Something a little different in the Sports Department…

Ok, so I admit, I have the sports bug as well…

So, here’s a new way I’m delivering the sports scores across Alabama…

The Sports Roundup PDF

Here’s Number 1…


TheNewswithJamesBarcus Sports Roundup 9-22-2013


Update: Ayvani Perez found safe, Suspects make court appearances

Ayvani-Hope-Perez-PosterUpdate 09/19/2013–A criminal complaint has been filed against the suspects.  Two have been named and two are still on the loose.  Agents are also questioning the mother of Ayvani Perez hoping to shed some light on the situation that took place early Tuesday Morning.

Wildrego Jackson, a career criminal with a history, was taken into Federal custody after making an appearance in Fulton County Court.

According to the story on 11Alive News’ website, a neighbor who is also a law enforcement officer informed the FBI she noticed a Dodge Challenger parked outside her house and a small 4-door silver car backed up to the house across the street.  Another witness heard screams and saw the (Dodge) Challenger speed away.

The ransom demands Ayvani’s family received came from a blocked number, and the demand was for money and drugs for the girl’s release.  There were a total of 5 calls between the family and the suspects.

The FBI tracked down the phone’s owner, who said she gave it to Jackson one week before the kidnapping.  Agents also learned she rented the Dodge Challenger for Jackson.

Even though Ayvani Perez is found safe, the two suspects in the sketches are considered armed and dangerous, and the hotline to call is (770) 477-3513 or call 911.

(11ALIVE-WXIA/OTHER SOURCES)CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA–Authorities in Georgia are asking for help in finding a 14 year old abducted this morning from a home in the Ellenwood neighborhood.

A nationwide Amber Alert was issued this morning at 3AM Eastern time.  The suspects made a demand for $10,000 for her safe return.  The Family was getting the money together at the present hour (8:00PM Central time) after receiving the demand.  Not much is being said at the present time about the suspects or their movement.

According to Clayton County Police, at approximately 2:15AM Eastern time, two suspects barged into the home demanding money and other valuables. When the family had nothing to give, the suspects shot and wounded the family pet and took Ayvani Hope Perez.

The Suspects drove away in a late model sedan, either a Chrysler or Dodge sedan, but the description was later refined.  Later in the day they made a ransom demand.  Police and other agencies managed to trace to a location that has not been disclosed as of yet.

A Vigil was held to pray for Ayvani’s safe return earlier tonight, as police and agencies were looking for Ayvani.  Social Media bloggers, Facebook pages, and other media were asked to spread the Amber Alert as far and as wide as they could.

Once again, this is a NATIONWIDE AMBER ALERT, and the hotline to call is (770) 477-3513 or call 911.  The suspects should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS.  Police say Ayvani is considered in EXTREME DANGER.

Stay tuned to The News with James Barcus for further details.

NCAA Officials need NFL style Challenge ability…

I just watched a play, and I am furious!

CBS Sports is airing the game now, it’s #1 Alabama @ #6 Texas A&M.

Clinton-Dix from Alabama collided with the intended receiver for Texas A&M just as Manziel threw the ball to his intended receiver.  Originally the referee was going to eject Clinton-Dix from the game calling it a targeting penalty.  He even told the ref that his intention was to catch the ball…

Thanks to official review, though, Clinton-Dix got to stay in the game, but Alabama was penalized 15 yards.

By the way, ‘Bama is up 21-14 with less than 6 minutes in the first half.

Now, for my thought on this situation.

The NCAA needs to invest in red flags that coaches can put in their pockets during the game.  This is where the Coach can challenge the call, even the penalties.  They could receive the flag back if they have a successful challenge.  But once two failed challenges take place, the coach loses the right to challenge a call in the half.  He would get the flags back in the 3rd quarter’s beginning and use them through the rest of the second half.  Again, once two failed challenges happen during the course of the half, the coach loses the right to challenge.  When the game goes into Overtime, One red flag for each coach, and one unsuccessful challenge causes a loss of Challenge ability.

