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    Surviving road trips with children this holiday season

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Traveling is a large part of so many holiday plans. While many travelers may prefer to fly, large families or households with multiple children may run into a roadblock when configuring and planning holiday gatherings: cost. The U.S. Bureau of Labor...

    ‘A family that scares together sticks together’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Zach and Jessica Lee began with a jack-o-lantern 13 years ago, as a way to celebrate their daughter’s Nov. 1 birthday, leaving their porch light on for Halloween night. Zach Lee dressed up and sat motionless in a chair yielding a...

    ‘Alabama is in desperate need of families to care for these children’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – A 10-week foster parent training course will be held at Northbrook Baptist Church in Cullman starting Sunday, Aug. 14. Sessions will be every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The free course, provided by Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries (ABCH), will...

    Smith Lake Park celebrates 50th anniversary with a bang

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Smith Lake Park celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday by hosting its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival. Admission was free and attendees enjoyed food, music, games and the always popular golf cart parade. The park was packed all day, and the...

    Pair O’ Docs Horse Farm hosting summer camp

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    BREMEN, Ala. - Pair O’ Docs Horse Farm will hold a summer camp July 18-22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for kids ages 6-14. (Lunch will not be provided.) Attendees will go through a “horse school,” where they will learn all about horse care, anatomy,...

    Local couple discusses adoption journey to grow their family

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    CULLMAN, Ala. -There’s nothing more exciting for a couple than to bring home a brand-new bundle of joy, and for many, the most successful and fulfilling method to achieve that joy is through adoption. Loren and Jordan Lee of Bremen have recently decided to...

    ‘We live in a very, very special place’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Caring for Kids, an agency devoted to preventing child abuse, had a busy 2021.  With its Court-Appointed Special Advocate program to look after the needs of children in the court system, and its well-known food pantry that fights abuse by...

    ‘There are still lots of good folks out there’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Victoria’s Hope began in 2018 in Dodge City as a ministry to help single parents in need. Since then, it has grown into a full-time thrift store near the heart of Cullman, where families in need shop for free, and where...

    Birthday Shoutout: Happy 90th birthday to Carrel Wesley Neal!

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Tribune would like to wish Carrel Wesley Neal a happy birthday! Christmas Eve has always been important to Carrel, and this year his family wants to make it extra special for his 90th birthday celebration. Carrel Wesley Neal’s 90th birthday...

    Godbee family fulfills father’s love of service through Mandate of Giving

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Tom Godbee, age 57, of Arley, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was born on September 1, 1964, in Cullman, Alabama to Jack and Hazel Godbee. Tom experienced lung complications due to Covid that began just...

    Kids Loving Kids serves over 1000 families in Cullman

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Kids Loving Kids held three giveaways over the weekend at Meek Baptist Church in Arley, Spirit Life Church in Cullman and Worship Life Church in Jasper. The organization received donations from several new donors this year. The group received a grant...

    Pet adoptions during the holidays—the pros and cons

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Gifting adopted pets for Christmas can often be a wonderful and creative idea for the holidays. However, though some people would be excited to receive a pet for Christmas, others may be unprepared. Some adoption shelters are of the opinion that...

    Susan Moore hosting inaugural Christmas parade Dec. 11

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    BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. - The town of Susan Moore in Blount County is holding its first ever Christmas Parade and Festival. The festival will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the parade beginning at 12:00 p.m. The world-famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile will join the parade,...

    East Cullman Baptist Association collecting backpacks for Christmas donation event Dec. 8-9

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – The East Cullman Baptist Association is preparing to hold their annual Christmas Backpacks Mission Project for the 2021 holiday season. This is a donation event designed to provide children in Cullman County with toys, clothes, food and hygiene products, while...

    ‘Christmas at the Grotto’ returns with expanded schedule

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard Abbey’s Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman’s most popular attraction and one of Alabama’s must-see tourist destinations, will open evenings following Thanksgiving for the third installment of “Christmas in the Grotto.” The multi-weekend festival will see the Grotto park covered in...

    Community Thanksgiving meals taking place in the Cullman area this season

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – There are several community meals will be taking place in Cullman to celebrate Thanksgiving. Below is a list of some of these events and further information.  The Brandin’ Iron Steakhouse of West Point will be holding their 6th Annual Thanksgiving meal...

    Local couple gathers Christmas toys for children in coordination with CCSO 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office was honored to welcome Angelia Selvage and John Cox earlier this week to share the most recent status for donated toys for the Christmas season.   According to Sheriff Matt Gentry, for several years, they have worked to...

