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I hope everyone enjoyed your Thanksgiving and spent it surrounded by people you love. This time of year stirs a lot of emotion as we get to enjoy added time around friends and family. Not all gatherings bring holiday joy. Sometimes we’re forced to swallow a dreaded side dish of family conflict.

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I do enjoy the occasional opportunity for fine dining. Mrs. Story’s Dairy Bar, in Opelika, is fine dining…it is just fine with me.

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If one theme stands out for 2021, it would have to be the changing of the guard.

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A week later, I’m finally starting to feel like myself again after the blur that was Boom Days 2021. When City officials stated their intentions to carry on with the festival after skipping it last year, I was initially skeptical it would actually happen, especially after COVID-19 returned w…

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Today marks a couple of really important occasions here in DeKalb County, so want to I take this opportunity to warmly welcome any guests visiting our little corner of the world.

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This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation. It was a day in your life where you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard of the attacks on the New York World Trade Center and Pentagon. It changed our world.

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This week’s Zoom meeting with an update on COVID-19 revealed the pressures we’re under as we continue to struggle against this plague.

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My daughter and I drove to Jack’s yesterday to treat ourselves to morning biscuits. Since Hardees closed across the street, there’s typically a long line at the drive-thru just before eight. Not fun.

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The scenes out of Afghanistan this week were horrifying beyond words as we watched citizens of that war-town country panic and cling to U.S. military aircraft as the Taliban took control of the country.

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It’s incredibly discouraging to retreat when it seemed like our nation was well on its way to reducing COVID-19 to a footnote in history books instead of a recurring topic in your community newspaper.

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I was saddened to learn that our local hospital administrator, Patrick Trammell, plans to step down later this month as CEO.

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Many of us take for granted the importance and the allure this place holds to millions of people who flock to DeKalb County just to share a little in what we are privileged to live with each day. Now, thanks to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, more of what we hav…

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I had the distinct honor this week of speaking to the Fort Payne Rotary Club. I found their feedback and questions fascinating. We in the newspaper biz are rarely at a shortage of words to share, but we are at our best when we listen to what our readers have to say.

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Some moments feel like crossroads. That’s never felt more true than right now as our communities and our country transition through some huge changes.