North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

December 21, 2012

NJN/am for Friday, December 21

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News


It’s Friday, and guess what? We’re still here…

Weather: Hang on to your hat. Strong winds will continue through the day, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s. Winds die down tonight, but lows drop to the upper 20s. The weekend will be mostly clear with highs in the 40s and lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will see showers and thunderstorms.

The end of The End. The predictions that the world would end because of the end of the ancient Mayan calendar did not come true, which is how you are able to read this now. The prediction was pooh-poohed by scientists the world over, most of whom said that if the Mayans were still around today, their calendar would simply recycle to its beginning. But there is a beginning — to winter, which starts today.

So much for Plan B. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives for his latest proposal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” when it became apparent that more conservative members of the GOP caucus were opposed to it. The plan had already been rejected by President Obama, and the vote was mainly for show. However, with the plan scuttled by his own party, Boehner’s tenure as speaker may now be in jeopardy, as a new Congress prepares to begin in a couple of weeks.

Crash kills 3-year-old. An accident on Morris Majestic Road near Bill Jones Road claimed the life of a youngster from Warrior. Samantha Hays was declared dead at the scene where he mother’s car ran off the road and into a ditch. The mother was not hurt.

Sports: That was close. Corner had to hang on for dear life to defeat Vinemont 51-45 in their first round game of the Corner Christmas boys basketball tournament Thursday. The Yellow Jackets were up by 20 at the half. In other games, Mortimer Jordan took down Marion County and Locust Fork beat Hayden. The Jackets and Hornets play tonight at about 7:45, while Jordan meets Hanceville at 6:30 in winner’s bracket games… College football: Gus Malzahn has hired Rodney Garner away from Georgia and brought him back to Auburn to serve as assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Garner was an offensive lineman at Auburn in 1988 and served as recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach and assistant strength coach for the Tigers in the 1990s.