North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

December 18, 2012

NJN/am for Tuesday, December 18

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

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Tuesday’s child is full of — darn, we never could remember all of that poem…

Weather: Back to normal. Once this morning’s fog burns off, we will see sunny skies with highs in the lower 60s. Tonight will be clear and cold, with a low near 38. Wednesday will be sunny, with storms moving in overnight.

New date for Publix. The date on the sign at Northgate Village in Gardendale has been changed from “Coming Spring 2010” to the generic “Coming Soon,” but now the long-awaited Publix supermarket opening has a date: March 27, 2014. Developer Bob Madden told the City Council in its Monday pre-meeting work session that legal issues with tenant Dollar Tree have been worked out, and construction will begin on the renamed Century Shoppes at Gardendale in late February. Dollar Tree and Shoe Department will move into the new section in summer, then their old spaces will be razed to make way for the new Publix. In addition, council members heard a proposal from a Hoover fitness club to lease the empty space in the new Public Safety Center building (the former Food World) for a second 24-hour location, provided the city loans the club $250,000, to be paid back over the club’s seven-year lease.

Personnel moves. In the Gardendale council’s main meeting, City Clerk Keith Mosley was transferred to a new job: director of the Gardendale Civic Center. He’ll take the position on Jan. 1, with Dee Gray to take Mosley’s old job. The council also voted to draw on its line of credit with Regions Bank to pay final bills on the safety center renovation, and donated Kira, a retiring police dog, to her former partner and handler.

Picking up the pieces. Investigators continue to comb through the crime scenes in Newtown, Conn., site of Friday’s massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Connecticut State Police now say that the gunman had no known connection to the school, and merely picked it randomly. Funerals for some of the victims continue today.

Sports: Hornets sweep. Locust Fork won both the boys and girls games in Monday’s basketball doubleheader at Hayden. The 10th-ranked Hornet girls won 53-37, with Kasi McMillan scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The Locust Fork boys buried the Wildcats 69-35, with Clay Smith leading the way with 15 points. Meanwhile, Mortimer Jordan’s girls go to 4-0 in Area 11 play with a two-point win at Curry, and the Blue Devil boys won by 15… NFL: Chris Johnson ran for a franchise-record 94-yard touchdown, and the New York Jets turned the ball over five times as Tennessee won 14-10 on Monday Night Football. Jets QB Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions… College football: Former all-state defensive lineman Bradley Patterson of Red Bay was dismissed from his walk-on spot on North Alabama’s team, after he used a racial slur against President Obama on his Twitter feed. Patterson was complaining about Obama’s speech at a vigil in Newtown, Conn. interrupting the NBC Sunday Night Football telecast.