North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 10, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, January 10

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

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Good Thursday morning to you…

Weather: Who’ll stop the rain? The bad news is that it will continue for the next few days. The good news is that temperatures will be unseasonably warm, with highs near or just above 70. Nighttime lows will stay in the upper 50s or lower 60s. Rain will ease off this morning, but increase this afternoon with scattered thunderstorms continuing through Friday.

Deceased couple identified. Authorities have released the identity of a couple who died in a car crash sometime before Christmas, but whose car disappeared into woods just off Carson Road in Fultondale. Billy Ray Kay, 71, and Billy Jean Kay, 55, of Odenville were found last Friday, after relatives reported them missing. A deputy sheriff retraced their path from visiting relatives in Fultondale on Dec. 20. The car was found 100 feet off the road, down an embankment and well out of sight. Police estimated the couple had been trapped in the car for at least a week; they believe driver Billy Ray Kay ran a stop sign at the end of New Castle Road and went over the bank.

Sports: Genesis of an exodus. Now that Alabama has won another BCS championship, the question is which juniors will stay to go for another, and which will go pro. One answer is in already: Tackle D.J. Fluker will skip his senior season and declare his eligibility for the NFL Draft. TideSports.com says the formal announcement will come later today. He will probably be picked late in the first round. No word yet on other possible departing juniors, running back Eddie Lacy or cornerback Dee Milliner. Meanwhile, a junior quarterback will not return next year — but not A.J. McCarron. Instead, it’s Clint Moseley at Auburn, who announced he will leave the team and the game, concentrating on graduation. Moseley was hobbled by a shoulder injury early in the season, and out completely when he injured his ankle… Baseball: The newest inductees for the Baseball Hall of Fame are — none of the above. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not give any candidate the necessary 75 percent of votes cast to be inducted. Among those who appeared on their first ballot and were shunned were all-time home-run leader Barry Bonds, celebrated slugger Sammy Sosa and fireballing pitcher Roger Clemens, all of whom have been associated with steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. It’s the first time since 1996 that the BWAA has thrown a Hall of Fame shutout. The top vote-getter was Craig Biggio with 68.2 percent.