April Spotlight

Alabama Living Magazine

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 April 10 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative. The winner and answer will be announced in the May issue.

Submit by email:, or by mail: Whereville, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124.

Contribute your own photo for an upcoming issue! Send a photo of an interesting or unusual landmark in Alabama, which must be accessible to the public. A reader whose photo is chosen will also win $25.

March’s Answer

This stone, located in Elmore County on Weoka Road next to the Thelma Baptist Church cemetery, marks the site of the McGillivray Plantation, also known as “Little Tallase.” The homestead was the birthplace of Alexander McGillivray (c. 1750-1793), son of a Scottish trader; his mother was a Creek Indian and belonged to the powerful Wind clan. McGillivray became a Creek leader and diplomat who negotiated treaties and alliances with Great Britain, Spain and the U.S. The faded plaque on the stone is dated May 13, 1930 and was placed by the Alabama Anthropological Society. (Photo submitted by W.A. Jones, Central Alabama EC) The randomly drawn correct guess winner is Russell Whigham of Dixie EC.

Alabama opens for red snapper fishing on May 22

Alabama state and federal waters will open for red snapper fishing for private anglers on Friday, May 22. The season will consist of four-day weekends, Friday through Monday. The season is anticipated to last for 35 days and is scheduled to close on Sunday, July 19.

The season dates only apply to anglers fishing from recreational vessels and state licensed Alabama commercial party boats that do not hold federal for hire fishing permits. Anglers fishing from federally permitted forhire vessels have their own season.

The daily bag limit is two red snapper per person, per day with a minimum size limit of 16 inches total length. For more details, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website at

Get Insprired to move with 100 Alabama Miles Challenge

All Alabamians are invited to get active as part of the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge, which kicks off this spring. Participants can walk, run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, ride or roll to their 100 mile goal, and while they can participate at home, in their neighborhood, or even at the gym, the program encourages them to visit Alabama’s parks, nature pre- serves and rivers.

Register at, where you can earn electronic badges for milestones reached and places visited as you log your miles. The website enables participants to find recreational trails throughout the state, track their progress individually and by teams, and get important safety and wellness information before heading outside.

Brag about your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #100ALMiles.

The challenge is organized by the Alabama Department of Public Health, the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and several other partners.

Find the hidden dingbat!

We must have made last month’s dingbat search too hard for you, because our entries were down to just more than 220. OK, we admit it. The garden shears were on Page 47, cutting along the edge of the order form for our Alabama Living cookbook. Reader G. B. Gay of Dozier contended we’d placed the dingbat in an ad (which we’ve clearly stated would not be a dingbat hiding place). Mr. Gay, we’ll concede you might think an order form is an ad, but we didn’t consider it as such. Several other readers claim to have found the shear in different photos in the magazine, including the marble quarry, a bookshelf, the peanut butter granola jar, and the pollinator shed, but we had a hard time seeing them.

Marjorie Wynn of Frankville, a member of Clarke-Washington EMC, sent us some poetry:

It keeps my brain working to be smart, Finding the dingbat thrills my heart.

As did Eleanor Madigan of Dothan:

Peanut butter makes my tastebuds dance,
That’s why I gave the cookbook order form a glance. A cut-out shear came with the advertising,
How clever and enticing.

This month we’ve hidden something we’ve all been using a lot of lately: an umbrella. So don’t get wet while you hunt for it! Send us your answers by April 10.

By email:

By mail: Find the Dingbat Alabama Living, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124

Brag about your hometown

Tell us why your hometown is special or unique. We’re looking for stories, no more than 200 words, about Alabama’s towns and small cities (no urban or suburban areas). Email your story to Allison Law,, or mail it to her attention, Alabama Living magazine, 340 Technacenter Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117. Please include your name and contact information. Deadline is April 13, 2020.


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