev. Sam Frazier will be officiating over the services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Tarrant Rock United Methodist Church. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Sharon Motley Mrs. Sharon Motley, 61, of Pinson, AL passed away on November 11, 2018. Sharon enjoyed baking and loved animals. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Willie Mae Hancock. She is survived by her husband, Robert Motley; and son, Chris Motley. A memorial service for Sharon will be held at a later date.
Lorene Griffin Lorene J. Griffin age 83, of Birmingham (Roebuck Plaza), AL went to her forever home on November 9, 2018. She was employed with Pioneer Diner’s Club and Broadway Beauty Shop. She was a loving Mother, Granny, Sister, and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her dad, Sam Jones; mom, Pearl Jones; husband, Grady Griffin; brothers, Carl and Bennie Jones; sisters, Bonnie Jones and Diane Bugby; daughter, Barbara (Babs) Green; and son, Billy Fowler. She is survived by her siblings: John (Bonnie) Jones, Ed (Brenda) Jones, Juanita Pfender, Charles (Ruth) Jones, Phyllis Stewart, Sandra (Larry) Thornton, Donna (Lowell) Everett, Sherry Palms, and Pat (Jeff) Johnson. Numerous nieces/nephews. Her children: Debra Robertson, Jan (Kenny) Jones, Jeffrey Griffin, and daughter in love, Becky Hartsfield. Her grandchildren: Latrice Damico, BJ (David) Howe, Jennifer (Robbie) Batting, Shawn (Kayla) Green, Joey Jones, Tyler Green, and Ashley Esary. Her great-grands: Mista Clark, Trista Robertson, Dylan (Carrie) Howe, Cameron Robertson, Maddie Grayce Batting, Sadie Brooke Batting, and Brodie Jayce Batting. Her great great-grands: Kami Robertson, Elijah King, Gabi Robertson, Trevor Ward, Alala Robertson, Rori Harris, Josi Harris, and Kellan Howe. Numerous friends/neighbors. A visitation will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5-7pm with Michael Jones officiating. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2pm at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville. Paul Bearers: Robbie Batting, Joey Jones, Cameron Robertson, Billy McCay, Jimbo Roper, and Michael Ballenger.
John D Burdett John D. Don Burdett, affectionately known as, Poppa passed away on November 6, 2018 at the age of 86. Don was a resident of Springville, AL. He retired from South Central Bell/Bell South after 33 years of service. Don was an active member of local AA groups where he mentored several individuals and helped them confront their addictions. Don was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Sharon Burdett; his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his son, Mike Burdett (Debbie); grandsons, John Burdett (Misty) and Blake Burdett. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, Clayton and Kenna. The family will receive friends at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville on Friday, November 9th from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The service will immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. The burial will take place at Jefferson memorial’s adjoining cemetery. Pastor Tim Evans is officiating.
John Lacy Morgan John Lacy Morgan, age 90, passed away on Wednesday November 7, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Emma Morgan; his brother, Sam Carl Morgan. He is survived by his ex wife, Sara Ann Morgan; sister, Margaret Johnson; daughter, Pamela Ann Michaels; sons, Lacy Wayne Morgan, Danny Carl Morgan (Susan), and John Alan Morgan; grandchildren, Valerie Kaye Goldenstar, (Dr. Grant W. Goldenstar III) Stephanie Ann Evans (Justin); great-grandchildren, Grant W. Goldenstar IV, Penelope Elizabeth Goldenstar, John Michael Evans, and Sean Carpenter. Visitation will be held Monday November 12, 2018 from 11am – 12pm with services one hour prior at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Al.
