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Now, before you call a game warden or get yourself all worked up in a lather (without being in the shower), please read on. I’m not advocating any unlawful activity. Night hunting is illegal in Alabama, except I think for hunting coyotes. Hunting season is over anyway, but there are a few th…

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Roy Moore, the former and twice-booted chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is searching his ego once again about a run for public (office).

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Some of us who were former legislators, who served our counties in the legislature a long time, were considered by many to always be their legislator. A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to get in touch with their congressman or sen…

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My earliest memories center around one man who has been a permanent presence in my life. I remember looking forward to his calls, to his visits and our small adventures.

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The 2019 legislative session is now in the books. As each session is observed, it is apparent that primary, powerful, state senators control the flow and outcome of any and all legislative sessions.

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Through my various writings, most of you have gotten to know my mother, Anna Graham, pretty well by now, but you are probably less familiar with my dad, Dr. William Hardin Graham.

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More than a month ago the Fort Payne Times-Journal was purchased by our former managing editor and the current owner of Fort Payne Publishing Inc., Patrick Graham.

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I wondered why I had not gone the other way. I saw the train up ahead, but it was moving along at a pretty good clip. Opelika is called “A Railroad Town,” so waiting on trains happens often. I figured this one wouldn’t be long, and since I needed to stop at the chicken-finger place on the ot…

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For almost 100 years one of, if not the best annual event for young Alabama High School leaders in Alabama has been the Alabama Boys State and the Alabama Girls State programs.

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"In recognition of the contributions made by women to the cultural, political, economical and social life of our city," Mayor Fred Purdy proclaimed June 7 as a day of recognition for the endeavor. It is also on that date that a traveling exhibition Faces and Voices of Alabama Women will prem…

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June in Alabama seems like a momentous time of the year to me. We always focus our seasonal adoration on spring or fall, due to the pleasing temperatures, but June holds a unique place in our yearly cycle.

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The summer sizzle seems to have shown up early in Alabama this year. Our family pool is open and they tell me the water is fine. Everyone, as well as everything it seems, except me, has jumped in. My family loves our pool, but so do all kinds of critters... especially frogs. Each summer, I f…

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To all my struggling English majors who thought they had it all figured out, I too was there. I was there for those late nights of reading Hamlet, Poe, Servantes, and Coleridge. I was there through all the all-nighters writing essays and papers. I was there for multiple trips to the coffee s…

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There is a story on the front page today about the opening day of the DeKalb County Farmers Market at the VFW Fairgrounds. The market opens Tuesday afternoon at 3 and market manager Grady Dalton said he is expecting at least 10 to 12 local growers to show up. I had the pleasure of meeting Gr…

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A good many people wonder why simple, straightforward, no nonsense, good- government legislation fails to pass even though it appears to have universal and overwhelming support and appeal for many voters and legislators.

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Last week I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students at Northeast Alabama Community College for career day. I was supposed to tell the students all about journalism and what to expect if they decided to follow that career path. I started by talking about the state of journalism to…

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I didn’t care much for it when I was a child. My parents ate it quite often, but I found its taste too strong for my liking. Now, all these years later, I could eat it every day. It is an old southern treat that was actually a staple a generation or two ago. It is called sorghum. It is a typ…

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The five day Special Legislative Session that addressed the increase in the gas tax to fund an Infrastructure Rebuilding Program for the state was a remarkable success. I still marvel at the adroitness, efficiency and expediency in which the governor accomplished this monumental initiative. …

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My mother was named Sophia. She was born in Philadelphia in 1927. She and dad married in 1944 and they spent most of her life in Miami, Florida. In the early 70s when dad retired, they moved to Fort Payne, Alabama, and lived out the rest of their lives and died on the top of Lookout Mountain…

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Being a mother is the greatest accomplishment I have done in my life. My Georgia Mae and Magnolia Jean are the light of my life. They are the reason I get up in the morning.

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During the publication of this edition I will be in Manchester, New Hampshire graduating with a Master of Arts in English from Southern New Hampshire University as a student member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.

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Mama was the disciplinarian in our house, at least for me. I’m not sure about when my siblings were growing up because they were already drawing their social-security by the time I came along. Okay, I’m teasing and exaggerating, but they were several years older than me, so I don’t remember …

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The Times-Journal was purchased by Patrick Graham from Southern Newspapers Inc. as of 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The purchase by Graham, who was the managing editor of the Times-Journal from 1996 to 2000, will be a memorable one for the archives because the Times-Journal has been owned by …

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Folks, taking care of prisoners is not a popular political issue. However, every so often Alabama politicians pragmatically have to acquiesce to the mandates of federal judges and grant our transgressing citizens their rights as determined by the courts.

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My sister, Nicole, is 14 months older than I am. Although I’m 26 years old, I still look up to her with the same admiration I did when we were growing up. We were not allowed to fight when we lived under Mom and Dad’s roof, so we genuinely got along, unlike most sisters that close in age. Wh…

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It is a foregone conclusion that a Republican will take out our anomaly liberal democratic senator, Doug Jones, next year. The question is which Republican will be the nominee and capture the seat.

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The month of April has flown by and before you know it May will be here. With May comes graduations and summer vacations. Mothers and fathers around the state are mentally preparing themselves to see their babies walk across that stage and graduate.

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Recently, I had the joy of touring one of the best tasting countries in the world, with a wonderful group of people known as The Recycled Teenagers. Hopefully, you read about us a couple of weeks ago. I want to tell you about some of the wonderful things we saw, but first I want to write abo…

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There are very few things that have remained the same during my 13 years at the Times-Journal. I have worked with many elected officials and only a few have stayed in their position during my tenure.

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On a Sunday evening, in January of 2015, fourteen-year-old John Smith had a couple of his school friends over to spend the night. The next morning, on their way to shoot basketball at an area recreation center near St. Louis, the boys spotted a frozen lake. They decided to walk out of the ic…

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Some of you may know that I struggle with seasonal depression. The struggle is worse in the winter months, but that’s OK because each winter brings me a new opportunity to stand up to and try to conquer my depression. I did well this past winter in spite of the sudden loss of my dog, Murphy,…

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Jean and I have had the joy of spending the past two-weeks touring southern Italy, with a group known as “Opelika’s Recycled Teenagers.” In ten days, we traveled over one thousand miles together, by motor-coach, across some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. According to the Fit-B…

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There is no question that Governor Kay Ivey’s Infrastructure/Gas Tax Program was the cornerstone issue of this legislative session. This monumental legislation will be a tremendous enhancement for Alabama’s economic development for decades to come. Gov. Ivey and the legislative leadership de…

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Our 2019 DeKalb’s Top 20 Leaders have been announced. This year, we have another diverse group of people from all over DeKalb County that have moved this community forward through their leadership.

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As a teenager, I had an after-school and Saturday job working in my brother’s paint and body shop. A camper sales business, owned by a man whom we called “Quail,” was located next door to our shop. Quail became a good friend of ours, but we enjoyed “messing with him.” His real name was Mr. P…

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One of the obvious political changes in Alabama government over the last decades with the Republican takeover of the Legislature has been the reluctance to raise new revenue to fund state government. Many of the current Republican legislators came to Montgomery in 2010 with a no new tax pled…

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It’s the end of March, summer is just around the corner, and people all around me are gearing up. From dieting to look their best in swimsuits to planning their summer vacations.