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Jilda and I wrote a song with our friend Tracy Lea Reynolds several years ago entitled Look on the Bright Side. In the past, when we performed the song at festivals and coffee house, it seemed to … more
Hardships were expected and realized in the 1930's and 40's. Summers were going to be hot as they have always been and winters cold. Enduring this was still a way of life, and preparation was made to … more
Perennials have been a part of home gardens for as long as gardening has been around. In years past, perennials were our primary source of spring and summer flowers. They lost quite a bit of their … more
Sumiton Middle School celebrated its third annual Grandparents’ Day on Friday with a brunch in the school’s cafeteria. Participation was so good this year that some of the visitors had to eat in the gym. Amy Hall and the teachers pitch in to put the celebration together each year. “It’s an opportunity to recognize grandparents and bring the community into the school,” Principal Chris Stephenson said. “It’s a great team effort to make something happen for our community. more
ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann engages with a young fan Saturday at Lavish in Jasper. Spann took time to talk to a steady line of people for three hours, as he is on a book tour for his new autobiography, "Weathering Life." The book is available as a paperback and e-edition at  more
Fetch! Pet Care is now providing valuable services for pet owners in Jasper.The national business expanded to Jasper a few months ago, with Jay Barrett managing local operations.According to the … more
Well, my first official Foothills Festival is in the books!  Last year, I was too young and slow and couldn’t keep up with Mike’s steps.  Let’s just say that this year I wasn’t the … more
If the Walker County Sheriff's Office were a railroad, Rhonda Guthrie would be the person who made sure the trains ran on time.Guthrie is the gatekeeper for Sheriff Nick Smith, Chief Deputy Anthony … more
The Walker County Sheriff's Office staff and inmates have been harvesting peppers and cucumbers from their garden for weeks. The pickled jars will be sold at this weekend's Foothills Festival. more
This week marks the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Even now, thinking about that day makes me feel melancholy. The world changed that day. It became much smaller and more divided. I remember within a … more
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