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June 3, 2015
Small Collinsville Church Has Big Heart
Small Collinsville Church Has Big Heart

When it comes to churches in Alabama, it seems the largest denominations are the Baptists and Methodists.  Of course, there are of other churches ranging in all sizes.  For a young black woman who wasn’t raised partial to either church and experiencing mostly black churches growing up, I found myself drawn to nondenominational churches just because they seem to be more in line with my way of worship and thought.

By Crystal Rawls
June 1, 2015
Duck Race Brings Community Together for Good Causes
Duck Race Brings Community Together for Good Causes

Many wouldn’t think to award a prize for last place. However, at Collinsville’s Duck Race the last duck is in part a remembrance to little Jay Thomas Patton who died before the second community Duck Race in 2011 after a four-wheeler wreck near his home in town.

By Crystal Rawls
May 21, 2015
Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville
Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville

Auburn University Living Democracy Fellow Crystal Rawls began a ten-week living and learning experience in Collinsville, Alabama, May 13.  The media studies and creative writing major will be working with community partner Jennifer Wilkins, director of the Collinsville Public Library, as well as other local organizations.  

May 19, 2015
Teens Willing to Participate in Strengthening Collinsville's Future
Teens Willing to Participate in Strengthening Collinsville's Future

Mark Wilson and Blake Evans of Auburn University moderated a forum titled “Strengthening Collinsville’s Future” on May 15 in Donna Jones’ classroom at Collinsville High School. Using an issue guide developed by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the forum allowed students to weigh the pros and cons of different approaches communities might take related to the issue.

By Crystal Rawls
March 17, 2015
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley

In the summer of 2014, the 21-year-old McCauley channeled her passion for reading and community action to the North Alabama community of Collinsville as a Living Democracy student.  She partnered with the Collinsville Public Library, helping them with summer reading classes for children.

By Crystal Rawls


Last Updated: August 04, 2021