Archive | December, 2016
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Steel Magnolia

Ashville’s Mattie Lou Teague Crow Story and photos by Jerry Smith Submitted photos Those of us who work with history sometimes stand on broad shoulders as we search for every pertinent detail, no matter how obscure, to ensure the veracity of our offerings. Accurate, comprehensive input is as vital to us as a blueprint is […]

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Emory Cox

Anatomy of a rising political star Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Mike Callahan Submitted photos Emory Cox sat on the lakeside patio of his Pell City home, laughing and talking with a stranger as if with a long-time friend. He discussed politics, society, government and the state of domestic and foreign affairs. With the […]

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Springville, AL

Marching to its own rhythm Story by Paul South Photos by Susan Wall In one sense, Springville rocks to the gentle rhythm of a quintessential Southern small town, where folks speak to everyone – even strangers – on the street. In the mornings, locals and visitors feast on steaming plates of biscuits and gravy at […]

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Last Call at Local Color

Springville’s ‘colorful’ music spot closing its doors, unless … Story by Paul South Photos by Susan Wall and Jerry Martin and courtesy of Local Color Imagine a magical music box that when opened played music from virtually every era. And from the box wafted the sweet aroma of cornbread cooked in a black, cast-iron skillet […]

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Heart of Pell City

A Group Effort Story by Paul South Photos by Susan Wall When it began three years ago, Heart of Pell City’s mission was to bolster and grow downtown businesses. In its short history, the nonprofit organization has grown into much, much more. Heart of Pell City wants to put the town on the map as […]

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Star Gazing Chandler Mountain

Chandler Mountain lures star gazers Story and photos by Jim Smothers Submitted photos Every month members of the Birmingham Astronomical Society make their way up Chandler Mountain past Horse Pens 40 for a cliffside “Star Party” to enjoy their hobby and the company of other like-minded individuals. Well, almost every month — if it’s cloudy, […]

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