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Alabama Snapshots | On the Farm

Hayley and son, Weston, walking in high cotton on the family farm. SUBMITTED BY Hayley Walters, Auburn. Indie, Axil and Touché enjoying the sunshine. SUBMITTED BY Miranda Byford, Hartselle. Wyatt catching hens. SUBMITTED BY Savannah Cooper, Robertsdale. Tom Mauldin hauling hay on his John Deere. SUBMITTED BY Sarah Mauldin, Florence. Davis Hood giving “Moo” her […]


Certain disability payments and workers’ compensation may affect your benefits

By Kylle’ McKinney Many people working nowadays have more than one job. This means they have several sources of income. It’s important to keep in mind that having multiple sources of income can sometimes affect your Social Security benefits; but, it depends on the source.  Disability payments from private sources, such as private pensions or […]


Whereville, AL

Identify and place this Alabama landmark and you could win $25! Winner is chosen at random from all correct entries. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Send your answer by Nov. 7 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative. The winner and answer will be announced in […]


This Day in History: November 13, 1833

A dramatic meteor shower filled the sky with approximately 30,000 meteors an hour in an event remembered as the night stars fell on Alabama. The shower inspired the title of Carl Carmer’s 1934 bestselling book Stars Fell on Alabama, which related Carmer’s experiences in Alabama in the 1920s through the dramatized voice of a northerner. […]


White House ornament commemorates helicopter housed at Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker, Alabama’s largest military installation and home to U.S. Army Aviation, was the site of a commemorative event to celebrate the 2019 Official White House Christmas Ornament, which is in the image of a helicopter. The ornament commemorates President Eisenhower as the first sitting president to fly in a helicopter. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin […]


Final resting place

Alabama’s four veterans’ cemeteries honor those who served Story and photos by Jim Plott Todd Newkirk looks over the graves at Alabama National. The cemetery was built about a decade ago to provide a central location to serve the Birmingham metro area and beyond. Like soldiers at attention, battalions of white markers stretch out across […]


Overlook planned for National Cemetery

An artist rendering of the overlook at Alabama National. The overlook, above Shoal Creek, is being built through private donations and is expected to be complete in January. By January, families of veterans buried at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo will have a place to gather and reflect on the cemetery grounds while their loved […]


The Black Belt’s rich soil creates a special place for sporting adventures

By John N. Felsher Nourished for centuries by several rivers depositing nutrient-rich black, loamy soil, the Black Belt region extends across 23 counties in central Alabama. That fertile soil created outstanding agricultural land, but also created excellent habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.  Although hunters and fishermen frequently visit the region, area […]


Complacency often leads to tree stand accidents

Story and photos by David Rainer | Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Always keep a safety line attached to your full-body harness when you are climbing up and down a tree. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division’s Hunter Education Program wants to teach old hunters new safety tricks. Actually, these are […]


Belly up to the buffet at the Roadkill Café

The Roadkill Café is off the beaten path and draws patrons by word of mouth. To paraphrase a popular jelly commercial, “With a name like ‘Roadkill’ it’s got to be good.” In Elberta, Ala., it is. The diner has a fan base from across the street to across Canada. The restaurant’s fried chicken – beloved […]


Playing with her whole heart: Jessica Meuse

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jessica Meuse always gets a reaction when she’s introduced as a native of Slapout, Ala. “People are like, ‘wait, what?’” she laughs. She’s back home in the tiny Elmore County town, continuing to write songs and perform. Meuse is best known for reaching the top four in season 13 of “American Idol,” […]


Need holiday gifts? “Shop” your garden!

By Katie Jackson If you’re trying to find locally sourced, distinctive and affordable gifts this holiday season, here’s an idea: “shop” your garden. Gardens are, after all, about as local as you can get, plus they are stocked with gift ideas likely to suit everyone on your shopping list.  For example, foodies will relish fresh […]


Forbidden Fruit

By Jennifer Kornegay Styling / Photos by Brooke Echols When we think of fruit and fall, apples often come to mind. Most varieties are ripe and ready in autumn, getting plucked from rows of trees covering orchards from late August into November. This harvest has tied them to many of the dishes we enjoy during […]


Six efficient holiday gifts to give (or keep!)

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: With the holidays approaching, I’m starting to think about unique gifts for my family and friends that won’t use too much energy. Can you share any ideas?  A: It’s always a great idea to give energy efficient gifts! Here are a few ideas based on a range of […]


A chance to touch (and fire) pieces of history

By John N. Felsher When he was just out of high school, my father, Henry “Hank” Felsher, enlisted in the Navy as a 17-year-old kid and served as an aircraft gunner in the Pacific during World War II. He never said much about combat except, “I really liked firing the machine guns.” When I visited […]


The Box

By Hardy H. (Hardy) Jackson Veterans Day. My Father landed in Europe in the fall of 1944, went into the line, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was there when Germany surrendered.  He never talked about it, much. So my memories of his war consists of fragments of a few stories, the V-mail […]