In 2015 I spent two weeks reporting in Birmingham for Starnes Publishing, which produces five community papers in the suburbs of Birmingham: Village Living, The Hoover Sun, The Homewood Star, 280 Living and Vestavia Voice. Some of the stories and videos are already out and some I’ll add to this as they become published–because it’s a monthly publication, they don’t put everything up right away.

Originally published on Village Living.

Joined in Song

When Skip Stradtman and David Mandt were seven years old, their mothers made them an appointment that would change their lives.

“She said you’re going to audition for the Birmingham Boys Choir,” Stradtman said. “And I was like, ‘okay.’ I had been to a couple concerts before I was old enough to audition, so I assume that she saw that I was interested.”

Over the next 10 years singing in the choir, Stradtman and Mandt found their lives’ calling and became best friends. On March 22 the fellow Mountain Brook High School graduates returned to Samford University to perform a joint concert with the their college acapella group. It was the first time that a graduate of the Birmingham Boys Choirs returned to arrange a song, according to Ken Berg, the choir’s director for the last 37 years.

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Mountain Brook Robotics Club prepares for the World Championships

The godfather of Chick-Fil-A

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Agreement Close on Controversial Billboard

The dispute over the new billboard at the intersection of Green Springs Highway and Lakeshore Drive could be nearing an end.

After a morning of threatened lawsuits and bitter accusations, local officials and New Point Digital appeared close to an agreement this afternoon that would leave all sides happy. The proposed agreement would provide a new location for the billboard away from residential buildings, without costing local taxpayers money, according to Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer.












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