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Ask McGehee: “Dixey” Shipwreck

“Dixey” is the correct spelling. It comes from an ill-fated clipper ship, the Robert H. Dixey, which was launched from Boston in 1855. The ship was...

Mobile's Valentine's Night Massacre

First published in February 1991, Mobile BayA winter hard as the times had Mobile by the collar and a sliver of moon hung in a brilliant night sky...

Making Sweet Music

It was a boat that led Glenn deGruy, above, to his current profession. In 1969, the Mobile native repaired a 32-foot wooden ketch sailboat in Pass...

ELVIS! The Early Years

Even the legendary Elvis Aaron Presley paid his dues as a struggling young musician. In early May of 1955, Elvis and 25 other artists, billed as “Hank Snow and...

Ask McGehee: Historic Marker at the southeast corner of Government and Warren streets

From 1907 until 1952, Alabama’s oldest Jewish congregation worshipped in a temple located at the southeast corner of Government and Warren streets. However, this was the congregation’s...

Mobile Americana

I first heard Kathryn Scheldt in a little oak-shaded chapel in Mobile. The late autumn sun slanted through the windows, as she sang of hope and mercy and...

Sailing the Dream

A rising sun wakes the sailors aboard their chartered catamaran. The aroma of coffee brewing floats on the ocean breeze. In the cockpit, skipper Ty Cobb savors a...

Names in Lights: Walker Hayes

What drives someone to walk up on the stage for the first time, to lay it all out in front of strangers?  In Walker Hayes’ case, “It...

Name in Lights: The Band Perry

The journey from street performances to stadium concerts is long. The Band Perry began its odyssey in lower Alabama. The three siblings, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry,...

Spotlight on Ryan Balthrop

Ryan Balthrop has been rocking the Bay area since 1994. He calls his musical style “Southern neo-folk with an island flavor” and credits local greats, such as Wet...

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