It’s Thursday, and fans of a Blount County youngster are mourning today…
Weather: Little change. The pattern of dry, sunny days and cooler nights. Highs today and tomorrow will be in the upper 80s, perhaps climbing to 90, with nighttime lows in the lower 60s. No rain is in the forecast until the weekend.
“Heaven just got a lot sweeter tonight.” That’s a quote from a message by Krista Alford, the aunt of Hunter Alexander, the 9-year-old boy from Smoke Rise in Blount County who had been in a battle with a rare form of brain cancer. Hunter passed away Wednesday night, and the news came as much of it has about his struggle, through a post on a Facebook page — this time by Alford, a reporter for an Atlanta television station. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Stump speeches. The Fultondale Chamber of Commerce hosted a political forum Tuesday evening at the Hampton Inn in Fultondale. The lobby of the hotel was packed. All candidates who are running for office spoke at the forum, with the exception of Mayor Jim Lowery, who could not attend due to an emergency. Lowery is running for re-election against John Douglas. City Councilman Joe Bolton, who has no opposition in Tuesday’s election, stood in for Lowery at the forum.
Democrats pick Vance. The Alabama Democratic Party has chosen Robert Vance as its nominee for chief justice in this November’s elections. Vance, the only candidate to qualify, replaces Harry Lyon, who won the primary but was removed last week by the party for bizarre social-media posts and other transgressions. Vance is a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge in the civil division, and the son of the late federal judge Robert Vance, who was killed by a mail bomb in 1989. The younger Vance faces Republican Roy
Sports: Moore remains hospitalized. The University of Alabama issued a short press release which stated that athletic director Mal Moore is staying in the hospital another night for more tests on his heart. Moore, 72, was admitted Tuesday night for observation after suffering from an irregular heartbeat. His physician, Dr. James Robinson, said Moore is doing fine… Auburn football: Senior wide receiver DeAngelo Benton has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Gene Chizik said in a prepared statement…. Baseball: Another day, another 50-day suspension in the majors. This time it’s Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, a Cy Young Award winner. Colon, 39, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He’ll be out for the rest of the regular season, plus 10 games of the post-season if the A’s get a wild card berth (they are a half game out right now); if they don’t, the rest will be served next season if he signs a new contract.