This week, we will be celebrating National Compliment Day which is tomorrow, Jan. 24. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. This is the day to compliment everyone on anything. Remember when Mama said, “If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all? Well, this day personifies tha…

Hello everyone. Wow, this weather is something else, isn’t it? Hope you are healthy, stay warm, and don’t get the flu.

Our prayers and condolences are with the family of Charlie Eugene Brannon, Sr., 86 of Ragland who passed away December 12, 2019 at his home.

Last year is gone, and we’re into the New Year. We’ve had some good memories and some sad moments. However, we must look ahead. Expect 2020 to be a good year.

Congratulations to Ray and Krista Jacks Lilly of Savelia, Ky., who are the proud parents of a baby boy! Levi Parker was born January 2, 2020. He weighed nine pounds and was 21 inches long. Levi is Ray’s and Krista’s first baby.

Well, things are finally getting back to normal after the holidays. Folks are back at work, kids are back in school and generally, things are back to the normal schedule. Are you feeling a little blue? You're not alone.

The city is losing no time getting back into its usual form and function. Ashvillians love to compete.  They love to win. They love to celebrate. And the love to learn.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and glorious Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please remember the reason for the season: the birth of Christ. 


I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Now, don’t be too quick to judge. Think about last year and the resolutions you made. How long did they last? So, no resolutions that make me a failure before January has passed. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to improve. I do. So, instead of making (soon…

The new year is here and people are still hopeful for the changes that come with a new beginning, but the shine of the holidays may be starting to fade and some of us may be struggling to get back into our routines. If you need a few tips to help you get back to normal, read on.

Another year has come and gone. Christmas trees are being taken down. The stockings hung by the chimney with care have been ravaged by children with no care for the stockings at all. Many are still recovering from New Year's Eve parties. Football game have been won and lost to the delight to some and disappointment of others.

Congratulations to Jim “Jimbo” Tollison of Coal City who was recently elected President of the St. Clair County Farmers Federation! He was recognized during the President’s Luncheon at the Alabama Farmer’s Federation’s 98th annual meeting, Dec. 9, in Montgomery. 


The Springville Wrestling Team took 2nd place in the PCA Tournament in Prattville on December 21.

One of the really good guys in Alabama government took over the reigns as President of the Alabama Association of County Commissioners this summer. Henry County Probate Judge and County Commission Chairman, David Money, is an extremely outstanding and quality leader for his beloved Henry Cou…

You don’t have to read my articles or follow me on Facebook very long before you know two things. The first is that I despise commercialized holidays (Think Christmas here). And the second is that I love everything about Christmas, from the lights to the trees to the music an everything in b…

Ashville is celebrating the Christmas season with their annual Christmas Parade “A Storybook Christmas” this Saturday, Dec. 14.

Birmingham, AL – Lake Homes Realty, CEO, Glenn S. Phillips, was honored with the CEO of the year award for companies with 26-50 employees by the Birmingham Business Journal. The company has 50 employees in the Hoover, AL corporate office, but has real estate agents in over 3,000 lake markets…

Pell City Public Library invites you to celebrate the season with a live concert of Celtic Christmas favorites featuring Jil Chambless, Robert Muse, and Ed Miller on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at noon.

With Christmas just around the corner, it's the perfect time to participate in National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. That's right, another monthly national holiday in December, and it's just in time! Everyone is shopping for just the right gifts for their loved ones so let's keep safety in min…

I love Christmas. It’s my most favorite time of the year. Everything is so beautiful and smells like home to me.

It would be wise to turn in early Friday night because there is a full schedule Saturday and it starts early!

The Springville High School (SHS) Varsity Wrestling Team competed in the Thanksgiving Tournament at Hayden High School on Nov. 26 - 28.


This month, the Spotlight Kids Program at CEPA will bring A Christmas Carol, the Musical to the stage in Pell City as its 2019 Holiday Production. This show, adapted by Sister Marcella Holloway with music by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, will be performed December 13-15.

The 34-B District Governor Bubba Bingham was the guest speaker at the Nov. 18 Moody Lions Club meeting. D.G. Bingham serves over the central area of Alabama from the Mississippi line to the Georgia line.

The Pell City Chamber Christmas Parade helps mark the beginning of the holiday season and has been a tradition for over 30 years, as long as most people can remember. This year, the theme of the parade is “A Magical Christmas.”

Everyone knows that December is holiday season. Whether you traditionally celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else entirely, you know this month is for good times and giving. It’s also “Write a Friend Month.” What better way to celebrate a special family member or friend than…


Many families in Alabama are “a house divided” with fans of both Alabama and Auburn football teams vying for bragging rights for the next year after the annual rivalry of the Iron Bowl.

The Heart of Pell City, along with the Pell City Chamber of Commerce, City of Pell City, and St. Clair County Commission present the second annual Pell City Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in downtown Pell City on Friday, Dec. 6.

Springville Elementary recognized Ruan LeRoux as the first million-word reader for the 2019-2020 school year.

It's Thanksgiving! Time for turkey, family, friends and new memories. Let's get out our stretchy pants, eat to our heart's content and then nap to get ready for Black Friday shopping! But don't forget, not everyone is blessed to be spending this time with family.

The beauty of running as a sport is the skill of the athlete: just he or she and their own speed, strength, and stamina against the wind, and their opponents.


Coosa Valley Elementary School students raised money for the Friends of the Pell City Animal Control Center with a coin drive.


MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey has signed a proclamation to formally declare November 30, 2019 as Small Business Saturday in the state of Alabama. This special designation by the governor is intended to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact they have on communities across the state.

This Week's Circulars


LEEDS - Betty Ruth Bagwell, age 91, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Paula Bagwell McWhorter (Cliff); sisters, Agnes Folsom and Lavada Roper; grandchildren, Kim Schulte (Michael), Kelly Barnes (Chris), and Kasey Blair (Jamie); great grandchildren, Chase …

WACO, TX - On January 5, 2020 Hezkiah Travis "H.T." Layman passed away in Waco, Texas, at the age of 88. H. T. was born June 27, 1931 in Trussville, Alabama. After graduating from Odenville High School, he earned an engineering degree from The University of Alabama in 1953. He served in Kore…

Ashville - Mr. George Arthur Praytor, 68, of Ashville, Alabama passed away on December 21, 2019 in Huntsville. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Diane Echols Praytor; his parents, Johnnie and Hephie Praytor; and his brother, Buddy Praytor. He is survived by his wife, Nell Praytor; d…