    Editorial: Parenting—It’s not a contest

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    Here’s a question for you: Why do we, as humans, feel the need to go completely overboard when it comes to everything to do with our children? Somewhere along the way, it seems we have forgotten the joy in simplicity. From over-the-top gender reveals...

    October 2021 events you won’t want to miss

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - This October, there are loads of activities for friends and family of all ages throughout Cullman. As most know, October ushers in the series of months that contain the most holidays for the year. From October 1st – January 1st, there...

    COVID-19 Halloween safety tips for 2021

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    COLUMBUS, OH - Recently, the Columbus Department of Health released a list of tips on how to make trick-or-treating and other Halloween festivities safer for participants of all ages. As the second holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic approaches for everyone, there are always...

    Brooks’ Place— Cullman’s safe haven

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Brooks’ Place is the Child Advocacy Center of Cullman, which provides children who are victims of crime or abuse an outlet to bring justice and security during extremely difficult circumstances. It’s been deemed as a safe haven for those in need.  Brooks’...

    Cullman native Maud Parker shares her secrets to a long, healthy life after celebrating her 103rd birthday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Maud Nelyne Manning Medlock Parker celebrated her 103rd birthday on Wednesday, September 15. She had many wonderful memories to share with her friends and family Wednesday at her special party. Just as plentiful as the happy birthday wishes she received from...

    Family of Cullman High School 2021 grad Allie Heaton say their goodbyes as she departs for Army boot camp

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - “This all seems so surreal,” Jessica Henderson said Monday morning as she was moments away from seeing her daughter Allie Heaton depart for Army boot camp. Heaton, a 2021 graduate of Cullman High School, was recently featured in The Tribune’s Books...

    Arab’s 2nd Annual Sugarfest sees great weather and huge turnout

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    ARAB, Ala. - The 2nd Annual Sugarfest was held Saturday, Sept. 4 at Arab City Park. The festival kicked off at 8 a.m. and lasted until 10 p.m., with many events including the Sugar Rush 5K, Cornhole Tournament, Sugar High Rides and Amusements, Sweetie...

    Cullman’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library sees huge success

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Since its initial kick-off on Aug. 6, Cullman’s Imagination Library has seen unbelievable success. The primary partners in bringing the Imagination Library to Cullman were the Friends of the Public Library, Cullman Electric Cooperative and Cullman County Public Library.  After speaking with...

    Satisfy your sweet tooth at Arab’s 2nd annual SugarFest!

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    ARAB, Ala. - After an overwhelmingly successful inaugural celebration in 2019, residents of Arab were looking forward to the next iteration of the Arab SugarFest. Unfortunately, health and safety concerns during 2020 led to the cancellation of the second attempt. However, the City of...

    Princess Lillie

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. - “She came out of the womb smiling,” Kelly Handley said of her daughter Lillie. “She has always been very loving, and she smiles through everything and has since the day she was born. She has been so strong and brave...

    Day Trippin’: Gofar USA Park

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    DECATUR, Ala. - The next stop on our series “Day Trippin’” is Morgan County’s GoFAR USA Park. This unique adventure park was opened in March 2020 by Patrick and Emily Fagerman with the ultimate hope for visitors to “Get Out and Do.”   GoFAR USA Park...

    Smith Lake Park Fireworks and Music Festival sees successful 2021 return

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Smith Lake Park was packed with visitors Sunday for its annual fireworks and music festival. While many took to the water, others enjoyed the live music, food trucks and vendors over at the park’s event venue.   Cullman County Parks and Rec...

    Chambers Fall Festival in the works for September

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Sept. 25, Chambers Farm & Garden Supply will be hosting a fall festival for the entire community. The event will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the lot behind Chambers at 404 McNabb Drive SW across from...

    Cullman foster home Pilot Light Home currently in search of live-in foster family

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The beds at the Pilot Light Home in Cullman currently stand empty and the search is on by the Pilot Light Home Board to find a foster family for the home. The Pilot Light Home is a 24/7 foster home in...

    ‘Love, Honor, Cherish’

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    WEST POINT, Ala. - West Point High School Principal Heith Yearwood and his wife, West Point High School counselor Amanda Yearwood, recently decided that their stories as a couple might be worth telling, and might help other couples’ stories turn out a little better.  The...

    Churches countywide back in action with 2021 Vacation Bible Schools

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After taking a hiatus in 2020, Vacation Bible School is back in full-swing and churches are extremely thankful to have the children back this summer. Many are returning or have returned to in-person VBS, while others are choosing to host online...

