Emily Sparacino

The Dogwood House

The Blake family built the home of their dreams, and filled it with family heirlooms.   Emily and Andrew Blake love how the open-concept layout they chose for the North Shelby home they built in 2019 gives them the breathing room their family of five needs and the space they want when they entertain guests. They love the casual yet sophisticated, farmhouse-inspired décor, and the different tones of gray that set a relaxed tone for most of the rooms. But, perhaps more than anything else, they love the sweet reminders of their family roots planted in nearly every space...

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Somebody to Lean On

Acts of kindness have restored hope in our community during COVID-19.     The far-reaching impact of the novel coronavirus was for a while difficult to grasp, and perhaps it still is for many as we heed orders to shelter in place and keep to ourselves. School campuses sit eerily quiet, shop doors remain locked and delivery vehicles shuttling food orders from restaurants to residences populate the roads. For some people, COVID-19 has cost them their health, their jobs, their businesses. For most, it has taken normalcy and replaced it with uncertainty, maybe even fear. But in the shadow...

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Why I Love Shelby County: Mary Elizabeth Madden, Miss Heart of Dixie Outstanding Teen

  Mary Elizabeth Madden, 15, is a sophomore at Oak Mountain High School. The daughter of Tim and Tammy Madden, she is a member of the Oak Mountain Show Choir Singers and the Junior Varsity cheer squad. Why did you decide to participate in the Miss Heart of Dixie’s Outstanding Teen competition? There are so many reasons why I wanted to do the pageant, but one of the main ones was that I would love to get the opportunity to represent the Walker County area and the Shelby County area in the state pageant this March. What were memorable...

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