The 60-page, glossy magazine features several items that are near and dear to the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, including a 12-page section (including cover) on the recent FLW Tour bass fishing tournament held at Lewis Smith Lake, a feature on Leadership Walker County and a “Why I Love Walker County” Q&A by Chamber President Linda Lewis.
The local chamber is well known in these parts and nationally for hosting some of the best bass tournaments in the country. Chamber and community volunteers work tirelessly in the wee-early morning hours and into late afternoon making sure the professional anglers visiting our community are launched and docked safely and efficiently.
More importantly, the four-day event March 7-10 was estimated to generate more than $2.1 million for the local economy. That’s not pocket change!
And on the cover this issue is local avid angler Todd Lee of Son’s Supermarket on 9th Avenue in Jasper. Lee finished fourth among co-anglers in the FLW Tour event. Over the years Lee has fished in many FLW Tour events and claimed his share of cash winnings as a co-angler. In fact, his $4,000 cash prize in March takes his total tournament winnings to nearly $200,000.
And don’t forget about pops! His father, Jimmy, also participated in the event as a co-angler and pocketed some cash for his effort. Of course, Jimmy would like to take credit for Todd’s angling prowess, but gives son Todd much-deserved credit for sharpening his skills on the water.
Meanwhile, the new magazine features a seven-page section commemorating the rebuilding efforts by two local families and their respective communities two years after the devastating statewide tornado outbreak that touched so many lives here in Walker County on April 27, 2011.
And since Spring rings in golf season for so many, we featured the area’s top public and private courses – Horse Creek Golf Course in Dora and Musgrove Country Club in Jasper, respectively.
In each issue we try to highlight something of historical relevance. Such is the case with a feature article on Boshell Mill in Townley. And there are additional stories on “Big Daddy” Kendall Benson and his restaurants and “Artsy Fartsy” sisters Ashley Andrews and Blair Teer in east Walker County.
As in past issues, we offer several vanity “Snapshots” pages where we photograph groups of locals attending social gatherings throughout Walker County. Pages include Ms. Big, Bold and Beautiful in Sumiton, Boy Scouts annual fundraising banquet in Jasper, the Literacy Council’s Daddy-Daughter Dance, Rotary Club’s annual Trivia Night in Jasper, Hope Clinic’s annual Casino Night in Jasper and West Jasper Tiger Pride Day.
And don’t forget about the “Did You Know” page that highlights fun facts about Walker County.
If you look forward to searching for the fishing hook in each issue, get ready. It will not be easy to find it in this issue!
If I sound like a proud papa, I am. We at your Daily Mountain Eagle consider Walker Magazine our child, and we want to nurture it into a proud representation of our community. I applaud the folks here who take the extra steps to ensure a quality publication.
But I am also very grateful to the 55 local businesses that supported the Spring Issue of Walker Magazine. I encourage our readers to make a mental note of those businesses and to thank them for their participation by shopping at their stores or utilizing their services.
I would be remiss not to wish everyone a Happy Easter today. It is in His glory that we are able to enjoy our community, friends and family!
Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-388-6997 or via email at email@example.com.