Tag Archives: Other Stories


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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Joe Whitten

Historian, storyteller, teacher: A life well lived Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith Submitted photos The usual love triangles pale in comparison with Odenville educator and historian Joe Whitten’s quadrangle of passions. In no particular order, they are St. Clair County history, Gail Elaine McGeoch, hundreds of grateful students and the Lord, whom he […]

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Ashville, Alabama

Storied past; promising future Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. “Ashville, the county seat of St. Clair Co., Ala., is a dignified old town, seeming to possess the even tenor of its way at peace with all mankind.” —Mary T. Whitson, The Southern Aegis, Feb. 9, 1910 When Mayor-Elect Derrick Mostella returned […]

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Odenville, Ala.

Growing community‘A place to call home’ Story by Paul South Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. There’s a story Joe Whitten likes to tell, a story that speaks far more loudly about Odenville than about himself. In 1961, Whitten was a newly-recruited teacher to St. Clair County High School, a stranger in town. He’d been given a 10-month […]

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Workforce Development

Programs changing lives, building business Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Michael Callahan and Graham Hadley A decade ago, if you were a high school student in Alabama, chances are, all eyes were on what was touted as the ultimate prize – a four-year college degree. But about that same time, employers across the state […]

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A good-hearted town Story and photos by Jerry C. Smith Submitted Photos Tucked unobtrusively between Shoal Creek Mountain and the Coosa River, the St. Clair County town of Ragland does little to pique the attention of passers-through. It’s like the town is taking a well-earned furlough from the generic commerce and sprawl that makes other […]

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