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As of tomorrow morning, Interstate 22 will be officially completed. All I can say is, "It's about time!" I-22 is a 213-mile long stretch of interstate highway that connects Birmingham to Byhalia, Miss. (just south of Memphis).The concept of … more
My dad died in May 1986. It was a few weeks before June and that first Father’s Day without him was one of the saddest days of my life. I had lost grandfathers and a grandmother but nothing prepared me for the experience of losing my dad. I … more
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Eagle in 2013. Not long ago I was listening to Oldies 101.5 and they played the 1968 song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by the Mamas and the Papas. It washed over me like a memory will, … more
Jasper and Walker County have seen their share of celebrities throughout the years. From the stage to the silver screen, from athletic competitions to reality television, and even into the realm of politics, finding a way to be in the spotlight is … more
Jilda and I took a “staycation” this week. We both felt frazzled by work and needed some R&R. Traveling can be more tiring than work at times, so we made the back deck our destination and we haven’t been disappointed. Yesterday, I moved two … more
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Eagle in 2002. Long ago and far away, I saw an opening scene of a stage play that has permanently engraved itself in my mind. This was Prague, in the Czech Republic — formerly Czechoslovakia … more
Walker County is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. As I drive throughout the county on a nearly daily basis, I cannot help but take in the abundance of beauty. Whether it is a green pasture full of cows in Empire or a rusty … more
My Uncle Pete drove into our yard in Whiting, Indiana one Saturday during the summer of 1956. He and Aunt Myra were riding in a shiny new Mercury Monterey. The paint was sky blue, and I’d never seen a more beautiful car. He parked the Mercury … more
Editor's note: This column first appeared in the Eagle in 2014. Facebook crazes come and go as quickly as the wind changes, it seems. A while back, there was the equivalent of an old-fashioned chain mail asking Facebook folks to list their 10 … more
April is Confederate History Month by proclamation of the Governor and The Alabama Board of Education. Each year the Major John C. Hutto Camp and the Jefferson Lovell Chapter of the UDC commemorate our Confederate American veterans by placing flowers and a Confederate flag wreath at our Confederate American Veteran's monument. The flowers and wreath memorial have been part of the local Confederate veteran commemoration for decades. more
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