Hello Friday, you never looked so good...

Weather: Pleasant. Sunny skies and breezy winds are on tap for today, with highs in the lower 70s. There's a 20 percent chance of showers tonight with lows around 50. Scattered showers continue Saturday morning with highs in the middle 70s. More rain returns early Sunday morning and continuing through the day, with highs in the lower 70s. We'll see clearing skies and steadily warmer temperatures through the work week.

Turf battle. The Pinson City Council heard from several upset parents about the deteriorating conditions of the Pinson Valley High football field in Thursday night's regular session. The field, which is pockmarked with divots and holes filed with sand – thus earning the nickname “Pinson Valley Beach” from players – has been the subject of talks to possibly be replaced with an artificial-turf surface. But without enough time or money to make hat happen before the coming football season, parents expressed their frustration at the prospect of a patchwork fix to get them through the next school year. We'll have a full report later today at njeffersonnews.com.

Elderly woman killed in crash. Ernestine Morgan, 82, died when the car she was driving ran off the road on Loop Road, just off Warrior Jasper Road about 2½ miles west of Interstate 65. The crash occurred at about 9:45 Thursday morning. Moran was declared dead at the scene.

Unwelcome exposure. A man who was previously convicted on sex charges in Florida was arrested again on Wednesday, this time on charges of indecent exposure in the parking lot of a Pinson grocery. John Allen Racine was taken into custody at his Pinson home after photos taken of him and the license plate of his car helped sheriff's deputies track him down. Racine is jailed in lieu of $21,000 bond.

Sports: Springing into action. Speaking of football, the Indians at Mortimer Jordan will finish off spring football practice with a scrimmage this afternoon at Jordan. Freshmen will play two quarters starting ta 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity and then the JV. It's the last chance to look at Pinson running back and Mr. Football candidate Nick Gibson before the season begins in earnest in August.


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