North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

March 5, 2014

NJN/am for Wednesday, March 5

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good morning, it's Ash Wednesday...

Weather: Some sun. We'll have partly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 50s. There's a 2- percent chance of rain tonight with lows in the lower 40s. Rain returns in earnest on Thursday with a 100 percent chance and a high around 50.

A sales tax holiday for – guns? That's what a state legislator is proposing. Rep. Becky Nordgren, R-Gadsden, is introducing a bill in the Alabama House of Representatives that would cancel sales taxes on guns and ammunition during the weekend before Independence Day. “The anti-gun agenda being pursued by Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and other D.C. liberals has caused the cost of firearms and ammunition to skyrocket, and Alabamians, who embrace guns by long-standing tradition, deserve some relief,” Nordgren told The Gadsden Times. The measure is opposed by the Alabama Education Association, which says it would cut into tax revenue to fund schools.

Sports: Yellow Jackets, Indians still alive; Rockets and Blue Devils out. Corner left-handed pitcher Chase Best held Mortimer Jordan to just two hits, as the Jackets blanked the host Devils 8-0 in the second game of pool play in the Jefferson County Schools Baseball Tournament. Jordan did itself no favors by committing seven errors. Corner, which is now 2-0 in the tournament, faces off today against Pleasant Grove, who defeated Gardendale 4-1 on Tuesday. The Rockets had 11 hits but couldn't push anyone across the plate, while the Spartans took the lead in the sixth inning on a two-run single by DeQuan Johnson. Elsewhere, Pinson Valley shut out Minor 6-0 to stay unbeaten in pool play; they'll travel to Jordan today while the Rockets tangle with the Tigers... Softball: Jordan falls to Jags. A sacrifice fly to center field allowed the winning run to score for Spain Park, but not before an appeal play and a heated argument from coach Shawn Maze. The Jaguars went on beat the Blue Devils 3-2. Alexandra Copeland blasted a two-run homer over the center-field fence for the Devils. Elsewhere, Carrigan Fain and Alissa Cornelius drove in two runs each as Gardendale beat Oak Grove 7-2.