By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
Friday, and we’re always ready for some football…
Weather: Warming trend, though you couldn’t prove it by this morning. Many (if not most) of you had frost this morning, maybe even a light freeze. But that’s all we’ll see of that for a few days, as temperatures warm up to the middle 70s through the weekend. Lows will stay chilly in the 40s tonight and Saturday. We’ll start off the work week with storms.
Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign. What? You thought we were done for a while? Consider this announcement via Twitter: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who always seems to have the label “rising star in the GOP” affixed to his name somehow, will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Terry Brandstad — the governor of Iowa, home of the first caucus in the race for the Oval Office. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are digging in their heels regarding possible tax hikes, as they stake out their position in negotiations over the coming “fiscal cliff,” the looming deadline for sequestration — automatic budget cuts and tax increases that kick in if a new budget deal isn’t reached by the end of the year.
Attorney General headed out? Eric Holder, by far one of the most controversial members of President Obama’s cabinet, may not be back for the second term. Reuters reported that Holder told a group of students at the University of Baltimore law school, that he must ask himself the question, "Do I have some gas left in the tank?" Holder has been eviscerated by Republicans for his involvement in the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scheme along the Mexican border, where a Border Patrol agent was killed using weapons that were intentionally allowed to get into drug cartel hands.
We remember those who served. Veterans Day is Sunday, and several events are being held in honor of those who served in our military. Today, The Gardendale-Martha Moore Public Library will host a reception from 2-4 p.m., in honor of military veterans, “Rosie the Riveters” and military supporters. North Jefferson Middle School will host a Veterans Day program today at 2.
Sports: Playoff time. The first round of the AHSAA playoffs is tonight, with four local teams in action, all on the road against ranked teams. Mortimer Jordan opens Class 5A playoff play at No. 5 McAdory, Gardendale heads to No. 8 Tuscaloosa County in 6A, Fultondale travels to No. 7 Lanett in 2A, and Corner goes to No. 6 Dadeville in 4A. Meanwhile, Tabernacle Christian’s 8-man football team is playing at noon today for their first ever National Association of Christian Athletes Division II championship, but they must face the Carolina Wildcats home-school team first. The Wildcats eliminated Fountain (S.C.) Hill Christian 68-8 on Thursday morning at the tournament in Dayton, Tenn. Hope Christian School, the home school team based in Pelham which handed the Torches their only loss of the past two seasons, plays for the Division I title on today as well.