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Restoring History

Cropwell marker, others tell county’s storied past Story and Photos by Jerry C. Smith As Alabama celebrates its Bicentennial over the next three years, it seemed an ideal time to refurbish and rededicate a decades-old monument in Cropwell that had fallen victim to age. It is a fitting example of devotion to history known as […]

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Town and Country

Impressive opening for an impressive project Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. It had an exciting ring to it: “Welcome to the newest Ford store in America: Pell City Alabama!” And in the moments that followed, there was no mistaking the excitement. NASCAR racing legend Jack Roush was there to cut 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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Pell City Growing

Story and photos by Carol Pappas Photos by Graham Hadley Driving around Pell City these days is like being on a tour of a boom town. Rooftops are going up. Steel framework for major businesses is being erected. Construction in various phases is under way in many parts of the city. And the benefits aren’t […]

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Northside Medical Home Opening

Expansion creating a special place in Pell City Story and Photos by Carol Pappas Photos by Graham Hadley It is hard to imagine that from a small office on John Haynes Drive, a mere 3,000 square feet, that a sprawling medical home could rise a decade and a half later. But on Pell City’s north […]

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Battle for St. Clair High School

1908 battle for location of county high school lands in Odenville Story by Joe Whitten Photos by Graham Hadley Submitted Photos When Braxton Bragg Comer was elected governor in 1906, among his goals was upgrading Alabama schools. In 1907, legislation passed to establish county high schools in counties where there was not already a state-supported […]

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