Kelly (not her real name) is the sole provider for her four children. One of her kids is in kindergarten, another in second grade. The two older ones attend middle school. The children’s father left the state, leaving behind nothing in the way of support, but Kelly does her best as a single …

This is the time of year when retailers, publications and websites tout the Top 5 or 500 must-have Christmas items for those we hold near and dear. Attention shoppers, good news here: All items in Neiman Marcus’s Christmas catalog are priced below a million bucks this year.

When Dara Murphy opened a women’s boutique in downtown Anniston three years ago, she named it after a woman she barely knew. The store — called Rosa Lee — is named after a homeless woman Murphy had met in New York City, who, despite having almost nothing, nonetheless possessed faith, peace, …