Senior Salute

Smith graduates with honors Dawson Smith, 18, is the son of North Alabama Electric Cooperative fiber technician Kirkland Smith Jr. and Jonell Brooks. He is the first student in the history of North Jackson High School to earn his associate degree from Northeast Alabama Community College while completing his high school studies. He has also…

Bringing the Outdoors In

Bart Nelson’s lifelong love of nature inspires his paintings Bart Nelson has enjoyed creating art ever since he could first hold a pencil. “I was always drawing and eventually began painting,” he says. The walls of his home are filled with his work — portraits of elk, turkey, and pastoral scenes, framed and displayed with…

Finding Hope

Local equine sanctuary offers solace to veterans and horses There’s just something about a horse. Kara Stephan couldn’t stop herself from getting involved when she got word about a horse that would soon be killed because of a fractured leg. She decided to rescue her, and she named her Hope. But, Stephan didn’t just find…