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

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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.

Our very own Miss Leeds Area Braidyn Lazenby will compete next week in the Miss Alabama Scholarship Competition.  The festivities will begin with a send off party this Thursday night hosted by the Miss Leeds Area committee.  Braidyn will check in at Samford University and then move on to the…

Hello everyone.  Hope you are planning a safe and fun Memorial Day. While Victory Christian School was out for summer last week (May 16), today is the day for Pell City and St. Clair County Schools to be dismissed for the summer. I know all of the kids are happy. 

The Springville High School Tigers Baseball Team won 5A State champs with a game 3 defeat over Briarwood score of 9-3 at the AHSAA State 5A Baseball Tournament at Patterson Field in Montgomery.

Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce presented three scholarships at Leeds High School senior awards night to three Diplomats who excelled in their participation in the chamber Diplomat Program. The 2019 Chamber Diplomat Scholarship Winners are Dalton Cates - $1000 scholarship, Kathryn Rice - $500…

As if there wasn’t enough reason to visit Ashville City Hall this Summer!  Elizabeth Lee Sorrell, an Ashville native, will be there signing not one, but two books: one for adults and one for children.  The event is Friday, May 24 from 2 – 4 p.m.

The Springville High School Tigers Baseball Team won their final Regional game 3-1 against Madison Academy on May 9 and will now head to the AHSAA State 5A Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 16 at Patterson Field in Montgomery. They will play the winner of the Briarwood vs. Sylacauga game.

We are excited to announce that the Friends of the Leeds Public Library, Inc. was the recipient of a $1000 grant awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  This is one of more than $205k in literacy grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.  These funds are a…

Our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby, turns 85 this week.  In March he reached another milestone – he surpassed Senator John Sparkman as the longest serving U.S. Senator in Alabama history.  Shelby has been our senator for over 32 years. 

The first Leeds Downtown First Thursday Street Fest last week was a hugesuccess.  Festivities were spread out over several city blocks on 9th Street from Alabama Power across Parkway Drive to Thornton Avenue at the Depot.  The Central Alabama Corvette Club cruised in with some beautiful cars…

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It seems like it was only yesterday when I was complaining about winter “hanging on” and holding spring at bay with a late season freeze. However, spring has prevailed, and this may be the loveliest spring I’ve ever seen. Flowers of every kind can be found at Walmart, Home Depot, and (my fav…

The Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the outgoing high school seniors who participated in their Diplomat Program during this school year.  Those recognized at the April chamber luncheon were Katheryn Rice, Shelby Truitt, Nicole Armstrong, Dalton Cates, Camell Looney and Presley Ande…

Ashville Middle School’s Bulldogs in the Spotlight production of  “Space Pirates” at Pell City’s Center for Education and Performance Arts on Friday May 3 at 6 p.m. is a must see!

Warmer weather has moved in. People are smiling and have a spring in their step. They also have itchy watery eyes, and are sneezing and hacking up a pollen lung. None of the 4 million gallons of rain that has fallen these past couple of weeks has touched the yellow snow that we get around th…

Charity Bowen is scheduled to perform at Leeds Downtown First Thursday Street Fest at 4 p.m. on May 2.  Charity is a fresh, young face on the country music scene with an old soul.  Her voice has that traditional southern twang that began country music.  She is from Hope Hull, just outside of…

Barbara Mostella, author of  “Who Would Have Thought?” will be signing copies of her book at the Ashville City Council Chambers at 211 8th Street on Saturday, April 27 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Springville Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron AL-126 presented the colors at the recognition of the ALANG Pilots killed during the Bay of Pigs (Cuba) at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Birmingham. 

LadyBUGS Fashion Show Luncheon was a sold out crowd this month at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with approximately 210 in attendance.  Miss Leeds Area Outstanding Teen Coco Green was among the ladies who modeled latest fashions from local retailers.  Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen Zoe’ Champion …

Thought for today:  “Wake up every morning expecting God to do something great!” (Joyce Meyers)

There is no question that Governor Kay Ivey’s Infrastructure/Gas Tax Program was the cornerstone issue of this legislative session. This monumental legislation will be a tremendous enhancement for Alabama’s economic development for decades to come.  Gov. Ivey and the legislative leadership d…

The John Looney House and Museum is quite possibly the most precious gems of Southern history in St. Clair County. It was listed in the travel site, “Sweet Home Alabama” as one of the things for travelers to see and do. And it’s in our own backyard.

Springville Elementary School’s 4th grade students learned about Alabama’s role in the Civil War with lessons from volunteers of the Daughters of the Confederacy on Friday, April 5. 

Leeds and Moody were among the 10 Most Popular Mid-Size Alabama Cities to Relocate 2019 according to data collected by www.moveBuddha.com.  Moody came in at second place while Leeds was named fourth place among the approximately 55 cities in Alabama that are considered to be mid-sized.  You …

After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now.  The Session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over.  Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will.  Even though they are, for the most pa…

Spring Break is over and school is on the homestretch to summer. For me it's the beginning of an empty nest as my caboose graduated this year. I've always said I would hate for that day to come, but I have come to the conclusion that I lied. It can't get here fast enough. As a matter of fact…

The Springville Public Library offered daily stories and activities at the Children’s Annex for Spring Break.

April is Lawn and Garden Month and we have had some pretty sunny days already to begin getting our yards and gardens prepared for the season.  I was able to plant a few flowers in my outdoor pots and they are already standing tall and pretty.  I am not much of a gardener and I really need so…

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Bradley Byrne, a Mobile native, sixth generation Alabamian, business attorney, husband, father and current Republican Congressman serving Alabama’s 1st congressional district attended lunch this past Thursday, March 21, as the keynote speaker for the St. Clair County Republican luncheon at C…

One of the obvious political changes in Alabama government over the last decades with the Republican takeover of the Legislature has been the reluctance to raise new revenue to fund state government.  Many of the current Republican legislators came to Montgomery in 2010 with a no new tax ple…

Congratulations to Katie Cone, the 60th Annual Miss Springville who was crowned on March 15.

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PELL CITY - Funeral service for Stephen C. Drummonds, age 69, will be Tuesday, June 18 at 2 p.m., from the Chapel of Kilgroe Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cook Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from Noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Drummonds passed awa…

Mr. Hershel Gilliland, 80, of Steele passed from this life to join his Lord in Heaven on May 4, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7 2019 at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Attalla. The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, from 9-11 …