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Part of the American dream is to own a home. Building one is perhaps the biggest project in the life of most families. The average house takes about six months to build. Jean and I have owned four houses. One of those we had built. I’ve often heard people say if a marriage can survive having…

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The second year of the reign of Governor Kay Ivey may give her a second major accomplishment in the first two years of her term as governor.

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If you are looking for something to do for the remainder of your Saturday, head down to the county fair.

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Homeless. Veteran. These two words don’t belong together. How could someone who is willing to die for our country wind up on the streets, kicked to the curb after their service? I’m on a mission to draw as many of Alabama’s homeless veterans as possible and let them tell their stories. We we…

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The field is probably formulated for our 2020 Senate race. A Republican will be heavily favored to capture the seat currently held by our Democratic Senator, Doug Jones. Alabama is one of if not the most Republican states in the nation. It is quite an anomaly that a liberal Democrat has sat …

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My favorite season of the year has finally arrived. In case you think I’m talking about fall, you would absolutely be one-hundred percent right...well, at least partly. Weather wise, autumn certainly is my favorite time of year. The older I get, the fluffier I grow, and the further south I l…

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I had some concerns about a potential contamination within the DeKalb—Jackson Water Supply District brought to my attention this week, so I did a little digging. I got in touch with Donna Bolton, who is currently the interim manager, and she was a tremendous help.

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During the late summer, it was revealed that Alabama’s economy set records for the number of people employed along with the lowest unemployment rate in decades. Figures released in August had the state with a record-breaking 3.3% unemployment percentage.

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Something special came with our house, at no extra charge. The first time I saw them, I wasn’t sure if they were what I thought, but I sure did hope so. Jean and I moved into our current house a little over ten years ago. Our grand-buddy Drew was born the same weekend we moved. What a weeken…

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Homeless. Veteran. These two words don’t belong together. How could someone who is willing to die for our country wind up on the streets, kicked to the curb after their service? I’m on a mission to draw as many of Alabama’s homeless veterans as possible and let them tell their stories.

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Ider School students Freddy Blevins, Kim Stengel, Bobbie Enfinger, Erica Turner and the rest of the student body came together Wednesday, putting their hands on their hearts during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner following Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C.

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Homeless. Veteran. These two words don’t belong together. How could someone who is willing to die for our country wind up on the streets, kicked to the curb after their service? How many homeless veterans are in Alabama? I want to draw them all - or as many as possible - and let them tell th…

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If you are looking for something enjoyable for the whole family to do this fall, look no further than the Down of the Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Rainsville.

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Which came first, the chicken or the chicken sandwich? I know, but it makes about as much sense as that chicken and egg question. I say that not only because I am a creationist, but also because if the egg came first, who sat on it? A friend said he ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon s…

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The flag in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse was lowered to half-staff following the four coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremist group al-Queda on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Governor Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the Parole Bo…

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The summer of 1969 has been the topic of much discussion this year. I can hardly believe this is the fiftieth anniversary of that year. Two major events took place that summer. Apollo 11 and American astronauts went to the moon, and hippies and young people went to Woodstock. Mama wouldn’t l…

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Gary Steven Anderson “Turdhead” was born in Rentan, WA, on Jan. 1, 1950 but raised in Marietta, GA, where he graduated in 1969 from Sprayberry High School and was quarterback of the football team. A master storyteller and jokester, more than just about anything, he loved to make people laugh…

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As we say goodbye to the summer of 2019, allow me to reminisce with you and indeed commemorate more than likely a summer exactly 50 years ago that was undoubtedly the most momentous summer in American history – The Summer of 1969.

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This morning, I’m sitting here thinking it doesn’t get much better than this. It is still early. The sun is up and so I am. Everything is quiet. I’m sitting on a sixth floor balcony, drinking coffee, and looking out across the Gulf of Mexico. There is a huge ship in the far distance. A few p…

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Football season is here, and I couldn't be any more excited. Last week I experienced my first "Football Friday" with the Times-Journal.

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There is a mysterious door in my house. We don’t always know what or who is on the other side of a door. When a doorbell rings, most instantly wonder who is on the other side of the door. We may even have a peep hole or window that allows us to see who’s there. We never have to worry about t…

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This week ends an era for me. I officially no longer live in Fort Payne.

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It has been a long hot summer in Montgomery, and I do not mean at the Capitol or Statehouse, but in the City of Montgomery itself.

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One of the legendary figures in Alabama political lore is Floyd Mann.

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The temperature in Opelika today was 92, with a heat index of 425, but summer has ended. In case you are wondering about that heat index, it was baking. Fall has not fallen yet, but summer is unofficially over, because school has started.

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Homeless. Veteran. These two words don’t belong together. How could someone who is willing to die for our country wind up on the streets, kicked to the curb after their service?

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There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia a…

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I love words. I especially enjoy hearing how we use words – most of the time. I must admit that sometimes I am annoyed by things people say, but I usually find them amusing. Sometimes we use the wrong words, or like Barney Fife used to do, we mispronounce words. Sometimes we contradict ourse…

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I left for vacation last Thursday and my first day back at the office was Wednesday. I had a wonderful time while I was gone, but I am glad to be getting back in the swing of things.

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Homeless. Veteran. These two words don’t belong together. How could someone who is willing to die for our country wind up on the streets, kicked to the curb after their service? How many homeless veterans are in Alabama? I want to draw them all - or as many as possible - and let them tell th…

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The DeKalb County 4-H Teen Club pitched in to lend a helping hand Monday in an effort to clean up the old DeKalb Farmer's Co-op building on south Grand Avenue. The Co-op recently vacated the building in order to move the new facilities on 20th street north, and the DeKalb County ARC will be …

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Throughout the week, I listen to a variety of podcasts.

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Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful. Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable.