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A Jasper 12-year-old made a significant find at the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site in Union Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 14. “It was two reproductive cones — megasporophyll and microsporophyll — both of the same type of plant, a scale tree. They’re not incredibly rare, but it’s unusual that you see both on the same plate, especially with the megasporophyll leaves attached,” said Ashley Allen, president of the Alabama Paleontological Society. more
The Walker County Cattlemen’s Association hosted its annual banquet last Saturday, Feb. at Bevill State Community College in Sumiton. The winner of the groups’ annual scholarship and officers for 2018 were announced during the event. more
MEMPHIS — Elvis Presley’s Graceland continues to be a popular tourist attraction that is in the process of a $137 million expansion. Currently, visitors to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., are invited to tour Elvis’ home … more
Keith Lewis, a former priest at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jasper, was honored at T.R. Simmons Elementary School on Wednesday. A former POW who served in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force, Lewis gives back by reading to Mrs. Barrera’s Pre-K class every Wednesday. He says reading to Pre-K children is what God has called him to do at this time in his life. more
Eighth grade students at Bankhead Middle School participated in the school’s first Living Wax Museum on Thursday. The museum included more than 80 historical figures who delivered a 1- to 2-minute speech after visitors paid a quarter to make them come to life. Students began working on the project two weeks before Thanksgiving and researched three figures before selecting one to portray. The museum was organized by BMS teacher LeAnn Hood and librarian Jeannie Weaver. more
"Celebrating Our Communities: Chapter 1," an exhibit celebrating the histories of Carbon Hill, Eldridge, Kansas, Nauvoo and Townley, opened at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center on Feb. 14. The exhibit will remain up through June 9. more
New Beacon Hospice in Jasper has once again filled an Angel Tree with the wishes of local adults. Approximately 220 Angels were placed on the tree last week. The requests came from patients in local hospices and home health agencies as well as the Department of Human Resources adult protective services and the TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. more
“Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution, opens Tuesday at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center. more
An abandoned cat that slowly came to accept human kindness inspired the plot for “Patchwork Love,” the first novel from Jasper native Linda Lou Burton. more
My work took me to Fayette this past week. The schedule was loose and the day was the warmest yet of 2016, so naturally I chose to take the back roads where there’s always something interesting to see. The route I chose ran by the old house … more
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