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Biking St. Clair

County’s terrain, beauty draw cyclists Story by Will Heath Photos by Mike Callahan and Susan Wall Something about St. Clair County keeps drawing cyclists from all around back to its roads. Perhaps it’s the winding paths that lead to unrivaled scenery, like Chandler Mountain, Washington Valley, Logan Martin and Neely Henry lakes. Maybe it’s the […]

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Recumbent Trikes Return

A turn-your-head-sight Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith It’s a sight guaranteed to cause double takes – vintage men riding giant tricycles, backwards. But for Joe Dorough and Jerry Burns of Pell City, it’s more than recreation, it’s survival. These weird contraptions may have actually saved their lives. Officially known as recumbent trikes, they […]

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Rocket Man

Hydroflying comes to Logan Martin Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Susan Wall Jeremy Deason soars a good 40 feet in the air above Logan Martin Lake, and passersby can’t help but take notice. After all, his hydroflight is something to behold. He is perfecting his hobby of hydroflying on a FlyBoard, which involves a […]

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Star Gazing Chandler Mountain

Chandler Mountain lures star gazers Story and photos by Jim Smothers Submitted photos Every month members of the Birmingham Astronomical Society make their way up Chandler Mountain past Horse Pens 40 for a cliffside “Star Party” to enjoy their hobby and the company of other like-minded individuals. Well, almost every month — if it’s cloudy, […]

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Cross Country in St. Clair Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. A methodical thud of a rubber sole hitting a dirt trail below – a dozen or more pair of them – emanate from the woods just beyond St. Clair County High School’s campus in Odenville. It is almost like a cadence, […]

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A Good Place

Finding faith, hope and love at the Red Barn Story by Jane Newton Henry Photos by Mike Callahan Located on the banks of the Little Cahaba River in Leeds, the Red Barn is a haven for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities or special circumstances. According Joy O’Neal, executive director, this equine-assisted […]

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