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

Six stories

THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, VALLEY ROAD: UPLIFTING STORIES FROM DOWN SOUTH. GET IT HERE. It sounds improbable, but I believe I am up to the task. I can sum up a city in just six stories. At the time, they were just stories, black ink filling up the pages of a yearly magazine in … Continue reading Six stories

Tough runs

THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, VALLEY ROAD: UPLIFTING STORIES FROM DOWN SOUTH. GET IT HERE. So much about that high school football season was tough. A player dying during a gym workout prior to the season kicking off. The small town's grocery store, which produced a quarter of a million dollars in annual tax revenue, … Continue reading Tough runs

Greyhound racing ends in Birmingham

‘Perfect storm of circumstances’ spells the end By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- Live greyhound racing has ended at the Birmingham Race Course. Birmingham Racing Commission Executive Director Kip Keefer confirmed the news Wednesday night, saying that he “had no involvement or input on the decision to discontinue live racing.” Keefer, who served as the race … Continue reading Greyhound racing ends in Birmingham