Unlikely stories

This story appears as the prologue in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   Prologue: Unlikely stories Many crime-related articles become commonplace, when you are a newspaper reporter. You grow accustomed to dialing the phone number of a sheriff’s office, texting with a police captain, refreshing your email waiting … Continue reading Unlikely stories

Sean of the South visits Trussville

Sean Dietrich, widely known as Sean of the South, visited the Trussville Public Library on Friday night. Make sure to check out his website, and keep an eye on the Cahaba Sun in the coming months for a feature about the author and entertainer. He has quite a story to tell, and I'm glad I'll … Continue reading Sean of the South visits Trussville

Professor Pulitzer

This story is the epilogue to Gary Lloyd's book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   Most people know him through his poignant books on his family, his longform stories on New York bodegas under siege, a bomb in Oklahoma City, a South Carolina mother who drowned her sons, and an … Continue reading Professor Pulitzer

A walk through the Cahaba Project

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- I remember that bottom-floor classroom, the one on the corner of the building not far from the gymnasium where I tried out for the Hewitt-Trussville Junior High School basketball team. I sat near the back of the room with a couple buddies. We laughed during Channel One News and sighed … Continue reading A walk through the Cahaba Project

The best BMX trick

This story appears in Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get the book here.   The elementary school was on the periphery of our coverage area, and I rarely wrote about it. Nothing much happened there.  The extent of my coverage of this school for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders was its need for a … Continue reading The best BMX trick

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

Governor announces death of state’s ‘first dog’

MONTGOMERY — The Office of the Governor is sad to announce the death of Bear, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s beloved dog, who passed away Friday from ongoing health issues. Bear, a 14-year-old Chow mix, was adopted by Ivey in 2005 from a local vet after he was hit by a car. Gov. Kay Ivey and Bear … Continue reading Governor announces death of state’s ‘first dog’

Moody

The following story is a chapter in my book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here. By Gary Lloyd The name of the town is Moody, but it is anything but. We moved here the year after we got married, because you can get a whole lot more house and land for … Continue reading Moody

Trussville to discuss future of Cahaba Project homes

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE – Trussville’s most prized historical centerpiece, the Cahaba Project neighborhood, will be discussed Tuesday, Oct. 16 at a special-called meeting of the Trussville City Council. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Trussville City Hall. A representative from the Alabama Historical Commission will be on hand to discuss how to create … Continue reading Trussville to discuss future of Cahaba Project homes

A bit about ‘Heart of the Plate’

My third book, Heart of the Plate, is one that I wrote rather quickly.Some may think that it is not of a certain quality, since I wrote it in about four months and had it published five months after the release of Deep Green. That's for others who read it to judge and not me.But I … Continue reading A bit about ‘Heart of the Plate’