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Real and Unrehearsed

Real and Unrehearsed

Northeast Alabama native Sandra Lafferty often portrays rural women on stage and on the big screen. by N.L. MCANELLY I have no personal experience with acting. Unless you count the time in kindergarten I spent sweating on the cafeteria stage with plastic rabbit ears clamped to my head. Was that acting? Yes, according to my
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Take Flight

Take Flight

Seasoned hang-gliding pilots and beginners alike soar over the valley at Lookout Mountain Flight Park. by Steven Stiefel Jumping off the side of a mountain might be considered a long-term solution to short-term problems for most of us, but for the men and women of the Lookout Mountain Flight Park, hurling their bodies off the
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Kid’s View: Rock City

Kid’s View: Rock City

You can explore an underground fairyland, walk through stone passageways and see seven states from this amazing place. by ANSLEY GRIDER, age 14, and CADEN GRIDER, age 11 Ansley Grider: The spectacular waterfall and overlook on the edge of Lookout Mountain Ansley Grider: Rock City is a great place for all ages. They have so
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The Homestead: Cherokee Plantation

The Homestead: Cherokee Plantation

  One of the oldest standing houses in Alabama is still thriving, thanks in part to preservation efforts by its current owner. by ELIZABETH MANNING   Northeast Alabama is home to a rich cultural history, and much of it lies within the city limits of Fort Payne. The Andrew Ross Home, currently owned and inhabited
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History Book: Castle in the Clouds

History Book: Castle in the Clouds

  Built to impress the leisured set, the Lookout Mountain Hotel reflects changes in 20th century America and the roots of tourism in Southern Appalachia. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN   I suspect all children are fascinated by castles. Truth to tell, many adults find them irresistible as well. As we travel Europe, we dutifully march
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Artist Spotlight: Kid at Heart

Artist Spotlight: Kid at Heart

With the energy and eagerness of a child, Mark Issenberg crafts unique, ash-glazed pottery full of charm and function. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN  |  photos by RANDY GRIDER Every kid on earth loves playing in the dirt, but few find ways to make art out of it. Mark Issenberg, officially an adult for many of
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