January 2023 Spotlight

Alabama Living Magazine

Bo Bikes Bama charity ride date announced

Alabama sports legend Bo Jackson, founder of Bo Bikes Bama, has announced the date for the 2023 charity bike ride to be held in Auburn. The date will be April 23, 2023, and registration and fundraising will open on Jan. 19, 2023. 

The cost to participate is $90 for a 60-mile ride and $70 for a 20-mile ride. A $60 at-home option will also be available to supporters unable to travel to Auburn. 

Jackson started Bo Bikes Bama to honor the lives lost during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak, and to help the state of Alabama recover and prepare for the future. It became an annual event in 2013, and over the past 12 years has grown to attract more than 1,000 cyclists annually and has raised more than $2.3 million. The Bo Bikes Bama initiatives support the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which has repaired hundreds of homes and funded community storm shelters throughout the state.

For more information, visit BoBikesBama.com

Coosa County landmark restored


The “milk carton” on U.S. Highway 231 in the Stewartville community (between Sylacauga and Rockford) was our Whereville landmark in the January 2020 issue. At that time, the block structure had fallen into disrepair and needed some TLC.

Our readers gave us the back story: It was once the site of Dark’s Dairy, opened around 1946 by Lillian and Ruben Dark. Many readers thought the dairy operated until the 1980s. 

Now it has been restored, and Pam Weathers sent us some current photos. She says newly elected Coosa County Commissioner John Forbus headed up the project. 

Shown are the photo we ran in 2020, and a photo Weathers sent to us recently. We like to see communities pull together to save and restore landmarks!

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 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative, if applicable. The winner and answer will be announced in the February issue.

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

Contribute a photo you took 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. 

December’s answer: This life-sized pig oversees the parking lot at the new Conecuh Sausage gift shop, which is just off Exit 96 on Interstate 65. The iconic pig, which adorns much of the brand’s merchandise, is a popular backdrop for selfies and photo ops of folks on their way to and from the beach. (Photo by Lenore Vickrey of Alabama Living) The randomly drawn correct guess winner is Melinda Marston of Baldwin EMC.


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