Praise for local leaders

By Gary Lloyd  In days as implausible as these, as much as I have tried to avoid the vitriol on social media and television, I still was compelled to write. It’s what writers do during, well, any times, whether they be wild Wednesdays or mundane Mondays. If happenings are not written down, people forget.  But … Continue reading Praise for local leaders

A Fine Line

TRUSSVILLE — If I had been any closer to Pinchgut Creek, the water that runs alongside the railroad tracks at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and South Chalkville Road in Trussville, my feet would have been wet. At 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, my wife and I were the last people in that line to vote in … Continue reading A Fine Line

Trussville stresses importance of local elections

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Focus next year will zero in on political elections. The federal primaries are in March 2020. The presidential election is in November 2020.  Those will garner the headlines and attention. But there will also be local elections sandwiched in between. Trussville will hold a municipal election Aug. 25, 2020 to … Continue reading Trussville stresses importance of local elections

Sandlot Sonny

By Gary Lloyd As someone who writes stories, I am conditioned to find the theme, to dig for the hidden meaning like a dog after whatever lies a foot beneath the backyard grass. I spend more time searching for it -- in books, in interviews, in my own mind -- than actually sitting down and … Continue reading Sandlot Sonny

Alabama now 1 of 5 states left with greyhound racing

By Gary Lloyd It’s your turn, Alabama. On Tuesday, Florida voters overwhelmingly decided to end greyhound racing in the state. More than five million Floridians voted on Amendment 13, with 69 percent voting to phase out the “sport,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. With the vote, five states are left with active dog racing tracks: … Continue reading Alabama now 1 of 5 states left with greyhound racing

Election Day results we can all agree on

By Gary Lloyd The vitriol online recently regarding today’s elections has been intense. Left blames Right. Right blames Left. Some hate blue. Others hate red. Strangers clap back at each other on Twitter, from Boston to Bakersfield, from Tacoma to Tuscaloosa. This news is fake. That news is fake. I saw someone who posted a … Continue reading Election Day results we can all agree on

Alabama governor signs bills supporting military

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed four bills Monday supporting veterans and the military. The governor signed House Bills 58, 83, 88 and 92. Earlier this month at Maxwell Air Force Base, the governor also signed into law House Bill 388, the Military Family Jobs Opportunity Act. “Throughout my career, I have advocated for … Continue reading Alabama governor signs bills supporting military

US Attorney launches Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

'Here for as long as it takes,' sheriff saysBIRMINGHAM – The U.S. Attorney’s Office today launched the Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force to offer prevention and community outreach programs within the city. This task force will complement the law enforcement work of the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force, which was announced last month, in combined efforts … Continue reading US Attorney launches Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

Typical disturbances not in store

I wrote about this shopping center quite a few times. It was never about a new store opening, or a door-buster sale.It was always about crimes and disturbances. There was the possible flash mob in the summer of 2011. There was the alleged shoplifter in 2013 who fled from loss prevention authorities and struck an elderly … Continue reading Typical disturbances not in store