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…

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The Springville Senior Center had a full house on Dec. 2 for their holiday ceramics class.

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.

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.

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…

Qualifying has ended and the players are in place for next year’s elections. It is a Presidential year. It is up in the air as to who will be the Democratic presidential standard bearer. President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee.

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.

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For the seventh year, Pell City’s Writers Anonymous and the Pell City Library will be hosting the Mid-Winter Writers Conference. While the event has been great every year, this year it promises to be phenomenal!

Hello everyone. Praying that everyone has a wonderfully blessed week.

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

Hello everyone. Winter may finally be on its way. Stay warm.

Congratulations to Springville Girls Volleyball player for being named to the St.Clair All-County Volleyball Team.

We all love bargains and are always looking for a deal. Bartering, wheeling and dealing has become a way of life for many of us with the ability to buy and sell new and used items on Internet sites such as Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, but there can be an element of danger when meetin…

The Springville Library hosted Jim Phillips for a telling of Antebellum Ghost Stories on October 18.

Although it was a little wet and cold on Saturday, the Grand River Drive Out ALS Car Show at the Shops of Grand River turned out great. This event was hosted by Miss Leeds Area Outstanding Teen, Emma Terry, and approximately $1400 was raised to benefit the Alabama ALS Association. Fox 6 show…

Hello everyone. Well it looks like fall is coming. The last few days have been wonderful.

During the Halloween season, citizens will have a variety of activities from which to choose. Sweets on the Square returns to Ashville on Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. Everybody is welcome to attend and enjoy.

Congratulations to the Springville Cross Country Track Club for two Top-15 Finishes. The race at Pleasant Valley on October 10 was a tough, hilly course. Congratulations to Beth Ann for a dominating first place finish in the girls’ race and to Peyton for finishing in 8th in the boys race.

The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce High School Diplomats toured J & M Exotic Foods in Moody this month. The students were fascinated with the information they gained and asked a lot of questions. These monthly tours throughout the school year are a large part of the educational leadershi…

Alabama is turning 200 years old. For a relatively small state, it has much diverse natural beauty. Given the mountains on the Tennessee border to the sugar white sands on the Gulf Coast and all the greenery in between, one thing cannot be denied -- she looks great for her age.

The SYA Springville Soccer Boys U10 Predators and Girls U11 Storm Teams both placed as first runner-up at the Birmingham Bash Area BUSA Soccer Tournament on September 29.

It’s amazing how many things there are to do in Leeds and Moody. I find that I meet many people on the street that don’t even know about the many wonderful events that are taking place on a weekly basis around here. I truly enjoy writing this weekly news column just to help with publicity to…

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In the 1830s, Andrew Jackson initiated an “Indian Removal Policy.” Under this new policy, members of the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations were forced to give up their lands east of the Mississippi River and migrate to Oklahoma.

Fall is finally upon us, even if the temperatures seem to disagree. Thankfully, the mornings are a little cooler and I have definitely been taking advantage of those! As I spend more time outdoors, I have noticed that the leaves are beginning to fall. How can I put these leaves to use in my …

The heat has dried up all my creative writing and wit. Maybe next week my brain cells will have rejuvenated enough to once again entertain. This week will just have to settle for the news, so let's get to it!

One-Eighty Church hosted Breakfast and Devotion for the Football Players, Trainers and Cheerleaders before school on September 27.

We are very excited to see that Old Smokey BBQ opened last month. The City of Leeds and Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon last Wednesday with a big crowd in attendance. One of the owners, Cody Price, shared a bit of their story.

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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…