Archive | February, 2015

Col. Robert L. Howard

The legend behind name of veterans’ home Story by Leigh Pritchett Submitted Photos The military heroics and achievements of Robert L. Howard are no secret. They earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, among many other medals and awards. However, what may not be so well known about this man — who is the namesake […]

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96 and going strong

Farmer once served as bodyguard for Gen. Eisenhower Story by Linda Long Photos by Jim Smothers Submitted Photos The old wooden farmhouse is typical of many found in rural St. Clair County. Surrounded by winter swept fields, a Black and Tan hound sits on its front porch poised to sound a welcoming bay to approaching […]

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Jamie Merrymon

Artist’s work making television appearance Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Jamie Merrymon sees possibilities when others simply see the object in front of them. Evidence of it hangs behind her mother’s desk in the Pell City courthouse – “a painting without painting.” Fashioned from frame corners that don’t meet and scores […]

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More Scenic Drives

Driving directions to St. Clair’s scenic spots Words and Photos by Michael Callahan As I stood on my deck overlooking Logan Martin Lake, the wind bore down with a crispness and chill that could only mean winter was upon us in St. Clair County. Above me, a whirling grey mass of clouds, blocked out the […]

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Revisiting the Lovejoy Slinghsot Hunt

Annual event continues to draw attention Words and Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Legend and tradition meet each year in Ashville when Lyman Lovejoy hosts the Lovejoy Slingshot Hunt in honor of his father, Sim Lovejoy. Breakfast and lunch, cooked over an open pit is always a treat, and the Lovejoys supply flips and ½ […]

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Laster Sundries

Memory-filled soda fountain reopens in Springville Story by Tina Tidmore Photos by Mike Callahan On a 48-degree Friday afternoon in December, eight-year-old Clara Hughes sits at a small round table at Laster Sundries. Despite the temperature outside, Clara enjoys licking her multi-colored sherbet. In doing so, she is following the tradition of her mother and […]

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