Wild About Wildlife: Decatur photographer captures images of north Alabama’s nature

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus As the crisp, cool air of New Year’s Day whipped around Stan Hyde, he steadied his camera, followed the bald eagle’s path and gently pressed the shutter button. Click. Click. Click. Click. Hyde captured the eagle in flight over Crabtree Slough. “I used to hunt, but now I only hunt with my camera,”

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Family Foundation: Inspired by her ancestors, Venessa Edmonds has impacted thousands through her work and service

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus Venessa Edmonds slowly walked the sidewalks surrounding the site where Gordon Bibb Elementary School, where she attended second and third grades, once stood. “It was challenging, but my family prepared me for it,” the now 62-year-old Edmonds said. “I went from a school where everyone looked like me to a place where I

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Inside Shadowlawn: Meet Randy and Lauren Riehl – caretakers of one of Decatur’s historic homes

By Deborah Storey | Living 50 Plus With thousands of lights, hundreds of round glass ornaments, wreaths, garland and trees, Dr. Randy and Lauren Riehl transformed Shadowlawn, one of Decatur’s prestigious historic homes, into a winter wonderland. Inspiration for the 150-year-old home’s holiday décor stemmed from the Riehls’ trip to Paris in the summer of 2022. “They have all their

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Aging with Dignity: Decatur-based group focuses on meeting the needs of seniors

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus From creating a living will to naming a power of attorney to downsizing, many decisions face senior citizens and their families as they age. To help people navigate those decisions, Tori Vaughan created the Summit Group. “My goal is to protect our senior citizens and prepare them for what may face them in

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