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A bill to provide support for autistic children has passed the Alabama Legislature by votes of 100-0 in the House and 33-1 in the Senate. The bill is similar to laws already existing in 45 other states. Citizens in Alabama had overwhelmingly showed … more
Where were you the last time you thought to yourself, “The people here are always so nice”? For me, it was Chick-fil-A. I’ve had some serious talks over their original chicken sandwich over the years. The food is always hot, the staff is … more
And now, let us get a reality check on these closings. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Ok, let’s start. No question people are concerned in Jasper about the evaporating retail landscape. The current list now includes G. Mays and Sons, Solid Image … more
The American Red Cross is relocating in June from its current office on Viking Drive in Jasper to the former National Guard Armory in Cordova. On the surface, that move doesn’t seem … more
What could be better than a picnic on a small patch of green grass on a sunny May day? How about if that family feast was on a mere few feet from a headstone? It sounds weird to anyone from other parts of the country. But it happens just about … 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
In the late 1960s, a retired businessman named John van Hengel established the nation’s first food bank after encountering a mother rummaging through a grocery store dumpster so she could feed her children. Twenty years later, the president of … more
Let’s just face it — when it comes to entertainment, I’m in the wrong era. more
While driving through downtown Jasper on Saturday morning, local residents may have noticed many unfamiliar faces, mostly dressed in bright colors and pushing strollers. This group wasn’t the oddest babysitter club ever assembled; it was most … more
My wife Jilda and I were slow in tying the knot back in 1974. I first met her before she was old enough to drive but didn’t date until May of 1968. We’d been dating three years when I got the “Greetings” letter from Uncle Sam. We grew … more
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