Be Impressed with Minnesota

To Southerners, the mere mention of the word “Minneapolis” or “Minnesota” engenders thoughts of bitter cold. Our minds dance with the images of white piles of slush being driven by flannel-jacketed men, their matching flannel hats bobbing in concert with […]

Lawn Rangers

Images by Blakeney Cox   Most nights you’ll find Austin West behind the wheel of his Vestavia Hills police cruiser. His friend, Jonathan Piteo, alternates working 24-hour shifts, battling blazes as a firefighter in the Jasper area. Both have chosen […]

Rain Man

First of all, you won’t believe this. Recently I’ve discovered something so amazing, so revolutionary, so utterly unbelievable, that I can no longer keep it a secret. Ready for this? (You’ll want to sit down first.) It seems I’ve been […]

Making “Son of David”

I’ve always wanted to make movies. Even as a kid, I’d make a viewfinder with my circled thumb and fingers and pretend I was peering through a camera. About four years ago, I was in a movie. Maybe you saw […]

A Walk Through Time – Campbell Jewelers

Campbell Jewelers was founded in 1933 by Bryce Campbell. The original building was located on 19thSt. next to Weinstein’s. In its early years, the business featured Bulova and Elgin watches, clocks by Seth Thomas and Westclox, Fostoria glassware, and Bluebird […]

Born to Be Mild

I’m not a motorcycle guy. I know a lot of you just lost your minds. Your collective heads are spinning, trying to make sense of it. What did he say? How can this be? But he looks like a motorcycle guy. […]

A Walk Through Time- Townley School

The first school in Townley was built in 1894 and was located on Alabama Highway 24 between Jasper and Carbon Hill. In March of 1964 the current school was built after the previous one burned down in 1962. It originally […]

July 11, 1985

He had gone to see a doctor about a lump in his stomach. When the test results came back, he forgot all about the knot. Lung cancer. That was 1984. My father was in his early fifties. He’d smoked since […]

A Walk Through Time: Burton Manufacturing

Burton Manufacturing was established in 1907 by T.C. Burton. In its early days, the company manufactured leather horse collars and harnesses, but later became well known for producing superior quality golf bags. By the 1950s, the company was manufacturing approximately […]