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Praised Colors

From Sweden to Ragland, artist’s life takes many a turn Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Michael Callahan Marie Barber shooed chickens and a guinea to welcome a visitor one bitterly cold day. Once inside her woodsy home with warm Gulf Coast decor, she smiled and said, “It does feel like Sweden out there.” Living […]

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Shall We Dance?

Dale Owen shares music around the world Story by Paul South Submitted Photos As a journalism student at Troy State (now Troy University), Dale Owen landed a job at an AM radio station near campus. “They had a show on Saturday morning that played crooner music,” Owen said. “The station manager just wanted someone to […]

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Steel Magnolia

Ashville’s Mattie Lou Teague Crow Story and photos by Jerry Smith Submitted photos Those of us who work with history sometimes stand on broad shoulders as we search for every pertinent detail, no matter how obscure, to ensure the veracity of our offerings. Accurate, comprehensive input is as vital to us as a blueprint is […]

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Emory Cox

Anatomy of a rising political star Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Mike Callahan Submitted photos Emory Cox sat on the lakeside patio of his Pell City home, laughing and talking with a stranger as if with a long-time friend. He discussed politics, society, government and the state of domestic and foreign affairs. With the […]

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Smiling on the inside

 Loving the life of a rodeo clown Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. He is known as Huck Hano — Skylar’s Dad, … the neighbor, … the sheet metal mechanic, … the man who plays guitar at St. Clair County Cowboy Church. Yet, when he walks into a rodeo arena, the Louisiana […]

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Wrestler and more

Wrestler, sawmill operator, Dad – Answering the call Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Michael Callahan Cliff Horsley waits behind the curtain while the ring announcer pumps up the audience. He thinks about the wrestling matches he watched on television and at Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium when he was growing up. He thinks about his […]

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