Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

August 19, 2019
Watts appreciates Elba's gifts of kindness, wisdom
Watts appreciates Elba's gifts of kindness, wisdom

I remember my first drive through Elba.  I drove around on a quick tour for 15 minutes. I was shocked because it seemed that I had seen the whole town on that short drive. This first impression set in as I realized I would be spending my summer in a small Alabama town.

By Whitt Watts
August 14, 2019
Time in Elba teaches valuable lessons
Time in Elba teaches valuable lessons

Sunday, Aug. 11, was my final day in Elba and the 70th day of my Living Democracy Internship. I drove to Elba on June 3 and covered my first story there the next day. In the intervening weeks I wrote a total of 34 stories for The Elba Clipper and took 1,115 pictures. I covered two City Council meetings and one shockingly strategic bridge club. I ate dozens of quesadillas at Monterrey's and Los Corrales and even more chicken sandwiches at the Rabbit Hole.

By Jack West
August 8, 2019
Focusing on future, working together may resolve housing challenge
Focusing on future, working together may resolve housing challenge

Phillip Box can remember the uneasy combination of emotions that he felt when he woke up early on Christmas morning of 2015 in Elba. "We knew that there was a high chance of a flood risk," Box recalled. "Right after we began to unwrap presents, I got a call that the water was rising, and we needed to prepare."

By Whitt Watts
August 5, 2019
Progress continues at historic Elba Theatre
Progress continues at historic Elba Theatre

The historic Elba Theatre received a breath of new life on Friday, June 19, as Restoration154 board members accepted a $25,000 grant to continue remodeling the once neglected downtown building.

By Jack West
August 1, 2019
Flights with Jackie Windham expand perspective
Flights with Jackie Windham expand perspective

Certain individuals seem to embody what it means to be Elba. I have been blessed to find one of them in Jackie Windham. He has helped me understand the world through his perspective.

By Whitt Watts

Last Updated: April 04, 2019