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Kay Ivey, Our 55th Governor By Steve Flowers Inside the Statehouse The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, “Alabama is like a big front porch.” She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life. Even recently, as I’ve traversed the state, I am always amazed at how you can visit with someone in one part of the state who is kin to or were college roommates with someone in another corner of Alabama. The Alabama that Kay Ivey and I grew up in was even more like a front porch. Kay grew up in Wilcox County where her family had been for generations. Therefore, she knew most everybody in the county and Camden. There were and still are less than 12,000 people in Wilcox County. There have always been more pine trees than people in the county. She grew up with and has
Steve Flowers Inside the Statehouse always been best friends with a trio of very accomplished people. As I sometimes say when I see someone who I’ve known all my life, I’ve never not known them. Kay has never not known Jeff Sessions, Jo Bonner, and Judy Bonner. She was like a big sister to them growing up in Camden. It’s truly amazing that a small South Alabama County
just north of Mobile would spawn our U.S. Senator for 20 years, Jeff Sessions, Mobile Congressman, Jo Bonner who served Mobile, Baldwin and southwest Alabama for more than a decade, and former University of Alabama President, Judy Bonner, and now a Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey. Even more amazing is that they grew up together and are contemporaries. They all have impeccable southern manners, and are all quick to say yes m’am, no m’am and thank you religiously. Some of you might think that Kay’s Black Belt accent is accentuated. It is real and unique and indicative of someone who has roots in that area of the state. You might notice that Jeff Sessions diction and accent is similar. The most important thing that can be said about Governor Kay Ivey, Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Jo Bonner and President Judy
Bonner is that you have never ever heard one comment or even one inkling of anything unethical or improper or taint of scandal about their public or personal lives. Folks, they were brought up right in Wilcox County. Kay Ivey was born to be a leader. She was president of everything in her high school. She went to Girl’s State and was a leader there. By the way, she continues to go back to Girl’s State every year to counsel and help lead the organization. She spent a short stint as a teacher, then banker in Mobile. Then politics beckoned and another Black Belt, Speaker of the House, Joe McCorquodale, made Kay the Reading Clerk in the House of Representatives. She parlayed that job into a job as Legislative Liaison for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. I really got to know Kay at this point. I was a legislator with a major university in my district. She
was plain spoken, straight forward, and very honest. Kay has always been known for her integrity and upfront frankness and honesty. To use an old saying, her word is her bond. She will not lie and she will not cheat or steal. She was raised right. Kay then got into the arena. She was elected State Treasurer twice where she served for eight years. Then she was elected Lt. Governor twice. She ascended to Governor 20 months ago and has done an excellent job of steadying the Ship of State. She seems keenly interested and driven by economic and industrial development. That will be her hallmark legacy. The state is poised to grow economically and industrially over the next four years. In the closing days of her very successful race to be Alabama’s 55th Governor, she revealed in an ad a letter from her days as a young girl visiting Governor Lurleen Wal-
lace in the Governor’s Office, a letter she had written about the Governor’s desk. “This is the closest I’ll get.” However, deep down, I believe she dreamed that one day she would sit in that chair and now she does. Kay Ivey is the second female elected Governor of Alabama. However, she is the first elected Republican female and the only female elected in her own right. She will be a good Governor. Probably the best we have had in a while. See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.
Clay, Pinson, and Center Point need a police department and now might be the time By Scott Buttram, Publisher Sometimes I tend to obsess. When that happens, the squeaky wheels start turning and it’s hard to stop them. The obsessing began as Tuesday night’s election results rolled in and a perfectly good cop was out of a job.
As the local newspaper for Clay, Pinson, and Center Point, we hear from residents on a regular basis about their concerns for the communities where they live. Sometimes by email, sometimes by text, sometimes by phone, often through social media. They talk and we listen. The number one concern
in the three aforementioned cities is crime, specifically a full time local police department to protect neighborhoods from crime. Crime is followed closely by concerns for schools, but I don’t have any quick answers for education. In fact, there isn’t a quick answer for crime, either, but
that’s where my current obsession lies. The right plan, the right person, and the right time may be at hand. The number one concern from city leaders has always been the cost of a local police department and all the moving parts that come with a major commitment. That doesn’t mean they’re opposed to the idea, they just question how they would pay for such and undertaking, as they should. Keeping the government solvent is usually a high priority for elected officials not named Larry Langford. In this case, the citizens and city leaders are both right. All three cities need a local police department and it’s an expensive proposition. But what if Clay, Pinson, and Center Point, or any combination thereof, banded together to form a joint police department. We talk a lot about regional cooperation, but we have precious little to show for all the talk. A shared municipal jail, judge and magistrate would be a lot more tolerable on each city budget. Since felony suspects are housed in the Jefferson County jail, a deal may be able to be worked out with Trussville to house misdemeanor detainees. The contract deputy pro-
gram hasn’t been bad for any of the three cities, but the concern of citizens has always been whether the program provided the full coverage that they want for their communities. With crime growing, so have the concerns of citizens. They want their own police officers and they want enough cops to keep them safe all of the time. Mike Hale is now out as Jefferson County Sheriff. Will the contract deputy program continue? Will it be as effective as it has been in the past? Will the cost rise? Speaking of Hale, is there a better candidate to be the first police chief of a new department? Will there ever be a better candidate? He has operated one of the largest, if not the largest, sheriff’s offices in Alabama for 20 years. He has four decades of law enforcement experience. He could easily navigate the waters of city, county, and
state government. In short, he could build a police department from the ground up with both hands tied behind his back. And he’s a resident of the lovely city of Clay. Don’t let his 67 birthdays fool you. There’s plenty of tread left on those tires. This may be a good time to mention that none of this may be legal. It may require legislative approval. I have no idea. But that may also fall into the good timing column. The local legislative representatives on both sides of the aisle are familiar with the area and the issues and they have the connections to make this happen. State senator Shay Shelnutt and state representatives Danny Garrett and Mary Moore all have the experience and clout to carry the idea to Montgomery and make it happen if city leaders decide to pull the trigger. Maybe the timing, the person, and the plan is right. Like right now.
