Archive | February, 2018

A decoration for the nation

Pell City artist paints ornament for national Christmas tree display Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Submitted photos When the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting display opened in Washington, D.C., in December, a little piece of Pell City was among the decorations. That is because local artist Buddy Spradley had painted […]

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Lost schools of St. Clair

Once the heartbeat of local communities Story by Joe Whitten Submitted photos Schools were the heart-beat of communities for most of St. Clair County’s past 200 years. Wherever folk settled in the county, they soon organized a school which became central to community activity. Information is gleaned from newspapers, local and family histories, and diaries […]

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Honoring a Veteran

Special presentation adds local footnote to D-Day history Story and photos by Carol Pappas It would be hard to imagine that when William E. Massey, who enlisted in the Air Force at age 21, could have anticipated what he would witness during his time ahead in World War II. But as June 6, 1944, approached, […]

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Biking St. Clair

County’s terrain, beauty draw cyclists Story by Will Heath Photos by Mike Callahan and Susan Wall Something about St. Clair County keeps drawing cyclists from all around back to its roads. Perhaps it’s the winding paths that lead to unrivaled scenery, like Chandler Mountain, Washington Valley, Logan Martin and Neely Henry lakes. Maybe it’s the […]

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Economic Evangelists

Lyman Lovejoy and Bill Ellison tirelessly work to boost St. Clair County Story by Paul South Photos by Graham Hadley and Carol Pappas Look around one of the top five fastest growing counties in the state, and it is hard to miss the work of two individuals who put county first and profits second. Make […]

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This ain’t your granddaddy’s Extension System Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Michael Callahan Perplexed about when to plant kale or collard greens? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a workshop for that. Want your teenagers to learn money-management skills or more about healthy eating? Alabama Extension has programs for that, too. Need to […]

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