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Aesop tells a tale of four oxen and a lion. The lion prowls the field where the oxen graze. But each time he attacks, the oxen turn their tails to one another so that when the lion approaches, he is met with the horns of one of them. But, alas, the oxen begin a-quarrelling among themselves a…

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Tricia Clinton-Dunne was a force for good here at The Times-Journal and for the community during her 15 years with the newspaper.

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Friday evening about 6:30 PM we had a tree in our neighborhood fall on power lines and snap a pole. We were without power, internet and cable. We also had our 22 month old granddaughter spending the night with us. She lives in our neighborhood and her parents were also without power. We are …

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"I am ready to fight for Alabama", so says Republican candidate for Senate Tommy Tuberville, but from what I see, most Republicans are not going to fight for anyone except Donald Trump.

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DeKalb County was also in the thick of the political season 40 years ago. A glance at the Oct. 10, 1980 edition of The Times-Journal captured the momentum of an ascendant Ronald Reagan, who attracted 4,000 cheering supporters at a Birmingham appearance. The Democrats, another headline read, …

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All the Wizard of Oz did for the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion was to show them what they already had. The scarecrow wanted a brain. He already one.

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How many times have you or someone you love said, “I could sure use a hug?” Long, long ago, in an ancient time, like back last February, we didn’t think anything about hugging someone or at least shaking their hand. Some may have even had the audacity, not to mention courage, to drink out of…

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Some photos from the Oct. 3, 1990 edition of The Times-Journal, with Tracy York of Fort Payne enjoying a crisp fall day at Valley Head’s Winston Place and showcasing moments of fun from the DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair in Fort Payne. Thirty years later, the fair is still a blast. 

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As a former Sylvania High School Marching Ram, I’ve had the privilege of seeing various bands across the county and state perform throughout my high school years and after.

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It’s now been six weeks since the Aug. 25 Municipal Election that left four seats open on the Fort Payne City Council.

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The new fiscal year begins this week for Alabama government. We have two budgets, a General Fund and an Education Budget. Both budgets have seen devastating havoc to their revenues due to the coronavirus. The Education Budget was drastically destroyed from what was originally expected at the…

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Yahoo and amen! Fall has fallen. Cooler weather has arrived. Footballs are flying through the air, as well as frightened doves and falling leaves. We have survived three quarters of this unimaginable year called 2020. Nine months are behind us and only three more to go. We are now in the hom…

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In the White House press room on Wednesday, the following exchange took place:

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It is finally fall, y’all, and I am ecstatic for it to be here! Okay, that may be a bit too much excitement, but this time of year brings all my favorite things: cool weather, warm drinks, the best decorations and memorable holiday experiences with loved ones.

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With it being a presidential election year and an election for one of our United States Senate Seats and all of the interest that goes along with those high-profile contests, it has gone under the radar that most of our cities in the state had elections for mayor and city council last month.…

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It was one of those mornings. I hardly ever use an alarm in the mornings. I always wake up at roughly the same time. Did I say always? Always is a strong word; a definite word. Always be careful about using words like always. Let me start over by saying it was one of those “rare” mornings. I…

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In the early 20th century, tobacco companies responded to emerging concerns about the health effects of smoking with a campaign to reassure the public about their products. They paid actors, athletes and even doctors to endorse their cigarettes in advertising that made outrageous claims back…

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These claims that Donald Trump is someone sent by God to make things right are getting tiring. People who subscribe to that idea react to anything negative about their hero (sic) by jumping onto the “fake news” bandwagon. I do not know what the proper criteria is to decide whether or not som…

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To wear or not to wear...a mask. This quandary seems to be a basic bone of contention these days. Let’s face it; the darn things are hot, oppressive, and even suffocating, yet we feel obliged to wear one — at least the majority of us do.

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Now that the national political party conventions are over and the nominees have been coronated, the battle royale for the White House is in full throttle. The nominees, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, will shatter the age barrier. Whoever is elected will be the oldest person ever elected Presid…

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The City of Fort Payne has been fortunate to have Mr. Jim Cunningham serve in many capacities within our City school system including being principle at two of our schools and finally the past 19 years as the City’s School Superintendent. I have always considered it an honor to have worked w…

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It’s early morning. The sun is up, and so am I, but both barely. My first cup of coffee warms my fingers and then my insides as it eases down my throat. I’m sitting in one of my favorite places in this world...my back porch. I’m gazing out across my yard and into the woods behind my house. G…

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People too often fall into the trap of thinking that there is an easy, black or white answer to choosing a candidate. But life is gray, not black and white. A one-issue voter may easily be tricked into voting contrary to their own true beliefs.

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“And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” (Isaiah 30:25)

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“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

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These days we spend so much time denigrating “the other” and clinging tightly to whatever political stance we currently hold that we cannot hear what “the other” is saying. Many people quickly align themselves with the opinion of the politicians and talking heads that are on their side witho…

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September 17 marks 233 years since the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, the document that sets up our form of government. It is the most impactful government charter in the modern world and is a model for many others.

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The Labor Day holiday got me to thinking about some of the jobs I’ve had. While I was still in college, I became the pastor of Half Acre Baptist Church, near Linden, Alabama. I went to school at Samford University during the week and church on weekends. I also worked at Berry High School as …

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The 1960 Presidential Race between Richard Nixon and John Kennedy is considered by many political historians to be a landmark presidential contest. This race for the White House, exactly 60 years ago, marked a pivotal change in presidential election politics when the advent of television bec…

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Star Trek is an awesome fantasy, zipping around the galaxy at the speed of light, visiting alien worlds and watching Capt. Kirk make out with green women.

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Saturday’s paper had an awesome article by Steven Stiefel about not being led by the things we hear or read on social media. He gave several of the sites I already use to verify if what is said or implied is true and then went further with several sites I did not know. I am grateful for his …

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Labor Day is upcoming on Monday. In bygone days it was the benchmark day for campaign season to start. Historically, Labor Day barbeques were events where political campaigns had their roots. Camp stew and barbequed pork were devoured while folks listened to politicians promise how they were…

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In all my years, I’ve never stayed at a better run hospital than DeKalb Regional Medical Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. I experienced the utmost care, with professionalism, attentiveness, knowledge, and really just good ole’ fashion “kindness” even from day one of my long 10-night hospital s…

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I was two-years old when the popular television series The Lone Ranger went off the air. Obviously, I don’t remember watching the original episodes, but I grew up watching reruns. Long before most of us were wearing a mask, the Lone Ranger sported one. Of course, his mask did not cover his m…