    Rescheduled Second Friday celebration tonight in Cullman

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – It’s as easy as 1-2-3: 1st Avenue Southeast will host the city’s popular 2nd Fridays celebration on the third Friday of June. That’s tonight! Downtown Cullman’s 2nd Friday celebration, put on COVID hiatus in 2020 and postponed last week due to the...

    Cullman County Public Library summer events well underway

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Wednesday morning at Cullman City Public Library, children from across the community came together to enjoy the Chalk Art event which was organized, and even improved upon, by its wonderful librarians.   Two years ago, at the last Chalk Art event, children were...

    Editorial: A love letter to my son

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    As I strolled around the Cracker Barrel gift shop Monday night, I passed a display that’s been there for a long time; one that I never really thought about. It was a display of T-shirts, cups and other items representing the branches of the...

    First Baileyton Family Fun Day deemed huge success

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    BAILEYTON, Ala.- The first Baileyton Family Fun Day took place this past Saturday in the town’s park. Town officials are calling the event a huge success and hope to plan more community events in the near future.  Mayor Windell Calloway said, “We had a park...

    Day Trippin’: Harmony Park Safari

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    Ahhh, summertime! The kids are out of school and after last year’s COVID-19 summer, they’re probably super excited to do something fun this year to make up for it. The beaches have been packed and, let’s face it, not every family can take a...

    Mount Nebo Baptist Church holds first post-COVID-19 VBS

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Vinemont held their Vacation Bible School this week as they continued their passionate mission of outreach. The theme this year was Concrete & Cranes, and it was a huge success. With their VBS programs that have...

    Summer fun in Baileyton Town Park 

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    BAILEYTON, Ala. - The Town of Baileyton will kick off the first of several special events at the town’s park this Saturday with Baileyton Fun Day. The Baileyton Town Council met Monday night and gave updates on what should be a great day for...

    Colony Parks and Recreation offers full summer schedule, beginning Wednesday

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    COLONY, Ala. - The Colony Town Council’s Parks and Recreation committee chairperson Jasmine Cole on Tuesday evening unveiled plans for multiple community events planned for the summer including children’s activities, sports events and community gatherings.  The schedule begins with a summer camp for children at...

    Cullman Caring for Kids hits the road with Mobile Food Bank

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Caring for Kids recently began an outreach program using its new Mobile Food Bank to make its free groceries easier to access for families in remote parts of the county. Each Wednesday, the team visits one of four sites in...

    Colony Kids Grab-N-Go summer food program offers children a chance to raise their own gardens

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    COLONY, Ala. — The Colony Kids Grab-N-Go summer food program will offer children an opportunity to raise their own vegetables in the raised garden beds at the Colony Educational Complex, starting at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, June 9.  Colony Councilwoman and Kids Grab-N-Go assistant Ethel...

    “The 100 Deadliest Days”

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the U.S. has entered the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers, the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day during which an average of over seven people per day will die in teen driving-related...

    ‘Community Splash!’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center will offer a Monday discount to the general public through the summer, beginning June 7. “Community Splash,” as the program is called, offers non-members an entry fee of $7, less than half of the standard...

    Hanceville Public Library gets ready for summer

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Hanceville Public Library has loads of events planned for its community this summer and they are so excited to get started. After last year’s COVID-19 shutdown, the dedicated members of this wonderful library have put their heads together to brainstorm some...

    The Refuge Church hosts annual Fishing Rodeo

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- The Refuge Church in East Point, Alabama, off Highway 278, hosted their annual Fishing Rodeo Saturday morning. The rodeo kicked off at 8 a.m. with separate age groups competing for the Biggest Fish and Most Weight categories. These boys and girls were...

    Colony Carpenter’s Cabinet grab-and-go to offer grab-and-go meals starting Wednesday, June 2

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    COLONY, Ala. - The Colony office of Carpenter’s Cabinet will start its summer feeding program on Wednesday, June 2 and running through Aug. 11, 2021, offering grab-and-go meals from the pantry at the Colony Educational Complex, 151 Byars Rd. near Town Hall. The first...

    Upcoming Memorial Day weekend events

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - There are several events happening around Cullman County this Memorial Day weekend. While Memorial Day has become a time that many choose to hit the lake or host a fun barbeque or party, let’s not forget the reason for the holiday....

    “He’s a miracle!” 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Tuesday was a birthday Ron Mann will never forget. It’s a miracle, according to his doctors, that he is able to celebrate his 74th birthday. Mann tested positive for COVID-19 on October 29 and after three months on a ventilator, four...

    Hanceville prepares to host Inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - A fun day is planned this Saturday in downtown Hanceville as they celebrate one of the most beloved comfort foods--grilled cheese! The inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival is being organized by Hanceville’s downtown merchants and the unique festival plans on having activities...

