Here are our editor’s picks for the most stand-out Shelby County stories of the year.

A Dream Ride

September/October 2021

At age 81, George Dudley cycled from Key West to Maine with his wife by his side. Here’s the story of their journey.

Joey’s Joy

November/December 2021

A new documentary captures a Publix employee’s lifetime of resilience amidst trial after trial.

Restored Glory at Magnolia Manor

July/August 2021

Magnolia Manor is shining once again in downtown Columbiana, as stately as ever.

Oak Mountain Strong

July/August 2021

In the aftermath of an EF3 tornado, the Oak Mountain community united within its schools and beyond.

 RV Reno

September/October 2021

Four Fitts fit in a fifth wheel. Here’s what the campground life looks like for them.

The Encourager

March/April 2021

Julie Yeager inspired Chelsea Middle School students and teachers alike for two decades.