Archive | October, 2016


Cross Country in St. Clair Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. A methodical thud of a rubber sole hitting a dirt trail below – a dozen or more pair of them – emanate from the woods just beyond St. Clair County High School’s campus in Odenville. It is almost like a cadence, […]

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Joe Whitten

Historian, storyteller, teacher: A life well lived Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith Submitted photos The usual love triangles pale in comparison with Odenville educator and historian Joe Whitten’s quadrangle of passions. In no particular order, they are St. Clair County history, Gail Elaine McGeoch, hundreds of grateful students and the Lord, whom he […]

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Ashville, Alabama

Storied past; promising future Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. “Ashville, the county seat of St. Clair Co., Ala., is a dignified old town, seeming to possess the even tenor of its way at peace with all mankind.” —Mary T. Whitson, The Southern Aegis, Feb. 9, 1910 When Mayor-Elect Derrick Mostella returned […]

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Teddy the Wonder Dog

Four-legged friend learning to help others Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Teddy has the kind of face guaranteed to make you smile. Wavy chestnut-colored hair frames a pair of big brown eyes – if you can see them through the hair – that reveal the gentle spirit that resides within. Around […]

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O Canada

Wonder of Canadian Rockies fulfills ‘bucket list’ for Pell City group Story and photos by Carol Pappas Submitted photos from Friends Bound for New Horizons I heard the phrase so often along the way, the name just stuck. It was indeed a “bucket list” trip, the descriptor made famous by the 2007 Rob Reiner film […]

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A Good Place

Finding faith, hope and love at the Red Barn Story by Jane Newton Henry Photos by Mike Callahan Located on the banks of the Little Cahaba River in Leeds, the Red Barn is a haven for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities or special circumstances. According Joy O’Neal, executive director, this equine-assisted […]

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