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Barons win! Barons win!

The Birmingham Barons defeated the Jacksonville Suns 3-2 at the 12th annual Rickwood Classic at historic Rickwood Field. More than 5,800 turned out for the game during which the Barons donned uniforms from their affiliation with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s MLB franchise.

Enjoy these images from the game by Terminal photographer Bob Farley.


UPDATE: Click here to view all of the images taken by Bob at the game. (link is not currently active).

Reconciler’s plan to provide housing stalls at neighborhood level

Kathy at Birmingham Blues points out an interesting story in today’s Birmingham News. Her post from earlier today discusses the recent decision by the Ensley Highlands neighborhood association to not support a proposal by Reconciler Development, Inc., an affiliate of the Church of the Reconciler, to renovate several abandoned homes in the neighborhood. This article previously posted on the News’ site but available on provides a little more background on the issue.

The non-profit development corporation would have had potential occupants assist in renovating the properties as permanent residences for mentally and physically healthy people that are trying to get their lives back on track to secure a permanent residence. Neighborhood residents appear to fear that allowing the project to move forward would cause a decrease in property value and a potential increase in drug activity, both denied by representatives of the non-profit.

The earlier article points out that city officials have made all aware that Reconciler Development does not need neighborhood approval for the project to move forward; however it appears that Rev. Higgs has decided to look elsewhere to implement his plan.

AmSouth signs being replaced throughout the city

Lost in yesterday’s approval of demolition plans for the former Birmingham News building was the pending formal removal of the AmSouth name from area banks. AmSouth merged with Regions Bank last year and during yesterday’s Design Review Committee meeting, four banking centers that currently carry the AmSouth name received approval for new signage.

The bank locations approved yesterday are located in Ensley, Five Points South, the Birmingham Green (20th Street North) and Midtown (University Boulevard).

According to Steve Looney with Commander Board Signs, the new signs may be installed in as little as six weeks. It’s possibly your last chance to capture a glance at the local bank’s logo before it fades into history.