North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 20, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, November 20

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Welcome to Wednesday, and The Most Epic Iron Bowl Ever is 10 days away...

Weather: Sunny. Highs today will be in the middle 60s with lows in the middle 40s with light wind. Slightly warmer temperatures on Thursday.

Suspect sought in kidnapping, sexual assault. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies are trying to find a man whom they believe took a woman to a dirt road off Warrior Jasper Road, sexually assaulted her, then left her alone by the roadside. The incident happened Sunday. For details and a description of the suspect and his vehicle, see our article about the attack.

And our next candidate to replace retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus is... Will Brooke of Birmingham, an executive with Harbert Management Corporation. Brooke was a former chairman of the Business Council of Alabama, and joins State Rep. Paul DeMarco, Alabama Policy Institute head Gary Palmer and surgeon Chad Mathis in the Republican primary race; no Democrats have thrown their hat into the ring.

Sports: So far, so good. When former Bragg Middle School basketball coach Chris Berry took over the varsity program at Tarrant this year, the Wildcats had won two games in two seasons combined. Now Berry is two games into his first season, and his team has won both games. The latest came Tuesday night in their home opener, as Tarrant defeated Corner 66-61. The Cats were ahead by as any as 19 points in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets came back steadily in the second, cutting the lead down to one point with 48 seconds to play before the Cats won it at the free throw line. In hoops action elsewhere, Gardendale beat Oak Mountain and Tabernacle Christian lost to Marion Academy. On the girls side, Tarrant edged Corner 31-30, the Rockets lost to Oak Mountain and Locust Fork took down J.B. Pennington.