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Spirit of Alabama: Greater Faith Church builds back. Again.

Many pastors, missionaries and spiritual leaders say they felt a calling to serve others. For some, that calling is tested with tragedy. A good example of that tested faith is found at Greater Faith Church in Moundville. On April 27, 2011, their church, then located in the Alberta community of Tuscaloosa, was wiped out along

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Spirit of Alabama: 100-year-old woman builds strength through prayer

A hundred years ago in 1922, President Warren G. Harding showed off the first radio in the White House. That same year, 100-year-old Louise Taylor was born. Even at a century Taylor doesn’t wear glasses, doesn’t need hearing aids and is still just as brilliant as she was when she was decades younger. There’s a

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Spirit of Alabama: Law students offer strangers the gift of life

At first glance, the trio sitting at a red-blanketed table at the University of Alabama School of Law looked like they were touting their latest research or class project. Instead, they were telling their stories of how they came to offer up a kidney to a complete stranger. Angelica Mamani, Katrina Smith and Ryne Smith,

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Spirit of Alabama: Student poets grow, hone craft together

Do you remember some of the poetry teachers had you memorize in school? Maybe it was “Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost or Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride.” While most people agree that poetry stirs emotions and should be required reading in school, not all that many take the

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Spirit of Alabama: Northridge kicker breaking barriers

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught When most young girls were joining dance classes, Aileen Charles was passing around the pigskin. She started off by playing flag football in elementary school and had the guts to talk to her coach about joining the team once she got to middle school. Once Charles was given

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Spirit of Alabama: Honor Flight offers veterans trip of a lifetime

For years, the Honor Flight Network has offered military veterans a big thank-you for their service: a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. that includes visits to major monuments and memorials dedicated to their service. The latest of these flights offered Blount County veterans that trip. It’s extra special, Larry Baker said, because he served in

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Spirit of Alabama: Student organization searches for life-saving matches

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua The University of Alabama campus is known for having a multitude of organizations to get students involved. But one is after more than meet-and-greets and parties: They’re trying to save lives. Be the Match UA is a student organization looking to add students to the national Be the

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Spirit of Alabama: Need diapers? Bottoms Up is here for you

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sarah Erickson A local school teacher and mother of three is ensuring moms throughout West Alabama have the resources they need to keep their babies’ bottoms dry. Diapers are a necessity for babies, but if you’re not involved with children you wouldn’t know how expensive they are — and how

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Spirit of Alabama: Community Soup Bowl offers hot meals, kind service

Tuscaloosa’s Community Soup Bowl ensures no one goes hungry and basic needs get met for a population that often falls through the cracks. Elizabeth Cheshire devotes a day each week to the Community Soup Bowl, doing whatever needs doing when folks come in for a good, home-cooked meal. “It is a real joy to know

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Spirit of Alabama: Teen graduates twice in one day

Graduation day is always a big deal, but there aren’t many people who graduate from two schools in one day. At 15, LeAnna Roberts doesn’t let her age dictate her goals. She graduated from Central High School and Shelton State Community College this summer, and is finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama.

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Spirit of Alabama: T-Town Punishers focus on doing good

When you hear the name T-Town Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, it might not bring “charitable giving” to mind, but that’s exactly what this group keeps at the forefront of its mission. In fact, their motto is “Service For Others.” “A lot of people are confused when they think motorcycle club,” said T-Town Punishers member

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Spirit of Alabama: The Hank Poore Foundation

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It’s most commonly caused by brain injury or lack of oxygen before birth. Many people with cerebral palsy also have intellectual disorders or other physical issues, but CP itself is not the cause. That means that

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Spirit of Alabama: Facility offers a comfortable space for veterans’ final years in Alabama

It can be a challenge these days to find something everybody agrees on, but one of those things is probably taking good care of veterans. Well, the Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home in Pell City makes that its No. 1 job. The care facility opened in 2012, and is named for Alabama’s most decorated

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Spirit of Alabama: Rock N Roll, and a little Religion

By: Mike Royer  Digital Story by WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Khara Gibson-Taylor  75 years ago, a church in Jasper, Alabama started a radio ministry.  The “Words of Truth” daily radio broadcast show comes from the Sixth Avenue Church of Christ in Jasper. The show airs 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Similar to some

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Spirit of Alabama: Volunteers ensure disaster stricken get their homes, hearts healed

Tornado and hurricane season bring plenty of damage to Alabama, but for the past several decades volunteers from Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa have gone wherever help is needed. Their latest stop is Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Bibb County, which was hit by a tornado earlier this year and didn’t have the resources to

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Spirit of Alabama: Former Tide player finds a higher calling

Finding your true purpose in life and doing what you were born for is something few achieve, but former University of Alabama player John Croyle and his son are some of the lucky ones. Croyle was an All-SEC tight end who played for coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant in the mid-’70s. His son Brodie Croyle

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Spirit of Alabama: Newest school employee’s job? Provide cuddles

The newest staff member at Echols Middle School in Northport is finally on campus after a lengthy approval and hiring process — and at just 3 years old, Lolly is by far the youngest member of the team. She’s also the only canine on the payroll. Lolly has an important role at Echols Middle, though,

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Spirit of Alabama: After 33 Years, Paul W. Bryant Museum Director Retires

There are a lot of irreplaceable items inside the Paul W. Bryant Museum on the University of Alabama campus, and its longtime caretaker is no exception. But after 33 years, the museum and university are saying goodbye to Museum Director Ken Gaddy. Back in 1992, then-University President Roger Sayers, Athletic Director Hootie Ingram and head

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Spirit of Alabama: The House Tuscaloosa Offers Welcoming Learning Environment

At first glance, it’s a nice brick home where any family might enjoy living. But it’s so much more than that, as two University of Alabama students can tell you. Quin Kelly Jr. and Alexus Cumbie serve on the board of directors of The House Tuscaloosa. “What we hope to do with our literacy center

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Spirit of Alabama: Local Group Cares for Greenwood Cemetery Graves

Did you know there are at least five people who participated in the Revolutionary War buried in Tuscaloosa’s Greenwood Cemetery? WVUA 23’s Mike Royer met members of the local National Society Daughters of the American Revolution there, to see how they honor and respect those who lived and died in Tuscaloosa. Greenwood Cemetery is located

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Spirit of Alabama: Golden Eagle A Southern Staple Syrup

Did you know one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the state is in Fayette? If you’re from the South, you’re probably familiar with breakfast-table staple Golden Eagle Syrup. The partners who own the business today believe keeping it family-owned is important, but they’re also focused on using their success to help others. Temple Bowling

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