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June 25, 2018
City Clerk Retires After 37 Years of Service to Community
City Clerk Retires After 37 Years of Service to Community

On the evening of June 11, the Collinsville City Council met for their routine meeting as the mayor, council members and citizens came together to discuss town business such as improvements going on at the city hall building. Peggy Wright, City Clerk and Municipal Court Clerk for the town, stood before the Council to announce her retirement after 37 years of service to the community.

By Erin Blythe
June 12, 2018
Study Club Ushers in New Generation of Service
Study Club Ushers in New Generation of Service

Arriving at the Collinsville Study Club meeting on a recent Thursday night, I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard of a study club before, and I was very unsure of what the club did. I was pleasantly surprised to find a group of women who put service to others above themselves. The Study Club was established in 1929 for a charitable purpose. 

By Erin Blythe
June 6, 2018
Whirlwind Farms Practices Sustainable Agriculture
Whirlwind Farms Practices Sustainable Agriculture

When I arrive at Whirlwind Farms in Geraldine, owned by Dove and Russell Stackhouse, I am greeted by bright green fields of crops and two large farm dogs eagerly awaiting a visitor. The Stackhouses have lived and farmed on a 15-acre plot since 2010. They cultivate seven acres of open land surrounded by eight acres of woods. 

By Erin Blythe
August 4, 2017
Collinsville teaches lessons about community
Collinsville teaches lessons about community

When I got accepted to be a Living Democracy Fellow, I was excited and nervous to start my summer journey. Although I am from the same area in Northeast Alabama, I was quite unfamiliar with Collinsville. I knew the interstate to Tennessee ran through there. I also had heard a lot about Trade Day, the giant flea market held there every Saturday. But I soon learned there is so much more than that in Collinsville

By Whitney Sutton
August 1, 2017
New Free Little Libraries in Collinsville
New Free Little Libraries in Collinsville

Free Little Libraries arrived in Collinsville this summer. This is a community book exchange program that provides a place for people to take a book someone else has left or leave a book for the next person. Once I started researching how to go about building a structure like that, I realized I was in over my head. I asked Mark Shatzel, another Library board member, to assist me in the construction process, and he agreed to help.

By Whitney Sutton

Last Updated: June 23, 2020