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The Spain Park High School football team suffered a 49-35 loss to Mountain Brook on Friday. Read more

Spain Park

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The Hoover High School defense scored two touchdowns in a region win over Hewitt-Trussville on Friday night. Read more

Hoover

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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District officials say they will seek more feedback about priorities with another survey, likely after Thanksgiving. Read more

Schools

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Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Current Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and state Representative Arnold Mooney will speak beginning at 9 a.m. Read more

News

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Holy Family Cristo Rey’s board acquired the former Center Street Middle School on June 11, 2019 from the Birmingham Board of Education. Renovations and upgrades were made over the summer in time for classes to begin on August 8. Read more

Schools

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Kyle Parmley

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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The Hoover High School football team lost its star quarterback in Friday's 48-30 loss at Thompson. Read more

Hoover

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Spain Park High School was knocked off by Vestavia Hills on Friday night. Read more

Spain Park

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However, the budget includes $19 million in capital projects such as an 18-classroom expansion at Berry Middle School. Read more

Schools

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Girl Scout Leadership Summit 2

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The girls were able to hear from MIss Alabama Tiara Pennington and NASA astronaut Jan Davis, as well as other female mentors. Read more

People

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The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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A trio of touchdowns from Harrison Barker was not enough for Spain Park as the Jags were edged 42-45 by Bessemer City. Read more

Spain Park

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The mayor said his budget proposal is focused on better traffic management, education and public safety. Read more

News

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Instead, the team’s motto throughout the offseason has been to “own it” and move forward. Robby Ashford is leading his team on that quest. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha.

Dresden Statum, a Homewood High School graduate, is determined to be one of the few female sushi masters in the U.S. and has been preparing for several months. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Hoover City Schools Foundation this year is giving out a record $64,000 in grants, thanks to successful fundraising initiatives, Executive Director Janet Turner said. Read more

Schools

Here are the presidents of the parent organizations at each Hoover school and what they said about their goals for the 2019-20 school year. Read more

Schools

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

After more than two years of planning and renovation work, the Hoover school system’s Riverchase Career Connection Center is now open and running. Read more

High Schools

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Photo by Jimmy Mitchell.

Spain Park High School’s marching band for the second year in a row will use its Sparks in the Park event as a showcase and exhibition for area high school bands, plus a performance by the UAB Marching Blazers. Read more

News

The Arc of Alabama and Alabama Conference of Executives of The Arc are putting on the 2019 Alabama Disability Conference in Hoover. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Ross Bridge Pharmacy had its soft opening on April 19 before a grand opening in May. This is the first pharmacy to open in the Ross Bridge community and is located across from the clock tower at the main entrance. Read more

Businesses

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Very soon we will see the leaves begin to change as another season rolls in. While these thoughts bring a smile, they are always accompanied by a somber moment as I also reflect on the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Read more

Mayor's Minute

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Some complain about green areas being torn down for new development in Hoover, but in addition to numerous small parks, the city also has several large tracts of land reserved for conservation and passive park usage. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The upcoming closure of the Sears department store at the Riverchase Galleria is being heralded by mall managers and city officials as a great opportunity for redevelopment. Read more

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Jonathan M. Norris

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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From first aid to kayaking, the members of Scout Troop 86 Green tried nearly everything that Camp Comer had to offer in their first summer at camp. Read more

News

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Photos by Bobby Mathews.

The rise of women’s whiffle ball leagues in suburban Birmingham might seem a little unusual to outsiders. But at its heart, leagues like this one are about finding community. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The city of Hoover is planning to install a new traffic signal on Stadium Trace Parkway at Flemming Parkway, but it may take eight to nine months to get it in place, a city official said. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

For 25 years, the city and club both have been operating under the assumption that the city owned the pool and tennis courts and the club has a lease to use the facility through March 2093. Read more

News

Hoover VS Central Phenix Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Hoover VS Central Phenix Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

Constantine Hontzas' 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted Hoover to a season-opening win on Friday night. Read more

