By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— It's Friday, and are your kids on a sugar high from all the Halloween candy yet?...
Weather: Cooling off. The rain moves out this morning, and temperatures start to dip a little bit. We'll have sunny skies today with a high in the lower 70s, and lows tonight falling to the upper 40s. Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the middle 60s with lows in the lower 40s.
Six. Not six thousand or six million, but six. That's how many people successfully signed up for health insurance on the very first day that healthcare.gov, the centerpiece website of the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare), was open for business. That number was made public Thursday evening in reports by CBS and Fox News, after they obtained notes from meetings in the so-called “war room” of the Department of Health and Human Services. The memo was obtained through a request from the House Oversight Committee, where chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is conducting an investigation into the botched opening of the website. Ironically, the six enrollments was correctly predicted in a spoof on last week's episode of “Saturday Night Live” – see the video here.
Gardendale couple charged with stealing from elderly woman. An investigation that began in August by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of Nora and Lee Armstrong of Gardendale. The two are charged with getting access to checking accounts and charge cards that belonged to an 88-year-old woman that Nora Armstrong worked for as a caregiver, and using the accounts to buy firearms, ammo, clothing and more. The investigation started when the victim's niece became suspicious. The Armstrongs are in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond each.
Sports: Blown away. Fultondale had little trouble with Parrish in Thursday-night football action, winning the finale of the regular season b a 54-8 score. The host Tornadoes dressed out only 11 players for the game, which was shortened in the second half to six-minute quarters. The Wildcats learn their playoff fate tonight, as they await results from games involving Ranburne and Walter Wellborn which will affect the three-way tie atop the Region 6 standings. Meanwhile, six local teams will also end their regular seasons tonight. Home games feature Oneonta at Mortimer Jordan and neighboring Sumiton Christian going to Corner, while Gardendale travels to Buckhorn, Pinson Valley plays at Briarwood Christian, Hayden heads to Arab, and Locust Fork finishes up at nearby Cleveland... Cross country: Indians win sectional. Pinson Valley's boys team won its Class 5A sectional qualifying meet at the Trussville Country Club on Thursday morning; it's the first since Coach Ed Palmer took over in 1997 that they've been victorious in the qualifier. Mortimer Jordan's girls also qualified by finishing in the top three positions. In Class 4A, Corner qualified both its girls and boys teams for the first time in recent memory. And in Class 6A, Gardendale's girls did not qualify as a team, but four members will run in the state finals as individuals. All of them will compete a week from Saturday at the Jesse Owens Park new Moulton.