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The greatest man who ever lived By Tyler Warner
Imagine you’re an Israelite washing clothes or fishing along the Jordan River. Then you see a hairy, wild-eyed man striding out of the wilderness. He comes to the riverbank and starts to preach. People listen to him and he begins to dunk some of them under the water. The crowd grows. The who’s who of the religious leadership shows up and he insults them to their faces in front of everyone. He howls about hellfire and the coming judgment. After some months, he’s hauled off to prison and beheaded.
According to Jesus Christ, this was the greatest man who ever lived. He said in Matthew 11:11, “Among those born of
women, there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.” John was sent to get the people ready for Jesus. His job was to wake up the slumbering conscience of the people. Rather than telling a few jokes to warm up the crowd, he called them dead wood destined for the fire. And people came from all over to hear him! After his death, the priests would be afraid even to insult him in public. What was it that made John great? John compelled people to examine their own lives and make a change. He refused to allow people to hide behind
their ethnic or religious identity (Luke 3:8), and he refused to respect rank or station. He knew that external markers matter little when it comes to the heart. All of us know, in the darkest nights of our soul, that we are not who we ought to be. We’re selfish, petty, bitter and manipulative, among other things. When we’re alone we can’t deflect blame or make excuses – we know who we are. It can be shattering to realize the truth about yourself. John made people confront their own hearts. Many loved him for it. Others called for his head. All of this led to Good
News. John the Baptist called people to look to Jesus: “Behold,” he said, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Because Jesus has paid the price for sin, we can be forgiven. But those who cannot acknowledge the darkness of their own hearts will miss the offer of salvation through their own arrogance. We do no one any favors by molly-coddling their sensitivities. Great is the man who is willing to risk reputation, status and maybe even life to tell people the painful truth. And happy is the person who is honest about himself be-
fore God, and says as those who heard John did, “What must I do?” Repentance is death, going under the water, accepting that our old self must die, just as Jesus did. It is only then that we can rise up to newness of life, energized by the forgiveness, mercy and grace of God. Tyler Warner is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Trussville. CCT currently meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the Cahaba Room of the Hilton-Garden Inn, 3230 Edwards Lake Pkwy. Listen to Tyler’s verse-by-verse Bible teaching at CalvaryChapelTrussville.com.
Kids Talk About God: Why does God bless peacemakers? By Carey Kinsolving and Friends
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). “A peacemaker is a person who breaks up fights,” says Doug, age 10. Is this a referee or more like a bouncer? “If you try not to start fights but settle them, you will be thanked,” says Davis, 10. Often the peacemaker is misunderstood, blamed and persecuted for trying to prevent strife and conflicts. “God will make us peacemakers if we show the peace we already have,” says Stephanie, 8. Exactly. How can we bring peace to others if our insides are churning? World peace begins with inner peace. “A peacemaker is someone who actively pursues peace,” says Kristin, 10. “The peace comes from Jesus so that we can bring peace to others. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Followers of Christ are true peacemakers.”
The work of God among those who accept Jesus as God’s son creates a new family of peacemakers that transcends race, culture and economics. But the flip side is that the members of your natural family might not be excited about your new peace with God. In fact, they might think you’re crazy. Peacemaking is provocative. The peacemaker, “by laying bare the violence that must be overcome, frequently appears to be the fomenter of the very violence being opposed,” writes author Gene Davenport. “But this violence otherwise remains hidden or denied. Jesus himself is the prime example of this fate of peacemaking.” When Jesus was born, shepherds in the field heard angels saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” The good news of the gospel is the only hope for harmonious relationships. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. But he also said the second commandment is like the first: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The Hebrew greeting “shalom,” which is translated as “peace,” means far more than a lack of conflict.
