Summer 2015

Feature: Bee Smart

Feature: Bee Smart

David and Lynne Kelton of Lookout Mountain Honey Bees are passionate about teaching others beekeeping skills and appreciation for the vital role bees play in our ecosystem. story and photos by OLIVIA GRIDER I step closer to snap a photo as David Kelton holds out a frame he’s just removed from one of his 150
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Editor’s Note: Take a Little Trip

Editor’s Note: Take a Little Trip

A new literary tourism book allows you to explore Alabama through others’ eyes and could launch plans for your next road adventure. If you’re putting together a summer reading list, we have the perfect book to add to your selections. “Literary Destinations: Touring Alabama,” to be published this summer by Negative Capability Press, features fiction,
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Feature:  Hide & Seek

Feature: Hide & Seek

They are all around us, sometimes hidden in plain sight. Geocaching – the game, sport or hobby, depending on whom you speak with – entertains equally those seeking a technical challenge and children looking for secret treasures. story by GRAHAM DODD | photos by GRAHAM DODD, OLIVIA GRIDER and BRITTNEY HUGHES I am crawling under
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Feature: Pop Shop

Feature: Pop Shop

What started out as a one-man, ice-pop stand has sprouted multiple locations and supports farmers across Alabama, but its home base is still the ‘coolest’ spot in Gadsden for enjoying a fresh, tasty dessert. story and photos by ELIZABETH MANNING The mission of Gadsden , Ala., dessert favorite Frios Gourmet Pops is to build community
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History Book: Visionary Talent

History Book: Visionary Talent

From the swamps of the everglades to the urban jungles of New York, photographer and northeast Alabama native Charles Ebbets refused no risk or exertion to capture some of the most iconic images of his time. Pick up your Phone, Snap a “Selfie,” Shoot a video, post them to friends with the merest flick of
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Artist Spotlight: Man of (Repurposed) Steel

Artist Spotlight: Man of (Repurposed) Steel

Nathan Winkler has created a new medium that blends traditional quilting and the increasing popularity of barn quilts. story and photos by RANDY GRIDER Nathan Winkler's emergence into the world of quilting may seem a little odd at first glance. He has no background in quilts – and neither does anyone in his immediate family. For
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Inn for the Night: Peaceful Perch

Inn for the Night: Peaceful Perch

Mentone Mountain View Inn offers a panoramic outlook, personalized accommodations and as much privacy or social interaction as guests desire. story and photos by MEREDITH CUMMINGS Paul Todd motions out the window from inside Mentone Mountain View Inn, which he owns with his wife Carolyn, and gazes at the view of three states the location
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Kid’s View: Aerial Adventure

Kid’s View: Aerial Adventure

You can fly through the air and navigate an obstacle course in the trees at Ruby Falls ZIPStream. by HARLEY TATE, AGE 14, AND BETHANY BARES, AGE 15 | photos by OLIVIA GRIDER Harley: Ropes course? Zip lines? Have you ever thought about how much fun you could have flying through the sky or challenging
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Life on Lookout Mountain: Summer 2015

Life on Lookout Mountain: Summer 2015

Life on Lookout Mountain text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM Ok, so I am not from here and it took a good chunk of my life to get here. The truth is I had never visited the Lookout Mountain region other than to pass through it until Eastman Kodak offered me a great promotion to
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Mountain Melodies: Dixie’s Daughter

Mountain Melodies: Dixie’s Daughter

Leah Seawright has mastered both the artistic and business sides of the music world without leaving the place that gave root to her country and gospel tunes. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by STEVEN STIEFEL and courtesy Leah Seawright Leah Seawright's musical  foundation is so firm, she can’t remember when she w a s
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Nature’s Path: Lovely Lula

Nature’s Path: Lovely Lula

Tucked off a highway south of Chattanooga are Lula Lake and LulaFalls, part of an environmental preserve that’s home to striking vistas and miles of hiking and cycling trails. by JAMES JAILLET | photos by ALAN CRESSLER and courtesy Lula Lake Land Trust While driving along Georgia Highway 157, you have to keep your eyes
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What’s Cookin: Past and Present Hit

What’s Cookin: Past and Present Hit

With its famous Bananza Burger and eclectic ambiance, The Strand is as popular as a restaurant and antiques store today as it was as a movie house in the 1940s. by MEREDITH CUMMINGS In 1941, Roland Locklear worked at The Strand Theatre in Fort Payne, Ala., making popcorn for people who wanted to get a glimpse
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Feature: Saluting a Hero

Feature: Saluting a Hero

Highly decorated veteran and best-selling author David Hartline continues his service to new and former soldiers through a state post. story by LARUE HARDINGER | photos by RANDY GRIDER and courtesy David Hartline He was born the fourth of 12 children to Robert and Maude Hartline on a cotton farm near Lookout Mountain and became a
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Doing Business Here: Discreet Distinction

Doing Business Here: Discreet Distinction

You aren’t likely to see its name on any of its products, but a small company in Guntersville, Ala., is a world leader in creating decorative, faux-finish matting. story and photos by OLIVIA GRIDER Chances are you've never heard of Specialty Matboard, but you’ve seen its products. They line the walls of furniture stores and hotels
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Tying the Knot: Something Old is Something New

Tying the Knot: Something Old is Something New

After transforming a family cotton gin for their own wedding, a young couple is sharing the history-filled venue with others who appreciate its authentic charm. story by BRETT JAILLET | photography by DEEDRA PIKE When Whitney and Andrew Meeks were planning their wedding last May, it became obvious the best place to hold their ceremony
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The Homestead: Cloudome

The Homestead: Cloudome

After a fire destroyed his log home, Chuck Peters created a resilient monolithic dome as a new residence in Cloudland, Ga. story by MARCIA GRUVER DOYLE | photos by CHUCK PETERS and staging by MAGNOLIA If Chuck Peters were the subject of a multiple-choice question, the only possible answer would be “all of the above.”
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