Seeking a way to translate my visionary skill set into a career, I purchased the only abandoned store in my abandoned home town. When I was a child, the little farming community in northeast Alabama had two stores, a service station, a restaurant, a post office, and a school. All of which had been closed for at least ten years, making it quite a challenge to revive commerce for the community and tourists visiting the area.
I, being the only business owner in the area and standing to be affected by the local state parks’ closure, attended a public town hall meeting with the governor of the state. Full of passion and pride, I stood up in the room full of over 400 attendees including politicians and reporters, and plead my case for the park to remain open. After the meeting, the governor pulled me over to discuss the matter further. The parks remained open for a while but eventually the campground was closed.
Buck’s Pocket State Park received a federal grant to upgrade the campground facilities and build an OHV trail. These park improvements were set to occur in 2016. Rumors have been circulated that the state of Alabama will implement said improvements in the summer to fall of 2018. When they are completed, Buck’s Pocket State Park will reopen the campground and have one of the only OHV trails in North Alabama. We, in Grove Oak, are looking forward to having our beloved park open and fully accessible again. the Grove Oak Store is still open.
For my leadership and commitment to community in DeKalb County, AL, the local newspaper, The Times Journal selected me as a part of DeKalb’s Top 40 in 2016.
Recently, Glynn Wilson came out to the store to interview me for a story in the national New American Journal. The article is very thorough. He did an excellent job. Please read it here:
Two miles from my country store sits our only county park, High Falls. Check it out at http://www.seehighfalls.com. I was appointed onto the High Falls board in the spring of 2016, making me the first woman to ever hold that position.