By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Good Thursday morning to you, and put on another layer of clothing...
Weather: Frost advisory for Friday morning. The National Weather Service says that there will be patchy frost, especially in valleys and sheltered areas. Today will be sunny with highs in the middle 60s, but lows tonight will go down to the middle 30s. It gets worse on Saturday morning – we could see our first freeze of the season.
Need to dispose of old prescription drugs? Gardendale Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will both be taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, where people can bring expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs for proper disposal. The event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardendale Police Department on Decatur Highway, or the sheriff's Center Point Substation at 2651 Center Point Parkway.
All aboard – maybe. State officials are floating the idea of returning passenger-train service from Birmingham to Montgomery, with stops in cities like Hoover, Alabaster and Calera. The proposals come from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and they were presented to a group of Shelby County mayors on Wednesday. One proposal has three trains going each way daily. Passenger trains were common before the 1960s, of course, but there was Amtrak's Gulf Breeze service to Mobile in the 1990s that branched off from the existing Crescent train to New York, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Sports: Moving day in January. The Alabama High School Athletic Association announced that it will make public its biannual reclassification of schools in January. Every two years, the AHSAA shuffles around its member schools among six different classes, thanks to shifting student enrollment. Locally, Fultondale stands a good chance of moving up from Class 2A, where it is one of the largest schools, to 3A. Pinson Valley may also move up from 5A to 6A, while Gardendale stands a slim chance of dropping from 6A back down to 5A, but it's not likely... Baseball: The Boston Red Sox were dominant in every aspect of Game One on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, as they defeated St. Louis 8-1. The Cards were inept, particularly on defense. Jon Lester struck out eight in 7-2/3 innings, while David Ortiz slammed a two-run homer and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly. The Red Sox benefited from a call at second, where St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma was originally ruled to have forced out the runner, but the other five umpires conferred and reversed the call – rightfully so, as video replays showed. The Cardinals' only run came on a Matt Holliday solo homer over the Green Monster in left center field. Game Two begins at 7 p.m. (Fox-6).