Mobile Bay's Top 10 Stories of 2016

1. “The Amazing Life of Tom Galloway, ” January 2016
A World War II veteran recounts how he overcame horrifying battles and Nazi imprisonment to return home to Mobile. Text by Breck Pappas

2. “Project Atchison, ” March 2016
Everything old is new again. It’s a classic adage that Taylor Atchison has put into practice, along with his considerable construction skills, to spearhead a number of recent renovations. Text by Sallye Irvine

3. “Up in North Mobile, ” April 2016
From cool coffeehouses and lovely shops to quaint homes and charming citizens, North Mobile is brimming with character and energy. Take a trip up north and discover all that these small towns have to offer. Text by Breck Pappas

4. “Man of the Wild, ” May 2016
Jimbo Meador is not happy unless he’s out on the water or in the woods, and more often than not, that’s exactly where he finds his larger-than-life adventures. Text by Watt Key

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5. “Smiles and Shastas, ” May 2016
Home is where the heart is, and for these sassy sisters, their hearts are with their campers. Text by Chelsea Wallace Adams

6. “The Pier Pounders, ” June 2016
A buoyant cast of characters, all seasoned saltwater anglers, share stories about their favorite fishing destination and invite newcomers to give it a try. Text by Emmett Burnett

7. “The True Story of the 'Rachel', ” July 2016
Historian John S. Sledge shares the remarkable tale of the antique ship that graces the shores of Fort Morgan. Text by John S. Sledge

8. “Wonder Kids, ” August 2016
They’ve accomplished more as teenagers than many adults do in a lifetime. Get to know 11 amazing young people — inspiring high school students who excel on the field, in the classroom, on the stage and in the community. Text by Chelsea Wallace Adams, Breck Pappas and Lawren Largue

9. “Pioneering Ono, ” August 2016
Settling an uninhabited island isn’t your typical retirement plan, but when John Golightly first saw Ono Island, he set out to complete one final adventure. Text by Breck Pappas

10. “Operation Ivory Soap, ” December 2016
As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, learn about the secret World War II operation based at the Grand Hotel and the many aircraft — and lives — it saved in the Pacific. Text by Breck Pappas staff

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