May 2024 Edition

BREAKING NEWS: The Sunbelt Conference Tournament begins today in Montgomery

Staff Writer

Troy University is hosting the Sunbelt Conference baseball tournament this week in Montgomery at Riverwalk Stadium starting on Tuesday. Troy finished with 36 wins and 20 losses and 18 in 12 in the conference. The University of South Alabama will play Old Dominion on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Mark Calvi is the coach of USA. Calvi has coached the team since 2011. The hosting Troy University will play on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. CDT against App State. The conference tournament will conclude with the...

BREAKING NEWS: Alabama baseball to play South Carolina in SEC tournament today

Staff Writer

The SEC baseball tournament has begun and the University of Alabama, the number 7 seed in the tournament, will begin play at 1:00 p.m. CDT against the number 10 seeded South Carolina Gamecocks. SEC tournament action has already begun with the University of Georgia playing LSU. Alabama closed out the season with a series in Auburn. The Tide won the third game on Saturday12 to 6 over the Tigers; but lost games 1 and 2 in the series on Thursday and Friday. Alabama is 33 and 21 overall on the...

BREAKING NEWS: Florida eliminates South Alabama softball team from NCAA regional

Staff Writer

On Sunday, the University of Florida defeated the University of South Alabama softball team in the Gainesville NCAA regional. South Alabama defeated Florida Atlantic on Friday 1 to 0 in a pitching due. They then lost to Florida on Saturday 9 to 1. In the double elimination tournament, South Alabama went on to defeat Florida Gulf Coast 5 to 1 to advance to the NCAA regional title game where they played Florida again Sunday. For the second time Florida won 9 to 1 to advance to the NCAA super...

Alabama advances in NCAA tournament

Staff Writer

The Auburn University softball team advances to the NCAA Super Regional round with a 12 to 2 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Rhoads Stadium in the Tuscaloosa region. Alabama improved to 36 to 17 on Sunday. Kristen White had three hits and three runs scored. Larissa Preuitt, Kenleigh Cahalan, Jenna Johnson and Marlie Giles all had 2 runs each. The Tide scored nine runs in the first inning effectively making the game out of reach early. Jocelyn Briski pitched 4 innings to start the game. Jaala...

Auburn softball loses to Florida State in NCAA region

Staff Writer

On Sunday, the Auburn University softball team lost the NCAA regional title game to host Florida State University 10 to 4. Auburn jumped out to an early 2 to 0 lead in the second inning. Florida State countered with 3 wins in the third inning. Florida State had 7 wins in the sixth inning; while Auburn only scored 2 more runs. The Florida State softball team (46-14) was the 15 seed in the NCAA tournament. They advanced to the Super Regionals with the win over Auburn. Auburn finished the season...

  • A Battle for the Soul of America: Trump's Enduring Popularity in the Face of Lawfare and Media Attacks

    Perry O Hooper Jr

    Picture this: You have tens of thousands of Trump supporters, many waiting for days, gathering in deep blue Wildwood, New Jersey, for a rally after Trump is forced to waste an entire week in a show trial. Despite facing a staggering 91 felony counts and enduring non-stop negative media coverage, Trump is more popular than ever. Americans have awakened to the reality that these charges against Trump are nothing more than lawfare-a politically motivated weaponization of the justice system...

  • Prof. Roberts, there's a Cancer on the Presidency…

    John Sophocleus

    The Lagniappe returned to reporting on AU corruption with a piece on Matrix [https://www.lagniappemobile.com/townnews/police/in-the-matrix-auburn-university-pays-1-million-a-year-to-controversial-firm/article_f088d0c2-eacc-11ee-81f0-0f2cf0b748a3.html?fbclid=IwAR15aB7ymWIy9QAaqZeUJELJJYM9qW9IKf8NjpxFAIAdAyC2xOsV8tavUEw] which appears a first salvo on another series by investigative reporter Rob Holbert. Some forecast these courageous articles by one of our best reporters in the State may finally...

  • On the Brink: The High Stakes of Alabama's 2nd Congressional District Election Our country is at a crossroads, teetering on the edge of disaster.

    Perry O Hooper Jr

    The path we are currently on is one of rampant government overreach, economic stagnation, and a disturbing erosion of our constitutional freedoms. The radical left’s agenda is pushing us further away from the foundational principles that made America great. We cannot stand idly by as our nation is led astray by those who prioritize political correctness over common sense, and special interests over the needs of hardworking Americans. It is imperative that we change course now, restoring the...

  • The Election of 1860: Consolidation, Corporatism, and Empire

    John M Taylor

    The election of 1860 featured four presidential candidates: Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge, John Bell, and Abraham Lincoln. Stephen A. Douglas – Nicknamed the Little Giant due to his 5’ 4” stature, Illinois-native Douglas was a political giant. A wealthy land speculator and lobbyist for the Illinois Central Railroad, Douglas supported the Missouri Compromise, then sponsored the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, whose popular sovereignty provision virtually negated the Missouri Compromise....

