Archive | August, 2013

Ride the Ridge

OHV park exceeds creators’ wildest dreams Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan Like many other teens in St. Clair County, Jason White and his friends loved riding motorcycles and ATVs through the abundant trails and woods in this region of Alabama. But after they finished up school, places to ride became harder and […]

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Pieces of history

Fort Strother is long gone, but efforts continue to preserve the site and its story Story by Jerry C. Smith Contributed photos George Washington never slept in St. Clair County, at least not as far as we know. But Andrew Jackson did, also Davy Crockett and Sam Houston. And, they all slept at a place […]

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Celebrating 37 years

Theater group is uniquely Springville Story by Jane Newton Henry Photos by Brandie Felice, Judy Shults and Janet McBroom It’s a true story that reads like the opening scene of a classic Broadway musical: June Morgan Mack returns home to Springville in 1976 with her college diploma, only to find that her summer job has […]

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Return of a classic

Argo Drive-In introducing a new generation to an American movie tradition Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Michael Callahan As a child growing up in north Alabama, Faye Riggs, 65, often went to the drive-in with her parents and sisters. They paid by the carload, with some money left over for snacks and drinks. […]

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Renovations by the water

Wow factor comes to life in Junkins’ lakeside home Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Michael Callahan Step inside the lakeside home of Lori and John Junkins, and you immediately come face to face with the ‘Wow!’ factor. Actually, there is plenty more than one of those factors. The three-story A-frame towers above the shoreline […]

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Sweet success

Hobby becoming backyard business for Riverside beekeepers Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan What started with 3 pounds of bees in a mail-order kit a few years ago has become a thriving backyard business for one Riverside couple. Nick and Lori Thomas, the husband-and-wife beekeeping team, work together to harvest honey, tend to […]

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