Weatherman

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   Still eyes were all around us in a dark living room on Main Street, in a house that smelled suspiciously like mothballs.  They were the eyes of recognizable men in history, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Their … Continue reading Weatherman

Metro area well-represented on national title golf team

By NJCAA.org Clinching its seventh national title in program history did not come easy for Central Alabama Community College last month. Midway through the 2019 NJCAA DI Men's Golf Championship, the Trojans sat in fourth place and trailed the leader Indian Hills by 12 strokes. Led by a trio of top-five finishers, the Trojans pulled … Continue reading Metro area well-represented on national title golf team

Pinson Valley QB Nix approaching state record

By Gary Lloyd MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley senior quarterback Bo Nix could break an Alabama High School Athletic Association record this Friday. Nix, an Auburn commitment, has accumulated 11,413 yards in his career between Scottsboro and Pinson Valley, which ranks second all-time behind Williamson’s JaMarcus Russell, who totaled 11,738 total yards from 1999-2002. Russell later … Continue reading Pinson Valley QB Nix approaching state record

Turkey Creek in Pinson: A hidden gem that needs help

By Gary Lloyd PINSON, Ala. – I have written about Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson about as many times as I have driven through the front gates. Why? There is always something new to see, something beautiful to take a picture of, a new area to explore. I have written about festivals and endangered … Continue reading Turkey Creek in Pinson: A hidden gem that needs help

JefCoEd seniors earn more than $62 million in scholarships

By Gary Lloyd Educators in Jefferson County, Alabama, have more than sixty-two million reasons to smile. The graduating seniors from the Class of 2018 from the fourteen Jefferson County Schools high schools earned a total of $62,257,917.50 in scholarships. That’s enough money to buy sixty-two Manhattan apartments. Or pay LeBron James’ salary for two NBA … Continue reading JefCoEd seniors earn more than $62 million in scholarships

Communities win Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley semifinal game

PINSON -- I’ve waited seven years to write this story, and I hope I get it just right. I have wanted this game for so long, an intra-ZIP-code tilt between the team with the terrorizing defense anchored by the future SEC defensive tackle against the clicking-on-all-cylinders offense led by the future -- most likely -- … Continue reading Communities win Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley semifinal game

Book of inspiring stories releases Sept. 15

MOODY, Ala. -- Gary Lloyd has released his fourth book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South.The book is broken down into three parts: People, Places and Play. In the People section, Lloyd tells stories of inspirational people, from a BMX stunt team motivating a school of elementary students to a man with severe Alzheimer’s miraculously … Continue reading Book of inspiring stories releases Sept. 15

Root, root, root for the Cubbies

I sent him everywhere, to softball games in Clay and Pinson, to football games in Trussville and Gardendale. There’s no telling how many sets of bleachers I sent him to sit in, but he was always willing and eager, even when he was forced to tote his oxygen tank.He loved sports as much as anyone … Continue reading Root, root, root for the Cubbies

Catching more flies with sugar than salt

He used to be obsessed with winning, at least early on in his career as a cross country and track and field coach. But he has been at the same Alabama high school since George H.W. Bush was in the White House, and now that he is on the backside of a successful career, he … Continue reading Catching more flies with sugar than salt

The magic school fuss

If this is my one true superhero power, then I want a mulligan.I could have the power of flight, and avoid all that I-459 traffic in the morning. I could be telepathic, and know what you are thinking. I could teleport to Australia for vacation, to Phoenix for this year’s Final Four, to my favorite … Continue reading The magic school fuss