Archive | February, 2014

Historic Vision

Eye doctor preserves old Ashville bank building Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. When Dr. Shonda Wood was looking for a place to open her eye care office, she found the perfect location inside a piece of Ashville’s history. Wood Family Eye Care is the newest occupant of the old Ashville Savings […]

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The Peanut Man

Bill Seals’ way in the world Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Mike Callahan For almost half a century, Bill Seals has sold bag upon bag of parched or boiled peanuts. This is why he is affectionately known about town as “Peanut Bill.” Sometimes, he could be seen walking – basket of peanuts in hand […]

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Camp Sibert

St. Clair’s secret military past Story by Leigh Pritchett Submitted photos courtesy of the Scarboro Collection, John McFarland and government archives Etowah County spent much of World War II shooting at St. Clair County. That is the lighthearted explanation that historian John McFarland of Rainbow City gives for the “friendly fire” relationship the two counties […]

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Boats Built by Hand

Bob Barnett’s love of boats comes alive in wood Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Wallace Bromberg and courtesy of Bob Barnett Sitting in what is easily described as a “dream” workshop a few blocks from Logan Martin Lake is a work of art in wood — a Pete Culler designed Wherry Yawl boat. It […]

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Politicians of Note

Story by Jane Newton Henry Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. When day is done for these officials, the beat goes on By day, he’s mayor of Pell City. But nights and weekends you’ll find him crooning to the crowds in his very own band. Same holds true for Alan Furr, a judge by day and […]

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Wood Carver

Creator of many; master of all Story by Carol Pappas Photography by Mike Callahan When lightning struck a tree in Bill Golden’s yard, the natural instinct was to grab a chainsaw. But as quickly as that bolt shot through the tree, an idea struck Golden. So with chainsaw in hand and a makeshift scaffold surrounding […]

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