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This week has been aggravating and costly here on the home front. Modern machines are wonderful things while they are working. They save time and make life easier. But when they go south, it can be frustrating and expensive — in more ways than … more
The most popular baby names for 2016 are pretty familiar: Noah for boys and Emma for girls. The Social Security Administration released its list of 2016’s most popular baby names earlier this year, along with information on which names are … more
There is a caricature of the South depicted on screens big and small as being somewhere between “Gone with the Wind” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” Then there is the South populated by flesh-and-blood … more
Let’s clean out the notebook •You will forgive me for looking back again to Hamilton, but I was glad not to find all the Facebook reports, photos and videos here over the weekend that I saw from Marion County. Sunday morning residents in … more
The stories of Tallulah Bankhead’s antics abound all over the world, but not more prevalent than here in Jasper, where she lived with her father, William B. Bankhead, and her grandparents, John Hollis Bankhead and Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (her namesake) on Eighth Avenue. As the years roll by, those stories become grander with creatively-added details that, if repeated enough, to some become the truth. Those stories of sex, alcohol and drugs bring into question her character. While certainly Tallulah had her shortcomings, as we all do, those antics, faults, shortcomings — whatever you choose to call them — were a part of Tallulah, not the whole person. Many times, her character is assassinated because of those antics, and that’s when we, as a community, easily lose track of her true contribution to Jasper and the world. more
There is a little book sitting on my bookcase in my office that I haven’t thought about in quite some time, that is until a midweek conversation during a lunch with Ed Howell, the news editor here at the Daily Mountain Eagle. The book, entitled … more
The face of war is usually a man’s — young and lean with an expression frozen in time that is both haunting and heroic. What we so easily forget is that women have been serving in the armed forces since the American … more
Sit down, folks. I need to have a heart-to-heart with you. As you recall a few weeks ago, District 4 Walker County Commissioner Steven Aderholt, prevented from speaking at a Walker County Civil Service Board meeting, eventually went online and … more
Qualifying to run for the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions ended last week, with a crowded field of candidates throwing their names in the hat. The primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Any runoff, which is probably with 11 … more
Graduation season is upon us. Each year we receive invitations from the grandkids and great grandkids of our friends and neighbors. It’s an interesting crossroad for kids walking down the aisle. The road ahead into the future seems so bright and … more
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