It includes perfect welfare, serenity, prosperity and happiness. Righteous personal relationships, intimacy and fellowship are uninterrupted in an atmosphere of shalom. Goodwill among people prevails. Here’s an example: “One day, my friend was so mad at something,” says Wes, 11. “No one knew what it was he was mad at. I went over to him, and I said, ‘The Lord is with you, and he will settle your heart down.’ After that, he wasn’t mad the rest of the day.” It’s hard for us to imagine a world of harmony, peace and true righteousness. Adam and Eve’s fall introduced strife, discord, chaos and division. World history is a series of conflicts with an occasional peace interlude brought on by a spiritual awakening or
enforced by a strong army. Peacemakers have their work cut out for them. “God loved his enemies,” says Lee, 10. “We should love our enemies.” Some say we’re known by our enemies. Better yet, we should be known by how we treat our enemies. A Christian’s experience of God’s presence should function as a bright light shining in a world full of darkness, agitation and confusion.
Consider this description of the first-century Jerusalem church: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:46-47). Think about this: God’s peaceful presence can make you a peacemaker. Memorize this truth:
Matthew 5:9 quoted above. Ask this question: Are you a peacemaker or an agitator? “Kids Talk About God” is written and distributed by Carey Kinsolving. To access free, online “Kids Color Me Bible” books, “Mission Explorers” videos, a new children’s musical, and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, visit www.KidsTalkAboutGod. org.
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more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
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Leaves Sound... by Sky Russell
I love the sound leaves make when you step on them; click, clack, and rip. I love the color of fall; brown, red, and orange.
I love how fall makes me feel; happy, cool, and good. When I think of fall, I think of camping.
Lindsay asked her students what leaves sound like to them. Everybody steps on the leaves for the sound.Amelia
says it sounds like soft fireworks; Vincent says it sounds crispy; Eva says it sounds like fresh snow; Sophia said it sounds like all of the above.
TRIBUNE KIDS WRITING SUBMISSIONS Last month we reached out to young readers and writers asking them to write about a “special Thanksgiving tradition in their family.” These are their submissions. DeDe’s Book Rack has partnered with The Tribune to award two $5 gift cards each week. The winners will be announced on Friday following the paper’s release on Wednesday via email.
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Thanksgiv ing Submitted by Brittain Lagace, 5th grader My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is playing before the food is done. My cousin and I are normally playing in the backyard. My dad, uncles, and aunt are talking in the kitchen while my grandmother is cooking. My grandfather is watching my cousin and I or building the fire. I also like when we are saying our goodbyes and my cousin and I are hiding in the front lawn. I love Thanksgiving.
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My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is eating all together and watching football. I always love going to my aunts and seeing my relatives. My family is so big, we have two Thanksgivings. I always play with the younger kids, so they don’t get bored. Then we all either sit on the couch and watch football or stand in the kitchen laughing with warm laughter. Thanksgiving is one of my favoirte holidays because I am with all of my favorite people.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when everybody goes to RanRan and NeNee’s house. This is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition because Kai and I always throw the baseball and ride the four wheeler. This is also my favorite tradition because everybody just has a really great time. Think this tradition is also my favorite because I get to hangout with all my cousins and eat. What is better than both of those combined?
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My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when we go over to my aunt Dianne’s house. While the adults are cooking everything and getting everything ready, we go outside and play in the woods. We talk about how life has been in Afghanistan for Brad because he went there to help people. We also watch television and at somepoint we go upstairs and play the Xbox. Right before we go and eat, Brad always prays (last year he prayed on Facetime while in Afghanistan). They have in the kitchen pig in a blanket, potatoe salad, ham and turkey, sweet potato casserole, yeast rolls and more. After we play some more, we leave and have a peaceful night.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is playing basketball while the food is being cooked. I love it because a lot of people are good at basketball in my family so everytime we play basketball I actually have a challenge. But I’m like the second best in my family. My cousin’s stepbrother is the first best in our family. There are about ten of my cousins that play basketball. We play in 1 on 1 tournaments. I win an average of 7/10 of the games. That’s why I love playing basketball on Thanksgiving.
