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Letter from the Editor

I love the end of the year. Maybe it’s because I love the cooler weather after these hot Alabama summers, or maybe it’s because I’ve always been a little obsessed with Christmas.

I met Russ Gordon when I moved to Hartselle three years ago this month. Right away, I started working on him to let me write a story about Santa Russ. I had to be very persistent, but he finally gave in – right in time for this magazine. You’re not going to want to miss this one, folks. I promise. You might recognize him from his weekly Enquirer deliveries or from that one year he stepped in to portray Santa Claus in the Hartselle Christmas Parade. He’s known by his white beard, his cheery disposition and his love of the Lord.

In this magazine, we also feature the home of David and Ann Burleson. Hartselle Living contributors take us on a walk through their historic home that sits high atop Burleson Mountain. The Burleson name is one that has been intertwined in Hartselle’s history since the beginning, and their home is filled with unique antiques that tell a fascinating story.

Constance Smith shares some comforting casserole recipes with us and Russell Frye features Hartselle basketball coach Faron Key in our School & Sports section.

Last, but certainly not least, we spotlight Hartselle’s own dance studio, Shining Stars, and we share updates on the goings on at the library and Hartselle City Schools. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s something for you in this issue of Hartselle Living.

As always, thanks for reading,