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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
July 1, 2019
Dealing with death in a small town
Dealing with death in a small town

Living Democracy is an invitation for students to understand life in a small town. But what about when life ends?  An informal group of people in Elba and Coffee County are dedicated to the care of their fellow citizens who help at the end of life, from the time of death to burial or cremation.

By Jack West
June 28, 2019
Elba set to celebrate Fourth of July
Elba set to celebrate Fourth of July

John Adams wrote that the signing of the Declaration "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." The city of Elba is doing its best to honor Adams' wishes and deliver a Fourth of July celebration with all the pomp and parade it can muster.            

By Jack West
June 28, 2019
Meals on Wheels trip opens eyes
Meals on Wheels trip opens eyes

The presence of food seems to be everywhere I go in Elba, whether that's a Chamber of Commerce meeting, church service or at the Giving Garden. I recently had an opportunity to explore another food service in Elba, one that delivers hot meals to people all over the community, when I joined up with the Meals on Wheels Team at the Elba Church of Christ.

By Whitt Watts
June 25, 2019
Camp helps Elba children EXCEL
Camp helps Elba children EXCEL

"Yes, I can," said a group of kids in unison. "Yes, I will. Yes, watch me excel." This is the motto of Elba's Camp E.X.C.E.L., a summer camp put on by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

By Jack West


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