North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 16, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, April 16

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Tuesday morning to you, as Boston picks up the pieces from a tragic day…

Weather: Some rain. Some more patches of fog will be found here and there this morning, but will dissipate by lunchtime, giving way to scattered showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will reach the lower 80s with nighttime lows in the middle 60s with a 20 percent chance of rain all the way through Wednesday. A possible severe weather outbreak is still lurking for late Thursday night and Friday morning.

“Sheer terror.” That’s how a runner who was approaching the finish line of the Boston Marathon described the twin explosions that killed three and injured at least 144 on Monday afternoon. The two explosions, one seconds after the other, came as the bulk of the runners were gathering with friends and family in the Copley Square finish area. One local runner, Shawn Collier Hazelrig of Hayden, was in the race but unharmed by the blast; she was running on her 40th birthday in honor of a friend with cancer. (We’re trying to reach her this morning for comment.) Meanwhile, police and FBI investigators are trying to piece together the details of the bombs, and follow leads to possible suspects in what appears to be a terrorist attack.

Hog (still) wild. The Gardendale City Council took a step in trying to rid the city of a persistent problem with feral swine tearing up lawns and disturbing residents in areas near creeks that eventually drain into the Locust Fork of the Warrior River. The council heard from Andy Baril, a regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, who told the council about how traps need to be set near the creeks to capture the large sows who dominate each “rounder,” or family of pigs, to keep them from reproducing. The move can’t come soon enough for Teresa Gravlee, who lives near Kmart and has battled the pigs for several weeks.

Sports: Finish strong. Both Corner and Pinson Valley finished off regular-season play with victories on Monday, as they prepare for playoff doubleheaders on Friday. The 10th-ranked Indians battled back from an early deficit to beat Leeds 8-2, while Corner waited until the fifth inning to get on the scoreboard, then got hot and won 11-0 over Good Hope. Jack Robbins started the barrage with a three-run homer for the Yellow Jackets… Softball: Brooke Meadows and Katie Parr hit solo homers on consecutive pitches, as visiting No. 6 (5A) Hayden took down No. 6 (4A) Corner 6-2. Wildcat pitcher Caitlyn Kirkland fanned 10 Yellow Jackets in the first six innings. Meanwhile, Mortimer Jordan used four pitchers, one of whom was also a good hitter, as the fourth-ranked Blue Devils edged Oak Grove 4-2. Bailey Murphy had three RBIs with a hit in her only official at-bat, plus a walk and a sacrifice fly; she also pitched the last inning to earn the save.