By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Ir's Friday and time for the weekend...
Weather: Terrific weekend. It's a very simple forecast – mostly sunny and warm with highs in the lower 80s and nighttime lows in the upper 50s. No chance of rain until Tuesday.
Shutdown showdown. Congress appears to be headed for a stalemate, as Republicans in the House have announced that they will not pass a bill to keep the government running through a continuing resolution, but stripped of clause that takes funding away from ObamaCare. The Senate took that clause out after debate this week, and Majority Leader Harry Reid says the upper chamber won't consider any bill that isn't a “clean” continuing resolution. In addition, the government's debt limit has been reached, and both chambers must also take up an increase – and the GOP-led House is threatening to attach de-funding of ObamaCare to ant debt-limit measure as well.
On the move. Bragg Middle School principal Neal Underwood has a new job as of Tuesday. He will e leaving the school to run the Jefferson County Schools transportation department. Underwood has been the top man at the Gardendale school since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. No replacement has been named yet.
Sports: Roaring back in prime time. Mortimer Jordan came back from a 2-point deficit with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, as they won 32-14 at John Carroll Catholic in the My68 “Thursday Night Lights” game of the week. Quarterback Devlin Hodges ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, and led the game in rushing as well. Tonight, Pinson Valley hosts Clay-Chalkville, the second-ranked team in Class 6A. Elsewhere, Gardendale hosts Briarwod Christian, Corner plays at rival Hayden, Fultondale hosts American Christian and J.B. Pennington heads to Locust Fork... Baseball: Yankee Stadium fans gave an emotional farewell to the game's best relief pitcher, Mariano Rivera, last night. “The Sandman” was pulled from the game by captain Derek Jeter and also Andt Pettite, who is also retiring on Sunday. Rivera's uniform number, 42, was retired by the Yankees on Sunday; it's the last time a Major League Baseball player will wear the number, which Rivera shared with Jackie Robinson.