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The GOP contest for who sits in our number two U.S. Senate seat has been delated until July 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The winner of the battle between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will more than likely be our junior US. Senator for six years.

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I can remember a time when I dreaded sundown. I was a kid afraid of the dark and the monsters that lived under my bed. Eventually, I realized the monsters were not under my bed but in my head. As an adult, I remember an incident that scared me beyond terrification. (No, it’s a good word; I d…

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The COVID-19 disease is no longer an abstract thing affecting other people in other places. Those numbers represent human beings. It’s here, now, like a hurricane roaring upon the shore. Are we ready?

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When I was in Mrs. Slaughter’s first grade class, I had mumps. I didn’t know I had mumps, I just knew I didn’t feel so well and I had a lump on one side of my neck. Mama diagnosed the lump as mumps. I don’t remember which side was first, but I only had it in one side. The next Monday morning…

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We have a great race for the U.S. Senate. When the votes from the first primary were counted Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville were in a virtual tie at 32% and 33%, respectively.

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In a few weeks I’m going to Kentucky to see the ark. I may need some of you to go help me. If we are still getting rain then like we have so far this year, we’re going to need a bigger boat. I think I’m going to ask if I can bring the ark back with me to Alabama. We will need a big truck and…

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Allow me to share some thoughts and analysis on the March 3rd Primary results.

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It’s hard to get a solid grasp of just how concerned we should be about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. On the one hand, officials tell us not to worry, that it’s just like catching the flu we already struggle to avoid each year. But then we hear stories about how transmittable it is and ho…

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My grandson Drew and I hiked across grass and dirt until we came to a paved street. Drew is ten and I have been. In fact, I have been ten multiple times. Our dogs Ginger (sixty-five) and Cocoa (fifteen) led the way on our adventure. Eventually, we came to the end of the road. The pavement ra…

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Our 1901 Alabama Constitution has been rightfully criticized as being archaic. However, it was simply a reflection of the times. The authors and crafters of our document were well educated gentry. Therefore they appreciated and realized the importance of having a prized capstone university.

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Folks, our primaries are next week! On the Democratic side, the Presidential Preference Primary will be the big show and will be interesting to watch. On the right, the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate Seat will be the marquee event.

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I’m sitting in my truck, at a railroad crossing, waiting for a train to pass. It has been passing for a while, so I’ve been waiting for a while. I’m running late, so naturally the train is running slowly. “Running” may not even be the right word. I can’t recall if two Christmases have passed…

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This year is an election year, but then, unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere on Spitsbergen Island, you knew that. What? You’ve never heard of Spitsbergen Island? Well, I’ve never been there, but I promise I did not make it up. Even if you’ve been on Spitsbergen Island, you may …

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Over the course of history, the second congressional district has been referred to and considered a Montgomery congressional district because the Capital City has comprised the bulk of the population. In recent years a good many Montgomerians have migrated to the suburban counties of Autauga…

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Ole Billy Bob was riding down the road with his wife Thelma Lou Jean. She was looking especially pretty that particular day and Billy Bob was feeling quite blessed to have her as his wife. He eased his hand over on top of her hand, cut his eyes over at her, gave her a sly little grin and sai…

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Do you remember when you had only one phone per family, rather than one phone per family member? They were called home-phones. Now we call them landline-phones. Eventually we’ll call them relics of a bygone era. The only problem with those old phones was that they couldn’t be used for anythi…

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The 2020 Legislative Session begins this week. It will be an interesting three and a-half months. There are a myriad of important issues that legislators have to address this year, as always. However, standing in the way of substantive state issues each year is the necessity to address local bills.

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I need to make a confession. I need to come clean and tell you something about myself that you may not know. Let me preface my confession by saying I’m not necessarily proud of what I’m about to tell you. I’m a little embarrassed about it, and I’m hoping you won’t think less of me once you’v…

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The first district Congressional race is probably the best race in the state in this year’s March 3rd Primary. The winner of the March 31st GOP Primary runoff will go to Congress. The famous first district is a Republican congressional seat and has been since Jack Edwards won the seat in the…

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“I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.”

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M ost likely, at some time or another, you have asked, “What is that noise I hear?” Those unidentified sounds, especially those in the otherwise quiet still of night, can get on our last nerve. Sometimes they can cause our imaginations to run wild and scare us half to death. When a picture f…

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Mid-January reminds me of snow, frigid weather that chills to the bone, snow-covered mountains, snow-skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

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Even though there are more Baptists than Methodists in Alabama, historically Methodists have held more of the prominent political posts in the Heart of Dixie. If you look closely at these leaders’ lives, a good many of our leaders have been sons of Methodist ministers.

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Some new words and phrases have entered the public dialogue describing the minefield of free expression.

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DeKalb Tourism, Inc. is a Destination Marketing Organization with the sole purpose of promoting travel & tourism with the purpose of encouraging economic growth by bringing out of town visitors to DeKalb County. We are working to present a greater awareness of our region’s natural scenic…

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Staff Writer thanks members of the military and law enforcement for their service while encouraging those who are hopeless and feeling suicidal to hang on and get help. 

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Cinthia Rico recalls the day she told her father she wanted to switch from engineering to study for a career as a writer. 

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Donald Trump carried Alabama by over 63 percent in 2016. You can pretty much bet the family farm that he will do the same to whomever the national Democrats offer up in the coming year.

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Brace yourself. It’s an election year. I’m not here to tell you who to vote for. I’m here to give you all of the relevant information you need so you are a fully informed voter.

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In the Dec. 25, 1999 edition of this newspaper, I made some predictions for the next 20 years.

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Toward the end of last year, I decided it was time to clean out my closet. Last week I wrote about hoarding and when I looked in my closet, I had to confess I had been guilty. I had so many clothes hanging in there that I didn’t have room to buy any new ones.

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Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lived a young lady named Mary. Mary was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. Before they were married, and while she was still a virgin, Mary was found to be with child.

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Pete Turnham of Auburn epitomized the best of the greatest generation. He was three months shy of 100 when he transitioned to be with his maker.

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This holiday season, while you are dashing around from one place to another, stay alert, and keep road safety in mind. Please don’t drink and drive, slow down, and be extra cautious.

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Political columnist Steve Flowers shares stories about Henry County figures like Probate Judge David Money, Jimmy Rane, Bill Baxley, and “Squatlow.”

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The last decade was defined by natural disasters like the 2011 tornadoes that killed 324 people, raging wildfires, or the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed a staggering 15,840 Japanese. 

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Congress just passed a law that will beef up penalties on robocallers and gives voice service providers 18 months to adopt authentication technologies to verify that incoming calls are legitimate before they reach consumers’ phones.