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The Suburban Newspaper for Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover and North Shelby County





ursd ay, September 4, 2014

V ol . 23 #16

The Over the Mountain Vestavia Raiders take the Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise awareness about ALS. Kevin Turner, the father of Raiders player Cole Turner, is battling ALS.

Get your motors running: Crestline Rocks fundraiser includes Touch-A-Truck event

about town page 4

Party Animals: Bank president is among ZooGala supporters

people page 12

showers of blessings Ice Bucket Challenge Is Personal to Vestavia’s Kevin Turner Story by William C. Singleton III • Photos by Lee Walls Jr. Buckets of ice cold water being dumped on suspecting victims represent

Kevin Turner played for the Crimson Tide from 1988-1991 and played eight seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Photo special to the Journal

showers of blessings to Kevin Turner of Vestavia Hills. “It is a huge blessing,” he said of the Ice Bucket Challenge craze. “People still may not know what ALS is, but at least now they have heard of it. That was more than I could say when I was diagnosed. For a relatively small but horrifying disease like ours, it was going to take something totally out of left field to catch people’s attention. I am thankful for every single ice bucket.”

Studio By the Tracks soiree honors students, supporters

social page 20

Celebrating the Arts life page 14

See ice bucket, page 8

Journal file photo by Lee Walls Jr

A Day for Remembering

The cities of Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Homewood will once again join forces to present a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11. This year’s event will be in Vestavia Hills. See stories page 10.

sue murphy gets shell shocked p. 2 • homewood band honors two longtime supporters p. 28 • changes for cahaba heights p. 30

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September 4 2014