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St. Vincent’s St. Clair: Four Years

No matter the measuring stick, there is no mistaking the impact of St. Vincent’s St. Clair inside and outside its doors over the past four years. Stories by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. and from the Discover Archives Replacing an aging building that had become obsolete by today’s medical standards, the new St. […]

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The place for Fresh Produce

Kerry Joe is the man to see Story by Sam Jackson Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. The first frost ushers in autumn, and the initial bloom means spring has arrived. But Pell City has a different kind of seasonal litmus test for summer: the opening of Kerry Joe Foster’s produce stand. Pell City Produce, located […]

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The Old Is New Again

Vintage Touch Making Furniture Into Art Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Mike Callahan and Jamie Parker Where you see junk, they see a table, a chair, a bench, a lamp, even a work of art. Jamie Parker and her fiancé, Travis Reed, run Vintage Touch in Pell City’s historic downtown area — a store […]

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Northside Expanding

Looking to create ‘Medical Home’ Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. In 2001, Dr. Rock Helms — not too far removed from medical school — founded a practice in his hometown of Pell City. By 2015, it is setting a new standard in health care for the entire region. Construction crews are […]

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A Free Lunch

Businesses band together to help feed children Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Michael Callahan “On the count of three. One, two, three!,” beckoned Pell City Superintendent Michael Barber. Sixty young voices — in unison — rang out in an animated reply across the lunchroom of Walter M. Kennedy School. “THANK YOU!,” they said, putting […]

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Laster Sundries

Memory-filled soda fountain reopens in Springville Story by Tina Tidmore Photos by Mike Callahan On a 48-degree Friday afternoon in December, eight-year-old Clara Hughes sits at a small round table at Laster Sundries. Despite the temperature outside, Clara enjoys licking her multi-colored sherbet. In doing so, she is following the tradition of her mother and […]

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