    ‘Brother Joseph, Brother Joseph!’ coming this Sunday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard Abbey has earned its place as one of the top must-see tourist destinations in Alabama, but this Sunday, it will offer a little something more as local artists Ben South and Donna Drake hold...

    Cullman Caring for Kids faces food supply shortfalls as summer approaches

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Caring for Kids, a child abuse prevention agency best known around the area for its food bank, is about to enter one of its busiest times of the year as kids come home from school for the summer. As he...

    COVID-19 – Then and now

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    With so many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted and more and more people being vaccinated, folks are finally able to return to their normal activities. The Tribune stopped by the Farmer’s Market Thursday morning to chat with people about what they thought the hardest thing...

    Over $2,000 raised by MadeLyme

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Thirteen-year-old Madeline Hill, of Walter, continued her efforts Saturday to raise awareness and money to combat Lyme disease by hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk at Hanceville’s Veterans Memorial Park. Close to 50 participants joined Hill as they did their part to...

    Cullman Caring for Kids unveils new mobile food bank

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Caring for Kids on Friday unveiled its newest tool in the fight against hunger among families in need: a mobile food bank that will allow the group to take food closer to outlying communities around the county and make the...

    Annual baby bottle fundraising drive underway for First Source for Women

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Faith-based pregnancy resource service First Source for Women has begun its annual baby bottle change fundraising drive. The monetary collection assists the Hanceville-based women's clinic as the organization offers its free pregnancy services to those in need.    The fundraiser distributes baby...

    Mother’s Day: Local mothers share what they’d love the most!

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    Mother’s Day is this Sunday and before you head out the door to select the perfect card or gift, listen to what these local moms have to say. The Tribune asked a group of local moms what they want and don’t want for Mother’s...

    Food that touches the soul

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala.- “Food that touches the soul.” That’s how the owner of Merriweather’s Soul Food describes what you can expect at their new restaurant located inside the Joann Walls Center on Bangor Street in Hanceville. The meat and three style eatery has generated quite...

    Editorial: What Do Moms Want?

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    Mother’s Day is just a week away and compared to last year’s quarantined Mother’s Day, this year, shopping and planning a special day for your mom should be much easier. All of Cullman’s local shops and restaurants are open and eager to help you...

    How safe rooms save lives

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In 2004, Keith and Deborah Crumbley were selected as part of a FEMA grant program to have a safe room installed at their home in the Simcoe Community. On April 27, 2011, their home took a direct hit from a F5...

    Planning the perfect picnic

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Spring has sprung. The weather is warming up and nature is starting to teem with new life. Since Friday was National Picnic Day, it is the perfect excuse to enjoy the spring weather with a family picnic. So, grab a...

    Curt’s Closet prepares to reopen in new location

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     CULLMAN, Ala. - When Ashley Wilson opened Curt’s Closet, a boutique-style clothing and accessory ministry for children and families in need, she did not imagine that, in three years’ time, the operation would outgrow its home on St. Joseph Street and need to relocate...

    Grand re-opening celebration held at Art Park

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism (CPRST) on Thursday officially reopened Art Park off Main Avenue on the city’s west side. The renovated park features a playground with padded synthetic turf under slides, swings, climbing elements and event musical devices. Wildflower...

    Getting outside to enjoy spring weather

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Spring is here once again. That means getting the family together and spending time outdoors. However, sometimes we need a boost to get off the couch and into the sunshine.  According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children ages 6 through 17 need...

    Children share why they love Easter

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    Colin Hyde- age 11 What do you like about Easter? I like the competition about Easter eggs and I really like to find all of them. I love my family because they are super nice to me and I don't get to see them that...

    The family that studies together stays together

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — As spring unwinds and summer nears, high school graduates from all across the Southeast will soon be poised to begin their college and career journeys at Wallace State. While students take these first exciting and sometimes nervous steps toward independence, they...

    CCCDC student welcomes dad home from Air Force with the help of classmates

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     CULLMAN, Ala. - When the classmates of 8-year-old Hayden Herron heard that his father, William Herron, would be returning from his overseas deployment with the United States Air Force, they knew exactly what they wanted to do. The kids in Evan Sanderson’s class at...

    Locals pack Heritage Park for annual Cullman Fireworks Festival

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – This year’s Cullman Fireworks Festival is in the books and things got underway at Heritage Park at 5 p.m. when families poured on to the soccer fields to enjoy inflatables, give-aways, food vendors, competitions and more before the light show began. This is the eighth...