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A word of warning — this is a bittersweet story about a tiny critter that lived next door in the home of Jilda’s brother Ricky and his family. Our niece Samantha loves animals. She’s had ferrets, frogs, hamsters, cats, and lots of dogs. Her … more
Located in southwest Georgia among the pine trees, peanut fields, magnolias and gnats is Plains, Ga., a small town with a population of nearly 700. Did I mention the gnats? I will elaborate more on those boogers later. The mention of Plains … more
A year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was. Now, I can’t imagine what Zac and I talked about before we decided it was time to spend money on decent phones. We text each other podcast recommendations on an almost daily basis. When we sit … more
I can’t imagine what it is like to work in governmental Washington right now. It would feel like being placed in God’s blender and being battered into a milk shake — with a bitter taste resulting. I read Beltway news stories every day … more
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
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