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Return of a classic

Argo Drive-In introducing a new generation to an American movie tradition Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Michael Callahan As a child growing up in north Alabama, Faye Riggs, 65, often went to the drive-in with her parents and sisters. They paid by the carload, with some money left over for snacks and drinks. […]

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A Day at the Rodeo

Project organizers hope to ultimately create a major regional attraction Story by Loyd McIntosh Photos by Jerry Martin The sun beats down on a stretch of gravel road and grass near Odenville as two men sit on some wooden bleachers next to a structure they hope will become the best unkept secret in St. Clair […]

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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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Shoal Creek A Year Later

Tragedy, triumphs mark life in the valley Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin Folks around Shoal Creek Valley have said it often enough over the past 12 months — “getting back to normal.” But in this St. Clair County valley, normal has a new meaning since a tornado’s fury swept all the way […]

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New hospital and a new Physicians Plaza

A Reflection of the Future for St. Clair County Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin and Wynter Byrd Terrell Vick escorted the final patient out of the old St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, and Sean Tinney welcomed the first patients arriving at the new one. It was a fitting role for each to […]

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Volunteerism Defined

Terry & Sandy Gamble, Robert Hood help Alpha Ranch rebuild after April’s deadly tornadoes By Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Jerry Martin “Hear that wind coming down the valley?” asks Sandy Gamble, turning her left ear toward the door, which sounds like it’s about to rattle off its hinges. She laughs nervously. “Yeah, it’s scary. […]

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