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Jasper Mayor David O’Mary spoke in-depth earlier this week about the state of the city’s finances. His presentation showed the city will end fiscal year 2017 with a $2.7 million … more
When the weather turned off chilly the week before last, Jilda was giddy. She stripped the cotton sheets from our bed and put on flannel sheets. Those sheets feel like the red and green shirt I wore … more
At lunchtime yesterday, I left my office at Bevill State Community College to attend a chamber of commerce lunch meeting. The sky was tombstone grey with light mist falling. Cranking up my truck, I sat for a moment while the engine warmed and the wipers squeaked on the windshield, looking for water to swish. I rolled the driver’s side window down to wipe the mist off my rearview mirror. more
The holiday season can be a difficult time for many. With the stress and struggles that life throws at us, finding the Christmas spirit can be particularly difficult. more
Americans can’t reach a consensus on anything these days — even Halloween candy. Candystore.com recently released a map of the most popular Halloween candy by state. more
• I was gratified to hear Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to prioritize local news sources in posts in response to requests from local newspapers and to help people have more engagement with their communities. Apparently he and his wife took a cross-country trip that also made its way to Alabama, and he visited at least one newspaper in Alabama. I think it is a great idea, and it will certainly help the Daily Mountain Eagle engage with our area readers, and will help other smaller newspapers across the nation. Moreover, it will provide a way to still keep our readers engaged with breaking news and what is happening in their communities. more
When people over 50 need a job, they tend to look for help in all the wrong places. One of the first questions I always ask is, “Have you been to the Career Center?” A surprising percentage of jobseekers say no. One lady told me that she wasn’t trying to get unemployment check, but a job. more
Finding work after 50 can be a challenge. One stumbling block is when potential employers say, “You’re overqualified for this job.” That’s a valid point for most employers. Crafting a response to this concern is crucial. The answer can mean the difference in getting hired or getting passed over. more
On Nov. 17, 1965, Sgt. Roger Stone of Parrish became Walker County’s first casualty in the Vietnam War. Stone, 22, was killed in an ambush of the 1st Cavalry Division in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley — the first major battle between American soldiers and the North Vietnamese in South Vietnam. more
Let’s clean out the notebook... • In case you wondered, District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis recently told me that the county was able to make its first principal payment this month on its debt, to the tune of $1.2 million. The big concern had been the effect on payroll, but so far so good. Another $300,000 is due later in the year. more
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