Paint Rock Valley Communiversity

Community Outreach, Education in Future for Former High School The term “communiversity” is being used to describe the future of an innovative school that blends the Paint Rock Valley community and Alabama A&M University. Closed in 2018, the former Paint Rock Valley High School building will eventually house educational outreach programs offered by the Alabama…

Feathered Finds

Local Sites Draw Bird Enthusiasts Bird-watchers often talk about their “spark bird,” the species that hooked them. It might be a brightly colored favorite or a majestic bird of prey, but for avid birder Joe Watts, it was the common eastern towhee. It was the first bird Watts knew how to identify, and he was…

Enjoy Spring’s Natural Beauty

Northeast Alabama filled with outdoor adventures As the temperatures warm up, northeast Alabama offers many options to enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Trails, parks, caverns, and waterfalls beckon and, as spring passes into summer, you can find a cool reprieve underground or in a local swimming hole after a long hike. Cathedral Caverns State Park,…

Pink Hard Hats

  Pink Hard Hats Career program gets girls on board When you see a worker in a hard hat, chances are the person wearing that hat is male. Women account for only about 1 in 10 people working construction and about a third of the manufacturing workforce. But a Jackson County group is working to change those…

Check In to Check Out

A Luxury Glamping Resort Offers Relaxation Troy Hopkins believes he’s the luckiest person in the world. “I get to drive a 4-wheeler to work every day,” he says. Hosting and customer service are 2 of Troy’s greatest joys, and he gets to see the results of his efforts daily in the smiles of his guests.…

Outage Preparedness

Reliable service is a priority at North Alabama Electric Cooperative. NAEC crews continually work to maintain equipment by removing trees from the right of way and upgrading the cooperative’s power system. Sometimes Mother Nature strikes with severe and unusual weather. Sudden weather changes can create storms that may cause power outages. High winds causing downed…

Vision for the Future

Kevin Dukes Career & Innovation Academy Helps Students Excel The Kevin Dukes Career and Innovation Academy — located at the heart of the Hollywood community in the Jackson County Industrial Park — is so much more than just a school. It’s more than a building, the technology, and the staff. It represents one man’s dream…

Safety in Sight

Firearms Course Aims to Educate In the Deep South, hunting is a way of life. Many people become familiar with handling firearms long before they can legally drive, often learning gun safety from family members or friends. In Alabama, however, officials recognize a need for formalized firearm safety education. The Introduction to Handguns course —…

Making Spirits Bright

​​Shop With a Hero Lets Children Pick Gifts ​​The joy of Christmas means different things to different people. Some relish time-honored family traditions of sharing special meals, bundling up, and piling in the car to ride around looking at Christmas light displays, going to parades, or decorating with special family heirlooms. ​​Giving and receiving gifts…