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Y’all Come Eat: New dinner Blue Bell’s Christmas delivery service now available in Cookies, back in stores now! Trussville and surrounding areas From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
From the Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Y’all Come Eat is open for business and delivering home cooked meals to areas within 30 miles of Moody. The dinner delivery service is excited to help bring busy families back to the dinner table. “As a mom of five, I understand how busy life gets and how tough it can be to consistently get a home cooked meal made and everyone around the dinner table.” said owner Leah Sledge. “Many have lost the opportunity to make important family connections in the evenings and we want to help bring that back.” Y’all Come Eat offers a rotating menu of family friendly, home cooked meals. Meals are prepared fresh daily and are delivered to homes, or places of business, ready to heat and eat.
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There are two size options and customers can select the amount of food that works best for their situation. With Y’all Come Eat no cooking is required, meals are ready to be eaten after simply being warmed up. “This is more than just food,” said Sledge. “We want families to experience meaningful connection with those they love most without the
hassle, cooking time, and clean up.” Y’all Come Eat is now operating in East Birmingham and surrounding areas. Their mission is to help busy families come back to the dinner table for food and fellowship. Menus and ordering information for Y’all come eat can be found at YallComeEatBham.
TRUSSVILLE – On Thursday, Nov. 9, members of the Magnolia Elementary school choir presented a stir-
ring tribute to the men and women of our armed forces. The choir, dressed in red, white and blue, performed the National Anthem, Alabama, America and My Country Tis of Thee.
The elementary-aged singers then launched into a medley honoring each branch of service with their respective service hymns. Veterans in the audience were encouraged to stand and be honored when the song, representing their branch, was performed. The children saluted each and every veteran and at the end of the medley, the entire school gave our veterans a standing ovation. The kids then launched into a rousing rendition of You’re a Grand Old Flag; using the old George M. Cohen number to cap off a performance they have spent all school year preparing for.
Embodying Faith art exhibit coming to Birmingham Museum of Art in December From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – Through the ages and across the globe, art has reflected faith. For centuries, artistic production was dominated by Christian themes.
Next month, the Birmingham Museum of Art will hold an exhibition, Embodying Faith: Imaging Jesus through the Ages”, that will trace how artists imagined Jesus through examples drawn primarily from the BMA’s own collection. Included are
prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, quilts, flags, and books spanning more than 500 years. The opening celebration will be on Saturday, December 8, from 3-5 p.m. Visit the event page for more details.
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Congressman Palmer comes to Trussville for Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
Magnolia Elementary salutes veterans with choir performance
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TRUSSVILLE — In Central Alabama it is not always possible to tell when it is the holiday season merely by consulting the weather. A more reliable measure must be appealed to. One of the surest methods, tried and true across the generations, is to check with the local grocer. When the shelves are stocked with jelly beans and peeps Easter is near. Similarly, pumpkin spice and candy corn portend the arrival of fall; such that it is here in Central Alabama. The Christmas season, which many con-
tend to be the most wonderful season of all, is heralded by the appearance of eggnog, candy canes and Blue Bell’s Christmas Coеokies! flavor of ice cream. Christmas Cookies! One of the most requested flavors and has returned to stores this week. Christmas Cookies! is a combination of several favorite holiday cookies -chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar- in a tasty sugar cookie ice cream with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl throughout. Last year supplies were consumed quickly. Blue Bell has increased production and is hopeful that there will be
TRUSSVILLE, AL – The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual legislative breakfast on Thursday, November 8, at the Trussville Civic Center. Congressman Gary Palmer was the featured speaker at the breakfast. Palmer said he believes we need to simply the tax code, which would impact the tax gap or what should have been paid in taxes but hasn’t been. He also said we need a higher corporate tax rate. “We have to do this incremental-
ly,” he said. “By raising taxes all at once, we’ll suffer from the ‘law of unintended con-
sequences.’ We don’t want to create a deficit we can’t overcome.” Palmer recently received the coveted “Spirit of Enterprise Award” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his voting record regarding issues that local chambers and the American business community identify as most important. The breakfast was sponsored by Chick-fil-A Trussville, and thegold level sponsor was St. Vincent’s East. For more information, please visit www.trussvillechamber.com, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or call 205.655.7535.
