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Workforce Development

Learning the job on the job Story and Photos by Graham Hadley Photos courtesy of Garrison Steel When he was growing up, John Garrison’s greatest challenge was to work his way up from high school student to one day owning an industry-leading metal fabrication and erection company. Today, that company, Garrison Steel, employs more than […]

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Generations of Business

Harbison’s Tire and Auto Service Sylvia’s Birdbath and Beyond Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Graham Hadley On the surface, automobile tires and motor oil have absolutely nothing in common with bird baths and concrete statuary. In Argo, however, they are the products of two independent, family-owned shops that share a similar history. Harbison’s Tire & […]

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New Movie Theater and More

Buffalo Wild Wings & Theater Just the Beginning Story by Graham Hadley Contributed art When it comes to the local economy, growth builds growth. That is exactly what is happening along the I-20 corridor in Pell City. What started with a simple gas station at the I-20 and US 231 interchange has grown into something […]

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Workforce Development

Programs changing lives, building business Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan and Graham Hadley A decade ago, if you were a high school student in Alabama, chances are, all eyes were on what was touted as the ultimate prize – a four-year college degree. But about that same time, employers across the state […]

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Hazelwood’s Greenhouses & Nursery

A quarter century of growing nature’s beauty in St. Clair Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Susan Wall John Hazelwood squinted as a streak of sunlight parted cloudy skies above, accentuating the creases in his face – the unmistakable signature of a man whose earned them in a lifetime spent outdoors. It is outside at […]

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A new generation

Cooperative effort key to training skilled labor force Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan and Graham Hadley In this technological and professional age, it is easy for students — and parents and teachers — to focus heavily on high-profile skills involving computers, programming, electronics and web design or to place students on narrow […]

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