The year 2013 was an eventful one in northern Jefferson and southwest Blount counties. Here are some of the highlights from the North Jefferson News from last year:
- Jan. 2: The new park at New Castle opens. Residents there had waited at least 20 years for the park.
- Jan. 23: The North Jefferson Women’s Center relocates from Gardendale to Fultondale, in the former Palmer Norris building next to IberiaBank.
- Jan. 30 Paul Finebaum, syndicated sports-talk radio show host, is the guest speaker at the Gardendale Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
- March 6: Fultondale firefighters deliver a baby in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 1 when George and Gina Mendiola made an emergency stop there on their way to UAB Hospital. Mom and baby are both fine.
- March 13: The Military Warriors Support Foundation donated a house in Hayden to a war veteran and his wife, Jonathon and Robin Davis. Jonathon Davis had been wounded in Iraq in 2010.
- May 1: The American Legion Post 255 cut a ribbon on its new building on New Castle Road. The former post was destroyed in the April 2011 tornado.
- June 12: A delegation of Russians visit the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Brookside through the Open World program Friendship Force International.
- July 24: William Burkett, former Jefferson County Schools superintendent and namesake of the Burkett Center for the Multi-Handicapped in Morris, dies.
- Aug. 14: Mark Cornelius is working on tearing down the former Dock Fields store at Fieldstown Road and Phillips Drive because the city of Gardendale purchased the site. He will relocate the building on his own property.
- Aug. 21: Dr. Stan Cooke, pastor of Kimberly Church of God, announces his candidacy for the Republican candidacy for lieutenant governor.
- Oct. 2: Gov. Robert Bentley announces in Gardendale that the Northern Beltline is a go. The first segment will connect Alabama Highways 79 and 75 between Palmerdale and a point between Pinson and Locust Fork.
- Nov. 27: The Warrior Fire Department gives smoke detectors to students at Warrior Elementary School to make their homes safer.
- December: The Mt. Olive Fire and Rescue Board announces it will not take a stand for or against annexation of Mt. Olive into Gardendale since Gardendale will start its own school system.