By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— It's Frigid Friday (we've been waiting seven months to use that line)...
Weather: Freeze warning tonight. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures tonight to move below freezing for the first time this season, which will also bring widespread frost. Today will be sunny, but highs will only reach the middle 50s; lows tonight will drop to around 30. We'll see a warming trend over the weekend, though, and temps will climb back to the 70s by the work week.
Armed robber nabbed. A man robbed a Radio Shack store in Gardendale Thursday morning, taking smart phones and other electronic devices, but he didn't get far. Gardendale Police caught the perpetrator shortly after the robbery was reported. The identity of the suspect won't made public until warrants are secured and enforced later today.
While we have your attention... Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders and members of the city council were honored by the Jefferson County Board of Education Thursday night for their financial support of Pinson's schools. But while he was before the board, Sanders asked them to help fix several issues at Rudd Middle School, such as inadequate and gym and locker rooms, a library “that's been converted from an unused hallway,” as Sanders said, and several others. The board praised the Pinson council for their annual grants of $50,000 split between the city's four schools, its help in rebuilding dugouts at the softball field used by Pinson Valley High as well as Rudd, and for paying more than $100,000 to have a traffic signal installed in front of PVHS.
Sports: Tied up. St. Louis evened the World Series with a 4-2 win over Boston, thanks to a stellar pitching effort from rookie phenom Michael Wacha, who is now 4-0 in the post-season. He struck out six and gave up three hots in six innings, while reliever Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for the save. Wacha's only real blemish was a two-run homer given up to – who else? – David Ortiz. Carlos Beltran overcame bruised ribs from Wednesday's game to drive in an insurance run in the seventh inning... Football: Make or break. It's Week 9 of the high school regular season tonight, which is the last regional game for most teams. For Locust Fork it's a do-or-die game against visiting St. Clair County. Likewise for Gardendale against Carver, but the Rockets are heavily favored; thy have to hope that Vestavia Hills beats Mountain Brook to keep their playoff hopes alive. Corner needs to upset No. 4 Bibb County and hope that Dora loses to winless carbon Hill to advance to the playoffs. In the NJN Big Game, Pinson Valley hosts Moody, with home-field advantage for the first playoff round on the line. Eleswhere, Mortimer Jordan is at Center Point, while No. 4 Fultondale goes to Ranburne, where a victory locks up a 7-0 regional record.