WHITE PLAINS — About three miles from Andy Ward’s office at White Plains High School is a quaint hill ringed with pine trees and blessed with drop-dead views of the Appalachian foothills. It’s the type of place that deserves a cabin and a hammock. It sits on private property, behind a locked…
The plan, Peter Gregerson says, was for a plaque, or perhaps a small statue, to honor the humanity of Etowah County and Gadsden's sesquicentennial. The city got a 6 1/2-story obelisk instead.
Blue Mountain blew up twice. Once in 1865 when Union soldiers lit 25 railcars full of Confederate ammunition parked on train tracks adjacent to a rebel depot. And again in 2000 when ire over an ill-fated occupational tax led to the sad death of the Calhoun County mill town.
If you’re looking for a feel-good story in these dog days of August, this is it. It’s not about Anniston deannexation or national politics. It’s simply a story about a new surge of momentum for our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, founded in 1992, and its executive director, Amanda Pinson.
There’s another “new” Quintard Mall on the way. It’ll be the fourth, I think. Oxford is in for $16.5 million over 25 years to help pay for renovation costs — a clear sign that City Hall wants the mall to survive as a mall, one way or another.
Anniston’s Ward 4 is ground zero of this land grab. It needs a spokesperson — either to defend it against deannexation or shepherd it into Oxford. It should be Millie Harris.
There’s no shortage of civic organizations in the greater Anniston area, all with well-meaning missions to make this part of the world a better place.
D. Ray Hill, the new superintendent of Anniston City Schools, where classes began this week, grew up in the back seat of a brown 1976 Caprice Classic, traveling the country with his family.
While everyone is rightly mulling the potential fallout from an Anniston implosion if the city's Ward 4 redraws itself into Oxford, the asymmetric effect on Oxford is just as compelling.
Not only did Oxford voters support Sunday sales, but the tabulation wasn’t close. Both developments are surprising, but it is the second one — the 2-1 pro-sales tally — that’s the most shocking.
The ZIP in ZIP code is an acronym for "zone improvement plan," but in the eyes of Hobson City Mayor Alberta McCrory, the plan needs to be improved a little more -- namely, by giving her town its own set of digits.
This weekend is the next Something To Do Sunday gathering. This one is in Glen Addie, and it’s a special one for a couple of reasons.
To his credit, Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith gave a fine presentation at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Cities gathering on Thursday. And he never said the word "tornado."
A confession: Tim Brunson’s widely circulated Facebook posts about Anniston often make me cringe. Not because they’re true, or because they’re wrong, or because I disagree with his takes, but because I don’t know if they’re true and they’re full of potentially damning information. They sit o…
It isn’t Oxford’s fault, but the Oxford Performing Arts Center immediately became Calhoun County’s leading concert venue when it opened in 2013, giving the Knox Concert Series and its longtime home at Anniston High School’s auditorium deathly competition, intended or not.
Michael Houck, a Revolutionary War pensioner who lived in White Plains, is a fascinating chapter of Alabama’s meandering past. And his story is particularly important since Alabama this year is celebrating its 200th birthday — a birthday that is complicated here in the northeastern hills.
“You can be 18 and own a handgun, but you can’t buy cigarettes until you’re 19, and you can’t drink until you’re 21. Which is more dangerous? I just want them to put the guns down.”
In a sense, interim City Manager Steven Folks is a Davis clone: retired military — Army drill sergeant — professional and calm, smart and dedicated, a humble civil servant instead of a seeker of headlines and collector of agendas.
As states go, Alabama’s soul is as convoluted as any other. It bathes in complexities. Outsiders never really get its idiosyncrasies, our idiosyncrasies. We love and we despise. We value life and execute inmates. We are, by and large, proud Bible Belters who nonetheless supported the candida…