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Every year, Homewood native Annie Morgan looks forward to reading Dance Magazine’s annual list of top 25 dancers, choreographers and companies to watch. This year, she saw her own name on the list. Read more

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Rachel Smolin has epilepsy, so being alone for even five minutes could mean that a seizure goes unnoticed for too long. But with the help of Trixie, a golden retriever service dog, Rachel could eventually live a safe, independent life. Read more

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Eli Hairston homecoming

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Eli Hairston was welcomed back to his hometown with open arms. A homecoming party was held on Feb. 6 at the Chelsea Middle School gym for the eighth-grader, following his release from Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Read more

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Dance helps kids “build a host of skills with their friends in a creative approach — taking turns, working as a group, skipping, balance, galloping, self and general space, recognizing patterns,” Litsey said. Read more

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Teen Advisory Board sisters

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Taking part in TAB has also been a fun, rewarding experience for the sisters, who enjoy helping others who stop by. Read more

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Homewood Theatre

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The theater company had been performing at The Dance Foundation since its inception a few years ago. But with its move to Brookwood Village, Bass said the group has a lot more flexibility with sets and can hold more performances each season. Read more

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Hemphill published his second book, “The Restored Man,” in 2019, which details his journey from being a religious man to a restored man and provides a process to help men grow both spiritually and emotionally. Read more

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The website includes hundreds of listings of resources ranging from churches, the Jefferson County Department of Health and other nonprofits, all of which provide help to people in general, and specifically to mothers and children. Read more

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On Jan.5, Scouts BSA Troop 97 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood held a Court of Honor to recognize three members who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Read more

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Richard Simmons new book

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Best-selling author Richard E. Simmons III, a Homewood resident and Mountain Brook High School alumnus, published his 10th book in December. Read more

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The Alabama Art Education Association named Castle the Alabama Art Teacher of the Year during the AAEA fall conference, called “A Brush with Creativity,” in October at Camp McDowell in Winston County. Read more

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Profound but practical truth will be on the menu when Whitney Capps speaks at the Samford Legacy League’s Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 13. Read more

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On Dec. 3, nationally known poet and author Charles Ghigna, also known as Father Goose, was awarded the Jefferson County Library Cooperative’s Library Champion Award for Homewood Public Library. Read more

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On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Gene Hallman was the keynote speaker at the annual Back Our Blue Luncheon that brought community and corporate leaders from across the metro area together to raise money and awareness for the Homewood Police Foundation. Read more

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On Nov. 13, the Homewood Library Foundation held a reception for past donors, sponsors and members. Read more

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The Homewood Chamber of Commerce and Homewood Beautification Board gave their 3rd Quarter Beautification Award to Homewood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Read more

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This fall, the Vestavia Hills native and current Homewood resident completed his first tour, which included stops in five states. Read more

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Paul Doran has packed more into his years than many people do in a lifetime. But it’s starting the Homewood Library Foundation at the Homewood Public Library eight years ago that is among his favorite accomplishments. Read more

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The Homewood Public Library received a $3,000 grant from the Homewood Rotary to purchase a collection of 77 Playaway Wonderbooks. Read more

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Local laboratory and engineering firm, Vista Engineering & Consulting, LLC, has achieved ISO 17025:2017 accreditation for mechanical testing of metals. Read more

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