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A unanimous vote of the State Board of Education to create Bevill State Community College from Brewer State Junior College and Walker State College was met with applause from supporters of both schools on May 14, 1992.

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Getting lost inside one of the reportedly most haunted places in the United States isn’t something that I ever planned on doing, but it is an experience that certainly happened to me this past weekend. more
The poor condition of our roads and highways is a favorite topic of local conversation today. It seems that our forbears had similar gripes in 1955."We're paying the price for 25 years of … more
Less than two weeks after reporting that the Walker County Courthouse had been condemned after being deemed "unsafe to the basement," the Daily Mountain Eagle was forced to backtrack."Courthouse … more
• Brett Elmore of Oldies 101.5 FM says that on Thursday he will continue a Halloween night tradition of about the past 15 years or so, by reairing "The War of the Worlds" CBS broadcast that Orson Welles' Mercury Players first broadcast on Oct. 30, 1938.  more
I want us to take a moment to reflect upon the images of December that we as a church have experienced this season, as we prepared for this night, the celebration of the coming of the Christ Child.   more
I am at the apartment on vacation this week. There have been many nice things I could talk about, including a visit to the Alabama Department of Archives. more
Stress seems to have been something that we are all dealing with, what with the virus and now the tornadoes. It has just about gotten the best of me at times, as it has at other national crisis moments. I noticed as much as people watched an "I Love Lucy" marathon on Nick at Night the week of 9/11 (thus leading to a mention of the show in Alan Jackson's "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning"), I have been watching classics like "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cheaper By the Dozen" on TCM to calm me down.  more
There are still a lot of smokers out there, but it is much more of an expensive habit now than it was then. Taxes on tobacco products are now much more than the product could be bought for when I was … more

(Editor's note: Rick Watson, who wrote this weekly column and served as a reporter and photographer on our staff, died suddenly early Thursday morning. That night we discovered Rick had written a final column, and had printed it out for his wife, Jilda, to look at before he emailed it to us. She has graciously passed it along to us, so that we may all have a final amusement from our friend and co-worker. )

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