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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.

Ashville is a city steeped in its storied past. From its charming town square to the Inzer and John Looney Museums, both full of documents containing information of its citizens’ own lineage, it is a place rich in historic places, figures, and lore.

Southeastern Equipment Rentals chose Leeds as their sixth location at 9014 Weaver Avenue and opened last Thursday. The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Leeds cut the ribbon to celebrate. Southeastern equipment Rentals originated in Fort Payne in 2019. Since then, they have adde…

Ashville High School upcoming senior, Nick Lee, did his city proud July 25 by placing third at the St. Clair County Competitive Event in the woodworking category, “What Would You Build?” Brook Perry, originally from Ashville and Pell City High School junior, currently wears the green jacket.…

The Springville Community Theater performed “Peter Pan” Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28 at Springville Middle School. For more information, visit springvillecommunitytheater.com.

The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life week. This is the time to clear out the clutter, both physically and otherwise. It's a good time to do a little late “spring” cleaning, but also to clear out some of the things in our lives that keep us from truly enjoying ourselves. To…

Let me introduce you to some relative newcomers to our fair town of Pell City. Wayne and Susan Bush fell in love with Pell City and Logan Martin Lake when they visited for their daughter’s engagement party a few years ago. Enchanted by our small town and the panoramic view of the lake, they …

The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate Seat held by Senator Jeff Sessions for almost two decades. He unwittingly made a strange and probably very regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as att…

The Springville Public Library hosted Gutsy The Flying Fox for a fantastic finale at Springville Middle School. The following sponsors made the Summer Reading children's program possible: Walmart Springville, Chick-Fil-A Trussville, McWane Science Center, McDonald’s Springville, Waffle House…

Frozen Rooster is now open! This new restaurant opened on Saturday with a big grand opening in the Outlet Shops of Grand River located in the food court. The City of Leeds and the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on Monday morning. Frozen Rooster is not a chain, but a locally ow…

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Recently, a home vegetable gardener who was perplexed with her latest squash harvest contacted me. Until recently, she had been dining on beautiful, light-yellow, straight-neck squash and then something happened. This beautiful fruit morphed into an ugly duckling of the squash world. What co…

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I told you in last week’s column I was going on a cruise with my daughters, and I did. Did you know the two best days of any vacation are the day you leave and the day you come home? Because no matter where you go or how enjoyable it is, there’s really no place quite like home. So, I was del…

Congratulations to Springville High School Baseball Player Braden Hughes for being selected to the 2019 MaxPreps Medium Schools All-American Baseball Team. Hughes was selected as the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A Player of the Year. Hughes’ Stats are: .398, 32 runs, 49 RBI, 16 …

The month of July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month. These days, almost everyone has a smart phone. We use them constantly to text, check emails, make calls and surf the internet. Cell phones have become an absolute necessity for the modern person on the go. However, there are certain courtesies …

Do you love children, enjoy teaching, especially the look of excitement on their faces when they grasp the understanding of something new? Could you use some extra money but cannot commit to a full time job?

Big Springs Park debuted the new Selfie Swing at the playground. The Selfie Swing is a tandem swing for parents and children with a special phone compartment for making videos or photos. #selfieswing

The 11th day of July is Cheer Up the Lonely Day. What a wonderful idea! There are so many people who have no one, seniors, widows and widowers, people who simply have no one. This is the perfect time to make an effort to brighten up someone's day. This day aims to spread the awareness of the…

For those of you looking to get outside and escape the Summer heat, there is no better option than Yak the Creek, now open to the public. The long, lovely Big Canoe Creek is located on the side of Highway 231 at the bridges just outside city limits and runs seven miles through the greenery. …

The Springville Public Library hosted Princess Ariel and Princess Tiana for Preschool Storytime on June 20 and the Anniston Museum of Natural History presented "Alabama Animals" on June 26 as part of the Library’s Summer Reading Programs.

It is Independence Day, the fourth of July and time to celebrate the day our wonderful nation declared its freedom from tyranny.

The city that touts itself as a small town with big city amenities is living up to the claim. It has the fast paced environment of a big city with so much to do. There are so many events and enhancements to previously planned happenings.

