A trip down the Shelby County Wine Trail

Sip, sip horray. Let’s take a trip on the wine trail. Photo via Ozan Winery & Vineyard’s Facebook

A lot of people may forget that parts of Birmingham run into Shelby County. Our neighbors across the Jefferson County border have a lot going on, including local vineyards. Grab some friends, your wine glasses and let’s take a trip down Shelby County’s local wine trail.

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4 things you need to know about Shelby County’s plan for growth


Shelby County’s 2020 career readiness volunteers recognized at the chamber’s annual Industry Appreciation Reception. Photo courtesy of The Shelby County Chamber

Just south of Birmingham is Alabama’s fastest-growing county (according to the last census). Odds are, many of you reading this live, work or at least spend time in Shelby County. The county chamber is currently in the middle of an ambitious five-year plan. Here are four things you need to know.

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Did we forget about libraries? Why you should be taking advantage + where to find public libraries in Birmingham

Birmingham public library. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Some of my favorite summertime memories as a child involved going to the library. During those long, hot summer days (before Netflix came around), my older sister and I would run out of entertainment fairly quickly. So, once a week, we would grab our library cards, hop in my mom’s car, and ride down to our local public library. The excitement of scanning the shelves, finding a new novel or maybe the next book in a series I’d been burning through- nothing could compare. I feel confident that I am not alone in that memory. Which begs the question, Birmingham- why have so many of us forgotten about libraries?

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An Evening with Sonia Sanchez


Due to an unforeseen medical issue, Sanchez has cancelled her appearance. Please see a note from the organizers of the Magic City Poetry Festival here: https://www.magiccitypoetryfestival.org/calendar


Birmingham native Sonia Sanchez is a nationally-known poet, activist, and educator most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, as well as critical essays, short stories, plays, and children’s books. Sanchez has been a professor at eight universities and has lectured at over five hundred colleges in the United States, and she was influential in developing Black Studies and African American literature courses. She has received the American Book Award, Robert Frost Medal for poetry, Langston Hughes Poetry Award, and Harper Lee Award, among many others. At this event, she will read from her poems and speak about the writing life.

Book signing (and sales facilitated by Little Professor Bookcenter) to follow.

This event is FREE and open to the public, though tickets are required due to limited space. This evening is only one event of this year’s Magic City Poetry Festival, and it is sponsored by PEN America, AWC, Jefferson State Community College, UAB Department of English, Awesome Foundation, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

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Report ranks Shelby County as healthiest county in Alabama, while Jefferson County has some work to do

Photo from the Jefferson County Department of Health via their public Facebook page

According to the recently released 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report for Alabama, Shelby County has been ranked 1st in the state of Alabama for health outcomes and factors. Respectively, Jefferson County, Alabama’s largest county placed 22nd in health outcome and 7th in the health factors categories.

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Shelby County follows the Magic City with Revitalization

Restoring, but never forgetting, the old buildings in a city is needed to progress through the years.

What better way for Columbiana to ring in the New Year by restoring the Davis Drug Company building – the first of many.

Renovations on the exterior of Davis Drug Company began on Monday, Dec. 19. Columbiana Main Street plans to restore several buildings for historical accuracy. (Contributed)
A contributed photo given to the Shelby County Reporter depicts the beginnings of renovations started on Dec. 19th.

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