Spring 2016

What’s Cookin’: No Bun Intended

What’s Cookin’: No Bun Intended

Mentone Market BBQ brings delicious Selma-inspired barbecue sandwiches to the Lookout Mountain region. By RANDY GRIDER Tom Emory admits when he first started serving barbecue sandwiches at the Mentone Market in 2015, he got a few puzzled looks and inquiries from some customers: “Where’s the bun?” That’s because Tom, who owns and runs the Mentone Market
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Shop Around: Nostalgic Shopping

Shop Around: Nostalgic Shopping

Relics offers pop-culture collectibles that are sure to bring back memories. By RANDY GRIDER Browsing through Relics Antiques and Collectibles in downtown Fort Payne, Ala., feels more like a stroll down memory lane than your normal shopping trip. The store teems with pop-culture collectibles and memorabilia sure to stir memories and lure you back to
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Publisher’s Note: Historical Images

Publisher’s Note: Historical Images

Click here to view this article as a PDF A new book spotlights rarely seen postcards from Fort Payne’s storied past. For more than a century, postcards served two main purposes: to provide a cheap souvenir of places visited or a quick note to family and friends back home. They were essentially the pre-cell-phone version
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Where Eagles and Human Spirits Soar

Where Eagles and Human Spirits Soar

Multifaceted in recreational opportunities, Lake Guntersville State Park proves to be one of northeast Alabama’s most treasured getaways. By CHERYL LEWIS It’s not hard to imagine: Anyone who has ever enjoyed a day of laughter and games with friends and family on a lakeside beach or boat knows the joy of spending time at the water’s edge.
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Mountain Melodies: Taking It All in Stride

Mountain Melodies: Taking It All in Stride

Grammy nominations are just another day at the office for respected guitar picker Norman Blake. By STEVEN STIEFEL In December, the National Academy of Arts and Sciences announced Norman Blake’s album “Wood, Wire & Words,” his first recording of all-original songs in more than 30 years, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of
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Life on Lookout Mountain

Life on Lookout Mountain

By JOHN DERSHAM Get out your picnic baskets, hiking boot and bicycles. It is time to shake those winter blues and get outside in the sunshine. Dig in your garden, fly a kite and race with the kids across an open green field. Breathe deep and bring that fresh air into your lungs and laugh
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Kid’s View: Splash and Play

Kid’s View: Splash and Play

Lake Winnie’s SOAKya Water Park offers plenty of fun and adventure for people of all ages. By MEGAN SKELTON AND BRIANNA SKELTON, ages 13 It’s time to start planning for warm-weather fun. The SOAKya Water Park and Lake Winnie Amusement Park in Rossville, Ga., open several weeks before the official start of summer: the amusement park
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Inn for the Night: A Sense of Place

Inn for the Night: A Sense of Place

Mentone’s Raven Haven exudes hospitality and charm, making guests feel right at home. By ANA AMELIA SA SKELTON If I were to describe my experience at Raven Haven Bed & Breakfast in one sentence, it would be: “It felt like coming home.” That in itself means a whole lot to me considering that I am
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The Homestead: Homage to the Past

The Homestead: Homage to the Past

A couple breathes new life into The Oaks with an emphasis on antique décor, preserving memories and creating new ones. By ELIZABETH MANNING The home is present in Jim Rotch’s earliest memories. The three-bedroom, two-bath Queen Anne-styled house, christened The Oaks for a stand of giant oak trees that once characterized the property, is older than
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History Book: A Lasting Inspiration

History Book: A Lasting Inspiration

Martha Berry’s determined spirit and vision for a better future are the cornerstone of Berry College. By KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN My mother loved reading and enjoyed giving book reviews. She belonged to two “literary” clubs that required book reviews from all of their members. For reasons not at all apparent to my younger self, she preferred biographies of women
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Feature: A Change of Perspective

Feature: A Change of Perspective

Want to downsize and simplify without cramping your style and quality of life? Little River Escape offers tiny-cabin living with a sense of community and plenty of outdoor amenities. By RANDY GRIDER Downsizing isn't exactly a new concept, but it has gain steam, especially in the wake of the housing bubble and economic downturn of recent years.
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Feature: Finding Harmony at Home

Feature: Finding Harmony at Home

Despite huge success, the Forester Sisters bid farewell to the road to focus on family and second careers. By RANDY GRIDER The Forester Sisters burst onto the country music scene in the mid-1980s with almost unprecedented success. The first single from the group’s self-titled album went to No. 10 on the charts. They followed with
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Feature: Taking the Plunge

Feature: Taking the Plunge

Jumping from 14,000 feet offers breathtaking views and a chance to share amazing personal experiences with others. By LINDSAY SLATER Usually, my thoughts are very loud in my head. I’m a thinker. There’s always something to be thought about and analyzed and fixed. If we aren’t breaking our situations down to the minutest details, we aren’t
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Feature: Riding High

Feature: Riding High

Dakota Saddlery owner Bennie Inman takes pride in building custom-made American saddles. By JOHN DERSHAM Ask any equestrian what his or her most valued piece of equipment is, and you’ll likely be told the saddle. Its functionality, comfort and durability are essential to rider and horse alike. After all, a good saddle can mean the difference between sitting
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Artist Spotlight: For Pete’s Sake

Artist Spotlight: For Pete’s Sake

Artist James Dean’s path to fame was guided by the ageless spirit of a very real feline, now the iconic symbol of tongue-in-cheek grooviness. By LARUE HARDINGER Fort Payne native James Dean shares more than just a name and good looks with the 1950s silver-screen heartthrob. Both are celebrities of the coolest sort. Dean is the
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