Thirst for Knowledge: Decatur woman introduced to art, Italian, pickleball and mixology through lifelong learning institute

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus Four decades after graduating from college, Betty Koval returned to school in 2016. In the past six years, the 68-year-old Decatur woman took classes on drawing, beginning Italian, mahjong, pickleball, tai chi, pandemics through the arts, stress relief, tailgating foods and mixology. “I have had the most fun. Going to classes has kept

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Youthful outlook: At 55, Pickett spends life helping local young people

By Bayne Hughes | Living 50 Plus Kids in Decatur Youth Services programs call him “Mr. Rico,” and it’s a term of both respect and endearment for Enrico Pickett Sr. Although he’s 55, Pickett spends much of his life helping those much younger, whether he’s coordinating Youth Services sports leagues, teaching health and sex education or spending time with his children

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‘All shook up’: Hartselle High worker Hollis keeps king of rock ‘n’ roll’s legacy alive

By Wes Tomlinson | Living 50 Plus Bobby Hollis smiled as he remembered the first times he heard the iconic voice of Elvis Presley. “My (siblings) were constantly bringing his albums into the house when we were growing up,” Hollis said. “Back then, you had the black-and-white TVs and AM radio if you were lucky enough to have it. If

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Up, up and away: Balloonist Brian Dial enjoys family involvement in ballooning as Jubilee approaches

By Bruce McLellan | Living 50 Plus Flying north from Hartselle toward Decatur in his hot-air balloon decorated with strips of bright colors, Brian Dial found himself in a jam. A relatively new balloon pilot at the time, he wanted to land before his flight got too long. But as he hovered over woods near Flint, there were no large

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NARCOG focuses on quality of life for seniors

By Michael Wetzel | Living 50 Plus Senior citizens in Morgan, Lawrence and Cullman counties don’t have to look far for free legal services, answers to Medicare questions, transportation assistance, prescription drug discounts and meals. The North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments, NARCOG for short, utilizes state and federal money to provide those programs. Probably the most popular service

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