Former Ensley High School severely damaged by morning fire

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Former Ensley High School built in 1908 caught fire this morning, July 17, 2018. Approximately 50 Birmingham firefighters fought the fire. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The former Ensley High School,  located at 2301 Avenue J in Ensley, was severely damaged when it caught fire this morning. According to various news reports approximately 50 city of Birmingham firefighters fought the fire.

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Forever Wild turns 26. How Alabama established one of the greatest conservation programs in the state’s history

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Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from Alabamians for Forever Wild.

In 1992, Alabama had the least amount of public land set aside for conservation and wildlife in the South. The state of Alabama had no plan or programs to expand parks, nature preserves and wildlife areas. For more than a century, Alabama attempted to preserve and protect our natural treasures. It was crumbling and disappearing. Twenty-six years ago the people of Alabama changed that trend through the establishment of the Forever Wild program.

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Venerable fallen tree at Avondale Park Amphitheater remembered and celebrated on social media

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Fallen tree at the Avondale Amphitheater from the June 28, 2018 wind storm. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

On June 28th, the state of Alabama experienced a rare long lived wind storm blowing down numerous venerable trees in and around the Magic City, including one at the Avondale Park Amphitheater.

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History preserved: unearthed 1920s Homewood trolley tracks incorporated in new road paving

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Unearthed Homewood trolley tracks preserved on the corner of Broadway Street and Oxmoor. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Last month, Bham Now reported that the City of  Homewood had decided to preserve the unearthed trolley tracks and brick down the center of Broadway street in the Edgewood neighborhood. The project is now complete.

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Avondale’s SAW’s Soul Kitchen wins MADE SOUTH’s The Great Slider Showdown

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Matthew Staham of SAW’s Soul Kitchen with the winning dish from The Great Slider Showdown. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Last week, Avondale’s SAW’s Soul Kitchen, along with a restaurant from Atlanta, won  MADE SOUTH’s The Great Slider Showdown in Franklin, Tennessee.

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3 outdoor conservation events in July you don’t want to miss, including the Turkey Creek Float Your Boat Summer Festival

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Join the Friends of Turkey Creek on July 14th at the annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival

Over the next two weekends, three important “can’t miss” July outdoor conservation events have been scheduled by the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain.

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See patriots at American Village, Thunder on the Mountain and Vulcan’s light show. (photos and videos)

Thunder on the Mountain, 2018. Photos by Greg Harber for BhamNow

What a celebration! Despite a few summer afternoon  pop-up showers, 4th of July events in Birmingham went off without a hitch. Bham Now did its part visiting  American Village, watching UAB’s Community Band and Thunder on the Mountain. We even got to catch a glimpse of  Vulcan’s new light show.

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Davenport’s, Tip Top Grill and Woodlawn Cycle Cafe among neighborhood restaurants receiving their inspection scores in June

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Salem’s Diner in Homewood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Several popular Birmingham neighborhood restaurants received their health inspection scores over the past 30 day, since Bham Now last reported scores in early June.

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Alabama’s first solar gas station opens in McCalla

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Staff at The Store in McCalla, Alabama with the LEED certificate and newly installed solar panels. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Alabama’s most eco-friendly  convenience store, just got greener  with the installation of a state of the art solar powered energy system by Birmingham-based Eagle Solar and Light.

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13 places to watch fireworks and celebrate Independence Day around the Magic City beginning July 1

Snyder family watching fireworks at Birmingham Barons Friday night game.

For many, Independence Day starts today, July 1st. Looking for a place to get your fireworks fix? Try tonight at Oak Mountain State Park or  Ross Bridge.

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A life-changing organization. Be a part of United Ability’s Journey of Hope Gala

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Left to right: Mark Cohen, Cedric Scott and Charles Hood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

It was a typical assignment. Interview Dr. Mark Cohen, this year’s honoree at United Ability’s Journey of Hope gala slated for August 4th at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

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