This Wednesday is a hump day we’d like to get past, and here’s why…
A note to our readers: Our normal Wednesday print edition of The North Jefferson News will not be delivered until Thursday. A major failure of the computer server at our office prevented us from printing the newspaper Tuesday night. We are very sorry for the delay and any inconvenience it causes, and we thank you for understanding. Of course, all of our news is always available 24/7 right here at www.njeffersonnews.com — but if you’re reading this, you probably already knew that.
Weather: Sunny, hot, repeat. It’s pretty much the same forecast for the next seven days. Sunny and hot days with highs ranging from the lower to middle 90s, with nighttime lows hovering around 70. No change from that pattern is in sight.
Traffic: No construction-related delays are expected today, but ALDOT will have another rolling roadblock on I-65 northbound through the Corridor X construction area for blasting. The roadblock begins at the I-20/59 interchange at 1:30 p.m. Delays along U.S 31 in the same area are also planned.
Gardendale draws down credit line. The city took its first draw on a $3.5 million credit line with Regions Bank. The $225,935 draw is on a credit line intended for the conversion of the former Food World store into the new Public Safety Center, as well as the City Center project. The action was taken in Monday’s city council meeting, during which the council also approved a change order that would reduce the cost of the PSC project, by taking direct control of certain parts of the project instead of the contractor.
“Did I do it? Yes.” So said Harvey Updyke, the man charged with poisoning the Toomer’s Corner oak trees at Auburn. Updyke made the statement to a reporter for The Auburn Plainsmen, the school newspaper, during a break in jury selection for his trial in Opelika. Updyke first admitted to the poisoning on a new-famous call to the Paul Finebaum radio show.
Sports: The Heat is on. The Oklahoma City Thunder was rolling in the first quarter of Tuesday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but homestanding Miami came back later in the game, and pulled ahead late for a 104-98 victory and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Heat pulled off the win despite missing LeBron James in the late going after he sat out with a cramp, during which time the Thunder regained the lead briefly. James finished with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Miami, who can win the championship at home Thursday night. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 43 points for Oklahoma City…. Baseball: The Atlanta Braves brought the New York Yankees’ 10-game winning streak to an end with a 4-3 decision in the Bronx. Chipper Jones cut down the tying run at home when he threw out Curtis Granderson in the seventh inning.