Hope Amid Chaos

By Christian G. Crawford Hope is a pursuit. Unending. Hope commands breath. Inhale. Exhale. Our pursuit has ended abruptly—however. Our ears have stopped listening. Chaos is no longer imminent. It is now. Present. Real. Buildings burning. Monuments tumbling. People dying. Children crying. Despair has taken the place of hope. Leading to mass funerals. Physical. Virtual. … Continue reading Hope Amid Chaos

Pretty Words, Pretty Birds

Rick Bragg called it “pretty writing.” The Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Alabama writing professor, the one who made his name in the writing world at the foot of the rubble in Oklahoma City, the same man who armed himself only with a pen and notepad amongst the unrest and bullets in Haiti and … Continue reading Pretty Words, Pretty Birds

Help One Person At A Time

Words of slain Moody sergeant will live on  By Gary Lloyd  MOODY — The city I called home for almost five years was dressed up as if it were homecoming week. Blue ribbons and bows danced from their respective mailboxes and front porches, and every now and then a loud truck sped by on Highway … Continue reading Help One Person At A Time

Trussville looks to the future

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Do you ever look beyond the current landscape, the ongoing projects expected to be finished in the next couple years? Do you ever look, say, twenty years down the road? Well, Trussville has. The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved the final draft of its Trussville 2040 plan, more than … Continue reading Trussville looks to the future

Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Former student-athletes weigh in on Hewitt, Clay rivalry I saw a post on Twitter last week that said, “Give me a horror story from your specialty in five words or less.”  I replied, “No more Hewitt vs. Clay.”  For the longest time, covering Trussville and Clay and their athletics teams was my specialty. I went … Continue reading Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Ray of Hope excerpt: By the grace of God

THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, RAY OF HOPE: ONE MAN’S DREAM, HUNDREDS SERVED. GET IT HERE. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE RAY OF HOPE WHEELCHAIR RAMP MINISTRY IN PACE, FLORIDA. Chapter 19: By the grace of God  It was like talking on the phone with your grandmother. She was sweet, caring and you knew she’d bake you an … Continue reading Ray of Hope excerpt: By the grace of God

Dobbs retires as Hewitt-Trussville track and field coach

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Hewitt-Trussville coach David Dobbs is retiring as head varsity track and field coach after 30 years with the program. Dobbs will remain with the program as an assistant coach and will continue to lead the cross country program. Dobbs began his career in 1990, teaching physical education at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. … Continue reading Dobbs retires as Hewitt-Trussville track and field coach

Hewitt-Trussville announces graduation ceremony

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- COVID-19 isn’t going to keep the Class of 2020 down. Hewitt-Trussville High School will hold a graduation ceremony June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium. Four tickets per family will be allotted at a later date, and the ceremony will also be live-streamed. More details will follow on the … Continue reading Hewitt-Trussville announces graduation ceremony

Green Quarantine

The red bricks and thick mortar continue to rise high, but the green will always tower higher.  I have written about Trussville a long time, lived here even longer, and only recently, sans a historical book project in 2013, have I been able to take a step back into the past. We moved to Trussville … Continue reading Green Quarantine