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Cougars dominate opening round 45-6 against Mae Jemison By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor
Cougars quarterback Willie Miller dumps a screen pass to his receiver. Photo by Ron Burkett
CLAY— Clay-Chalkville started their state playoff run with a 45-6 win over the Mae Jemison Jaguars and advance to the second round to face Hartselle. Defensive lineman and Alabama commit D.J. Dale started the game off for the Cougars with a third down interception on the Jaguars opening drive that led to a three yard touchdown run by Willie Miller to give them an early 7-0 lead with less than two minutes off of the game clock. Miller also added another touchdown run from 10 yards later in the quarter to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead. The ensuing kickoff was a surprise onside kick recovered by the Cougars. They were unable to reach the endzone but did add three points after a Jaren Vanwinkle 28 yard field goal to give the Cougars a 17-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Cougars added three more touchdowns with scoring runs from Demarcus Burris, Courtney Braxton and Damione Ward which put them up 38-0 at halftime. The Cougars were in complete control and also added one more touchdown with a 24 yard run by Ward in the third quarter to give them a 45-0 lead. The Jags did find the endzone late in the fourth quarter after a reception by Toney Tony. Willie Miller only had 31 yards through the air but added 61 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Courtney Braxton added 55 yards and Demarcus Burris added 40 yards on the ground, both with a touchdown. Damione Ward also added over 50 yards of rushing as well with two touchdowns. The Cougars will travel to Hartselle next Friday night to face the unbeaten Tigers in the second round of the playoffs with the kickoff set at 7 p.m.
Pinson Valley blanks Albertville 47-0 By Justin Nails Tribune Sports PINSON—Pinson Valley’s first round matchup against Albertville ended as fast as it began as the Indians gained their second straight shutout of the season while holding the Aggies offense to just 63 total yards in the win. The Indians got the scoring started early as Bo Nix found Damarion Holloman on a 6-yard touchdown pass to give Pinson Valley the 7-0 lead with 5:42 to go in the first quarter. The Nix to Holloman connection would become a major theme in this game. The Pinson Valley defense flexed it’s own muscles early and often as the very next Aggies drive ended in two plays after Kendall Thornton intercepted Aggies quarterback Isaiah Pankey and retuned it to the Aggies 24-yard line. Two throws later, Nix found Holloman on a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Indians a 13-0 first quarter lead. After forcing Albertville to punt again, the Indians began their next drive on the Aggies 42 yard line. Pinson Valley took just four second into the second quarter to add to their lead as Nix found Hol-
Indians quarterback Bo Nix surveys the defense. Photo by Ron Burkett
loman for their third straight touchdown connection to extend the lead to 19-0. Kenji Christian added the Indians only rushing touchdown on the night as he busted open a 16-yard touchdown run. The Indians lead 26-0 late in the
second quarter. The Aggies only attempted nine passes all game and two of them were intercepted. The second interception ended in a pick six as Dorian Henderson caught a deflected pass and returned the inter-
ception 25 yards for another Pinson Valley touchdown. The Indians would add one more touchdown in the half as Nix would find Holloman for a fourth touchdown on a 36yard pass. The Indians would take a 40-0 lead into halftime.
If things couldn’t get any worse for Albertville, or go any better for Pinson Valley, the Aggies fumbled the second half kickoff back to Pinson Valley, giving the Indians the ball back on the Albertville 34 yard line. Two plays
later, Nix found Holloman for a fifth time on a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Indians their 47-0 final score. Bo Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards and five touchdowns on the night. Mike Sharp lead all rushers with nine carries for 126 yards while Demarion Holloman lead all receivers with seven catches for 94 yards and five touchdown receptions. The Indians offense racked up 412 yards of total offense on a short field for most of the night averaging 9.6 yards per play. As for that stingy defense, the unit had two interceptions to go with giving up just 63 total yards of total offense, keeping the Aggies to an average of just 1.5 yards per play. When I asked Pinson Valley head coach Patrick Nix about his defense facing a wing-T offense for the first time all season Nix said, “I feel good about our defense every week when we walk out. They’ve played good all year. We’ve blown some shutout opportunities but thank goodness these last two weeks we’ve been able to hold on to them.” Pinson Valley will take on Muscle Shoals next week in round 2 of the 6A playoffs.
