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April 24, 2014

NJN/am for Thursday, April 24

It's Thursday, throwback or otherwise...

Weather: Rainy night in Alabama. It will be mostly sunny and the warmest day of the season so far, with highs around 83. Showers will move in tonight, with lows near 60; chance of rain is 60 percent, mainly after midnight. The rain clears out early Friday afternoon with highs in the upper 70s. Looking ahead a bit, there's a storm system moving through the southern plains that will arrive in Alabama that may bring some severe weather on Monday afternoon and into Tuesday. It's still to early to nail down specifics, but make any early preparations that you need this weekend.

Magnolia Festival gets early start. The carnival rides that are part of Gardendale's annual festival will open up a day earlier this year. The rides will be open for business this evening on the Gardendale First Baptist South Campus lot, next to the Civic Center. The main part of the festival gets under way Friday evening.

Sports: Looks like a football score. Locust Fork scored 20 runs in the second inning alone, as they completely demolished Hanceville by a 23-0 score in three innings Wednesday. Eighth-grade catcher Anna Hood showed her long-ball prowess again with a two-run homer plus a double, while Jamie Gail Hudson had two doubles and a single to drive in five runs. Elsewhere, the result wasn't as good for Pinson Valley, which committed 11 errors in a 10-0 five-inning loss to Pelham. Today, it's another big showdown between the top two teams in Class 5A, as Hayden – now No. 1 in the ASWA rankings – hosts second-ranked Curry. The Wildcats won their previous meeting last week. In other games, Pinson Valley hosts Southside-Gadsden, Mortimer Jordan (which dropped to fifth in the new poll) hosts No. 7 Springville, Gardendale is at Corner, Fultondale hosts Shades Mountain Christian and Locust Fork goes to Appalachian.

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