A new beginning for me, the Eagle
by Ron Harris
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Ron Harris
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After spending the past four to five years hidden away in the composition department at the Eagle, I’ve moved back into the newsroom as the Eagle’s new managing editor — a position I held several years ago.

Being a few years older — and hopefully a little wiser — will maybe give me a sense of how to best provide coverage of local news to our readers.

I’m not promising we won’t have bad days and miss things that are going on right around us. But we will do our best to cover as many events and activities as possible. With a limited staff, we simply can’t make it to everything that’s going on.

That’s where we need your help.

Feel free to let us know when things are happening around you that you think might be interesting to our readers.

We’ll do our best to make it to as many things as we can.

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Prior to assuming my role as managing editor, I had the chance to spend a few days in Gulf Shores with my family.

As always, the trip down takes what seems like an eternity. But once you turn off I-65 onto Gulf Shores Parkway — despite the fact you’re still about 45 minutes away — you feel a sense of relief that you’re almost to the end of Alabama.

When you finally pull into Gulf Shores, you feel like you’re in a beach-lover’s heaven.

We were only there a few days but any time spent on the coast is well worth the trip.

Despite a nasty suburn and a bout of food poisoning, I’d go back today if I could.

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I had the opportunity to go down to Oakman Wednesday to spend a little time at the inaugural Blues and BBQ Festival put on by local radio station Oldies 101.5 FM and the Bull Pen Steakhouse. While I’m not as up on the blues as many may be, I still enjoyed the music.

Earl ‘Guitar’ Williams kicked of the day, followed by Microwave Dave & the Nukes and Oakman’s very own Clay Swafford. The night ended with 92-year-old blues legend Gip Gipson of Bessemer, who can still play a guitar and sing the blues as well as anyone.

Credit for the event’s success has to go to Brett Elmore of Oldies 101.5 and Richard ‘Bull’ Corry of the Bull Pen Steakhouse, who put in countless hours of work to ensure that everything went off without a hitch. I’m sure Elmore and Corry would say that everyone who helped out — from the folks taking up tickets at the front gate to the ones who worked security and sold the barbecue — played as big a role in the day being so successful.

I just hope the Blues & BBQ Festival becomes an annual event.

Ron Harris is managing editor at the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at ron.harris@mountaineagle.com.