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July 25, 2019
Elba science teacher inspires students to 'get by or get better'
Elba science teacher inspires students to 'get by or get better'

Phillip Smith, a science teacher at Elba High School, spent most of his summer painting his new classroom. Inspirational quotes now line the walls, and his adjacent lab is covered with scientific equations and theories.

By Jack West
July 23, 2019
Group brings men of different faiths together
Group brings men of different faiths together

I was invited to join a Bible Study that meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. by Tom Maddox, a member of the Church of Christ. This Bible study group is attended by a variety of members of the community, including factory workers and retired folks. The most unique thing is that they come from a variety of denominations, each with unique convictions on aspects of the Bible.

By Whitt Watts
July 16, 2019
Holderfield's hobby lights up the sky
Holderfield's hobby lights up the sky

Some people collect stamps in their free time. Others build model ships. Some people paint, read or watch TV. Mike Holderfield uses his free time to lob colorful explosives in the air.

By Jack West
July 9, 2019
Let Freedom Ring, Elba celebrates Independence Day
Let Freedom Ring, Elba celebrates Independence Day

The following articles are written by Whitt Watts and Jack West. Halfway through their Living Democracy summer, Watts and West recount their experience of celebrating the Fourth of July with friends in Elba, Alabama.

By Whitt Watts and Jack West
July 3, 2019
Elba city clerk sees bright future for town
Elba city clerk sees bright future for town

Sally Bane, the city clerk of Elba, has spent most of her professional life in some kind of public service. "My long-term goals for the city," she said, "would be for us to be a prosperous city where my children are proud of where they grew up, where we all still know each other by name, where people know who we are and know how great our town is."

By Jack West


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