Duran South 7th grade students Katie-Ann Truitt and Reese Edwards brought almost 200 donated coats to the Good Works Charitable Foundation annual coat and blanket drive.

Mayor William “Butch” Isley and city planners are seeking community input to shape the future of Springville.

The Moody Police Department has installed six new automated license plate readers (ALPRs) throughout the city. The cameras were installed in locations determined in partnership with the city of Moody with the goal of catching criminals, preventing, and solving crimes.

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On Tuesday, Alexa James, CEO and Co-founder of Blanket Fort Hope, and James Barret, Director of Development, held a seminar in the Moody Civic Center on the prevalent and lucrative criminal enterprise of human trafficking and how their organization has worked to combat the trafficking of chi…

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AOD Federal Credit Union has been a staple in Calhoun County since 1950, with six branches in the area. AOD executives, board members, and local city leaders broke ground on their seventh location and their first in St. Clair County at a groundbreaking ceremony in Pell City on Friday.

Governor Kay Ivey visited Springville Elementary School on Nov. 12 to recognize The Springville Rock School Restoration as part of the Bicentennial Celebrations.

Leeds has a brand new business, Mum’s Unique Consignment Shop. Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Leeds held a ribbon cutting at last week in celebration of this new business on the Parkway in downtown Leeds. This new shop is just a couple of doors down from Mum & Me Mercanti…

Good money management is a habit, an everyday task that is especially important if you need to stick to a plan to make ends meet. Over the years, thousands of people have utilized a money management calendar to help them manage their money better. It helps you to see where your money is goin…

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Former employees of Avondale Mills in Pell City spoke to the Pell City City Council at their meeting on Tuesday night about restoring the Avondale Mills water tower, one of the last remaining elements of the textile plant that closed in 2006.

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On Saturday Nov. 9, Chris Hoover and his team of travel agents held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their travel agency All Adventure Travel at Lake Plaza in Cropwell. Live music from Justin Lively, games and food accompanied the event. Local station 94.1 FM The River also atten…

The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Isley, City Council members, Frank Waid, Lonnie Wadsworth, The Choppin Block and so many others served and attended the dinner to honor Springville Veterans for their service at the Veterans Dinner hosted by The Choppin Block on November 6.

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It was a chilly day in Pell City when I went to visit 95-year-old Hilman Prestridge at the Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home. It was just a little warmer in the lobby where he sat in his motorized wheelchair waiting for me. I was about to hear first-hand what D-Day was like for one of our …

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Lakeside Hospice held their annual open house and luncheon to share what they do for the community and celebrate their volunteers, patients, and Hospice Awareness Month.

November is Military Family Appreciation Month. We appreciate our men and women in uniform who fight to protect our country and our freedom, but we sometimes forget those left behind who are the families of those soldiers who are out there protecting us. November is the time to remember and …

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Driving down I-20 or Hwy 231, one of the first things people might notice is the huge American flag flying atop the 135 foot tall pole in front of McSweeney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Pell City.

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Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the U.S. military from 1962 to 1975, named for the orange band around its storage barrel. The military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other tactical herbicides on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War.

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Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Springville Cross Country competed at Sectionals on Oct. 31 with two second place finishes and they qualified for the State Cross Country meet.

Folks, can I just brag on our Odenville Police Department for a bit? I believe we hands down have the best police department around. Our officers are quite simply amazing. Nothing happens in our little city that they can’t handle. From helping the distressed citizen that locked their keys in…

This weekend one of Ashville's favorite eateries, The Huddle House, is celebrating our nation's veterans with "Sweetcakes.” Members of our armed forces will get free pancakes with showing of their military I.D. That's any variety of pancakes to any veteran, active duty or retired. And the of…

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The Moody City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, approved a J&M Exotic Foods application for incentives for an expansion of their Moody, Alabama facility.

November is National Diabetes Month. With the holidays upcoming, it's a good time to think about this tender subject. Do you or any of your friends or relatives have this disease? It's difficult to maintain a healthy life when you suffer from diabetes. This month is a good time to take a loo…

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MONTGOMERY – Prior to Tuesday’s resumption of parole hearings, State Pardons and Paroles director Judge Charlie Graddick said at a news conference that he speaks for the public by encouraging that actions taken regarding violent offenders be reviewed very carefully.

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CROPWELL - Jerry Wayne "Bud" Norris, age 76, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12 Noon from the Chapel of Kilgroe Funeral Home. Mr. Norris is survived by his wife, Rita Norris, three sons, Joe Norris (Jaime), Dennis Stefan…

PELL CITY - Linda Willene Morrison Byrum passed away in her home on November 1, 2019 in Pell City, AL at the age of 68. She was a beloved mother and a devoted grandmother. She will be missed dearly. Willene was the daughter of Vincent "Buck" Morrison and Virginia Aurelia Morrison. She had on…

PELL CITY - Graveside service for Arlie L. Mitchell, Jr., age 94, was held Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Mitchell passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Mitchell Gallien. He is survived by his wife, Madeline…

CROPWELL - Funeral Service for Charles U. Tharp, age 95, was held on Wednesday, October 30, at 2 p.m., from the Chapel of Kilgroe Funeral Home. Interment followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Mr. Tharp passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019. Preceding him in death was his wife, Annie Lee Tharp. He …