Archive | April, 2012
fincher-knives-10

Men of Steel

Fincher family sharpen skills as bladesmiths Story by GiGi Hood Photos by Jerry Martin In today’s ever-changing and fast-paced world, where one technological wonder is all too quickly followed and then bested by yet another, the Fincher men of St. Clair County might best be defined as an anachronism. Ray, his brother Jack and his […]

Continue Reading
shoal-creek-tornado-13

Shoal Creek A Year Later

Tragedy, triumphs mark life in the valley Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin Folks around Shoal Creek Valley have said it often enough over the past 12 months — “getting back to normal.” But in this St. Clair County valley, normal has a new meaning since a tornado’s fury swept all the way […]

Continue Reading
flying-pig-friday-night-1

The Flying Pig

Grapes, grains and gifts make patrons flock to Springville shop Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Jerry Martin Dené Huff loves drinking good wine and craft beers, and smoking a good cigar. By opening The Flying Pig in Springville, she was able to bring all her vices together under one roof. “I got tired […]

Continue Reading
big-canoe-creek-14

Protecting Big Canoe Creek

Story by Mike Bolton Photos by Jerry Martin Anyone who might stumble upon the unobtrusive hogback ridge buried deeply in the woods off Old Springville Road near Clay probably wouldn’t give it a second glance. The ridge’s mundane appearance gives no hint as to its incredibly important role in Alabama’s history and this state’s remarkable […]

Continue Reading
Flying-over-yard

Friendly Neighborhood Airport

Story by Loyd McIntosh Photos by Jerry Martin There is a funny joke that gets told throughout the aviation community about pilots. It goes a little something like this: What is the difference between a pilot and God? God doesn’t think he’s a pilot. The meaning of the joke, of course, is that pilots are […]

Continue Reading
Margaret-mine-Tipple

Margaret’s Boom Town Days

Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith Contributed photos courtesy of Marie Butler and Margaret Town Hall Motorists passing through Margaret, Alabama, on County Road 12 are usually unaware that it was once the busiest, most densely populated community in St Clair County. Today it’s no longer that bustling industry town of the early 1900s, […]

Continue Reading