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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’m “procaffeinating” this morning. That’s the tendency to put off doing anything until I’ve had coffee. It’s an affliction that began early and I’ve struggled with it all my life. The blame rests on the shoulders of my mother. We … more
In 1851, a wedding brought 12 women together at the Mt. Ida Plantation in Talladega County to make a floral album quilt for the bride and groom. The plantation, like the Old South, is gone. It burned to the ground in 1956 after being struck by … more
Well, here is my evolving take on the county plan to raise its sales tax from 2 cents to 3 cents ... The sales tax seems to be gaining certain traction. Certainly, I thought the mayors might give more negative feedback, as it would affect their … 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
Workforce has quickly become one of the primary concerns when an industry is looking to expand or relocate in any area. Corporate site selection is a process of elimination. Having quality buildings and sites is what generates interests others and brings projects to town. However, the overall “Product,” including the availability, trainability and quality of the local workforce, can make or break economic development efforts. Getting the workforce component right is one of the most important aspects in a globally competitive world and in an economy increasingly driven by knowledge and innovation. more
When I was in grammar school, I got the Weekly Reader. It was a kid’s newspaper that we received at school. I loved the Weekly Reader because the editor chocked it full of facts. There were articles about space, history, geography, and other … more
I couldn’t watch the last out of the Cubs-Indians World Series. I still hadn’t recovered from a two-run home run by Indians center fielder Rajai Davis that tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. more
I’ve been reading media reports in the wake of the Republican health care plan, particularly some great coverage from Politico. Trump and his administration are not fatally wounded but, boy, are they in trouble. This is not the way you want to start a new administration. more
The West Wing of the White House is a busy place. Aides scurry from room to room, briefing folders tucked under arm, as doors open and close down hallways where meetings are convened to consider policy that impacts the nation’s future. It is a scene of intense activity and sober discussions, as President Donald Trump’s team moves to pass legislation to repeal Obamacare, simplify the tax code, and boost spending for America’s military. more
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