‘You Can’t Beat It’

One-of-a-kind home, property hits market in Alabama  By Gary Lloyd SPRINGVILLE -- Before the state-of-the-art home can be properly described, it is important to go back to its foundation. Not the foundation in the home’s literal sense, but rather its idea, its genesis. And it started when its owner and hopeful seller, now 71 years … Continue reading ‘You Can’t Beat It’

Prank to Praise

‘Memory he’ll have for rest of his life’ for young Bama fan By Gary Lloyd Our paths did not cross in Tuscaloosa, but I met Cody Kirk in the last year. We converse regularly about sports on Twitter and Facebook. Nothing too serious. Until this week. A video was posted to social media after the … Continue reading Prank to Praise

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

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

Trussville Girl Scout goes for Gold Award

This will be a short blog post, but an important one. Alex Rudick is a junior at Hewitt-Trussville High School closing in on her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor she can receive. You will read about her project at length in an upcoming issue of the Cahaba Sun, and I hope you take … Continue reading Trussville Girl Scout goes for Gold Award

Paying it forward

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.  He remembers that the 6-foot-5, 220-pound lineman always looked sad. He was always so quiet. Once he found out the lanky lineman’s story, he knew why. The lineman’s mother was killed in a murder-suicide by his stepfather when he was … Continue reading Paying it forward

The shop

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   I was legitimately terrified. It was my first summer job, and I was ill-prepared. I knew nothing of carburetors and SAE-30, and I wasn’t strong enough to lift close to a hundred pounds of metal alone. A buddy’s parents … Continue reading The shop