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Huskies win thriller in Madison By Chris Megginson Tribune Sports MADISON, Ala. – As time ticked down, Jamyre Reese hauled in a Paul Tyson bullet across the middle to score the game-winning touchdown to defeat the ninth-ranked James Clemens Jets, 43-41, and send the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies on to the AHSAA Class 7A Playoffs quarterfinals for the third-straight year. Reese’s catch from 9 yards out came with 14.9 seconds to play and capped a back-and-forth battle on the sloppy turf at Madison City Schools Stadium. The win avenges a 2015 first round playoff shutout loss at James Clemens and sets up a return to Alabaster next week to face the No. 2 Thompson Warriors (9-1) in a rematch of the Huskies’ regular season finale loss, 63-49. Sixth-ranked Hewitt (83) opened the game with a long drive inside the red zone, but suffered a setback when Parker Colburn’s 36yard field goal was blocked. The Jets responded with a drive of its own to go up 7-0 on a Jamil Muhammad 1-yard touchdown. The TD was set up by a 35-yard run by Emmanuel Sanders. Tyson needed little time to even the score, 7-7, hitting Ja’Varrius Johnson for a 56-yard touchdown pass with 3:31 to play in the opening quarter. It was the first of two TD catches and longest of the night for Johnson, who reeled in 12 catches for 159 yards. James Clemens relied on big plays to take a 20-7 lead early in the second quarter. First came on a flea flicker pass to Dylan Blackburn from 37-yards out late in the first quarter, but this time HTHS came up with the blocked kick, stopping the PAT try, 13-7. The Jets then capitalized on an interception in Husky territory, setting up a 46-yard TD run
Huskies quarterback Paul Tyson looks for a receiver downfield. Photo by Ron Burkett
by Muhammad. The Huskies closed the gap with 2:30 to play in the first half when Shawn Jackson punched in a 17-yard TD run. Colburn tacked on the extra point to make it 20-14. Hewitt stopped James Clemens twice in the final two minutes, including recovering a fumble on the Jets’ 17 with seven seconds remaining in the half. With :01 to play in the half, Tyson turned the turnover into points, hitting Johnson for a game-tying touchdown. Colburn gave Hewitt a 21-20 lead at the
half. To open the third quarter, HTHS forced a Jets’ turnover on the kickoff. Once again, the turnover led to points as Amari Goodwin capped the short drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to extend the Huskies’ lead, 28-20. Aided by a penalty after the touchdown, Hewitt pinned the Jets deep on the kickoff, but dual-threat QB Muhammad proved otherwise. The Vanderbilt commit broke free for a 79-yard run down to the Hewitt 1-yard-line. The stop was
Former CCHS Cougar T.J. Simmons knows how to stay with a block From The Trussville tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE –T.J. Simmons was a star wide receiver for Clay-Chalkville High
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Huskies michael fowler commits to lsu By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE— Hewitt-Trussville baseball has produced another college commitment. Junior pitcher Michael Fowler has committed to continue his college career at LSU after graduation in 2020. His commitment comes as not much of a surprise as he is ranked as the eighth best player in the state for the class of 2020. He has been known to consistently clock high 80’s on his fastball and even reaching 90 miles per hour on some occasions. Fowler joins his teammates Zach Defnall and Julian Sauger as current players on the Hewitt-Trussville baseball team who have committed to playing college ball after graduation.
Huskies pitcher Michael Fowler pitching back in the spring. Photo credit The Trussville Tribune
short-lived as Muhammad punched the ball into the end zone on the next play, 28-27 HTHS. Tyson used completions to Dazalin Worsham to put the Huskies in scoring range late in the game, setting up a Colburn field goal to make it 31-27, and then a 13-yard TD pass to regain the lead, 37-34, after a Jets’ score. After a go-ahead touchdown was called back due
to an illegal shift with a minute to play, Tyson connected with Worsham twice more to set up the winning TD – first on a gain to move into the red zone and then a fourth-and-6 pass to the 9 with 20 seconds to play. Worsham finished the night with nine catches for 125 yards. Tyson completed 25of-41 passes for 326 yards with four touchdowns and
one interception. He also ran for 22 yards. All four Class 7A Region 3 teams advanced Friday night with Thompson beating Florence, 45-14; Mountain Brook shut out Austin, 31-0; and Hoover defeated Bob Jones, 26-18. In the South, McGill-Toolen, Robert E. Lee, Auburn and Central Phoenix City advanced.
