The Walker County Home Builders Association is a professional association comprised of  professionals in construction and related industries, working together to improve the quality of life in our local community. The WCHBA is an affiliate of Home Builders Association of Alabama in Montgomery, AL, and the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. By becoming a member, an individual … READ MORE

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Apr, 2018

 

The posters still hang on the wall. It’s been over twenty-three years since Marcus Mitchell left this earth for a better place, but the remnants of his life remain. Inside a modest home in West Jasper, a menagerie of items pay tribute to the adorations of Marcus’s life. Marcus was a basketball player and he loved the Los Angeles Lakers. … READ MORE

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Apr, 2018

 

The Victory Cafe in Parrish was located across the street from the where the doctor’s clinic is now, next to the railroad. The cafe, owned and operated by Bessie “Bug” Poe,  sold hamburgers and various foods to school children and railroad workers from the 1950s to the 1970s. “Bug” kept a railroad radio in the window so she could take … READ MORE

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Apr, 2018

 

“My first job out of college was at Jefferson County DHR – a job I had promised myself I would never take. But my undergrad degree is in social work, so that’s where I started. At 23 years old I had a case load – all of these huge cases in foster care. I felt helpless, lost…it was a very … READ MORE

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Mar, 2018

 

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 arrived in Walker County in 1946 after he was hired as the head football coach and basketball coach at Walker … READ MORE

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Mar, 2018

Pat Bowden

by 78

 

Back in the 1960’s, a very wise man, who happened to be my dad, said, “People who have music in their lives and hearts are usually happy folks, and they have opportunities in life that others don’t often have.” My musical journey began as a six-year old carrying a Liberty National satchel filled with John Thompson’s “Teaching Little Fingers to … READ MORE

3
Mar, 2018

Finding Home

by 78

 

The beach is my favorite… the sun, the sand, the laid back atmosphere. I can sit for hours listening to the waves and think about nothing other than my next meal. I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience of being out of town on vacation or business. No matter how awesome the beach, or how fun the city, there comes … READ MORE

1
Mar, 2018

Brack Bradley

by Terrell Manasco

 

  On a sunny afternoon, the buzz of a giant mosquito is overhead. A drone hovers above the gravel parking lot. At Control Central, Brack Bradley squints behind a pair of shades as he expertly maneuvers his toy. While studying film at Alabama, Brack and four classmates caught a break when their instructor, Tom Cherones, a producer and director on … READ MORE

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Feb, 2018

The People’s Home

by Terrell Manasco

 

In 1916, William Brockman Bankhead bought an orchard for $2500. Unfortunately, he wasn’t interested in growing apples. Bankhead, who within a year would be elected as an Alabama congressman and would eventually serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives, built a Colonial Revival style house on the property from 1924-25. The home was featured in the Dec. 28th, 1936 issue … READ MORE

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Feb, 2018

Heidi Young Batson

by Terrell Manasco

 

Heidi Young Batson still misses New Orleans. It’s where she lived and worked for over twenty years. “I think I’m still decompressing from living there,” Heidi says, relaxing at her kitchen table as classic Motown plays softly in the background. Her cat Marvin Gaye licks a furry paw while lounging in a nearby chair. “I’ve just not quite recuperated,” Heidi … READ MORE

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