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Stepping into the past Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:08

Heritage Center provides bridge with the present
by Martha Smith

Imagine it’s the year 1881, and you’re standing ankle-deep in red clay on a plot of land recently cleared, watching the footers for your home be put in the ground.

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County Commission Meets Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:05

The Jackson County Commission voted on several items at their June 10th meeting:

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Documentary to be filmed in Scottsboro Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:04

The Scottsboro City Council voted on several resolutions at their last meeting on June 10, 2019.

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            Jackson County’s historic landmark Pikeville Store N Deli, which has been enjoyed for many years by thousands of people and written about numerous times in publications such as Southern Living magazine, is set to re-open in September as the Pikeville Store & Grill by new owners Lisa & Scott Berry of Scottsboro.

The Berry's have acquired the Pikeville store and restaurant property from long-time owners and prior operators, Connie and Dwayne Wilkerson.

                In addition to mutual friendship, respect and love between their respective families, the Berry's and the Wilkerson's are also connected by a most unusual factor- the disease of cancer. The Wilkerson's lost their beloved son, Jason, to cancer in December 2016 which caused the recent closure of Pikeville Store N Deli. New Pikeville co-owner Scott Berry, a Scottsboro attorney and Stevenson Municipal Judge, himself is a two-time cancer survivor after having been initially diagnosed with the disease in late 2013 and then diagnosed for a second time in early 2016. Scott Berry is currently in remission and very optimistic that he now is cured. “Jason Wilkerson’s untimely passing at quite a young age from the horrible disease of cancer was and is a terrible tragedy”, said Scott Berry. “Jason’s family- his parents, wife, young children and everyone who knew him really respected, cared about and loved Jason very much. This has been a terribly difficult time for all of Jason’s family and especially for his parents, Connie and Dwayne. Me and my family’s heart continues to be with the entire Wilkerson family over Jason’s passing and their family’s tragic loss”, Scott Berry stated.

                New Pikeville co-owner Lisa Berry, who previously was employed for over a decade with Scottsboro City Schools and who served as secretary and bookkeeper at Scottsboro Junior High School, will be Pikeville’s new general manager when the store and restaurant reopens in September. “This is an honor for us and a wonderful opportunity for our family”, Lisa Berry stated. “We’re excited and very appreciative and thankful of Dwayne and Connie Wilkerson for offering us this opportunity.

                Pikeville is a unique, timeless and special place that needs to be open and available for people to visit and enjoy. We look forward to continuing all the traditions of Pikeville established by the Wilkerson's that so many people have come to expect and enjoy over the years- and most especially the delicious homemade burgers and specialty dessert items like moon pie banana pudding. We don’t plan on making major changes to Pikeville, because it’s been a really special place for a long time just the way it is”, said Lisa Berry.

                The Berry’s oldest son, Justin Doyle, will be graduating from Auburn University next year with a degree in business administration and plans on joining his mother, Lisa, in the daily operations and management of Pikeville following his college graduation.

                As an added gesture of affection, friendship and appreciation to the Wilkerson family, the Berry's will be presenting a scholarship named in honor and memory of Jason Wilkerson on behalf of the Pikeville Store and Grill, which will be awarded in the spring to a local area high school graduating member of the senior class.

                “We just ask everyone to please continue to visit, enjoy, patronize and support the Pikeville Store and Grill exactly as they always have”, the Berry's said. “We will be working very hard to keep Pikeville a unique and special place each and every day for people of all ages to enjoy, so please come join us again when we re-open for business in September”, said the Berry's.

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