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Honoring Veterans: Memorial Day at the American Village

April 22, 2019

Special Feature The American Village is open to the public with free admission on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 – a day of remembrance for those who have served and sacrificed for liberty. “Memorial Day is one of the most meaningful days for visitors to the American Village,” said American Village president and CEO Tom …

Protect Your Eyes While Enjoying the Outdoors

April 2, 2019

Great Outdoors presented by: Mark’s Outdoors Summer means more time to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful sunshine. Before you step out the door, be sure you protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with UV blocking shades. Too much sun, particularly UV light, can damage your eyes causing cataracts as well as destroy …

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Congrats Airman!

March 23, 2019

Photo Fun Capt. John J. Cummings, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) commanding officer, presents the Navy Security Forces Sentry certificate of graduation to Airman Apprentice Achilya Dixon, from Birmingham, Ala., assigned to Ford’s air department during an in-port security force (ISF) class graduation.  

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Ready for Summer? We Can Help!

March 23, 2019

Great Outdoors Winter has come and gone, and we are flipping the store! All our spring and summer clothing is here! We have many new summer lines here at Mark’s Outdoors and our team is so excited to share them with you. One in particular is Coastal Cotton! We have everything from dress pants and …

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Forging Iron & So Much More at the Magnolia Festival

March 23, 2019

Cool Stuff Have you ever seen a blacksmith or wood carver hard at work creating beautiful handiwork? Visit the 18th Annual Magnolia Festival on April 27, 2019 in Gardendale, Ala., to see craftsmen demonstrating their craft live and so much more! Plus, Magic Moments is once again partnering with the festival to host a 5K …

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Castin’ ‘N Catchin’ Fishing Tournament: Using Grief to Raise Awareness

March 23, 2019

Are We There Yet? Justin and Heather Stroud were aware that their son, William, would have several heart defects before he was born in August of 2013. “We delivered him at UAB and he was transferred that day to Children’s of Alabama,” explains Heather. William underwent one of three open heart surgeries at just six …

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Gold Medalist Catherine Reddick Whitehill

March 23, 2019

Strong Faith, Strong Voice A former professional soccer player and a 10-year Veteran of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Birmingham native Catherine Reddick Whitehill says playing for Briarwood Christian School was an integral part of her athletic development. It also bolstered the Christian faith encouraged by her parents. Returning to Birmingham to be inducted into …

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Ship Named after Bessemer Native

February 24, 2019

Photo Fun The USS McCampbell is named after Bessemer, Ala. native Capt. David McCampbell, a Medal of Honor recipient and the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading flying ace and top F6F Hellcat ace with 34 aerial victories. The ship recently conducted operations with the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll in the South China Sea. …

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The Success of a Call

February 24, 2019

The Great Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors Spring turkey season kicks off March 16. Whether this is your first season or your fifteenth, one thing all turkey hunters agree upon is that turkey hunting takes work- especially perfecting your call. No matter what type of call you use, we are all trying to achieve one common goal, …

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The Secret Is Out!

February 23, 2019

Yellowleaf Creek Grist Mill The Yellowleaf Creek Grist Mill in Clanton, Alabama was built in 1850 and has now been totally restored to its original rustic beauty. It’s ready to welcome you with its Southern charm. The venue was chosen by “The Knot” as winner of “The Best of  Weddings, 2019.” We invite you to …