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Soul of 78- Jennifer Sparks

“We’ve been in Jasper since August 2012, so we’re going on our sixth school year. We open every day around 1:00 for homeschool students, college students, adults going back to school or retaking the ACT, even nursing students – any […]

A Walk Through Time- Clarence White

Clarence White grew up in a large family in Selma, Alabama. A great athlete, White was a four-sport letterman at Selma High School. He later played end at Alabama State and was part of a national championship team. Mr. White […]

How I Quit Dipping

I haven’t had a dip in 25 days. I feel like Collin Raye in the song, “Little Rock.” I haven’t had a drink in 19 days…my eyes are clear and bright without that haze…. Now I know what you’re already […]

A Walk Through Time-Johny McPoland

Behind the large fishbowl window of a broadcast booth inside an A-frame building off Highway 78, a disc jockey flips on his microphone. As a song begins, he playfully teases, “Here’s one from Conway Twitty. This is The Johny Mack […]

Soul of 78- Rick Waldrop

“I got into the car business in 1978, when my dad opened a car lot in Jasper. After working with him for a few years, I went to AMC Jeep, which is now Jasper Honda. When I left AMC, I […]

The Legacy of Garry Neil Drummond

The young man paused and stared through the infinite Stygian darkness. It was 1952. School was out for the summer. Time to go to work. He adjusted the small miner’s lamp on the front of his hardhat, focusing the beam […]

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 […]