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Spain Park at Hillcrest

Jonathan Norris

The Spain Park High School football team made three sacks in final minutes to secure a 42-33 victory in its season opener at Hillcrest. Read more

Spain Park

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Avadian Credit Union was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group. Read more

People

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Kamp Fender

Here's a look at several of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

"Hoover was the only place that we lived as a family of four," Heather Gilotti said. Read more

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2019 Hoover Wiffle Crown winners

Photo by Jon Anderson

This is the first year the two communities have battled for a championship. Read more

Sports

Heritage Pickleball 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

This was the first year for the four-day tournament. Read more

Sports

Antiqua Cleggett 8-15-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

Workforce development leader fills Hoover chamber in on efforts to achieve that. Read more

Businesses

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News

Rocky Ridge school bus 8-14-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

But registration to ride buses is up 8 percent — by 664 students. Read more

Schools

Jacob Pugh, a Hoover resident and recent graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship by The Greater Birmingham ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program at its annual scholarship banquet. Read more

People

The baby and maternity expo drew more than 3,500 people in its first year at the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The event raised more than $38,000 for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Read more

People

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

American Legion rifle raffle 2019

Photo courtesy of Ryan Winslow American Legion Post 911

The raffle raised more than $3,300 to help support veterans in need. Read more

People

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Previously, sales or dispensing of alcoholic beverages could not occur until 11 a.m. on Sundays in private clubs and noon at places such as restaurants, hotels and meeting and event centers. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Mayors of the five biggest cities have been meeting for at least five years and want to expand their group. Read more

News

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The Springville Fire Department won the People's Choice Award. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The 92,000-square-foot facility opens Aug. 8 with five academies covering health science, fire and emergency medical services, cyber innovation, skilled trades, and food and hospitality. Read more

Schools

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Art and music therapy programs are used to help veterans overcome the mental and physical wounds suffered during deployments and to work with family members in the adjustment process. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Bradstreet will provide leadership for the 170 chapters and almost 20,000 members of the American Legion throughout Alabama. Read more

People

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Photo by Todd Lester.

The 2018 season did not unfold as the Spain Park High School football team intended. Even so, head coach Shawn Raney drew encouragement from how his players responded to the adversity. Read more

Spain Park

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Photo by Kamp Fender.

Last season was the first since 1999 that Hoover failed to win at least 10 games on the field. But for a program that has made 16 appearances in the state championship game — and won 11 of them — the expectation is to return to that level. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The three-day science fiction and fantasy festival includes sessions on gaming, comics, writing, cosplay, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "Game of Thrones." Read more

News

Dad Brigade 7-27-19 (1)

Photo by Jon Anderson

The volunteers, mostly men and boys, helped spruce up school campuses prior to the return of students. Read more

Schools

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The Hoover Police Department drew in more donors to a blood drive at the Hoover Public Safety Center than the Hoover Fire Department. Read more

News

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Many people take mission trips to foreign countries, but not a lot of people give up their jobs and the comforts of home for 11 months to travel around the world, ministering to people in need. Read more

People 1 Comments

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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Presbyterian Home for Children Director of Development Jonathan Ahern jokes that he has many offices: at the organization’s campus in Talladega, at his home and in his truck. His newest office is located in Hoover. Read more

People

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Auchmuty has previously written two other books and a pamphlet. His latest work details stories — some of them funny, some of them heartbreaking — about his time leading funeral services. Read more

People

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Hoover High School senior Christian Pegouske has always loved being outside in nature. So, he got involved with the BioBucs, HHS’s environment science research competition team. Read more

High Schools

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Baseball and softball players from Hoover and Spain Park high schools were recognized following strong spring seasons by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, as each program was represented on the all-state teams. Read more

Sports

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More than 150 students from Hoover, Spain Park and Homewood high schools have registered for the Culinary and Hospitality Academy in its first year, Chris Villa said. Read more

High Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

More than 300 students from Hoover and Spain Park high schools are signed up for the Health Science Academy at the Riverchase Career Connection Center, which opens for the first time with the start of school on Aug. 8. Read more

