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 By Bill Rice    Education    June 1, 2016

Why are Pike Road School Public Servants...

Why are the Pike Road Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Freeman not answering many of our questions? One can only speculate. Common sense says these "public servants" might have...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2016

THE CONSUMER DOES HAVE RIGHTS

There is an old adage that says, "The customer is always right." I will be one of the first ones to say that is total nonsense. On paper, that sounds like a socially righteous attitude to take, but...

 
 By Bobbie Ames    Education    June 1, 2016

How Do You 'Conquer A Culture?' Focus On a Nation's Children...

Patrick J. Buchanan, author of The Death of the West, wrote about, exposing the De-Christianizing of America. "In the Great War of 1914-1918, Catholic France fought Catholic Austria and Protestant...

 

High Plains Grifter: the Hubbard story...

I suspect readers are more familiar with Clint Eastwood’s 1973 movie than my play on the word grifter...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Inside the Statehouse

While observing the legislature the other day, I fondly remembered a very eventful day as a youth. As a teenager, I grew up working at the Capitol as a Page in the House and Senate. Albert Brewer had...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    June 1, 2016

Turkeys Future Depends on a good Hatch

I gotta tell ya, folks, I just got my final turkey hunting fix for the year up in lovely South Dakota! Dan Schofield, Hunter Smith, and myself had 8 tags between the three of us, and in 5 days...

 
 By Ron VanHerwyn    Outdoors    June 1, 2016

THE RACCOON

This month were are going to try to help you understand one of the most intelligent animals in the US. The raccoon. The Raccoon (Procyon lotor) is native to North and South America having a range...

 

TO THE BLUE FOREVER

We entered the “hallowed halls” of Lanier in September, 1953 with some trepidation. The massive structure looked more like a college than a high school. There were approximately 2,000 of us...

 

A Story About Schools

Public education was and is the great American dream. Nevertheless, since the 1950s, we have seen a broad-based movement toward the privatization of education. It is against this background that I...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    June 1, 2016

THE MINIMUM WAGE

Once again, there is a lot of noise being made across the country to raise the minimum wage in a make-believe effort to help the poor workers at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. And once...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    June 1, 2016

What is the effect of divorce on estate planning?

There are various issues relative to estate planning and divorce. There are instances where an ex- spouse may continue to be entitled to your assets, times when they are automatically disqualified...

 

Christian Principles and Our Political Differences

If there’s a possibility of a bright spot in the current presidential election campaign as well as the ongoing circus known as Alabama politics, it’s learning that it has been far easier to wean...

 

Motivating Yourself to Change

What makes us motivated to make changes in our lives? Alfred Adler, the father of the Individual Psychology Model, believed that people make choices which bring about pleasure. In other words, find...

 
 By Bill Rice    Education    June 1, 2016

PIKE ROAD NEWS Page 12A continued from Page 11A

BEING 'FOR' THE PRW ACTUALLY MEANS YOU ARE AGAINST THESE THINGS... I could go down the list of changes that are now ingrained in the PRW. However, I would flip these arguments on their head. When a fa...

 
 By Bill Rice    Education    June 1, 2016

PIKE ROAD NEWS Page 13A continued from Page 12A

hired by Dr. Freeman last spring, at least 11 (roughly 20 percent) are no longer faculty members. Nine of the original faculty members were terminated at Dr. Freeman’s recommendation. I’ve been...

 

From the Mayors desk

By the time this article is published we hope Wetumpka will be selected as the newest designated Main Street Alabama City. This program is designed to bring jobs, dollars and people back to historic...

 

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Fundraiser

The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Prattville Police Department teamed up and participated in a Dunking Booth to help raise funds for the Central Alabama CrimeStoppers. The fundraiser was...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    June 1, 2016

" ALL OUR FOOD IS SEASONED. CUZ WE'RE IN THE SOUTH AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY."

Sign in a restaurant. I don't know where except I bet below the Mason Dixon Line. It reads, “ ALL OUR FOOD IS SEASONED. CUZ WE'RE IN THE SOUTH AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY.” I admit that I'm a hot...

 

JUNE POTPOURRI

June is the month for graduations, weddings, family vacations, trips to the lake or to the beach or to the mountains. In other words, June may be the most fun month of the year. Maybe June is my...

 

TWO SLICES

Pleasing the clientele anywhere can be somewhat of a vexing problem, and none more vexing that at an institution where the bulk of those being served are well into their Golden Years. The chef at...

 
 By Kylle McKinney    Seniors    June 1, 2016

SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS U.S. CITIZENS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Over half a million people who live outside the United States receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and children....

 

"Fathers Getting The Job Done"

One of the most sobering events of life for me was becoming a father. There is obvious responsibility that goes with marriage, but marriage is also about partnership and sharing life's ventures....

 

In Remembrance Of Me

Canadian Army Lt. John McRae was in the line of defense that withstood the German assault in Belgium in 1915. The Germans resorted to chemical warfare using chlorine gas but the Canadians held fast....

 

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