By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Another Monday rears its ugly head…
Weather: Dreary. There is still more rain in store for us today, mainly this afternoon with thunderstorms possible. It’ll be chilly with highs stuck in the upper 50s; chances of rain are 90 percent. Rain diminishes a little as night falls, with a low in the upper 40s. The rain finally moves out midday Tuesday.
One dead in Gardendale fire. Police still have not released the name of a man who was found dead in a burning house in the 3200 block of Waxberry Lane on Sunday. The living room of the split-level house was on fire, but ABC 33/40 reports that the man’s body was found in the rear of the house. We’ll have more on this story later today.
Magnolia Festival draws a crowd. Gardendale’s gathering escaped most of the rain that dogged NASCAR and other events over the weekend. Organizers estimate the crowd to be well over 10,000 on Saturday, as skies cleared.
Sports: Whew! Pinson Valley has advanced to the Class 5A semifinals of the AHSAA baseball playoffs, but only by the skin of the team’s collective teeth. It was shortstop Josh Hines who came through late, driving home the winning run on the top of the seventh inning and then making a diving catch to end the game moments later in Southside-Gadsden’s half of the seventh, as the Indians won 3-4 in the third and deciding game of their quarterfinal series. They will move on to play the winner of the Hartselle-Homewood series, the finish of which was delayed by rain until today… Soccer: The Indians also advance to the state semifinals, but in much less dramatic fashion as Pinson routed Moody 10-0 in a game that ended 10 minutes early on the mercy rule. Sam Shaw scored a hat trick, and was also taken down by a vicious tackle in the penalty area; the Blue Devils’ defender was given a red card, and his team played a man down for nearly 40 minutes. Pinson faces its old nemesis, St. Paul’s Episcopal of Mobile, in the AHSAA Final Four in Huntsville on Friday afternoon… NASCAR: David Ragan made a bold move in the green-white-checker overtime laps to win Sunday’s spring race at Talladega. Helped by teammate David Gilliland who finished second, he shot through a chaotic pack in the last two laps for the win. That finish was set up by “The Big One,” the typical Talladega multi-car wreck with four laps left in regulation time, when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley tangled and sent Kurt Busch’s car flying into the air and on top of Ryan Newman. The race finished in near-darkness thanks to a long rain delay… Horse racing: Post-time favorite Orb made a big move on the outside of the 19-horse field as they came down the muddy Churchill Downs stretch, winning Saturday’s 139th Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths. Orb paid $2 bettors $12.80 to win.