Rufus Kinney was eating a sandwich at his kitchen table about two minutes before the tree came through the wall.

Caleb Pope was 17 when he joined the Alabama Army National Guard. His parents had to sign for him. He was about to graduate from Spring Garden High and didn’t know what career path he wanted to take. His father had served in the Navy, and his grandfather served in the Army during WWII, so he thought he’d follow them into the military.

At a Birmingham luncheon on March 1, Piedmont dentist Benjamin Ingram received the Heart of an Eagle Award by the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Alabama Council, Choccolocco District. The award record Ingram and two others for demonstrating leadership, character, and integrity in their service to their community, profession, and country.

Spring Garden captured the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ basketball state championship Thursday and exorcised an old demon at the same moment. The Panthers defeated Phillips of Bear Creek 52-38 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex for the school’s sixth state title in girls’ basketball. Th…

Piedmont High seniors have set aside Tuesday, March 20, to help seniors of another age group. Senior citizens will have PHS seniors at their disposal that day to help spice up their yards and homes. This is the 3rd Seniors Helping Seniors Day, an idea PHS principal Dr. Adam Clemons conceived. Teacher Aaron Studdard will organize it and orchestrate the day.

One day while at work, Piedmont’s assistant fire chief, Butch Tolbert, picked up a label maker and punched in the words “Log Team 6.” He peeled off the label’s backing and placed it on the back of his helmet. The words “Log Team 6” represents “Logistical Team Six,” the name of a 19-member team made up of members of the Alabama National Guard. His son Brandon is assigned on a full-time basis to McClellan’s 200th regiment of the Guard.

Piedmont Medical Center, located at 32 Roundtree Drive, next to Piedmont Healthcare Center, is open four days a week. Nurse Practitioner Cari McAlister sees patients from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. - noon on Wednesday. She sees patients from 8 a.m. - 4:3…

Chris Dempsey is preparing for a skirmish. On May 5-6, Chris, wife Heather, and daughters, Ada and Ruby, will welcome more than1,800 guests to their home for the Civil War Re-enactment and Living History events.

Piedmont Healthcare Center’s administrator, Sandra Keener, often refers to patients and employees in the assisted living and nursing facility she oversees as “my patients” and “my employees.” She takes patient care and employee education personally.

Retired engineering consultant Keith Hering and his wife, Diane, moved to Piedmont from metro Atlanta about seven years ago to have easy access to the Ladiga Trail and enjoy a slower pace of life. For several years Hering has mentored young men at Piedmont High through the Big Brother / Big Sister program of Calhoun County. He said he took this opportunity to serve because he believes that a good education is key to success later in life.

Recently, Mayor Bill Baker discussed his views on the upcoming year. He said he is honored to serve as mayor, and he credits his background in social work for preparing him.

Working on cars and racing them aren’t the only things Barry Davis can do. It’s just that there’s nothing he‘d rather do. He doesn’t deny that he gets it honest. Years before he entered his teens, he spent many hours with his father in his shop and, according to Davis, learned everything he needed to know about cars.

As youngsters, neither Micah nor Seth Harbison ever intended to preach, in spite of having generations of preachers dating back to 1890 when great-great-grandfather to the twins, John Hill, was ordained. They graduated from Glencoe High School in 2001 and went their own ways until, after divergent paths, began to work side by side at First Baptist Church of Piedmont.

Richard Tierce was gone from the Piedmont area for over two decades. The town had changed when he returned. There were new businesses. Some of the new faces he thought he saw weren’t actually new at all. They were people he’d known before he left; they had just aged and their facial features and sizes had changed.

“There was a pizza parlor on the corner,” he said. “I didn’t hardly know what a pizza was when I left.”

William Travis Ivey became worshipful master of the Lozahatchee Mason Lodge in the ‘70s. It wasn’t easy. Because he was blind, the laws had to be changed statewide. When that happened, he became the first blind man to head a Masonic lodge in Alabama.

Mayor Bill Baker said the 5th Piedmont Polar Plunge Saturday was fun, but he was glad when it was over.

As a young boy, White Plains native Matthew “Matt” White liked going to Wagon Wheel in White Plains. He ate there often with his late grandparents, J.B. and Martha Taylor. He still remembers how much the family greeted and fellowshipped with neighbors as they sat and enjoyed their meals.

Sometimes effort is enough, such as the times when one works hard but does not reap the reward. During those times, the effort itself can bring a smile to the lips and contentment to the heart.

At age 2, Savannah Leighton sang at church. As she grew up, she added performances in front of her mirror. A couple of years ago, she appeared on the television show, The Voice. Now, with her first recording contract in hand, the 16-year-old looks back on her big break. After qualifying on The Voice, she chose Gwen Stefani as her coach. Another break in her career: Celine Dion coached her too, and referred to herself as Savannah’s grandmother.