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March 18, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, March 18

Good Tuesday morning to you...

Weather: Getting better. It will be mostly cloudy today, with highs reaching the lower 60s and nighttime lows in the upper 40s. Wednesday will be mostly and breezy with a high near 70, but nighttime lows will dip to around 40.

Not so fast. The Gardendale City Council has set up a new committee to review applications for annexation, and to establish a policy for what properties will be allowed to become part of the city and what properties will not. The action, taken by the council at their regular meeting Monday night, is an effort to control any influx of new properties being added in the Mt. Olive area because of the formation of the new Gardendale City Schools system. The action drew immediate criticism from organizers of MO Matters, the group that originally sought to annex the entire portion of Mt. Olive where school children are currently zoned to attend Bragg Middle and Gardendale High schools, an arrangement that will change when the new system breaks away from the Jefferson County Schools next year. The city will release a list of streets later Tuesday that will be allowed to annex under the first phase of the new policy; those streets are expected to be those on the fringes of the current city limits where some properties are already inside the city and some are not.

Holding off. The Warrior City Council deferred action on borrowing money to pay for three new police cruisers during its regular meeting Monday night. The council voted to meet again Friday afternoon in a special session to discuss the mater again, after Mayor Johnny Ragland has had a chance to talk to bank officials. The council has planned to buy the new cruisers with money confiscated from drug busts, but the federal government has been slow to release those funds, while the car dealer wants to either close the sale or move on.

Sports: Comebacks. Cole Lepchitz hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth, then Dillon McCaleb's sacrifice fly brought in what became the winning run and a Devne Daniel double scored an insurance run as Corner came from behind to beat Hayden 8-6 in Monday baseball action. Meanwhile in softball, Locust Fork put up seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to overtake, and eventually beat J.B. Pennington 10-6.

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