Why didn’t I write that?

By Gary Lloyd If journalism could afford a time machine, I’d go back to Aug. 2, 2010, on Laurel Drive Southeast in Magee, Miss. It was late in the afternoon on a hot Monday, deadline approaching, but I should have talked to bystanders and family until the batteries in my tape recorder went dead, should … Continue reading Why didn’t I write that?

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

Alabama Historical Commission suggested ordinance for establishing historic preservation commission

READ: 'We're about to lose this thing': Cahaba Project residents debate future of historic neighborhood SUGGESTED ORDINANCE AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN THE CITY OF                           , TO PROVIDE FOR DESIGNATION OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES OR HISTORIC DISTRICTS; TO PROVIDE FOR ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN APPEALS PROCEDURE; TO … Continue reading Alabama Historical Commission suggested ordinance for establishing historic preservation commission

US Attorney launches Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

'Here for as long as it takes,' sheriff saysBIRMINGHAM – The U.S. Attorney’s Office today launched the Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force to offer prevention and community outreach programs within the city. This task force will complement the law enforcement work of the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force, which was announced last month, in combined efforts … Continue reading US Attorney launches Birmingham Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

A bond beyond baseball

The following story appears in my book Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.The baseball coach felt as if the pastor was talking directly to him. Sure, there was a congregation full of people, but the message was so pointed, so personal, that it felt like a one-on-one conversation. The sermon was about … Continue reading A bond beyond baseball