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