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  1. Civic Dispatch: The Marion Cemetery, A Lesson in Community Involvement

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Goulart reflects on the Marion Cemetery in his thought piece from Marion, Alabama.

    Across the street from historic Judson College, the entrance to the cemetery is what you would expect of any cemetery entrance: two brick pillars and a metal arch with “Marion Cemetery” in slanted letters.

    A paved road leads into the heart of the cemetery. Headstones dot the landscape in front, and white obelisks stand out amidst the gray. The grave markers emit an undeniable sense of history, and memories flood the senses.  Read More »

  2. Civic Dispatch: Giving to the Giving Garden

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Jack West reports on Elba’s Giving Garden in his thought piece from Coffee County, Alabama. 

    Behind the old jail and its rusted-out cells, new life sprouts every year in Elba. 

    The community’s Giving Garden is a plot of land where volunteers can help grow cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other produce that is then donated to the Elba Community Food Bank.

    The garden was started and is managed by Restoration154, Inc., a non-profit group in Elba. 

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  3. Civic Dispatch: BAMA KIDS Inc. Builds Wilcox County Success Story

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Laura Thompson reports on the work of BAMA KIDS Inc. in her thought piece from Camden. 

    After nurturing children in Wilcox County for more than 25 years, BAMA KIDS Inc. provided a full slate of educational and recreational opportunities for more than 70 children this summer.

    Created in 1993 by a group of volunteers inspired by Albert Gordon and the Rev. Frank Smith, BAMA KIDS started with a “lot of enthusiasm and community support” but little money.

    Today, thanks to collaborations with people throughout the Camden community and institutions like the University of Alabama in Birmingham and foundations, the organization has produced countless success stories.

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  4. Civic Dispatch: Lou Schell Loves Life on the Road and at Home in Chatom

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Melissa Dennis shares Lou Schell’s story in her thought piece from Chatom, Alabama. 

    When talking with Inda Lou Schell in Chatom, Alabama, three things become evident: one, community is an essential part of life; two, the sky’s the limit; three, “people [truly] make the difference.”  Read More »

  5. Civic Dispatch: Collinsville Museum Celebrates Local History

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Hannah White reports on The Museum of Collinsville History in her thought piece from Collinsville, Alabama.

    Not all small towns can boast of having a museum to showcase their history. But Collinsville can.

    The Museum of Collinsville History documents and celebrates the rich history of this community in northeast Alabama. Historic objects donated by countless citizens, ranging from military artifacts to agricultural tools, can be seen by visitors who stop by the museum housed in a former bank on Main Street. Read More »

  6. Civic Dispatch: Recent graduates bring health, education initiatives to Perry County

    In Perry County, one of the rural Alabama counties that does not have its own hospital, healthcare challenges can take a toll.

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