North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 21, 2012

NJN/am for Wednesday, November 21

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News


Hello. Wednesday, and it’s time to start prepping the turkey…

Weather: Nice today and tomorrow. Today and Thanksgiving Day will be a repeat of the last several days, with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the lower to middle 40s. Friday will see some scattered showers, followed by sharply colder temperatures for Iron Bowl Day..

Black Friday, a day early. The traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season, marked by doorbuster specials at most stores for which shoppers often stand in line in the early morning, has now almost fully moved to Thanksgiving evening — and in one case, that morning. Walmart will start its first wave of sales at 8 p.m. Thursday night featuring toys, then another wave at 10 for electronics and such. Kmart, though, gets things started at 6 a.m. There are several ads in today’s print edition of The North Jefferson News, with more found online at

Dog-custody battle turns deadly. A lawyer from southern Jefferson County is now wanted on charges that he slit the throat of the dog over which he and his ex-wife were fighting for custody, and texted a photo of the act to his ex. A five-month investigation has led to a warrant for James Stewart Robinson, 45, originally of Caldwell Mill Road. Robinson remains at large. The dog, Rufus, was an American Staffordshire terrier. He also has a domestic-violence charge pending from Vestavia Hills police over a threatening message sent along with the photo.

Sports: Kerby out at Hayden. The rumors at Hayden High proved to be correct, and head football coach Steven Kerby is out. He spent four seasons at the helm, but fared no better than a pair of 5-5 campaigns, with his first and last teams going 2-8; none of his teams qualified for the playoffs. The Wildcats didn’t win a game until the eighth week of the regular season in 2012. Kerby confirmed the move on the Hayden Varsity Football page on Facebook Tuesday night… Basketball: Mortimer Jordan and Corner easily won their opening games in the Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament at Wallace State. Jordan took down Good Hope 56-23, while Corner routed St. Bernard’s Prep 74-23. Meanwhile, Hayden fell at the hands of Cold Springs by a 73-36 score. Tonight, the Blue Devils play Hanceville at 7:15, the Yellow Jackets take on Cold Springs at 6, and Hayden squares off with St. Bernard’s in consolation-bracket play at 3:30.

NJN/am will be off for Thanksgiving Day, and will return on Friday. Hope you have a great holiday!