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Spooky Photos

The haunted mansion is missing a few ghosts and this romantic couple is dying to get back. Can they hitch a ride with you? SUBMITTED BY Jackie Whitehead, Orange Beach. Kim Fletcher and Aryssa Sullivan dressed up to scare the kids for Halloween. My niece wasn’t at all scared! SUBMITTED BY Kim Fletcher, Bridgeport. Karen and […]

Social Security can help you get back to work

By Kylle’ McKinney If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits and want to start working or return to work, Social Security can help. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits and want to start working or return to work, […]

This Day In History: October 8, 1896

George Washington Carver Photo by Arthur Rothstein, courtesy of the Library of Congress Botanist and inventor George Washington Carver arrived in Tuskegee to direct the agricultural school at the Tuskegee Institute. Known as the “Peanut Man,” Carver earned international fame for his innovative use of alternative crops to cotton, including peanuts and sweet potatoes. He […]

Enjoy tasty treats and support worthy causes

The third annual Taste of Chilton County will feature a variety of tasty foods (last year, more than 20 vendors participated), with a “taster’s choice” ballot for ticketholders to vote for their favorite vendors’ foods in sweet, savory and overall categories. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Chilton […]

Talladega Superspeedway celebrates 50 years:

Fans can meet legendary drivers and see iconic cars Oct. 11-13 By John N. Felsher In a Dodge Charger Daytona on March 24, 1970, second-generation NASCAR star Buddy Baker laid down a lap at 200.447 mph at the year-old Talladega Superspeedway. The speed, the first to top the 200-mph barrier, set a stock car record […]

Filling a need: Young man’s project connects students with volunteer opportunities

By Stephanie Snodgrass Sam LoDuca on the roof of the Newseum while on Washington Youth Tour. They say that necessity is the mother of invention. For Brewton’s Samuel “Sam” LoDuca, that was exactly the case when it came to creating “VoluNeed,” a texting service designed to fulfill a student’s graduation requirement for volunteer service hours. […]

Music for the ages: Alabama woman puts her lullabies into a new speaker for young listeners

By Alec Harvey For more than 30 years, Mae Robertson has been singing lullabies – not just an occasional “Rock-A-Bye Baby” to her children, but an array of lullabies recorded as albums. “It started in 1986 after my daughter was born, and a friend overheard me singing ‘The Water is Wide’ to her as a […]

Alabama’s own ‘Great American Read’

McCammon holds a copy of his newest book, Cardinal Block, the back cover features a photo of him in early 1700s period attire. Photo by Michael Mixon Robert McCammon is the only living Alabama author to have a book named to PBS’ “The Great American Read” list of 100 beloved 100 books. (Harper Lee, who […]

Kiwifruit: A new Alabama-grown fruit for fall

Fall fruit season is here, a time to enjoy locally grown apples, pumpkins, pears and many other Autumn-ripening favorites, including a newcomer to the fall lineup — Alabama-grown kiwifruit.  These darling egg-shaped super-fruits, which are packed with exquisite flavor and exceptional nutrition, are native to China where they have been revered and cultivated for centuries. […]

Catfish, seafood top the menu at Top O’ The River

By Aaron Tanner For more than three decades, the Sharp family has served top-notch food at its chain of Top O’ The River restaurants across eastern Alabama. Top O’ The River first opened its doors in Anniston in 1982. The family later added locations in Gadsden in 1983 and Guntersville in 2002, along with a […]


By Jennifer Kornegay After centuries in existence and even after taking a backseat to other kinds of pots and pans, cast iron has made a full comeback and firmly established its place in the collective “Southern cooking” consciousness. Styling/Photos by Brooke Echols Cast-iron cookware was created several hundred years ago and got heavy use in […]

Is a heat pump right for my home?

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen A mini-split ductless heat pump can serve up to four rooms through fans installed in each room. Q: My cousin just installed a heat pump, so now she uses fan units placed on the walls instead of her baseboard heaters. My neighbors just got a heat pump too, but they […]

CWD not in Alabama yet, but state urges caution

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, affects the nervous system in members of the cervid or deer family, which includes whitetails, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou and other species. “The disease is caused by mutated forms of normal proteins called prions,” says Chris Cook, the Deer Program coordinator for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. […]

The mystery in Mamaw’s kitchen

Come with me on a trip through Alabama and down memory lane. Over the river and through the woods, sorta. Actually the trip takes us along an interstate highway that is perpetually under construction (don’t tell me that government can’t create jobs), in and out of suburbs with glittering malls, into the Black Belt with […]