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June 25, 2014
Historic Church Comes Home to Old Cahawba Park
Historic Church Comes Home to Old Cahawba Park

Alabama’s first state capital, Cahawba, was founded along the fertile banks of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers in 1819. At the time, this wilderness city was home to some of America’s bravest men and women, people determined to prosper and build up a new state.

By Lowery McNeal
June 23, 2014
Extension Director Works for Community Engagement
Extension Director Works for Community Engagement

Dallas County Extension coordinator Callie Nelson has been working for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) for more than 20 years. In that time, she has had her hand in agricultural projects, 4-H development, youth forums and development, leadership training, disaster relief, natural resource management, health education and so much more.

By Lowery McNeal
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 2, 2014
Strengthening Selma's Future Forum
Strengthening Selma's Future Forum

Eighteen Selma and Dallas County youth gathered on Friday, May 30, for a “Strengthening Selma’s Future” forum.  These students hailed from several different area high schools, and many are involved with the Selma Youth Ambassador program.

By Lowery McNeal
May 28, 2014
Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Coffee Shoppe
Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Coffee Shoppe

Jackie Smith and her employees greet customers with a smile and serve up the best cup of coffee in Selma. They have been since The Coffee Shoppe opened its doors at 308 Broad St. in November 2011. “You feel great when you can go to a place where people know your name and care about you,” says Smith. And that’s exactly what is served at The Coffee Shoppe: care.

By Lowery McNeal

Last Updated: April 04, 2019