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June 12, 2014
‘Scalvager’ Transforms Found Objects
‘Scalvager’ Transforms Found Objects

It was a scorching hot Friday morning at the Pea River Outdoors canoe and kayak rental shop.  As I sat on the porch, I heard the sound of gravel crunching beneath wheels. I looked up to see a misty blue Ford Explorer. The man who stepped out of the truck that day was one who crosses your path once every 110 years.

By Jelani Moore
June 11, 2014
Gee’s Bend Quilts Reflect Amazing Spirit, History
Gee’s Bend Quilts Reflect Amazing Spirit, History

All my life I’ve heard of the Gee’s Bend quilts. Growing up in Alabama, it’s hard to miss hearing about the famous artistic and cultural trademarks in the state – FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Lynard Skynard’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes”, and the list goes on.

By Lowery McNeal
June 10, 2014
Collinsville Council Hears about Summer Initiatives
Collinsville Council Hears about Summer Initiatives

On Monday, June 2, I attended a Collinsville City Council meeting. I’ve had the chance to sit in on exactly two city council meetings in my life, and neither of them was in my hometown in Tennessee. After attending a meeting in Auburn, I realized how much goes on in a town and how much more happens behind the scenes than what we see.

By Shaye McCauley
June 4, 2014
Collinsville Students Discuss Community's Future
Collinsville Students Discuss Community's Future

Two dozen students focused on the future of Collinsville at a forum led by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life on May 19 in teacher Donna Jones’ classroom at Collinsville High School. At the forum, hosted by the Collinsville Public Library, teens discussed ways to make a difference by investing in the community by creating opportunities for youth engagement.

By Shaye McCauley
June 3, 2014
Weekend "Waves" Open My Eyes
Weekend "Waves" Open My Eyes

I was volunteering at the Pea River Outdoors canoe and kayak shop in Elba this Saturday when my community partner, Justin Maddox, decided to invite some relatives over for lunch after business had come to a halt.  He brought wheat buns and prepared Italian sausages and peppers on a Dutch oven beside the fire pit next to the shop.

By Jelani Moore


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