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

‘Sonny Days’ interview excerpts

By Gary Lloyd Presented without context, here are some memorable quotes that will appear in my next book, Sonny Days. “Dogs have been everything to me. My best friends were dogs. They were the ones who didn’t ask questions. They were the ones who unconditionally gave you that kind of fix that you needed, that … Continue reading ‘Sonny Days’ interview excerpts

Sports

By Gary Lloyd If you follow me on Twitter for high school football updates, you may notice a weekly trend. I often capture a fuzzy iPhone photo before, during, or after the game I’m covering, and Tweet it out with the lone word, “Sports.” I do this purposely. High school sports, in many ways, have … Continue reading Sports

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

Trussville Tales

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- It is nice to type that ten-letter dateline again. I covered the city of Trussville, my hometown, full time for a handful of years before moving on. I wrote about sweltering nights on the Jack Wood Stadium sidelines, a tornado that tore up the terrain, snow that canceled more school … Continue reading Trussville Tales

Scenes from three weeks of high school football

By Gary Lloyd This Friday, I’m taking a night off from the high school sidelines. I’m going to the Trussville Public Library to hear Sean Dietrich, an author and storyteller from Florida. Sean and I have communicated a little over the past couple years, and he even provided a blurb for my book, Valley Road: … Continue reading Scenes from three weeks of high school football

Austin Way

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   My grandmother lived in the greatest place when I was little. It was perched atop a small hill in Birmingham, near Ruffner Mountain. The backyard was a dream. It was wide and deep, and when we weren’tt smacking around … Continue reading Austin Way

Briarwood Christian angler named All-American

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- A Briarwood Christian School junior is on the hook for quite an honor. Tucker Smith today was selected as one of 12 high school anglers for the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. READ MY STORY ON THE BRIARWOOD BASS CLUB IN 280 LIVING “We are proud to welcome an … Continue reading Briarwood Christian angler named All-American

Pride

This story appears in Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get the book here. Pride is a difficult thing to find when you're staring at a building overcome by cracking mortar, "No Trespassing" signs, weeds as tall as a grown man, rusting handrails, doors spray-painted with "X" and shattered windows. It is unsightly and … Continue reading Pride

Sandlot Sonny

By Gary Lloyd As someone who writes stories, I am conditioned to find the theme, to dig for the hidden meaning like a dog after whatever lies a foot beneath the backyard grass. I spend more time searching for it -- in books, in interviews, in my own mind -- than actually sitting down and … Continue reading Sandlot Sonny