Archive | December, 2017

Restoring History

Cropwell marker, others tell county’s storied past Story and Photos by Jerry C. Smith As Alabama celebrates its Bicentennial over the next three years, it seemed an ideal time to refurbish and rededicate a decades-old monument in Cropwell that had fallen victim to age. It is a fitting example of devotion to history known as […]

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Town and Country

Impressive opening for an impressive project Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. It had an exciting ring to it: “Welcome to the newest Ford store in America: Pell City Alabama!” And in the moments that followed, there was no mistaking the excitement. NASCAR racing legend Jack Roush was there to cut the […]

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Recumbent Trikes Return

A turn-your-head-sight Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith It’s a sight guaranteed to cause double takes – vintage men riding giant tricycles, backwards. But for Joe Dorough and Jerry Burns of Pell City, it’s more than recreation, it’s survival. These weird contraptions may have actually saved their lives. Officially known as recumbent trikes, they […]

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Backwoods Whitetails

Deer farm in Odenville building a brand, bringing visitors’ smiles Story  by Carol Pappas Photos by Susan Wall Photos courtesy of Backwoods Whitetails Drive through the gates of Backwoods Whitetails in Odenville, and you can’t help but sense you are about to witness something very special. Wind through the property of rolling pastures, a canopy […]

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New life for Little House

History saved and preserved in Springville Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith The Springville Preservation Society refers to it simply as The Little House, but its transformation from forlorn vintage home to a quaint welcome center and community venue is no small story. Built in St. Clair Springs sometime around 1880 (or 1835, depending […]

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A Century of Panther Football

Story by Paul South Photos by Mike Callahan Submitted Photos In the 1970s, like generations of little boys before and after him, David Gulledge lived for fall Friday nights and Pell City High School Panther football. Growing up in Avondale’s Mill Village, the gleam of the stadium lights was for Gulledge and his pals, the […]

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