North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

July 10, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, July 10

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Well, it’s Wednesday again…

Weather: Storms are back. It will be hot and humid with a 60 percent chance of scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Storms continue through tonight and Thursday, with lows tonight in the lower 70s. Rain chances are 50 percent tonight and 70 percent tomorrow.

Missing man found dead. The body of Glenn Paul Florence was found floating in the namesake lake of East Lake Park on Tuesday afternoon. The 61-year-old Huffman man had been missing since Sunday afternoon, and a search by police dive teams turned up nothing Monday, but park visitors spotted the body in the water the next day. No cause of death has been established.

Kimberly council hikes building-permit fees. The city’s council voted Tuesday night to add a flat $1,000 to the existing fee structure, with the extra money earmarked for a fund to maintain city streets. The council actually voted for the increase twice, but rescinded the first vote after some members realized that the new fee would only go toward streets where the new fees were charged; the second version allows the funds to go toward streets anywhere in the city.

Second stint for Secretary of State. Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Jim Bennett to fill the remainder of the term being vacated by Beth Chapman, who is resigning at the end of the month. It will be the second time Bennett has held the office, having served previously from 1993 to 2003.

Sports: Keeping up with the Uptons. Justin Upton had a home run and two doubles, and B.J. Upton added two hits as Atlanta took down Miami 6-4 on Tuesday. The Braves increased their lead in the National League East to six games, as Washington lost to Philadelphia.