It’s Wednesday, and the future course of schools in Gardendale may have started today…
Weather: Beauty. We’ll enjoy sunny skies and warm temperatures today, with highs in the middle 80s. Clouds roll in tonight with a low near 60. There’s a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms on Thursday.
“You have an exceptional opportunity.” So said Dr. Ira Harvey on Tuesday night as he presented the findings of his study of the feasibility of Gardendale forming its own school system. Harvey presented his city-funded report to a large crowd at the Civic Center exhibition hall. He told the crowd and the city council that Gardendale could indeed support its own school system, even if Mt. Olive decided not to annex itself into the city and be a part. We have three items of interest about last night that you should click on:
- Melanie Patterson’s story from the meeting;
- The full text of the report — all 180-plus pages as a PDF file;
- Video comments from Harvey, Council President Stan Hogeland and Mayor Othell Phillps.
See ‘ya (in jail), Bubba. Gardendale Police have arrested an Empire man they believe robbed a local jeweler. Kevin Curtis Campbell, 21, is accused of stealing necklaces from Gardendale Jewelers last week, saying “See ‘ya, bubba” as he ran out the door. Campbell is being transferred to the county jail on $15,000 bond.
The IRS and — Billy Graham? As the scandal widens into accusations that the Internal Revenue Service was heavy-handed with conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, now comes word that the agency was also giving the renowned evangelist a hard time as well. Graham’s son Franklin, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan’s Purse disaster-relief group, told Politico.com that he believes the IRS was also targeting those groups because the Grahams asked supporters to “candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel” in the last election. The Obama administration is facing scathing criticism from all sides of the political spectrum over admissions that the IRS put Tea Party-associated groups under extreme scrutiny.
Sports: Dean comes close. Mortimer Jordan track and field athlete Amanda Dean finished second in the AHSAA state heptathlon finals at Hoover. Dean, who placed fourth in the seven-event competition last year, finished behind champion Shelley Spires, who set a new state record… Softball: The AHSAA state tournament gets under way Thursday morning at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. Corner starts its run for a Class 4A title when it plays Sardis at 9 a.m.; win or lose, the Yellow Jackets will play again at 1:30 p.m. Hayden begins Class 5A play on Friday.