Deer in the floodlights 

By Gary Lloyd  I have never killed a deer. Heck, I’ve never stared at one through the scope of a Remington or from atop a deer stand strapped tight to a tall oak.  No, for most of my life I’ve only seen deer from a heated seat of a Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sorento, through … Continue reading Deer in the floodlights 

Praise for local leaders

By Gary Lloyd  In days as implausible as these, as much as I have tried to avoid the vitriol on social media and television, I still was compelled to write. It’s what writers do during, well, any times, whether they be wild Wednesdays or mundane Mondays. If happenings are not written down, people forget.  But … Continue reading Praise for local leaders

‘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’

Bookends on 2020

As an author and longtime keeper of books I forgot I even owned, bookends are necessities in my house. And what’s crazy is I don’t even have real bookends. You know, the fancy ones from Pier 1 and Wayfair. I just use whatever I can find — thicker hardbacks, wide picture frames, Bear Bryant-themed Coca-Cola … Continue reading Bookends on 2020

A Fine Line

TRUSSVILLE — If I had been any closer to Pinchgut Creek, the water that runs alongside the railroad tracks at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and South Chalkville Road in Trussville, my feet would have been wet. At 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, my wife and I were the last people in that line to vote in … Continue reading A Fine Line

Making sense of the muse

I’ve heard Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned Alabama author Rick Bragg speak several times about “the muse,” that source of creativity a writer relies on to put words on a page. He has not spoken of “the muse” glowingly. Writing, like anything else, is a job, he says. It’s hard work. You write for creativity, … Continue reading Making sense of the muse

Trussville looks to the future

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Do you ever look beyond the current landscape, the ongoing projects expected to be finished in the next couple years? Do you ever look, say, twenty years down the road? Well, Trussville has. The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved the final draft of its Trussville 2040 plan, more than … Continue reading Trussville looks to the future

Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Former student-athletes weigh in on Hewitt, Clay rivalry I saw a post on Twitter last week that said, “Give me a horror story from your specialty in five words or less.”  I replied, “No more Hewitt vs. Clay.”  For the longest time, covering Trussville and Clay and their athletics teams was my specialty. I went … Continue reading Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?