Here’s a look at what we’re working on for the Saturday, March 28, 2009, edition of The North Jefferson News. For complete stories, please see Saturday's paper or check our Web site throughout the day on Monday.



We’re also keeping an eye on the weather and should any storm damage happen Saturday morning, we’ll have updates as information becomes available.



Also, don’t forget to tune in for a new episode of NJNtv on Monday at 4:30 p.m.



Missed school day rescheduled for April 13



Gardendale High School students who enjoyed a day off on Thursday after Wednesday's mercury spill will have to make the day up next month.

Nez Calhoun, public information spokesperson for the Jefferson County Board of Education, said students would make up the day on April 13. Students were scheduled to be off that day for the Easter holiday.

The school reopened Friday, with the exception of the room where the mercury spill occurred. School and board of education officials said there have been no health issues reported because of the spill.

Calhoun said the incident was handled properly and praised Gardendale Principal Dr. Anna Vacca and school officials for their quick action.

“Even though it was a small spill, we don’t take chances and we’re going to err on the side of caution,” she said.



School board to benefit from stimulus



Jobs are safe in at least one profession in north Jefferson County, for now anyway.

Teachers are one beneficiary of the stimulus package that President Barrack Obama signed into law in February.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is sending more than $24 million to the Jefferson County School System.

“No one is going to be pink-slipped in Jefferson County because of economic conditions,” said Dr. Phil Hammonds, superintendent of the Jefferson County School System, during a board of education meeting Thursday. He referred to the allotment as “a godsend, a lifeline.”



Business Spotlight — Earth Works North



Earth Works North Landscape Supply, located at 2550 Snow Rogers Road in Gardendale, is owned by Sheila and Ben Doss.

The business can be reached at 631-2464.

The couple hails from north Jefferson County. Sheila graduated from Fultondale High School while Ben graduated from Gardendale.

While the couple own the business, Ben works for a printing company. Sheila mans the store and handles everything from sales to loading landscaping supplies into waiting pickup trucks via a Bobcat.

It’s the first business for Sheila, after having worked for BellSouth and at her sister-in-law’s stationary business on Oxmoor Road.



In Sports



Mortimer Jordan and Corner remain on top of their respective state softball polls, while Mortimer Jordan falls out of the Class 5A baseball top ten

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