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Alabama Snapshots | Model Trains

Jeremiah Jones’ H0 scale model train layout. SUBMITTED BY Beverly Jones, Lawley. SUBMITTED BY Geno Sharp, Lincoln. Had a train set as a kid. 50 years later it was time for another one. SUBMITTED BY Garry Replogle, Cottonwood. SUBMITTED BY Joe Sartorius, Gulf Shores. SUBMITTED BY Susanlynn Allen, Guntersville. A doppleganger is a non-biologically related […]


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 Feb. 10 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative. The winner and answer will be announced in […]


February Spotlight

The American Village to commemorate President’s Day The American Village in Montevallo will hold several events on Feb. 17 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Presidents Day and the Festival of Tulips (weather permitting). Among the scheduled events: A service of thanksgiving, Thompson Colonial Chapel, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; anniversary convocation, Liberty Hall, 11 a.m. […]


Small Alabama town may be a model for rural development

By Ted Stacy, Alabama Daily News The old West Point Peppermill building in Abbeville is a reminder of its heyday, when it employed 1,400 workers in southeast Alabama. Photo by Jay Hare / Dothan Eagle The old WestPoint Pepperell mill in Abbeville, Ala., is a long, greyish white structure that stretches two city blocks in […]


Alabama set to make its presidential picks

By Minnie Lamberth On March 3, Alabama’s registered voters will begin making their voices heard on the candidates they want to represent them in the highest office in the land, as well as in a number of local and state offices. In the past, presidential preference primaries were held in June when decisions at the […]


A look ahead at the Legislature

By Allison Law Alabama’s 2019 legislative session was, by most accounts, tough. Controversial. Contentious. And for that session, nearly a third of the state’s legislators were new.  Rep. Mac McCutcheon Now that they have a year’s worth of experience, House Speaker Mac McCutcheon thinks these new legislators will be able to build on relationships and […]


Solar sunrise

The growth of solar power is making it a more useful energy source By Paul Wesslund Not long ago, solar energy was considered an oddity. Electricity generated from the sun was expensive, so not many people used it. Solar power barely registered on the list of electricity sources. Then, members of local electric cooperatives started […]


The state’s top financial watchdog

Rachel Riddle of Prattville was named the chief examiner for the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts in June 2018, becoming the first woman to hold the position, and the first new person in that position in 37 years. No stranger to state government, she worked as an analyst and fiscal officer for the […]


Expanding Social Security field office hours

Social Security Cards for identification and retirment USA All Social Security field offices will now remain open until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, with typical field office hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can locate the closest field office to you using our field office locator online.  In another move to […]


Worth the Drive | Pizza fanatics flock to Cullman for made-to-order meals

Story and photos by Jennifer Crossley Howard Lucy Gable, manager of Carlton’s, and her father, Dr. Harry Blaylock, owner, have worked together since her father, a retired veterinarian, bought it in 2009. Lucy Gable assumed she would follow in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Harry Blaylock, after she graduated from Auburn University and become […]


Alabama’s biodiversity makes it a haven for mushrooms

When a spate of warm, rainy weather causes mushroom populations to mushroom in your landscape, there’s no cause to worry. It may, however, be time to find the sauté pan.  Mushrooms, along with molds and yeasts, belong to the fascinating kingdom of fungi. Unlike members of the plant kingdom, which make their own energy through […]


Alabama Recipes | Pork

Styling/Photos by Brooke Echols Cook of the Month Evelyn Milner, Wiregrass EC Pork in Brown Sauce 3 cups beef or chicken broth 2 tablespoons molasses or cane syrup 4 teaspoons soy sauce ½ teaspoon salt ¼ tsp paprika ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 cup carrots, sliced  ¾ cup onions, chopped ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped […]


Growing feral swine population difficult to control

By John N. Felsher A small sounder, or social group, of feral hogs trapped in a corral in Tuscaloosa County. One expert says that in trying to eliminate the hogs, it’s best to try to trap an entire sounder, if possible. Photos Courtesy Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources When Spanish explorer and conquistador […]


Matching wits with the toughest game animal in Alabama

Game camera captures a group of feral hods in west Autauga County. Bristling with razor sharp tusks and protected by a tough hide covering thick hardened scar tissue, a big, ornery boar makes a fearsome adversary. “The largest hog that I have ever seen was probably a little over 300 pounds,” says Matt Brock, an […]


Who remembers the streakers of ’74?

By Hardy Jackson Come with me back to those thrilling days of yesteryear. February 1974 to be exact. That was when brave Southern boys and girls broke down the last barrier that stood between themselves and good taste and took off their clothes – in public. Though it was still winter, the weather cleared, cold […]