North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 2, 2014

NJN/am for Wednesday, April 2

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Wednesday, and it might be a good day to ask the boss if you can move your office outdoors...

Weather: Just super. We will see mostly sunny skies today with highs around 80 degrees. Clouds increase tonight with lows in the lower 60s. A cold front starts to move in on Friday afternoon, which could bring some strong storms during the overnight hours into Friday morning. Thursday's high will be in the middle 70s with nighttime lows in the middle 40s.

Raise your right hand...” The appointed members of the new Gardendale City Board of Education took the oath of office for the first time Tuesday night. The ceremony was part of a special called meeting of the City Council at the Gardendale Civic Center. The new board – Chris Lucas, Dick Lee, Chris Segroves, Michael Hogue and Karen White – will hold their very first official meeting on Monday at 6 p.m.

Goal achieved, or not. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare – had 7.1 million people sign up for health insurance before Monday's deadline. But Obama critics scoffed at the number, and a study by the Rand Corporaion published in the Los Angeles Times said that only one-third of those signing up through Healthcare.gov were previously uninsured. Britain's Daily Mail newspaper added that roughly half of that number still hasn't actually paid for new plans.

Sports: That's why they're number one. Curry, the top-ranked softball team in Class 5A, allowed No.5 Mortimer Jordan to get three early runs before responding with 11 runs over three innings, as the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 12-4 win Tuesday. Elsewhere, Gardendale had to answer Hewitt-Trussville twice to earn a hard-fought 4-3 win in nine innings, and Pinson Valley dropped its first Area 11 game of the season in a 2-0 shutout at Springville... Baseball: Gardendale kept things close until the end, when Hewitt broke the game open with five runs in the last two innings to defeat the Rockets 8-2. Elsewhere, Mortimer Jordan blanked Hayden 4-0.