When I lived in Germany for five years, I never really became accustomed to the number of holidays they celebrate. It seemed like every week had a day when they celebrated something (usually with beer and a day off work). Imagine my surprise when I found out Americans celebrate even more “ho…

State Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia), has been in the Alabama House and Alabama Senate for over 40 years.  That is a record in Alabama history and definitely a record of longevity for any Jefferson County legislator in history.  Jabo Waggoner has had a significant impact on behalf of the…

The Springville Public Library hosted the McWane Science Center for "The Final Frontier" and the science of space travel!

Hello everyone. And happy, almost Fourth of July. I hope everyone has a fun and safe day.

A special congratulations is in order. Charity Bowden was crowned Miss Leeds Area 2020 at Leeds High School Saturday night as she competed in the Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant. First runner up was Sammy Rizzuto and second runner up was Shiann Harper. Emma Terry was crowned Mis…

Some of us who were former legislators, who served our counties in the legislature a long time, were considered by many to always be their legislator. A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to get in touch with their congressman or sen…

The Springville Public Library hosted the Dynamic Education Adventures, featuring Hogwarts Academy for Teens with the Science Lady on June 13.

Tomorrow marks the first day of summer. We’ve had plenty of sunshine already and then we’ve had some rainy days. One thing we need to watch out for is lightning. Sunday afternoon, we were all sitting around celebrating Father’s Day when a huge clap of thunder came out of nowhere that shook t…

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This Sunday will be Father’s Day, the day Americans honor and pay tribute to their fathers. 

The 2019 legislative session is now in the books. As each session is observed, it is apparent that primary, powerful, state senators control the flow and outcome of any and all legislative sessions.

Ashville is holding their annual fundraising event Tunes Around Town on July 6 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the town square. 

Springville High School Baseball players Brant Brown #7, B.Daniels #5, Ivan Cornelius #18 and B. Hughes #21 were selected to be in the St Clair All-County Baseball team on June 3.

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, remember to celebrate your dad. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide about the right gift for Father’s Day or the right way to celebrate. There’s nothing more special to a dad than spending time together. The older we get, the busier we are and the less tim…

No one knows the origins of Christmas in July for certain.  But it goes back a long way.  Some say all the way to the 1892 French opera when the children practiced their Christmas carols and were rewarded with wrapped presents.  However it began, Christmas in July offers at least the idea of…

For almost 100 years one of, if not the best, annual event for young Alabama High School leaders in Alabama has been the Alabama Boys State and the Alabama Girls State programs.

The Springville Civil Air Patrol -CAP-126 members, Major Michael McEntyre, 2nd Lt Ron Young, C/CM Sgt Kalysta Young and C/M Sgt Caitlyn Young set up a recruiting booth at the Pell City Block Party on Saturday, June 1.

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The last day of school was May 23, and I’m pretty sure you’re already hearing that litany from your kids. Our area is rich in activities for kids and teens, so you’re sure to find some answers to that question among the following possibilities.

Congratulations to Miss Leeds Area Braidyn Lazenby who received an honorable mention for social impact when the Top 7 Community Service finalists and Top 7 Stem Scholarship finalists were named at Brookwood Village in the kickoff event of the Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant week. Braidyn wi…

A good many people wonder why simple, straightforward, no nonsense, good- government legislation fails to pass even though it appears to have universal and overwhelming support and appeal for many voters and legislators. 

The Springville Civil Air Patrol -CAP-126 presented the Colors at Springfest on May 18 at Big Springs Park.

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Obituaries

SPRINGVILLE - Funeral Service for Kayla Mashburn, age 42, was held Saturday August 10, 3 p.m., at The Church at Bradford Road in Springville, Interment followed at Springville Cemetery. Ms. Mashburn passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019. She is preceded in death by her father, Miles Owen Mas…

Reggie Hazelwood, born in October in 1941, died July 19, 2019 at his home in Bailey, N.C. Reggie was a former resident of St.Clair County.

WILMINGTON, NC - Graveside services for Maureen Roe Watson, age 65, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, formerly of Pell City, AL was held on Monday, July 1, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Ms. Watson passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Survivors includ…