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Argo, Alabama

Blossoming town grows but never forgets its people Story Paul South Photos by Michael Callahan Sometimes a dream – even a city – can begin with a story first told long ago and far away. That’s how Argo started more than two centuries ago, before there was a St. Clair County, or for that matter, […]

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Springville, AL

Marching to its own rhythm Story by Paul South Photos by Susan Wall In one sense, Springville rocks to the gentle rhythm of a quintessential Southern small town, where folks speak to everyone – even strangers – on the street. In the mornings, locals and visitors feast on steaming plates of biscuits and gravy at […]

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Heart of Pell City

A Group Effort Story by Paul South Photos by Susan Wall When it began three years ago, Heart of Pell City’s mission was to bolster and grow downtown businesses. In its short history, the nonprofit organization has grown into much, much more. Heart of Pell City wants to put the town on the map as […]

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Ashville, Alabama

Storied past; promising future Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. “Ashville, the county seat of St. Clair Co., Ala., is a dignified old town, seeming to possess the even tenor of its way at peace with all mankind.” —Mary T. Whitson, The Southern Aegis, Feb. 9, 1910 When Mayor-Elect Derrick Mostella returned […]

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Odenville, Ala.

Growing community‘A place to call home’ Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. There’s a story Joe Whitten likes to tell, a story that speaks far more loudly about Odenville than about himself. In 1961, Whitten was a newly-recruited teacher to St. Clair County High School, a stranger in town. He’d been given a 10-month […]

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Margaret, Alabama

Blossoming boomtown of Margaret won’t be ‘Alabama’s best-kept secret’ for long Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. When Pastor Chris Crain was searching for a place to start a church in St. Clair County, a Trussville friend had a simple suggestion: “You need to go to Margaret.” Crain’s response: “Who’s she?” You’ve […]

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