9 Tips for Weatherizing Your Home

Don’t let the winter chill crimp your finances. Just a few simple steps can close the gap between you and lower electric bills. Replace the furnace filter: A dirty furnace filter can block airflow, especially during cold months when heating systems work overtime. Regularly change the filter, and set your calendar to remind you. Or,…

Embracing the Golden Years

Paint Rock Senior Center thrives Jane Guerin devotes her life to looking after others. For over 20 years, she operated a daycare center in Marshall County. Today, she’s the director at the Paint Rock Senior Center, run by the Jackson County Council on Aging and located in the old Paint Rock School building. “I’m a…

Always on the Line

Linemen serve combined 97 years at NAEC Richard Ballard and Eugene Talley had no idea nearly five decades ago what lay ahead of them when they came on board at NAEC. Now, having worked at the cooperative for a combined 97 years, including service as linemen, both say that the lessons they’ve learned and the…

Rollin’ on the River

Paint Rock Canoe offers weekend adventure Day after day, Amanda Vest sits in a windowless office. But every weekend from May until September, she and her husband, Lucas, bring their kayaks from Decatur to Paint Rock Canoe. “I work in finance, so I sit at a desk all day,” Vest says. “This is my exercise…

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…

Repurposed

Man finds meaning breathing new life into old wood An old, fallen tree laying on the side of the road is often seen as just that — an old tree. But Jason Shrader sees the beauty in what the wood can be, and he strives to bring out its potential. Shrader doesn’t love the title…

Taking Flight

Grad student analyzes local waterfowl Brittany Hansey may be far from home, but she feels comfortable anywhere she gets to be outdoors. She dedicates her time and education to learning more about waterfowl, including their habits and migration patterns. As an Auburn University graduate student, she is working on a project with two primary objectives:…