Archive | December, 2013

Unusual Art

A great inspiration Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Matthew Pope Past photos courtesy of Jamie Truitt Perhaps it’s the honk of a car horn accompanied by a neighborly wave and a smiling face behind the wheel. Perhaps it’s a stranger’s knock at the door to say, “Thank you.” Or the note tucked inside the […]

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Lofty Tales

Alabama’s ‘First Lady’ of flight Story by Jerry Smith Submitted photos In 1929, a 9-year-old Birmingham girl named Nancy Batson had a special Christmas wish. She wanted a flight suit, pilot helmet and goggles. The eventual fulfillment of this young lady’s dream of becoming a pilot set a pattern for a lifetime of excitement and […]

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Phoenix Energy

Leading the Way in emerging industry By Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Give Matt Hyde a few minutes, and he’ll likely convert you to the positives of alternative energy as easily as his company converts cars and trucks into using natural gas. It’s not just a job to him. It’s his passion. “It […]

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Walters Farms

A beautiful place for the Big Day Story by Tina Tidmore and Carol Pappas Photos by Mike Callahan and Jessica Messer, J. Messer Photography Weddings and farms may seem like an unlikely union, but Joe and Deloma Walters hope brides and grooms-to-be will find them their perfect match. On their 400-acre, second-generation family farm just […]

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CEFA: Learning to Earn

Program aims at training people, filling job needs Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg In a classroom turned board room on the eastern edge of Birmingham, a dozen or so construction-industry executives from around the state gathered on a Tuesday morning to discuss their future. It is a future that looks a bit […]

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St. Clair teen finds life in rodeo

Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Graham Hadley and Dr. Shawn Stubbs For one St. Clair teen, the rodeo is worth giving up football and baseball for. It’s worth giving up weekends, afternoons and most free time in between. In fact, John-Cody Dale Stubbs’ Xbox has been broken for several years now … and he […]

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