Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

July 13, 2018
Black Belt Treasures colors creativity in Camden
Black Belt Treasures colors creativity in Camden

Today’s youth will shape tomorrow’s future so why not encourage them to create something that is completely their own.  Black Belt Treasures and Cultural Arts Center in Camden has made the pledge to do just that. Black Belt Treasures opened for business on Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 75 artists. To date, more than 500 artisans have sold their work through Black Belt Treasures.  

By Laura Agee
July 11, 2018
Improv Camp develops leadership skills
Improv Camp develops leadership skills

This week I lived democracy in Camp Hill by working with Camp Star’s Improv Camp, an all-guys camp focused on using art to develop leadership skills. Increasing the emotional inventory for campers was the goal for the week.  Campers, ten young men ages 15 to 19, attended from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

By Daphney Portis
July 11, 2018
Community honors veterans with new park
Community honors veterans with new park

As many celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, cookouts, and time with friends, it was also a good time to remember the sacrifices those who serve in the military have made for our country. The Collinsville Veteran’s Memorial Park, located right down from the train tracks downtown, serves as a powerful reminder.

By Erin Blythe
July 9, 2018
Lawford's Hardware represents value of local businesses
Lawford's Hardware represents value of local businesses

In most cases, local businesses are the backbone of small towns.  These businesses help bring people together and have a great impact on the community. One example of a local business in Elba is Lawford’s Hardware store at 333 Davis St. on the downtown square.  This store is stocked with all kinds of tools, fishing gear and just about everything needed for home repairs.

By Pearce Miller
July 3, 2018
Local Clinic Practices New Style of Medicine
Local Clinic Practices New Style of Medicine

Direct Patient Care (DPC) is a new type of medicine in which patients, many without insurance, can pay a monthly rate in exchange for primary care service.  The small community of Collinsville now has this new type of medical practice. Valley Care DPC is Dr. Frances Koe’s clinic.

By Erin Blythe

Last Updated: April 04, 2019