Welcome to The Homewood Star – your Homewood community newspaper. The Homewood Star is a monthly publication intended to strengthen your sense of community and help enhance your life here by bringing you stories about events taking place, the issues that challenge us, and the amazing people and their stories that make Homewood the special and unique place that it is. We want to celebrate the achievements of our citizens, the successes of our school system, and cover subjects that interest you. Since most of our staff lives here, and even a few of us grew up here, we have a real interest in our city and a love of its history. We want this newspaper to be your vehicle, your voice, and your bragging spot.

Please contact us and let us know what you like about The Homewood Star, and any stories that you think we should know about.

Our Staff

Dan Starnes

Publisher- Dan Starnes is originally from Cedartown, Georgia. He moved to Mountain Brook in 2004 to work in the golf business. The realization that his golf game was too poor to make a profession of it and extraordinary luck got him into the publishing business. Dan attended the University of Georgia and is a big Bulldog fan. He also publishes 280 Living, a community newspaper serving the 280 corridor from Liberty Park to Chelsea. He can be reached at dan@villagelivingonline.com.

Ashley Berkery

Ashley Berkery

Editor-Ashley Berkery grew up in Homewood and graduated from Homewood High School in 1993 where she was a member of the Homewood Patriot Marching Band as a Star Spangled Girl. She majored in communications and French at Auburn University and worked at a public relations firm in Atlanta for two years after college. In 1999, she returned home where she received her Master’s in French education at UAB and taught high school French for eight years in the Birmingham City Schools district. She now owns her own wedding and event planning agency, ashleycopelandinc. She and her husband, Jon, live in Homewood with their son, Noah. She can be reached at ashley@thehomewoodstar.com.

Keith McCoy

Creative Director- Keith McCoy grew up in Starkville MS, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Graphic Design. He and his wife, Erin, moved to Birmingham so she could attend grad school at UAB. Keith has been the Creative Director for 280 Living since June 2008, and has recently started a web design company, Chilly Water Design. Keith can be reached at Keith@ChillyWaterDesign.com.

Lauren Denton

Lauren Denton

Columnist- Lauren Denton. After graduating from Auburn University, Lauren Denton put her psychology degree to good use as a promotion copywriter at Southern Progress. For the next seven years, she cranked out promotional material for Southern Progress Company’s cookbooks and magazines while writing for local magazines on the side. She’s been published in Portico, Birmingham Magazine, Birmingham Christian Family, and Southern Living. Lauren and her family live in Homewood, where she is a full-time mom to daughter Kate. She works as a freelance copy editor and writer. She can be reached at laurenkdenton@gmail.com.

Blake Rhodes

Blake Rhodes

Fashion Editor- Blake Rhodes grew up in the small town of Brundidge, Ala, located just outside of Troy. Following high school, she spent four years at Auburn University cheering on the Tigers and studying marketing.  After graduating college, she moved to Birmingham where she met her husband Jason. They got married and moved to the charming area of Homewood and still reside here today with their spoiled dog Murphy. Blake has always been a fashionista and had a passion for shopping.  After years of personal shopping for family and friends, she decided to turn her love of trends and bargains into a business.  Now, as founder and owner of Off the Cuff, she can help you find the perfect outfit for whatever life throws your way! She can be reached at blakerhodes21@gmail.com.

Anna Cate Little

Anna Cate Little

Contributing Writer- Anna Cate Little is originally from Macon, Georgia and received a degree in journalism and English from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Matt, have lived in Homewood for five years and welcomed a daughter, Caroline, in August of 2009. Anna Cate spent the first several years of her career working as a magazine editor covering all things sports, lifestyle, travel, food and even construction. She started a cookie business (Icing on the Cookie in Homewood), and continues to freelance. While her greatest passion is motherhood, she still loves to write and read and hasn’t given up on one day publishing a book. For now, she enjoys entertaining with friends, traveling to her family cabin in Highlands, N.C., and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs with her husband. She can be reached at ridleylittle@gmail.com.

Contributing Writer- Susan Sutton has lived in Edgewood for the past 10 years. She worked in Homewood for 15 years at Southern Progress Corporation serving in a marketing capacity for Southern Living, Coastal Living and Cottage Living magazines. Susan is a freelance marketing and public relations professional. She has two children at Edgewood Elementary School, Will (8) and Sam (6) and spends many hours volunteering at the school each week and helping with a variety of events through the PTO. Her husband, Scott, is a principal with Business Planning, Inc. She can be reached at suttonsquared@aol.com.

Contributing Writer- Alison Grizzle graduated from Homewood High School in 1993 and recently returned home, buying a home in West Homewood in May 2010. Since leaving HHS, she received a bachelor’s from Denison University with a double major in English and mathematics, a master’s in education from UAB with a specialization in teaching secondary mathematics, and a doctorate in education from Walden University with a specialization in teacher leadership. She began teaching at Ensley High School in 1999 and twelve years later is still in the Ensley/Pratt City community working at P.D. Jackson Olin High School teaching mathematics.


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