High Schools

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About 155 to 160 of the top high school baseball players in the eastern United States are headed to the Hoover Metropolitan Complex Aug. 1-4 for the 2019 East Coast Pro Showcase. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Heart of Dixie chapter of the BMW Car Club of America is offering a driving school for teenagers and young adults at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium to help prepare them for driving hazards and challenges. Read more

News

Babypalooza 2018

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The Babypalooza baby and maternity expo is headed to the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex for its 14th year in the Birmingham-Hoover area. Read more

News

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Hometown Lenders is holding its second annual barbecue cooking competition at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Aug. 3. Read more

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The city of Hoover’s annual National Night out event is moving to a new location for its 10th year — the parking lot of the Riverchase Galleria. Read more

News

Taste of Bham 2018

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The Birmingham Boys Choir, which draws boys from all over the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, is holding its ninth annual Taste of Birmingham fundraiser on Aug. 20. Read more

News

Save the Os 5K 2018 (1)

Photo courtesy of Lloyd E. Beard.

The 15th annual Save the O’s 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Greystone residential community to raise money for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Read more

News

It has been said that “August is like the Sunday of summer.” August brings the beginning of another school year, with hallways filled with laughter and classrooms filled with lots of learning. Read more

Mayor's Minute

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The city of Hoover has obtained a second federal grant to help pay for a $1.1 million half-mile walking trail and parking lot along the Cahaba River next to Riverchase Elementary School. Read more

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A 1.6-mile trail between the Inverness Nature Park and Valleydale Road will get under construction sometime this fall in a joint project between Shelby County and the city of Hoover. Read more

News

Kevin Erwin 6-11-19

Photo by Jon Anderson.

When the principal position at Simmons Middle School came open in May, 99 people applied for the job. Hoover schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy said there were a lot of qualified applicants, but one name rose to the top: Kevin Erwin. Read more

Middle Schools 3 Comments

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

For several years, the pool at the Birchtree Swim & Racquet Club has needed some major repairs, including a new pool liner and deck, club and city officials say. Read more

News 6 Comments

Bob Cahoon 7-18-19 (1)

Photo by Jon Anderson

Cahoon served in both World War II and the Korean War. Read more

News

Finley Center June 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

Eight months into fiscal 2019, the complex has had an estimated $31 million economic impact, the manager says. Read more

News

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Superintendent Kathy Murphy held off again on a recommendation for a policy against disruptive speech. Read more

Schools

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Families of 386 children were interested, but only 90 students could be accepted for five new pre-K classes. Read more

Schools

Tattersall Park proposed master plan July 2019

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

Greystone residents strongly objected to the proposal. Read more

News

Future land use plan July 2019

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

Mayor Frank Brocato said the document will serve as a roadmap in making decisions over the next 20 to 25 years. Read more

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Hoover’s Jaqueline Mateo recently participated in the 21st annual Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) on the campus of Troy University. Read more

People

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The Magic City Theatre On Ice skating team defended their 2018 National title in the open division and won silver in the intermediate division during the National Theatre on Ice Competition at the end of June. Read more

People

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Camp Seale Harris, a nonprofit camping program empowering children and teens with diabetes, has been awarded a $10,000 donation from Whitehaven Insurance Services through the 2019 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Awards. Read more

People

In the 2018-2019 school year, 16 Alabama schools raised $56,862 for wishes in Alabama. Read more

High Schools

Hoover teen James DeLano was named The Oley Foundation Child of the Year on June 22 at their national conference in Chicago. He was also recognized for being nominated for their Innovator/Advocator Award and their Celebration of Life Award. Read more

People

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The grocery store is planned to be built at the intersection of South Shades Crest Road and Morgan Road in southwest Hoover. Read more

Businesses

Two Maids & A Mop, the nation’s leading tech-driven residential cleaning service, recently hosted MaidCon at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. Read more

