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

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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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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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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…

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The most enduring legacy a president will have is an appointment to the United States Supreme Court. A lifetime appointment to the high tribunal is the ultimate power. The nine Justices of the Supreme Court have omnipotent everlasting power over most major decisions affecting issues and publ…

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It gets harder by the day to know if what you just read is accurate, especially when political campaigns actively try to muddy the waters and Internet rumors get shared on Facebook without bothering to check if they are true.

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Even though schools have not met for most of this year, the year has been most educational. For one thing, we have learned that we really have not seen it all, after all. On top of that, if you have said that things couldn’t get much worse, we’ve learned they can. Maybe, we’ve also learned t…

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It has been a month since our mid-July GOP runoffs for the U.S. Senate and two open Congressional seats. Since then, numerous publications as well as many of you have asked me to analyze and assess the outcomes.

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Seeing kids heading off to college always stirs fond memories of my freshman year at Auburn. How exciting it is to live on your own, tethered to a support system to catch you when you make mistakes. I can’t really say I “roughed it” my first semester, mostly because I had a roommate with a g…

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Well, it’s that time of year when life gets back to normal...but not this year.  I said Normal...you do remember the days of normalcy, don’t you?  I know it has been a while, and we are not as young as we were back in March, so we may be a little forgetful.    

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My grandson Drew and I both had birthdays this week. Mine was on the 28th and his is the 30th. I guess that makes me two days older than him! I know, I know. He turned eleven and I turned mossy. Actually, I turned eleven almost for the sixth time (minus one year). I can remember when I was h…

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On June 29, The Times-Journal and several other print and radio media outlets asked candidates for the Fort Payne City Council to participate in a forum, each answering the same questions. In normal times, we would host a big public event attended by all of you, but as you know, this isn’t t…

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An insurance company that allows customers to customize coverage says, “Only pay for what you need.” I might add (not concerning them), “Only pay for what you get.” A few times, I have paid the piper, so to speak, but I never got my music. As a singer/songwriter/musician, I’ve recorded seven…

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The much-anticipated battle between former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate was the marquee event on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my column for this week had to go to press pr…

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It’s been a joy reaching out to city clerks across DeKalb County since qualifying for municipal elections started. I want to do a better job of building those relationships and keeping a closer ear to what’s happening across our readership area.

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Folks, we are less than two weeks away from our election contest for our U.S. Senate Seat. The runoff between former Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville may be close and will be interesting.

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When we lose our way, as we seem to have done, we rely on words to help us find our way back to the pursuit of our ideals. Our Constitution, separation of powers and rule of law are primary reasons our democracy has weathered so many storms and has survived for well over 200 years. Another d…

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Each spring, we have long-term guests at the King’s house. We have never invited them, and they never ask if they can stay. They just show up and make themselves at home. We have tried a number of things to discourage them from coming, but they never seem to get the hint. When they come, the…

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As we end the first half of 2020, there is no doubt that the coronavirus is the story of the year. The coronavirus saga of 2020 and its devastation of the nation’s and state’s economic well-being may be the story of the decade.

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Family reunions, especially in the South, used to be a common occurrence. They took place in several different forms. Some flew under the flag of another name but in essence were mostly a time when extended family members came together.

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“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” —Charles Baudelaire

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I can remember a time in my life when eating-out was a rare treat. Let’s see, that would have been back around most of 2020, so far. Miss Corona has brought about quite a few changes in our lives. One of those changes has been not eating out. Jean is a wonderful cook, so we have enjoyed eati…