North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 21, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, January 21

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Tuesday, and you know what that means – actually, it doesn't mean anything special...

Weather: Back into the deep freeze. A strong cold front moves through today, and it will be windy with temperatures falling throughout the day. We'll start in the lower 40s this morning, but fall down to 20 late tonight. Winds will gust to 25 m.p.h. during the day. Those winds will calm somewhat on Wednesday, with highs near 40 and lows in the middle 20s.

A prank goes horribly wrong. A Dora home was destroyed Monday when owners tried to burn toilet paper out of trees in their yard, which came after kids “rolled” the yard and house. A piece of the toilet paper fell to the ground and set grass on fire, which then spread to the home, according to a report from Fox 6. There were no injuries.

Robbery triggers Hayden school bus delay. An armed robbery in the town of Nectar, located in Blount County between Hayden and Cleveland, caused school officials to hold back one school bus route from Hayden and two from Cleveland. One suspect was captured, but another remains at large. Students were eventually allowed to board buses to go home.

Relief for tag lines? The Jefferson County Legislative Delegation will consider tomorrow a bill proposed by Rep. Paul DeMarco that would let cities sell license tags as well as the county courthouses, which would then cut down on long lines in Birmingham, Bessemer and Center Point. Vestavia Hills would test the program first, if it passes the county delegation and then both houses of the state legislature.

Sports: County hoops tournament time. The annual varsity basketball tournaments for both Jefferson and Blount county schools get under way today. The JefCoEd large schools boys tourney will be held at enter Point, while the large-school girls are at Clay-Chalkville. Small-school boys and girls are both at Corner. In first round boys' play, Pinson Valley plays Minor at 5 p.m. and Gardendale takes on Shades Valley at 6:30 in the large-school bracket, while Mortimer Jordan plays Oak Grove at 5 and Fultondale takes on Corner at 8 for the small schools. On the girls' side, Jordan plays Pinson at 3:30 while Center Point goes against Gardendale at 8 in the large-school event, while Fultondale and Corner tangle at 6:30 for the small schools.