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A rally for Ally

Chelsea Middle School student Ally Nelson with her mom, Christina. Eleven-year-old Ally is battling Osteosarcoma. Photo courtesy of Christina Nelson.


Eleven-year-old Ally Nelson’s fight began with a limp noticed by her mother, Christina, in March. Ally said it didn’t bother her too bad, but by the time the family went out of town for spring break, the pain in her thigh was no longer something to be ignored.

The original diagnosis based on her x-rays was tendonitis, and the Nelsons were advised to give her ibuprofen and to stretch out her leg for three weeks. After a week and a half, Ally’s limp grew worse. Her mom noticed she had lost muscle mass in her left thigh and now had swelling. Continue reading


Barbecue fresh from your backyard


Homemade barbecue plate: sandwich, baked beans, twice-baked potatoes, deviled eggs, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.

When we were first married, my father and my husband’s grandfather taught Wayne how to grill. They did a great job, and now our friends call him “the grill master” and always say we need to open a restaurant.
I am not talking about hamburgers and hot dogs, although they are good too, but rather we have developed a love for

Wayne’s BBQ Pork. Photos by Lisa Johnsey.

smoking meats and honest grilling.
Through the years, Wayne has adjusted our family recipes to suit our taste. The chicken and pork recipes here are some of our classic favorites. With both meals, we serve similar side items including baked beans, deviled eggs, twice-baked potatoes, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers; and do not forget the bread for sopping up the sauce!  These dishes are some of our summer time favorites, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Continue reading

Public hearing on Brook Highland rezoning

The Shelby County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 4 to decide on possible rezoning for the Brook Highland area.

According to the letter sent to Brook Highland property owners, the commission will consider a request of Eddleman Properties, Inc. for the approval to rezone land for the creation of 11 residential lots. A portion of the property is where  Brook Highland Racket Club is now located.

If approved, the request will not change the size or shape of surrounding properties. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at 1123 County Services Drive.

Jags theatre department will fly high with Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

Spain Park High School Theatre students are taking their spring production to new heights, quite literally!

This week the award-winning SPHS theatre department presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, providing actors the rare opportunity to be flown during the show; using a system of hidden tracks and ropes, the students will appear to fly onstage in key scenes choreographed by ZFX Flying Effects, Inc.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, which marks the school’s return to musicals, opens Thursday, May 10. Performances are Thursday and Friday, May 10-11 at 7 p.m., Saturday May 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday May 13 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Contact Eric St John at 439-1465 for more information.

St. Vincent’s One Nineteen spin team prepares for Tour de Cure 2012

The St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Team completes the 2011 Tour de Cure to raise money for diabetes research. Photo courtesy of St. Vincent’s One Nineteen.

Donna Sibley’s brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13. The diagnosis would inspire Sibley to become a dietitian and later to captain a team  for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, where she works as a wellness dietician.

Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 40 states nationwide to benefit diabetes research, education and advocacy in local communities.  The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Participants register and recruit co-workers, friends and family members to ride and raise money.

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Gary’s spring shoe finds


Spring and summer are all about new colors, new materials and having your girlfriends say, ”You look terrific in those shoes!”

You’re talking about and planning trips to the beach, the lake, family reunions and high school/college reunions.  You’re going to be wearing fun skirts, shorts, tops and the perfect pair of shoes can complete the look that you want and give your entire outfit the “pop and personality” that will make you look terrific.

In today’s world everyone is busy with everything, so rather than provide more clutter for the fashion section of your brain, I wanted to focus on four things to look for this season.

Vernice 9 coral wedge by Prada

Coral.  This is the color for spring/summer 2012. A shoe, sandal or wedge in coral is the perfect complement to a neutral color theme designers are showing in clothes.  Remember Gary’s fashion rule #1: big, bright colors are fantastic in smaller doses, like shoes, sandals and wedges.



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The Southern scent of High Cotton Candles

Eagle Point’s Karen Ingram created High Cotton Candle Company. Photo by Kathryn Acree.


Florals, the sweet smells of a home-baked dessert, the clean scents of soap on laundry day— these are the Southern scents celebrated in High Cotton Candles.
“My son loves the Lemon Bisque, which we named from my husband Dugg’s grandmother’s dessert recipe of the same name,” founder and Eagle Point resident Karen Ingram said. “Even after smelling so many candles, he said he could just eat that one up.”

Ingram delved into the world of soy candles after a request by her mom last summer to find just the right candle line to carry in her antique shop near Lake Martin.

“If you would have told me, even six months ago, that I would be making candles for a living, I would have said you are crazy,” Ingram said with a smile.

“I started looking for my mom’s shop, and while there are a lot of candle companies, I just didn’t come across what I was really seeking,” she said. “I wanted something southern and just wasn’t finding it.” Continue reading