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New Beacon Hospice in Jasper has once again filled an Angel Tree with the wishes of local adults. Approximately 220 Angels were placed on the tree last week. The requests came from patients in local hospices and home health agencies as well as the Department of Human Resources adult protective services and the TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. more
MEMPHIS — Elvis Presley’s Graceland continues to be a popular tourist attraction that is in the process of a $137 million expansion. Currently, visitors to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., are invited to tour Elvis’ home … more
My work took me to Fayette this past week. The schedule was loose and the day was the warmest yet of 2016, so naturally I chose to take the back roads where there’s always something interesting to see. The route I chose ran by the old house … more
One local Allstate agent is helping customers protect their Christmas packages by accepting deliveries at his office. Jonathan Holladay, owner of The Holladay Agency in Jasper, said the free service for online shoppers is like an alternate form of insurance. more
For the first time in almost 10 years, Charlotte, N.C., has a Miss Charlotte. On Jan. 30, Allison Farris won the Miss Charlotte pageant and will represent the city of Charlotte at the Miss North Carolina Pageant to be held June 22-25 in Raleigh, … more
Keith Lewis, a former priest at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jasper, was honored at T.R. Simmons Elementary School on Wednesday. A former POW who served in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force, Lewis gives back by reading to Mrs. Barrera’s Pre-K class every Wednesday. He says reading to Pre-K children is what God has called him to do at this time in his life. more
A Jasper 12-year-old made a significant find at the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site in Union Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 14. “It was two reproductive cones — megasporophyll and microsporophyll — both of the same type of plant, a scale tree. They’re not incredibly rare, but it’s unusual that you see both on the same plate, especially with the megasporophyll leaves attached,” said Ashley Allen, president of the Alabama Paleontological Society. more
DORA — The Mission of Hope in Dora is able to help people in need in Walker County, Adamsville and Graysville thanks to the many volunteers who spend hours each week working to organize donations and set up each month’s food giveaways, according to executive director Lori Abercrombie. more
On Iron Bowl weekend, Helen Clement watched as her daughters hung 60 Christmas stockings on the windows of her living room, continuing a tradition that began over 50 years ago. more
With more than 400 species of birds documented in the Yellowhammer State, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website calls Alabama “a birding paradise.” The same could be said of Walker County Lake, which is part of the West Alabama Birding Trail. more
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