For the first time in our lifetime, our world has almost stopped. Many companies have shut down or working at minimal capacity which means most people are at home rather than working. Everyone is a little tense, to say the least, and life is uncertain for everyone. We are either worried abou…


The world we are living in is full of negative and disheartening news surrounding COVID-19. Parents are now working from home, students are stuck in the house all day and many are staring to go stir crazy being stuck inside all day.

The 6th annual “Miracles in Motion 5k” race at Moody Miracle League Ball Field was held on Saturday, March 7, with a great turnout. A special thank you to all the runners and sponsors that participated in this event to raise money for the Miracle League ball field replacement. Overall 5k fem…

Hello everyone. Hope everyone set clocks forward and got to church on time. Now to just get used to this time change. And, hopefully the weather can make up its mind soon.

Springville Elementary School hosted Census Sam and Mayor Butch Isley to encourage families to participate in the 2020 Census.

Greetings, Ashville!  As always there is much to report.  They say New York is the city that never sleeps.  But The Big Apple has nothing on this little city.  It seems it never takes a coffee break!

Our prayers and condolences are with the family of Mrs. Emily “Em” Ogle Maddox, 90, of Pell City who passed away on Feb. 28 in a hospital in Birmingham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley B. Maddox and by two granddaughters, Suzanne Maddox and Kristin Cox. She is survived by h…

Moody Miracle League’s (MML) Miracles in Motion 5k and 1 mile run was a huge success with 165 registered participants and over $25k raised toward their six-year fundraising efforts to replace the old baseball field. It is so exciting to see what this organization and their volunteers do to s…

The Springville Public Library hosted the 1st Annual Seed Exchange where beginning and experienced gardeners swapped seeds on February 15th.

Hello everyone. Remember, every day is a new day and the Bible says in Proverbs 14:29, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” Think about it: In our world, we want everything, and we want it now. We want everything microwaved, instead of w…

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce High School Diplomats had a great time this week touring the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Being home to the world’s largest motorcycle collection with more than 250k visitors each year, over 900 motorcycles are on display at any one time. Their collection…

The observation that Ashville is a city rich in history and traditions the citizens take every opportunity to celebrate has often been mentioned in this column.

Lakeside Hospice and the Christian Love Pantry have teamed up once again to host the 11th annual Tablescapes “Love Feeds the Soul” luncheon from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the Beacon in the Pell City First United Methodist Church. 

Hello everyone. I wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! And I hope you did not get flooded. Praying for everyone’s safety!

Congratulations to SHS’s Beth Ann Tucker for finishing 3rd place overall in Alabama, 3A-5A Track & Field State Finals.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day so there’s just one day left to purchase that special gift and card for your sweetheart. Here are some local ideas to help you with your shopping. If you’re looking for fresh flowers and chocolate, Mum & Me Mercantile is the perfect place. Little Cahaba Choco…

Once again,  Ashville takes the thought and effort to honor it's outstanding citizens.  Actually three.  Ashville Spirit Club has chosen three teachers of the month: Amy Clayton, Ashville High School, Kim Johnson, and Sharon Griffin, elementary school.

The Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society held its recent meeting at the Historic Leeds Depot with guest speaker David Brewer. Brewer is the executive director of the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (HODRRM) located in Calera and formerly the executive eirector …

Hello everyone. Hope everyone who wanted to, enjoyed the Super Bowl Championship game and that your team won!

Ashvillians, are you ready to trip the light fantastic?  Show off your moves?  Dance the night away?

“Why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends?” The band War wrote these lyrics in the 70's about the absurdity of judging others based on our differences. Since Tuesday, February 11 is National Make a Friend Day, it seems appropriate to mention it. No matter how many friends you have, y…


St. Clair County had their spelling bee Jan. 20, Sadie Deason of Springville Middle School took home first place. Gearron Rigdon of Duran North Junior High was 1st runner up.

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An Odenville man was charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Nicholas Sloan Harmon who was shot in November of last year.


Adam McNutt signed with the University of Alabama shooting team. McNutt is a senior at Pell City High school where he has a 4.35 GPA, studying on the advance and honors diploma track and is ranked 6 out of 300 students in the class of 2020.

The Broken Arrow chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 65th anniversary Jan. 25. During their celebration, new members took the oath of membership, celebrated the history of the chapter and presented Mindy Manners with the DAR good citizens medal.

Hello everyone. Well it is that time of year, warm, cold, warm, cold. Hope it is not being too bad on your health. Take care, lots of flu going around.

In just a couple days, it will be Groundhog Day when we all collectively hold our breath to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or not; thus “predicting” more winter or an early spring. But, did you know that this seemingly silly observance actually has roots in the Christian faith?

The Springville High School Wrestling Team is currently ranked #10 in the State 1A/-5A Class Wrestling. Ian Orr is 5th in the 126lb Class and Trent Gillham is 2nd in the 138lb Class.

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…

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.

This Week's Circulars


PELL CITY - Mrs. Norma Rose Howell, 87, of Pell City, AL passed away on Saturday, April. 4, 2020. The family held a private graveside service on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Mt. Zion Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date for Mrs. Howell. Mrs. Howell was preced…

PELL CITY - Atha Whitten Pilgreen, age 87, passed away March 24, 2020. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Kilgroe Funeral Home - Pell City will direct.

CROPWELL - Funeral Service for Billy Joe Rich, age 83, were held Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Kilgroe Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Valley Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Rich passed away Thursday, March 1…