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July 14, 2014

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8 places to cool down in Northeast Alabama

Dog days of summer got you down? We’re here to help with a list of watering holes that residents of Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne or Talladega counties will find refreshing in more ways than one.

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Saturday 07/12/2014
Foraging for the elusive chanterelle in the woods of Calhoun County
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:42 am

A culinary adventure began for three Jacksonville residents early one July morning, where a rutted, grassy trail dead-ended into a common stand of woods in Calhoun County.

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Anniston library to host fire-breathing performance
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:41 am

Jimmy Pyro will eat, breath and dance with fire in a family-friendly spectacle Thursday at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County.

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Water works: Tips for irrigating thirsty lawns and gardens
Posted: July 12, 2014

Spoiled by the abundant spring rainfall, roots are more shallow than usual, which could be a problem if plants get thirsty. Irrigation may be their only chance for survival.

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Where, oh where, has my little daredevil gone?
Posted: July 12, 2014

“D-A-A-A-A-D-E-E-E-E!!!!” Jellybean yelled as if she’d just woken up in a pool filled with piranhas and she was having a nosebleed, but I knew better. She was fine. I just happened to be out of sight — but sadly not out of earshot.

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In the spotlight: CAST Kidz actress wins national competition
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:48 am

CAST kid Ramsey Whitney recently competed against more than 100 children at the annual “Shine” event, sponsored by Actors, Models and Talent for Christ in Orlando, Fla.

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A new mosaic, and a like-new church organ
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:40 am

As summer plans for the arts continue, business as usual is better than usual.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Eastaboga woman shares mother’s wisdom in new book
Posted: July 11, 2014

Homespun wisdom is a vanishing art in Southern storytelling. But Cornelia Wills has found a way to keep it alive with her new book, “Mama Said: A Word to the Wise is Sufficient.”

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To be Christlike, the Bible says to, first, honor thy father and second, to love one another. What’s third?
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 5:32 am

Area faith leaders answer your questions.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
When wine came to Alabama
Posted: July 08, 2014

Ever wonder how all that wine makes its way to the shelves of your grocer or wine store?

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Sunday 07/06/2014
A lost treasure, stolen by Nazis, links three tales of love and loyalty
Updated: July 06, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Movingly recounting, through three interrelated episodes, the redeeming magnitude of love in even the most horrific circumstances, this epic, deeply moving novel will haunt any reader fortunate enough to discover it.

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There’s a bluegrass resurgence going on, and it’s coming to Alexandria
Posted: July 06, 2014

On Saturday, local bluegrass band Valley Road is kicking off the first Valley Road Community Bluegrass Festival in Alexandria.

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Into Africa: Capturing unforgettable memories on a photo expedition
Updated: July 06, 2014 - 12:28 am

While waiting for the last of our fellow travelers to claim their luggage and meet us outside Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, several of us gladly took a Listerine breath strip offered up by one adventurer for the good of the order.

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Saturday 07/05/2014
Oxford designer turns cast-off T-shirts into fashion statements
Posted: July 05, 2014

Lee Law is making the old new again with an artistic, sustainable clothing line called The Wrong Side-Out.

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The craft is always greener on his side of the closet
Posted: July 05, 2014

I’ll never forget the day I snuck into the laundry room to swipe a wachamacallit from the man of the house's toolbox and, to my horror, it was locked. But when one door closes, another one opens. Cut off from the wonderful world of men’s tools, I turned instead to his closet — which has no locks — and was soon rummaging through the wonderful world of refashioned menswear.

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Artist carves her niche in gourds
Updated: July 05, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Soggy, moldy, smelly. Those are the words most people use when they see a gourd. Peggy Mayo, on the other hand, sees a canvas.

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3 entertaining reasons to summer in Calhoun County
Posted: July 05, 2014

No time to take a summer vacation? Then, take a “staycation” right here in Calhoun County — at least for July — and look forward to three events.

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The ripe time to harvest summer fruits
Updated: July 05, 2014 - 10:47 pm

It is really easy to tell when a tomato is ripe. Harvesting other fruits and veggies at their peak can be a little tricky if you do not know how to spot the signs.

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The dogs next door
Posted: July 05, 2014

I always like to say that the first person I met upon moving to Anniston was Roams, the golden retriever who lived across the street, so named because that’s what he did.

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To treat pain, manage stress
Posted: July 05, 2014

Stress is a major factor in how your mind and body react to disease, pain, personal relationships, even your ability to reason through a situation.

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SAVE helps animals with cupcakes, wine tastings
Updated: July 05, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Working with a low-cost clinic in Birmingham as well as local veterinarians, SAVE has, thus far, financially assisted with more than 4,000 surgeries. The money needed to accomplish their mission is generated through two fundraising events, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

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