Jamie Browder

UM students seize internship opportunities

According to College Recruiter, 75% of college students participate in internships. Students of UM were no exception this summer from social media to Capitol Hill.    Kristen Lively worked with bridal fashion designer Heidi Elnora in Birmingham. Elnora is known for being on Project Runway and having her own show on TLC called Bride by Design.   The bridal shop located in Birmingham provided Lively with an opportunity to sew, help brides develop their dresses and conceptualize visual merchandising.   “Sometimes we sewed for 8 hours a day, but it was all worth it to see a bride smile at her fitting. ...

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Alabama lawmakers talk budget, prison reform and State lottery

Lawmakers pose for a photo inside C’s Cakes and Coffee House. Photo by Kat Bell Early morning on April 8, Alabama legislators met with Montevallo locals as part of an outreach program at C’s Cake and Coffee House.  With 10 more weeks in this legislative session, Alabama State Representatives Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, and April Weaver, R-Brierfield, met with residents to inform them of actions taking place in legislature.   While topics like the gas tax had local representatives busy for many weeks, the regular session has brought about news of a large portion of money coming to Alabama.   “Last week the house passed the general fund budget. We’re excited to get that...

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La Conchita provides sweet treats to Vallo community

Pastries range in price from 99 cents to $3.99 at La Conchita. Photo by Jamie Browder As Montevallo students were ushered home for spring break on Friday, March 29, the newest addition to Main Street businesses, La Conchita, opened its doors and ushered in its first customers.  Owners Alejandro Sanchez, Antonio Sanchez and Moises Mateo sought to bring a taste of Mexico to Main Street Montevallo with the breads and pastries of bakery La Conchita, located just across the street from El Agave.   The family also owns two food outlets in Nashville and are hoping to open a second...

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Citizens celebrate Love Montevallo Day with Shoal Creek Park opening

Montevallo mayor Dr. Hollie Cost celebrates one of two Love Montevallo Day ribbon cuttings with community members. Photo by Jamie Browder Two ribbon cuttings were held on Saturday, March 16, to celebrate the construction of a bridge and pavilion at Montevallo’s newly opened Shoal Creek Park. These happenings were part of an even larger celebration of Love Montevallo Day.  This year’s Love Montevallo Day was the second iteration of the event, and Dr. Hollie Cost, the mayor of Montevallo, said that it was created to celebrate the City’s collective accomplishments.   Last year the City celebrated Main Street and the changes that had been made to...

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New Montevallo business presents opportunities for local vendors

Local vendors’ goods line the shelves at the Garden Market. Photo by Kat Bell The Garden Market in Montevallo officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting put together by the city’s Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 12.   The Dillards, Cindy and John Guthrie, decided to open their shop out of love for each other and the community around them.  Some of the items they sell include fresh produce, cheese, peanut butter, candy, various pickled vegetables, Amish butter, different types of meats and soap.  “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s excitement mixed with fear. We are investing so much into this,” said Cindy Dillard.   One of the main...

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