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In July 2016, a stakeholder focus group meeting was conducted to discuss marketing needs and strategies for the Walker County Airport. Organizations represented at the meeting included the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, the Walker County … more
I am writing this letter based on my many years of study and experience in the area of economic and community development, but also with the intention of not offending anyone that may have an opinion … more
This is in response to your article in Sunday’s Daily Mountain Eagle “Attorney Clarifies Council’s Role...” You have to love (or loath) a politician. The city council and mayor of Jasper are … more
Sunday was a victory for animal rights activists, as the elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey took the circus stage for the last time. Numerous media outlets have reported the elephants are going to a “sanctuary,” referring to the … more
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Daily Mountain Eagle in October 2011. In his famous “Sonnet to Google,” the great William Shakespeare wrote, “How do I love Google? Let me count the ways...” OK, so maybe I’ve … more
On Feb. 14, Jilda and I celebrate our 43rd Valentine’s Day as a married couple. There were also several years before we tied the knot, but suffice it to say we’ve eaten a few boxes of chocolates together. In the early years, I was broker than … more
Last Monday when we arrived for our weekly yoga class, the parking lot of the community center was full. When we went inside, we learned that one of the local merchants had rented the center for the evening for their annual Christmas party. more
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
The 2016 Alabama legislative session ends today, and with all of the important issues facing the state, it is amazing how little has gotten done. But, hey, Alabama now has an official state cake. Well, the Legislature passed a bill to name lane cake the state cake of Alabama. It won’t be official until Gov. Robert Bentley signs it. Lane cake, for those who don’t know, and we believe there are quite a few who don’t, is a layered cake with pecans, coconut and, sometimes, a little bit of bourbon. 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
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