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It is a busy time for the staff at the Times-Journal. We are working at full speed on our 2019 Progress Edition. This year’s theme is “Building our Future.” Everything we do in our community helps build the future for generations to come.

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Working with the public for ten years sheds light on a topic not discussed regularly, the under-appreciation of blue-collar workers. These members of the working class fly under the radar the majority of the time. They often work long hours under all types of weather conditions and more ofte…

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The Alabama Education Association (AEA) was the most powerful and influential political organization in Alabama for close to three decades. The late Dr. Paul Hubbert was the builder and king of this powerful organization. He became known as the King of Goat Hill. He reigned omnipotently over…

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Ever said, “I would walk to the end of the earth for you?” Really? There are a few slight problems with that statement. Where is the end of the earth? Unless I am mistaken, the earth is round; therefore, it has no ends, unless you count space. That being the case, it is impossible to walk to…

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I made my first big-girl purchase back in December when I got my Toyota 4 Runner. I love my car, but the payments are killing me. Since I have a new bill added to the stack of monthly payments, I have been trying to cut back wherever I can.

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I was driving up I-65, south of Montgomery, when I saw one for the first time. I had seen more billboards than fire-ant mounds by the sides of the highway. Most read, “Call me Alabama,” but others said, “You know who to call,” or “One call, that’s all.” This particular billboard was differen…

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One of my favorite things about living in the state of Alabama is our southernism, particularly the quirky sayings that are attributed to our unique customs. I know, bless my heart.

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This Tuesday, Senator Steve Livingston and House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter will host a State of the State Address at the Fort Payne City Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

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I moved to Alabama in the summer of 1996. I can say with regrets that nothing had prepared me for the smothering Alabama June weather. The humidity in our region was unbearable as a newcomer. My father, Meliton Rico and I made our home in the Northeastern part of Alabama. I was raised most o…

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As the new quadrennium crests in Alabama government, everybody looks toward a new beginning. There is a new fresh four years ahead for the newly elected leaders. They are overwhelmingly Republican. The Governor is Republican and all of the accompanying constitutional officeholders are member…

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There are many qualities that we Southerners claim for our own that set us apart from much of the country. Things and ways we are taught in our upbringing that define our character and the way we treat people. One of the most important of these is respect. Respect for our elders, respect for…

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What we have experienced over the past few days is what Mama would have called “A cold snap.” I think she called it that because everything was so cold that whatever we picked up might “snap” in two. Our house didn’t have gutters, so when it rained, water ran off everywhere. In freezing weat…

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As many of you read in her column Thursday, Staff Writer Hannah Raughton will be leaving the T-J to go work for a local attorney. Hannah was with us for exactly one year, and I’d like to thank her for her contribution to the many editions that were published during that time.

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Regardless of what happens in Donald Trump’s administration over the next two years, he will have a proven record of success as President, especially if you are a conservative American.

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This weekend I was struck, not only by the piercing cold that abruptly moved into the south but the reminder that it’s finally winter.

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Last weekend I attended Willie Nelson’s 85th birthday celebration in Nashville. I was in great company with Patrick, my mom Teresa, my best friend, Jennifer Manning, her husband, Brian, and Johnny and Heather Eberhart. The concert had around 30 artists that performed.

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Preparations are being made to take the 2020 Census. This process is not just a fun game to spell out demographic changes and interesting tidbits about us as Americans. It is a very important mandate dictated by the Constitution. The number of people counted determines how many seats each st…

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Every second and fourth Tuesday, the city has been sponsoring a free event with an evening of music at DeKalb Theatre.

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I hadn’t thought about any resolutions for the new year until the other day. While watching Star Trek, as I often do on the weekends, I realized that this year I need to focus on my mental and emotional health, and with that, controlling them.

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Lenny Don Buttermilk, aka Blow Gum, called his ole buddy Billy Bob Bohannon and invited him to go fishing. Blow Gum said, “I’ll pick you up right before daylight. We’ll take my boat.” He actually arrived about ten after – ten after daylight, that is. Billy Bob loaded up his equipment and the…

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Almost every person over the age of forty has already said, “I can’t believe another year has come and gone.” Well, I am definitely over that age, and I have already made that statement. If you’ve ever driven down a country highway, going much faster than you should have, the fence posts run…

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We didn’t get a truck load of Christmas presents, but we always got something. The good thing about that was we didn’t have any problem deciding which one to play with. Occasionally, we got something big. One year I got a wagon, one year a bicycle, and one year a Daisy BB gun. Most years it …

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There are not a lot of human babies in my family at the moment, but there are a lot of fur babies, and we treat them just as good as we would treat the humans.

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This is the weekend that my girls have been waiting on for months. We have several countdown items in our home. Georgia Mae jumps up every morning and changes them. She said this weekend is really like Christmas because we have Christmas activities planned. Christmas has always been my favor…

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There are not a lot of human babies in my family at the moment, but there are a lot of fur babies, and we treat them just as good as we would treat the humans.

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This Christmas is my first year getting to celebrate the holidays with my fiancé and his kids, but unfortunately, we have to celebrate late.

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The Republican tidal wave that swept Alabama’s statewide office holders to landslide victories filtered down to legislative races.

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If you’re a fan of Star Trek, then hopefully you are aware of the vast amount of lessons the characters and story lines have taught us over the last five decades.

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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. God sent an angel named Gabriel to explain to Mary what was happening. Gab…

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Sunday, I got engaged, so most may expect that Monday should have been wonderful and exciting, but that wasn’t the case.

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One Christmas song says it is the most wonderful time of the year, yet for some, Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year. I completely understand. I’ve been there.

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As I drop the kids off at school in the morning and I drive past my alma matter, I have noticed all the nice cars in the parking lot.

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In the great state of Alabama, you are either an Auburn Tiger Fan or a University of Alabama fan. The first words uttered by our children are not Mama or Dada, they are War Eagle or Roll Tide.

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Now that the dust has settled on this year’s elections, let’s look back at who are the big winners and losers of the year.

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This week a building in downtown Fort Payne caught on fire. The building was vacant, thankfully, but if it had not been for our Fort Payne fire department and their quick response to get the fire under control, it could’ve caused so much damage to our historic downtown.

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Something about this time of year has a way of reminding me of what all I have to be thankful for. I am and always have been thankful for my mom and dad, and lately, I have been feeling especially blessed to have such wonderful parents.

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Our new 55th Governor looked and sounded more like the old Kay Ivey, than the one we have seen the past few years and during the campaign. She was vibrant, succinct to the point, had a perfectly timed and unscripted victory speech. Her green jacket was becoming. She will be a good governor. …

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Well, it is that time of year once again and the season has officially begun. I know that much of the male portion of our population is simply beside themselves with excitement. No, I’m not talking about football season. About all that is left of that are the conference championships, bowl g…

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As most of you know, our government has now begun its fight against the migrant caravan that has arrived in Tijuana after their journey through Central and North America.

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Thanksgiving is over and now everyone is rushing to find that perfect present for Christmas. This is my annual request to remind you to shop local.

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The holidays are here. The kids are out of school, educators are catching a quick break, and many of us will at least get a few days away from the office in the coming weeks. While we spend time preparing for the biggest holiday of the year, let’s take a second to think about those who do no…