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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.

Fall is here but no one can tell because it's still hot as blazes and it's making me very grumpy. Fall is what we will call "my Boo.” Every year I wait with abated breath and unconcealed anticipation for it to arrive, only for it to arrive later and later. It does not stop me from dressing t…

Springville Schools celebrated Homecoming on Sept. 20 with Pep Rallies, a Parade and a game against Munford at Tiger Stadium.

Courtesy is something that is rare these days, but we can all make a difference in our world if we will practice a few courteous tips. First and foremost, it’s always proper to say please and thank you. Say it to everyone, no matter what. Showing an attitude of gratitude can change your life.

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Two year old Livie’s diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) was frightening to her parents, Jonathan and Melena Wheeler. However, as her condition worsened, they were told Livie would die without a heart transplant. Imagine their relief when they received the phone call in the middle of t…

Are you ready to learn what generational strongholds are, where they come from, and, most importantly, how to step into deliverance for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren?

It is no secret that the benefits of playing sports are vast, varied, and permanent.

It's Homecoming week for the Saints and the schools are going all out with activities. Career Day, Character Day, Super Hero Day and my favorite -- Eighties Day. Apparently a lot of moms still had their wardrobe from that era because according to the pictures on social media these girls nail…

Congratulations to the Springville High School FFA Livestock Judging Team and Horse Judging Team for winning the St. Clair County FFA contests at the St. Clair County Arena in Odenville on September 13. Also congratulations to the Forestry Judging Team and the Safe Tractor driver Austin Shar…

Leeds Jane Culbreth Library had a huge surprise this week with the donation of two beautifully crafted quilts. They say that every quilter has a masterpiece within and these two quilts are truly a shining example of the masterpiece found within one of their lovely library patrons, Ann Fronzu…

The upcoming 2020 census is extremely critical in Alabama and the rest of the states in the nation, as well. The census affects the number of seats a state has in the U.S. Congress and ultimately the number of Electoral College Votes you have for president. Also, very importantly, the amount…

In the time I've been writing about Ashville, three things have impressed me most. One is the city's appreciation for its own rich history. Another is the city's ability to sustain its clubs and organizations. But mostly, it's the citizen's eagerness to help others.

The Springville Civil Air Patrol, CAP-126 participated in Argo Teen Night Out and trooped the colours for the Springville High School Football game on August 30.

Leeds Downtown First Thursday was a huge success! The weather couldn’t have been better. Families came out to enjoy the evening with the great entertainment lineup with Mandi Rae, Eric Watters and Miss Leeds Area Charity Bowden. Parkway was lined with street vendors and food trucks. Three-Ea…

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When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 18 years ago, our world was thrown into chaos.

Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Bo…

The story of the Ashville Museum & Archives began on July 8, 1903, when Mrs. Mattie Lou (Teague) Crow was born to John Rowan and Tallulah (Nunnelly) Teague. As a child Mrs. Crow played on the steps of the Old Ashville Courthouse, and heard the old stories of Ashville and St. Clair County…

We are coming off Labor Day, the last official Summer holiday and unofficial end to the season, however Mother Nature has NOT gotten the memo. While our mornings are a nice tease of what’s to come, the afternoons are still like entering the firey gates of Satan’s hometown. While I am persona…

Miss Malorie Paige Martinez of Springville will be representing the state of Alabama as Miss Alabama Pre-Teen.

This Sunday is National Grandparents Day. So how do you celebrate? You pay Granny and Gramps a visit, of course! If you can't visit, give them a call or video chat. If your grandparents are no longer with you, celebrate their lives by visiting an elderly person you know or an elderly care fa…

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We arrived early and about 45 people were seated in the gallery, both offenders and their families. A few more came in after we did, and two people in handcuffs were escorted by a deputy to sit in the area where the jury would normally sit. Drug Court had begun.

Hello Readers! I’m back from my sabbatical with another edition of “What’s Up in Odenville”.

As we say goodbye to the summer of 2019, allow me to reminisce with you and indeed commemorate more than likely a summer exactly 50 years ago that was undoubtedly the most momentous summer in American history – The Summer of 1969.

The SHS Senior Springville Tigers greeted students at Springville Elementary School and Springville Middle School before Thursday’s opener on August 22.

Why should I attend community events like Leeds First Thursdays?

Ashville’s flag is flying in all its colorful beauty over the city’s historic courthouse. Six pink Magnolias are surrounded by 22 yellow stars. In the middle is the town’s name and the date Ashville was made a county seat in 1822. It was designed by the members of Historic Ashville Masonic L…

Leeds was recognized at the City Council meeting this week in celebration of 29 years as Leeds Tree City USA. Katie Wiswall, the U&CF Partnership Coordinator for the Alabama Forestry Commission made the presentation to members of the Leeds Tree Commission. Members included Linda Miller, …

“Meet the Tigers” night was held Friday, August 16 at the Springville High School Tiger Stadium with presentations for the cheerleading and football teams for the upcoming season.

For anyone who may not know, Facebook is a social networking site on the internet. Most use it to post updates about their lives for their friends and family. Saves a lot of time as opposed to making a few dozen phone calls. Others keep regular dialogues or use it for news. And there is alwa…

The Springville Quarterback Club hosted the First Annual Pigskins and Pearls event for the ladies and moms of players. The team moms learned a little about some plays, execution of some plays and also took a tour of the facilities.

National Friendship Week is next week and what better thing to celebrate than friendship? Friends, real friends, are a blessing because they understand you like no one else can. They also stand by you no matter how bad or good things get. Do you have any friends that you’ve known for years a…

Pastor Byron Vance, First United Methodist Church (FUMC) presented a gift grant of $1,500 to Director Alan Foster of the St. Clair Christian Love Pantry. 

There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia an…

Springville Elementary School students, Springville Preservation Society members and former Springville Rock School students and teachers worked to restore the Rock School as part of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebrations as a special project on July 27.

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Obituaries

RAGLAND - Mr. Harold G. Burnham, Sr., age 86, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019. He is preceded in death by his wife, Delaine Burnham and son, Harold Burnham, Jr. He is survived by two sons, David (Lavenia) Burnham and Robert Burnham; two daughters, Nancy (Gary) Crow and Teresa (Allen) …

PELL CITY - William "Van" Davis passed away on September 4, 2019 in Pell City, Alabama. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. in The Beacon of First United Methodist Church in Pell City. The funeral service will take place on Septemb…

Funeral serivce for Mr. Glover Cook, Jr. will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Overcoming Church, Ashville, AL at 1 p.m with Eulogist, District Elder Edward Lane. Public visitation will be Friday, September 6, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Internment will follow in the Alabama National Cem…