By Melanie Patterson
The North Jefferson News
The following events were reported in The North Jefferson News during this week in 2003, 1998, 1988 and 1978.
Five years ago
• Gardendale Civic Center employees are credited with saving a man’s life after the man collapsed while walking on the civic center’s walking track.
• Sloss Industries donates 326 acres of land, valued at $2.6 million, to help establish a greenway along the polluted Five Mile Creek. The donation was part of a settlement for past environmental violations.
• Warrior Chevrolet dealer Dewey Barber buys Quail Ridge Country Club, renaming it Castle Pines Country Club, LLC.
10 years ago
• On this Mother’s Day, The North Jefferson News printed articles from 1912 about two young boys, ages 4 and 2, who survived the Titanic disaster. Their father put them on a lifeboat, but stayed behind. He did not survive. The boys, who spoke only French, were adopted by a Miss Margaret Hays.
• Phil Williams wants to run against Fob James as governor, saying “Fob frequently uses deception as a political tactic.”
• Members of the Heavner family earned a trip to Hollywood after winning a Birmingham “Singing in the Shower” contest sponsored by Lever soap.
20 years ago
• A tornado uproots trees and flips over a trailer belonging to H.L. Stephens in Ketona.
• Former Fultondale city councilman Vernon Wilson, 69, dies after an extended illness.
• Concern over recent auto thefts and break-ins prompt several residents of Stoneybrook Apartments in Fultondale to ask the city council for help in establishing a neighborhood watch.
• In Gardendale, crews prepare to move utility poles to the intersection of U.S. 31 and North Road/Snow Rogers Road. Present plans do not call for a traffic signal at Snow Rogers.
• Thursday’s Kimberly city council meeting was not held because there was no quorum. At least four of six council members must be present for a quorum. Town Clerk Betty Goodwin said that the town would possibly call a special council meeting.
30 years ago
• William E. Clegg, 47, was arrested and charged with robbery of the City National Bank in Gardendale and the City National Bank in Pinson.
• Warrior City Council votes unanimously to keep Warrior Police cars off of Interstate 65 unless there is an emergency situation. Officers said they have no way of knowing if the situation is an emergency until they arrive at the scene.
• The Fultondale Jiffy Check was the scene of picketing this week as residents protested the firing of Norma Tinney of Docena. Tinney said she had received permission to miss work for a few weeks due to an illness, but the business had made other arrangements when she arrived back at work.
• The Warrior home of Percy Doss was burned to the ground as a result of lightning last Sunday when the north Jefferson area was hit by a bad storm.
By Melanie Patterson