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Welcome Home

Veterans Home in St. Clair opens doors Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin It was like a family’s long anticipated arrival of troops deployed to faraway lands. Flags waved. Welcome signs appeared. Cheers erupted. After years of planning for this day, the first two residents of the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans […]

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For Their Service

New veterans home goes above and beyond expectations Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin It may be an overused cliché when a sight is so mesmerizing, so impressive that it takes your breath away. But just inside the grand entrance to the Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home is a sight that … […]

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Hell and Back Again

Movie gets special Pell City premiere Story by Carol Pappas Photo by Jerry Martin It was a phrase and a sentiment Sgt. Matt Bein borrowed after multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine sergeant, but he says it describes life after war best. “We were ready for anything … until we came home.” […]

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