The Officials can review at any time.

That’s my thought.


BREAKING NEWS: Walker High Football Coach Resigns, Walker HS Fans respond



(Daily Mountain Eagle/other Sources)  JASPER–John Holladay did have a job until 4:40PM yesterday.

After Tuesday’s meeting with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Holladay stepped down from his head coaching post four days after an on-field altercation caught on videotape with a Cullman coach Friday Night. Holladay is still suspended with pay since he is considered a physical education teacher and strength trainer and has neither resigned nor been dismissed from his position in the teaching capacity.

Both Walker High School and Cullman High School met with administrators at the AHSAA headquarters in Montgomery at 1PM Tuesday.  Steve Savarese, the Executive Director of the AHSAA, released a statement on the brawl and aftermath.

“The AHSAA is saddened by the incident that occurred during the Cullman vs. Walker varsity football game and disappointed by the actions of those involved […] The AHSAA is always disappointed by any unsportsmanlike incident that involves players or coaches from our member schools. Our coaches are teachers first, and must demonstrate examples of good sportsmanship at all times. We truly understand the passions that are involved in competitive athletics, but we can never allow those passions to cross the line and become unsportsmanlike in nature.” –Steve Savarese, Executive Director, Alabama High School Athletic Association

Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle – Walker s Holladay resigns after meeting with AHSAA

Cullman initially decided to not take disciplinary action, according to the Superintendent of schools Dr. Doreen Griffeth, but that could change once the investigation is complete.  Jasper Police Department is also investigating the incident and no word from them about criminal charges of any kind at the present moment.

Walker HS offensive coordinator Heath Brunner was named interim head coach after Holladay was put on administrative leave.  A decision from Savarese and the AHSAA would be handed to both Walker and Cullman by Friday at the earliest, At that point, The Schools would have the decision to release the decision to the public or keep it in house.  The AHSAA will also release a statement by Friday.

Fans on both sides of the football rivalry have spoken out, with some who saw it claiming Holladay was the principal aggressor, and Walker fans claiming Hopper from Cullman said something to set Holladay off.  WBRC FOX 6 News aired a report about the public not being showed the whole video.  Jasper fans say both coaches knew the arrangements would be to clear the field because of the tensions present between both teams’ fans and players.  The rivalry went from bad to worse and now some form of consequences will be set by the AHSAA after a complete investigation.

Jasper Community Reacts to Coach’s Resignation from Head Coach Posting

Stay with The News for more details on this story.

Huntsville International Airport’s Fight for More Control

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – One would be hard-pressed to name an area not effected by across-the-board budget cuts. Huntsville International Airport says they have very tangibly seen the symptoms of our nation’s sequester as well.

“Any time you’ve got your largest employer in town who has restrictions on travel – we’re going to feel that.”

Port of Huntsville Spokeswoman Chantal Minish says local travel rates have been down by as much as 20 percent in recent months; a figure far greater than the airport had initially anticipated.

“When we look at our passenger traffic we definitely see a decrease,” admits Minish. “We were already planning on lower numbers because we lost Airtran in September of 2012 but around December we started noticing the impacts sequestration has had on our whole community.”

Minish says Huntsville International has submitted for a Department of Justice small community airport grant asking…

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Animal Update: Old Dogs With Dementia

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – September is World Alzheimer’s Month and many people may not know, animals can be affected by the disease as well.

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA said it is a disease that crops up as pets age.

“Dogs and some cats will experience age-related dementia and we call this condition Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome or CDS. It’s important to remember just like with humans, not all animals will become senile as they get older,” she said.

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Dr. Scarlett said the condition is very similar to what happens in humans.

“When they’ve looked at brain tissue of geriatric dogs that have had Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, they find these deposits of beta amyloid plaques, very similar to what happens in humans with Alzheimer’s,” Scarlett said. “And these plaques just get in the way of normal nerve function…

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