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February 17, 2014

NJN/am for Monday, February 17

It's Monday, and it's President's Day, so the kiddos are off from school again...

Weather: Spring-like. Temperatures will warm up throughout the week, but there will be a chance of rain each day. Today we'll see high temperatures in the middle 60s with a 30 percent chance of showers. Tonight. Rain chances increase to 50 percent with lows in the upper 40s. More showers possible on Tuesday with highs in the upper 60s.

Two killed in small plan crash. It took quite a while for searchers to find a plane that went down in a wooded area near Trussville. The aircraft had sought clearance for an instrument landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport late Friday evening, then air controllers lost contact. The Cessna 210 was found on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday the two victims on board were identified as a husband and wife from Florence, Mississippi. The husband, Allan Campbell, worked for the plane's owner.

Sports: Two for the Tribe. Eight local wrestlers worked their way to the championship matches at the AHSAA State Championships on Saturday in Huntsville, but it was a pair form Pinson Valley who took the only two gold medals of the bunch. Hank Turner at 138 pounds and Adam Crocker at 145 won their first state titles, with Crocker winning on a 9-0 shutout. The Indians finished in fourth place in the Class 5A team standings, while Fultondale placed third in Class 1A-4A – their best team finish since winning it all in 2008... Basketball: After 10 local teams went into the sub-regional round of the AHSAA playoffs, only one emerged victorious. Locust Fork defeated J.O. Johnson to earn a berth in the regional tournament at Wallace-State Hanceville; they will take on Priceville on Thursday at 9 a.m.... Baseball: Yes, baseball, at least for high schools. Play gets under way today with President's Day season openers, featuring Pinson Valley playing a doubleheader at Clay-Chalkville, Gardendale in a road tri-series with Mountain Brook and Benjamin Russell, and Mortimer Jordan hosting their traditional opening twin-bill with Oak Grove.

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