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Handing Over the Reins

Croyle children inherit legacy of love Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. The house buzzed with the afternoon’s activities of five school-age girls. Karen was learning to tune her guitar, and Rosa giggled as photos were snapped of her. Emmalee showed off her newly organized closet. Lorenza discussed her plans to build […]

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Working to explain  the unexplainable “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night Good Lord, deliver us!” — Traditional Scottish prayer Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photography by Michael Callahan A 4-year-old Moody boy sees a stranger in his house during the wee hours of the morning. A […]

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Old Farts Farm

St. Clair County’s grand menagerie Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan Behind an unassuming front yard and garden, Sue and Al Maddox maintain one of the greatest menageries of interesting and exotic animals in St. Clair County. It started 15 to 20 years ago with a weekly ladies day out to the farmers […]

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St. Clair teen finds life in rodeo

Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Graham Hadley and Dr. Shawn Stubbs For one St. Clair teen, the rodeo is worth giving up football and baseball for. It’s worth giving up weekends, afternoons and most free time in between. In fact, John-Cody Dale Stubbs’ Xbox has been broken for several years now … and he […]

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Fifteen and Fast

Pell City’s ‘Coyote’ Cole Daffron a force to contend with on the race track Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan Track photos courtesy of Kelly’s Racing Photography Though Pell City’s William Cole Daffron can’t legally drive on the road without an adult in the car with him, he already has one national championship […]

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Around the Next Bend

Sugarbush Farm: Antiques and so much more Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Michael Callahan Submitted Photos: Sugarbush Farm If you weren’t looking for it, you just might miss the small sign out front that says, Sugarbush Farm. But if you passed by what lies just beyond it, rest assured, you missed out on something […]

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