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Southern Brothers: The story behind one of Alabama’s favorite pork skins

Every year, at the point in late fall when the weather was transitioning from warm to winter, young Brad Wright’s grandfather would dispatch one...

The ultimate guide to this year’s Huntsville Restaurant Week

In greater Huntsville, a mere week is not enough to celebrate all that the city’s culinary scene has going on. That’s why city promoters...

Aaron Johnson: Comin’ ’round!

For many years I was a runner. That was before the knee replacement surgery, the fifth on the same knee. During those years I...

Cow to Classroom: Alabama students embrace ‘Adopt-a-Cow’ program

Alabama students can “adopt” a calf from a dairy in Pickens County and spend the upcoming school year learning about how cattle are raised...

Exploring Alabama’s top-ranked barbecue city

Greater Birmingham is moving on up. When it comes to barbecue, the ’Ham is fire, according to the data crunchers at Clever Marketing.  They rated...

Reflections: Follow the money

It’s said that no one enters ministry for financial gain, but several recent accounts take issue with this. Let me hasten to say that the...

Agua Fresca: How to make the perfect summer drink from Alabama fresh fruits

Agua fresca may be the ultimate summertime drink. Made mostly with fruit, it takes full advantage of Alabama’s bounty of berries, stone fruit, and...

Aaron Johnson: Reaching for your goal

The main reason old men get injured is because they think they are young men. That saying didn’t originate with me, but I don’t...

24 Hours in Cullman: A day trip filled with nature and southern cuisine

Less than an hour north of Birmingham, Cullman offers great food, a stunning lake, and a handful of important sights to see. Here is...

Sweet music: Three towns on Singing River Trail win $5.7M in grants

MOORESVILLE -- The legend is true. Strange musical notes are floating over the face of the Singing River’s waters. It sings a song of health and...

3 Alabama state parks to visit for that summer movie feeling

Have you ever heard the phrase “life is a movie”? It’s a classic cliché that helps us romanticize our lives and see beauty in...

Reflections: Christians in bare feet

It was a simple “aside” during midweek Bible study when I asked attendees how the congregation might react the following Sunday if I asked...

The New Nashville: North Alabama fosters music industry growth and tourism

Over the past several years, North Alabama has seen an incredible amount of growth. With a long and fascinating past, places like Florence and...

3 Alabama cheese makers bringing dairy to doorsteps across the state

Thanks to the many farmers markets around the Yellowhammer State, it’s now relatively easy to find Alabama-grown vegetables and fruit. Cheese? Well, that’s a bit...

Now we know why Lana Del Rey was in Alabama

The mystery surrounding singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey’s surprise appearance behind the counter at a Florence Waffle House last week is now less mysterious. "Thank you...

Aaron Johnson: Blessings & tennis shoes

Back to school season is upon us.  For some reason this season is special to me. School days were some of the best times...

6 places to enjoy oysters on the Alabama coast for National Oyster Day

National Oyster Day, August 5, arrives just in time for that final family trip to Alabama’s coast before school starts back. Coincidence? Shucks, who cares? From...

Mobile Urban Growers provides fresh produce to those in Alabama’s Port City

A loose-knit group of community gardeners came together with one mission: to make fresh produce accessible in the Mobile community. Mobile Urban Growers, or MUG,...

Reflections: Not I who robbed

It was a mission of mercy with an act of larceny. My wife suggested I visit a relative in Tennessee. I responded as I normally...

Welcome to Northeast Alabama, home of yard sales and UFOs

FORT PAYNE – Summer is in full swing in northeastern Alabama and two events to experience before the season wraps up are a yard...

Tuscaloosa’s Moonshot Creamery: On a mission to bring something new to the table

Moonshot Creamery, located in the Shops at Riverwalk Place in Tuscaloosa, is a new ice cream parlor and bottle shop that opened in June...

Aaron Johnson: I like simple

In 1868, a small group of Methodists met beside a spring, not far from Rome, Ga. They gathered from several local churches and cleared...

Paletas and Popsicles: 9 places in Alabama to find the perfect summer sweet

When the summer heat hits a peak, Mexican-style paleta pops are the chill solution for adults and children alike. These aren’t the frozen pops-on-a-stick many...

Fighting back against Parkinson’s

For a long time, the symptoms were so mild that few people outside of Jerry’s immediate family noticed. But after Jerry was hospitalized with...