Archive | August, 2016

Odenville, Ala.

Growing community‘A place to call home’ Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. There’s a story Joe Whitten likes to tell, a story that speaks far more loudly about Odenville than about himself. In 1961, Whitten was a newly-recruited teacher to St. Clair County High School, a stranger in town. He’d been given a 10-month […]

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Workforce Development

Programs changing lives, building business Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan and Graham Hadley A decade ago, if you were a high school student in Alabama, chances are, all eyes were on what was touted as the ultimate prize – a four-year college degree. But about that same time, employers across the state […]

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A good-hearted town Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith Submitted Photos Tucked unobtrusively between Shoal Creek Mountain and the Coosa River, the St. Clair County town of Ragland does little to pique the attention of passers-through. It’s like the town is taking a well-earned furlough from the generic commerce and sprawl that makes other […]

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Looking to the future

Curtain goes up on new director, new energy at CEPA Story by Linda Long Photos by Michael Callahan Jeff Thompson is fitting right in to his new role as executive director of the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts (CEPA), but at four years old, Thompson was on a totally different career […]

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Smiling on the inside

 Loving the life of a rodeo clown Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. He is known as Huck Hano — Skylar’s Dad, … the neighbor, … the sheet metal mechanic, … the man who plays guitar at St. Clair County Cowboy Church. Yet, when he walks into a rodeo arena, the Louisiana […]

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Pirate’s Island

A day in the life of a Logan Martin landmark Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Submitted photos Drone Photo by David Smith, Star Aerial It’s a place that would make Jimmy Buffett proud. Surrounded by family and friends and scores more of adopted family and friends, this tiny island in the […]

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