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With every crisis imaginable happening to Walker County in the past few weeks, it has been hard to get to the point of revisiting the matter of a state welcome center. You will recall Jess Drummond, a marketing manager for Fontaine, asked Gov. … more
School started this week around here. On the first day of class, my great nephew Jordan stopped by on his way for a photo op. With both apprehension and excitement, he squirmed as I tried to shoot a picture of him sitting on our front doorsteps. The … more
This is for the parents whose social media accounts were quiet on the first day of school. I don’t know why this milestone didn’t provide a happy memory for you and your child, but I have a pretty good idea about how it made you feel. When … more
Frankly, I think I was quite tired of writing about the subject of the proposed 1-cent sales tax by the weekend before the Aug. 15 referendum. I’m still tired of it, and thought seriously of addressing President Trump’s comments on the … more
When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. When the muse is on vacay, I use a wacky toolkit to help me get through it. … more
“Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push – in just the right place – it can be tipped.” – Malcolm Gladwell, … more
Zac, Wyatt and I took a road trip to Florence last week in search of ice cream. Trowbridge’s is the oldest business in the city still operating in its original location. A dairyman named Paul Trowbridge opened the business in 1918 after falling … more
Well, the sales tax vote is next Tuesday. I need to speak to you quite seriously ... more
One year ago this week, a bulldog appeared in our yard. He was thirsty and starved. I could see his ribs. He had mange, and the white hair left on him was full of fleas. My conscience would not let me drive him from our yard hungry. I checked with a … more
In October 1921, Birmingham threw itself a birthday party. A New York Times reporter marveled that the city had been “a country post office” only 50 years before and that in five decades it … more
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