By Melanie Patterson
The North Jefferson News
The following events were reported in The North Jefferson News during this week in 2004, 1999, 1989 and 1979.
Five years ago
• Retailers in north Jefferson County report a mixed bag of profits for the 2003 Christmas season. While some businesses had increased profits over last year, others’ sales were down.
• Rep. Scott Beason received a special invitation the week before Christmas to the White House by President George W. Bush and Americans for Tax Reform. He was the only lawmaker in Alabama invited.
• North Jefferson Middle School is on track for completion in the summer. The new middle school will house sixth- through eighth-graders in the Warrior, Kimberly and Morris area. In ninth grade, students will transfer to Mortimer Jordan High School.
10 years ago
• Gardendale’s first shopping center, The Garden, is up for sale. The property was built in stages beginning in the early 1960s. The current owner, who wished to remain anonymous, bought out former partner Stuart Gaines several years ago and is selling the property due to health reasons.
• For the 10th straight year, the pharmacists and druggists were rated tops in honesty and ethics in a nationwide poll. Ruthann Schaefers, a pharmacist at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Gardendale, said it’s likely because pharmacists spend more time with the public than do people in other professions.
• Corner High School senior Bradley Green was chosen as one of two Alabama delegates in the 37th annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C. He will visit Washington from Feb. 27 through March 6.
20 years ago
• Bryan Elementary students raised more than $4,000 for a fellow student who is suffering from leukemia. School principal Glenda Dodd left Sunday for the Kentucky hospital where a bone-marrow transplant will be performed on the student.
• Kimberly Town Council members are discussing the steps involved in establishing zoning for the town. Kimberly presently has no zoning laws on the book and no planning and zoning commission. The need for zoning regulation was stressed at a recent meeting when residents upset that a mobile home was moved into their subdivision learned that the town could not help them.
30 years ago
• David Wayne Camper, 18, who was brought back to Birmingham to face a first-degree murder charge, was bound over to the grand jury Tuesday. His bond was set at $75,000. Camper has been charged with the death of his grandmother, Ruth Matilda Burgett, a 63-year-old Fultondale resident who was found in her home on Dec. 15.
• Starting this week at Warrior High School will be college credit courses for the winter quarter. The courses offered are Psychology and Elements of Supervision.
• Several members of the Fultondale Youth Association expressed concern over the recent number of vandalism cases at Fultondale Park. The association wants more police protection from the city, and has even contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to request help.
By Melanie Patterson