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December 17, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, December 17

GARDENDALE — Good Tuesday morning to you...

Weather: Sunny again. We'll have clear skies today, with highs near 60 and nighttime lows in the lower 30s. It will be much the same on Wednesday.

Wait and see. The Mt. Olive Fire and Rescue District's trustee board is not taking sides just yet in the controversial decision on whether to annex part of the unincorporated community into Gardendale, so that schoolchildren can attend Gardendale schools once the city takes over its own school system. Board president Dwight Sloan read a lengthy prepared statement to an overflow crowd at the board's monthly meeting Monday night, in which he said their group has had informal discussions with Gardendale officials at one time about the annexation process. Sloan said the whole situation is “very complicated” and will be drawn out over a long period of time. We'll have a full report later today, as well as in Wednesday's print edition.

Two missing after Birmingham explosion. An early morning blast, apparently caused by a gas line fault, has destroyed two five-bedroom units of an apartment complex in the Gate City neighborhood. A Birmingham Fire and Rescue spokesman said that their crews are looking for two people that are missing in the rubble. At least six other people were injured, though none seriously.

Sports: That was close. After being down by as many as eight points earlier in the game, Hayden came back on a Katie Parr basket to take a one-point lead over neighboring Locust Fork. But Brittany Hudson scored a field goal with 10 seconds left to give the Hornets a 41-40 win in girls basketball action Monday night. The Hornet boys scored a 30-point win over the Wildcats. Elsewhere, Gardendale's boys ran away from rival Mortimer Jordan by a 79-54 score, with Austin Hicks scoring 21 points to lead four Rockets in double figures; Dalton Hudson scored 24 with five 3-pointers for the Blue Devils. The Rocket girls clipped Jordan by five points.

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