North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 27, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, February 27

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Welcome to Wednesday…

Weather: Winter isn’t done. Skies will be mostly sunny today, with highs in the middle 50s and nighttime lows around freezing. More of the same on Thursday and Friday, except it will be slightly cooler. Some moisture moves in Friday night, and there is the possibility of light snow over Friday night and into Saturday.

Nothing to see here. Washington may be up in arms over the coming federal budget sequestration that will mean cutbacks in numerous programs and agencies, mostly in defense spending, but mayors of local cities don’t seem to think they will be affected that much. Kimberly mayor Bob Ellerbrock said that most of their outside money comes from the state in the form of gasoline taxes and the like. The cuts are scheduled to go into effect Friday, unless congressional Republicans and President Obama come to a last-minute compromise.

Gag order on Greer case. Attorneys in the case of the Rev. Dr. Terry Greer, the former Gardendale pastor accused of killing his wife and wounding his daughter, are staying mum about his current physical condition and legal status. Henry Lagman stopped posting updates on his website about Greer’s condition last week in anticipation of pending legal proceedings, and would not even confirm the existence of any proceedings on Tuesday. But The North Jefferson News has learned through a source with knowledge of the case that at least one and possibly two proceedings regarding Greer were held on Friday. As of Lagman’s last update on Thursday, Greer had been moved into a rehab unit of UAB Hospital where he continues to recover from self-inflicted stab wounds as a result of the Jan. 10 incident at the Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church parsonage.

Sports: Blue Devils keep rolling. Mortimer Jordan’s baseball team ran its record to 8-0, thanks to a doubleheader sweep at Pleasant Grove on Tuesday. Garrett Suchey had a monster game in the nightcap, just a single away from hitting for the cycle with a double, a triple and a grand slam homer. He drove in six runs in the 13-1 five-inning victory. The Devils won the opening game 3-1. Elsewhere, Cleveland at Hayden was called off because of a wet field… Softball: Hayden had an easy time with Cleveland in its season opener, winning 10-0 in five innings. Meanwhile, Pinson Valley’s game at Locust Fork was postponed because of an unplayable wet field; it will be rescheduled for Monday.