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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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Looking to the future

Curtain goes up on new director, new energy at CEPA Story by Linda Long Photos by Michael Callahan Jeff Thompson is fitting right in to his new role as executive director of the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts (CEPA), but at four years old, Thompson was on a totally different career […]

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House of Treasures

Inside a collector’s collection Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Michael Callahan and Wallace Bromberg Jr. It has long been said that a man’s home is his castle. While that surely is true for Frank Phillips of Pell City, his dwelling is also a cache of artistic, literary and photographic treasures. Surrounding him everyday are […]

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Jamie Merrymon

Artist’s work making television appearance Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Jamie Merrymon sees possibilities when others simply see the object in front of them. Evidence of it hangs behind her mother’s desk in the Pell City courthouse – “a painting without painting.” Fashioned from frame corners that don’t meet and scores […]

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Celebrating CEPA

EDUCATION & PERFORMING ARTS ‘What If’ played big role for CEPA Story by Leigh Pritchett Photography by Wallace Bromberg Submitted photos Once there was a city that needed an auditorium. Once there was a school that needed a better gymnasium. The city and the school system decided to join together to do what neither could […]

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Huckleberry Pond

A place deep with memories Story by Leigh Pritchett Photography by Michael Callahan Huckleberry Pond sits quietly between Sugar Farm Road and Riddle Road in Riverside. Hardwoods and other trees knit a canopy as they stand in the shallow water near shore. In the greater depths, tall and jagged trunks of dead trees jut toward […]

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