Good Wednesday morning to you…
Weather: More rain. We’ll continue to see scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon, some of which may be severe. Highs today will top out around 89, with nighttime lows near 72. Rain chance is 70 percent. More of the same is on tap for Thursday and Friday.
Traffic: Normal work continues in the Corridor X construction zone on I-65.
Shooting suspect arrested. Gardendale Police have taken a 19-year-old man into custody after a shooting incident Friday afternoon. Carlos Donnell Johnson was arrested in a home on Pine Street not long after an altercation on U.S. 31 near the Fultondale city limits. Johnson is charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied building or vehicle; he remains jailed on $90,000 bond.
Last hurrah for Kimberly mayor. Craig Harris, whose tenure as the mayor of Kimberly has been marked by battles with the city council and notoriety for his role in a federal gambling and bribery investigation, presided over his last council meeting Tuesday night. During the otherwise routine meeting, Harris briefly thanked and praised the city staff, and in particular City Clerk Sandy Waid. Harris will officially resign on Sunday, forced to step down by state law because he is moving out of the city limits. Mayor Pro Tem Bob Ellerbrock takes the reins for the moment; he qualified to run for mayor in the August elections just before the meeting.
Sports: No surprise. The North Jefferson News 2012 Female Athlete of the Year is a young lady whose name graces the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s softball record book no less than 20 times. Haylie McCleney, the Mortimer Jordan senior who played center field in softball, guard in basketball and also ran in cross country and track, led the Blue Devils to yet another state championship game on the diamond this year. She broke the state record for highest single-season batting average and fewest strikeouts in a season, and also set a new state record for runs scored in a career. She will play for the NCAA champion Alabama Crimson Tide this fall. Jordan wrestler Brandon Brindley and Fultondale football quarterback/safety ArDarius Stewart were named NJN Male Co-Athletes of the Year last week… Baseball: The National League scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back, as they rolled to an 8-0 victory in the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game last night in Kansas City. Melky Cabrerra of the Giants homered and was named MVP. Atlanta’s Chipper Jones singled in his final All-Star at-bat for the NL, which was managed by the now-retired Tony LaRussa… NASCAR: Tony Stewart was docked six Sprint Cup championship points and his crew chief fined $25,000 after a cooling hise was found in his car after qualifying for Saturday’s race at Daytona.