People

Strategic Development Concept June 2019

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

Planning commissioners wanted a better summary and new plans for undeveloped areas. Read more

News 1 Comments

Black Creek Mtn Bike Park

Photo by Jon Anderson

The 73-acre park in the Trace Crossings community has about 5 miles of mountain bike trails. Read more

News 3 Comments

Mary Helmer 6-20-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

Hoover's economic developer, Greg Knighton, said a partnership with Main Street Alabama would be worth considering. Read more

Businesses 1 Comments

313 South Burbank Drive

Photo by Jon Anderson

Residents have complained about having a constant stream of strangers coming and going from homes in their neighborhoods. Read more

News 3 Comments

Free Friday Flicks 2019 (1)

Photo by Jon Anderson

Skies were clear Friday night as moviegoers watched "The Little Mermaid." Read more

News

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Photo by Anne Dawson

All of Aldridge Gardens was strung with glowing lights on the night of June 8, as the 2019 Hydrangeas Under the Stars fundraiser took place. Read more

People

Hayden Perry

Photo courtesy of Trace Spence

He loved fishing and customizing his truck. Read more

News

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Students are becoming too disconnected from instruction, Superintendent Kathy Murphy said. Read more

Schools 2 Comments

The proposal announced in May caused a lot of angst in the community, with people concerned about First Amendment rights. Read more

Schools 3 Comments

IberiaBank June 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

The bank's renovation of a 130,000-square-foot building in International Park is taking longer than anticipated. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Jon Anderson

But the council held off a decision to extend a fiber-optic line along Valleydale Road from U.S. 31 to almost U.S. 280. Read more

News 1 Comments

More than 775 people had taken the Hoover Sun and 280 Living poll as of 3:30 p.m. June 3. Read more

Schools 1 Comments

Mary Helmer

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Helmer is scheduled to speak at the chamber luncheon at the Hoover Country Club on June 20. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The 719 members of the graduating class are believed to be the largest high school graduating class in Alabama this year. Read more

High Schools

Spain Park 2019 graduation 1

Photo by Jon Anderson

In all, 23% of the graduating class ended with a GPA of 4.0 or higher. Read more

High Schools

Hoover City Schools flag

Photo by Jon Anderson

School officials are proposing a change to the code of conduct that allows school discipline for racist and sexist conduct or language, whether it occurs on campus, at home or online. Read more

Schools 5 Comments

Kathy Murphy 5-9-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

However, a proposed change would allow school officials to administer discipline when racist, sexist or other disparaging off-campus remarks substantially impact the school environment. Read more

Schools 10 Comments

Hoover chamber 2019 scholarships 1

Photo by Jon Anderson

Scholarship recipients were Taylor Edwards, Maggie Ethridge and Mary White from Hoover High School and Josh Stanton from Spain Park High School. Read more

People

A proposed change in the code of conduct would make it a class 3 (most serious) offense to engage in racist or sexist conduct or language, whether on or off campus. Read more

Schools 3 Comments

Cahaba River Park

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

The changes would shift 155 homes from Blackridge to Trace Crossings and have Signature Homes donate 158 acres for a potential new road out of the area. Read more

News 1 Comments

Hoover Soccer

Photo by Kyle Parmley

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

State Soccer Finals

Kyle Parmley

The Hoover High School boys soccer team beat Enterprise 3-2 on Saturday in penalty kicks to capture its first state championship since 2003. Read more

Sports 1 Comments

Hoover Service Club 2019 scholarships awards 1

Photo by Jon Anderson

The club also gave out 2019 academic and citizenship awards to six Hoover middle school students. Read more

Schools 1 Comments

One was a 17-year-old freshman at Parker High School, and the other was a 15-year-old freshman from Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. Read more

News 1 Comments

A 1999 Toyota 4Runner plunged off Shades Mountain where Valley Street meets Shades Crest Road. Read more

News 2 Comments

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Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha

Words matter, perspective is big and forgiveness is essential, Lehman told 600 or so people at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham — The Wynfrey Hotel. Read more

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