Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:23:01 GMT
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Passengers aboard a Megabus were stuck in Fort Deposit on Wednesday after the bus suffered a mechanical issue and the driver became ill. A spokesperson for Megabus told WSFA 12 News that the bus was headingMore >>
Passengers aboard a Megabus were stuck in Fort Deposit on Wednesday after the bus suffered a mechanical issue and the driver became ill.More >>
Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities...More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:43:00 GMT
Autauga County authorities say a meth operation was busted and three people were arrested thanks to an anonymous tip. Billy Ray Kizziah, 21, of Deatsville, Joe Davis Henderson, 22, of Marbury, and KimberlyMore >>
Autauga County authorities say a meth operation was busted and three people were arrested thanks to an anonymous tip.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:24:41 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.More >>
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:22:15 GMT
By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:More >>
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
It's taken a lifetime of sacrifice and exhausting training for Olympic athletes to punch their ticket to Sochi. In the spirit of the Olympics, WSFA 12 News is highlighting local residents who are achieving big dreams.
Tonight, we introduce you to a young business owner who is defying the odds, and a tough economy, to take her talents to the top.
Crystal Strickland's work has graced the covers of local and regional magazines, too many spreads to count. But the journey to this blossoming dream of being a local business owner hasn't always been picture perfect.
"I got a call from my boss, he told me I was being terminated..." Strickland explained. The devastation quickly translated to what she calls divine intervention.
"It was a God Thing, I'm thinking, is this my chance?" she thought.
Strickland heeded the call and Southern Posies was born. And like most successful ventures, it started inside her home.
"Flowers in my living room, kitchen...my dog loves tulips and would eat them," she recalls.
The success overshot the working space and led Southern Posies to Mulberry Street where every corner is filled with vases, staging decorations and party supplies.
"I love what I do, such special times," Strickland explains.
As she finds her footing as a prominent small business owner, the challenges have shifted.
"I worry about staying creative," she admits. She's single handedly runs her business, meeting with clients, paying the bills, ordering and arranging flowers. Regardless of the size of the event, it's all done in a day's work.
"People don't see the blood, sweat and tears,"Strickland says. "It's a challenge, and a good challenge."
It's a business, born out of necessity, already heavily booked with events through 2015. Now, she's looking to explore options of expanding throughout the Southeast.