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Alabama native a finalist for the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TALLADEGA – One of Alabama’s own – Huntsville’s Rex Reynolds – is among four finalists The NASCAR Foundation has named for its eighth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, an honor that two people from the Yellowhammer State have won in the previous seven years. The award, named after the foundation’s late founder and chairwoman, recognizes NASCAR fans who are also successful volunteers for children’s causes in their communities around the United States. While the winner will take $100,000 back to his or her chosen program, all four finalists are each guaranteed $25,000 for their respective charities. Over the course of the award’s short history, The NASCAR Foundation has donated more than $1.2 million to the finalists’ organizations, helping more than 260,000 children in the process. “This year’s stellar group of finalists consists of loyal longtime NASCAR fans who also are outstanding people,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton. “Each of these individuals demonstrates, on a daily basis, true commitment and passion for their causes. Their good works are exactly the sort of volunteerism Betty Jane France wanted to spotlight when the award was created.” Reynolds, of Hazel Green, Alabama, is representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama as he vies for the award’s top grant. Reynolds plans to use his donation
to fund daily programs and a STEM Lab at a potential new Huntsville Boys & Girls Club. If Reynolds is selected as the winner, he would join Julian Maha from KultureCity last year (Birmingham) and Robert Weaver from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (Talladega) in 2011 as individuals from the Yellowhammer State who have been honored with the award. Reynolds has spent many years devoted to public service, particularly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama. After participating in the Boys & Girls Club as a youth, he volunteered on the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama board of directors for 13 years and continues to recruit both sponsors for annual club events and other volunteers. He was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2010, and he has also given back to his community as a public safety director, city administrator, police chief and a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. “If you ever invest in these children (at the clubs), you will be hooked forever, which is the reason I am still there,” Reynolds said. “They have definitely won my heart.” With regard to his NASCAR alliance, Reynolds has been a devoted fan to the sport ever since he witnessed his first race in 1976 at Daytona International Speedway. “That summer, a lot of the people in my high school junior class went to Panama City Beach, but me and five other guys went the other direction — to the Firecracker 400,” Reynolds remembered. “From that moment I was hooked.”
Huntsville’s Rex Reynolds Hopes for $100,000 Prize for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama
International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Cale Yarborough soared to an eight-second victory in that race on America’s 200th birthday. In the years since, Reynolds has built a memory bank full of NASCAR recollections, including those at Talladega Superspeedway to how he became good friends with an elderly fan who traveled to races alone. Reynolds has considered Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as his favorite drivers through the decades, but he also has a liking for Austin Dillon, who called Reynolds to let him know of his finalist selection. An online fan vote that opened on Oct. 21 and contin-
ues through Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. ET at NASCARfoundation. org/Award will determine which finalist will receive the $100,000 prize. The winner will be announced during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas on Nov. 29. Even with everything Reynolds has experienced as a NASCAR fan, it would be hard to beat earning The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award as one of his all-time favorite moments. But no matter what happens, he looks forward to utilizing the grant money he does bring home to enhance a program that has meant so much to him.
“I personally have witnessed the impact we have made at the clubs, making life so much better for our young people who desperately need us the most,” Reynolds said. About Talladega Superspeedway Talladega Superspeedway – which will celebrate its 50th anniversary season in 2019 – is the most competitive race track on the NASCAR schedule (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), the highest-banked (33 degrees) and the longest (2.66 miles) as well as the most fun and fan-friendly. Talladega offers something for everyone, including hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids tickets and
college student prices, along with special offers for military members, first responders, teachers, and educators. The historic venue, which opened in 1969, is deemed NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel on event weekends and renowned Talladega Blvd., home of the “Big One on the Blvd.” party. It’s the site of the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large ISM Vision HD video boards lining the front stretch and numerous pre-race activities for fans on race day, including special Kids VIP opportunities. For ticket information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223). The track, along with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, recently announced Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project. The approximate $50 million redevelopment endeavor is part of ISC’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The project, highlighted by a one-of-a-kind Garage Fan Zone Experience, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams, and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield. Full completion of the modernized project is scheduled for October 2019. Fans can learn more about the project and view the progress 24/7 via the construction cam by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.
Huskies women’s cross country finishes 4th in state championships By Damian Mitchell Sports Editor Hewitt-Trussville’s Girls Cross Country team finished their season by placing 4th in the 7A state meet in Moulton
on Nov. 10. This was the second consecutive year the HT Girls qualified for State. Maci Mills was the top finishers for the Huskies as she placed 21st overall. Mia Cane was right behind her and
placed 22nd overall. Amelia Brady placed 25th and Sophia Knox finished 32nd. Olivia Browning finished 51st to round out the scoring for the Huskies.