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Having a career in community newspapers can call for a person to wear many hats. Because our teams usually do not have the largest rosters, each member of our staff must have that ability to juggle many things throughout a day. On a day-to-day … more
There is a picture sitting next to the computer in my office. Three faces are smiling so brightly you can almost get a tan looking at the framed photo. I’m sitting between my friends Terry Frasier and Dr. Tom Camp. We’re speeding down the Black Warrior River in the back of a boat. Tom’s wife Judy was the boat captain, Jilda was the photographer, and Terry’s wife Ginny was supervising. We were having a large time. In those days, it was easy to imagine that we would live forever. But it turns out that forever was not long enough. My friend Tom died last Sunday. more
Life is precious.  Those three words were about all I could muster on Friday morning as I tried to come up with some thought to describe the acts of violence that I had seen unfold in our country … more
Voters loved Lucy Baxley. Her campaign signs said so. Baxley, who died Friday at age 78, blanketed the rural parts of the state with her message during her two decades of public service. As a child who loved “I Love Lucy,” I used to keep … more
Looking through Facebook posts of my friends this week, I felt a little envious and sad. It seems every other post is someone’s smiling mother. I especially like the older hand-tinted pictures. There’s something about those old photographs … more
With Christmas a little more than a week away, the Phillips family’s calendar is filling up faster than toys are being built at the North Pole. For several months now, our family has been preparing for two holiday stage performances, “The … more
Most Southerners associate the Milo’s brand with two things — hamburgers and sweet tea. Pay attention the next time you pull a gallon of your favorite Milo’s flavor off a Walmart shelf and you’ll notice a third — women-owned. During … more
One year ago this week, a bulldog appeared in our yard. He was thirsty and starved. I could see his ribs. He had mange, and the white hair left on him was full of fleas. My conscience would not let me drive him from our yard hungry. I checked with a … more
Tragic stories are common in the newspaper business. Sometimes those tragic stories hit way too close to home. A news story that rolled across the Associated Press wire on April 11, 2010, was one of those times that tragedy hit close to our … more
Scott Serafin bore little resemblance to a jolly old elf the first time he played the role of Santa. He was a young soldier who had just been rescued from a foxhole in Vietnam. He was wearing a beard made out of cotton balls and a t-shirt and … more
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