  • Alabama on Path for Economic Prosperity

    Perry O Hooper Jr

    In what is the crowning economic achievement for this legislative session, Governor Kay Ivey and the state’s legislative leadership have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the prosperity of Alabamians. With the signing of the groundbreaking “Working for Alabama” legislative package, Alabama has taken a monumental step towards transforming its workforce and invigorating its economy. This bipartisan effort is a testament to the power of collaboration and the shared...

  • A TALE OF TWO COURTS AND THEIR RESPONSE TO ROE V. WADE'S DEMISE

    Col. John Eidsmoe

    For the past half century, state courts have largely toed the line and followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade (1973) decision creating a “right” to abortion and thereby invalidating the abortion laws of nearly all states. But the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs v. Jackson (2023) decision, so state and lower federal courts are no longer bound by that earlier decision. Join me as I tell a “Tale of Two Courts,” how two state supreme courts have addressed...

  • Tears & Laughter: Be Smart, Take Away Your Child's Smart Phone

    Amanda Walker

    The new book, “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness,” has started a conversation about what age kids should be given a cell phone. The author, Jonathan Haidt, is a social psychologist, and he suggests that teens should only be given flip phones for communication and have little to no access to social media until they are 16. Parents like what he has to say, though kids maybe not so much. Mental health collapsed in America and...

  • Discrimination's 30 Diversity

    Justice Will Sellers

    One Hundred years ago, Congress passed, and President Calvin Coolidge signed a new immigration bill. While relatively uncontroversial in the United States - it had passed the Senate 69-9 and 308-62 in the House - the Act had a global impact. Its genesis was a study completed by the Dillingham Commission, which was formed by President Theodore Roosevelt and tasked with studying and identifying which immigrants would contribute most to the social fabric of America. The commission unfortunately...

  • Democrat Wins a House Seat in Alabama

    Steve Flowers

    The national media has been keenly interested that a Democrat has been elected to an Alabama House of Representatives seat. I have had several inquiries from national news and political publications asking me to explain and analyze this phenomenon. They are particularly interested in the fact that women’s reproductive rights was a central focus of this special election in Huntsville. Democrat Marilyn Lands indeed won a resounding victory in House District 10, a Madison County seat, in a...

  • My wife is beginning to show signs of dementia, maybe even Alzheimer's. What type things should I do to prepare us should she become incapacitated?

    Ron Holtsford

    I think that you are doing the hardest thing and the best thing for your wife and yourself by facing this right now. When our loved ones are faced with such devastating diseases it’s easier to not face it and believe they will improve. Being proactive will have you prepared. First I will advise that you visit an attorney that can assist you with estate planning. The three basic documents that your wife will need (and you) are a Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney (health and...

  • You know what I hate?

    Robert Tate

    I really do not hate a lot of things. I do hate broccoli. I hate asparagus, kale and many things that belong under a lawn mower. I do like cucumbers, green beans, peas, lettuce, slaw and to me, the best green food is. . . you guessed it – key lime pie. I hate willful ignorance to where you point something out as undeniable truth yet people still want to disagree with you. When I was still in the Air Force, I was teaching out at Maxwell AFB when an instructor from another seminar came into my...

  • Senator "Coach" Tuberville Quietly Effective

    Steve Flowers

    As the end of 2023 was approaching, the U.S. Senate had ignored the custom to adjourn around Thanksgiving for a month-long Christmas break. Instead, they were working right up to Christmas. Our Senior Senator Tommy Tuberville was quietly and effectively maneuvering to get things accomplished with an adroitness exhibited by U.S. Senate veterans. Alabama’s senior United States Senator has become an adept political operator during his three and a half years in the upper chamber of Congress....

  • Alabama's Free Fishing Day Takes Place June 8

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    On Saturday, June 8, 2024, Alabamians and out-of-state visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license. The event is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 1-9. "Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has never experienced casting a line to...

  • Eastern Indigo Release Adds 40 to Conecuh National Forest

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    A project to restore the Eastern indigo snake to Alabama is one step closer to its goal with the release of 40 indigos in the Conecuh National Forest on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The reintroduction project aims to establish a viable population of this threatened species within its historic range along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Auburn University, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Zoo Atlanta...

  • Female Conservation Enforcement Officers Recognized by Academy

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    As part of the SEC Softball Tournament last week at Auburn University, eight female Conservation Enforcement Officers (CEOs) from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) were honored during the tournament and with a shopping trip by Academy Sports + Outdoors at its Auburn location. Cody Reid, Academy's Regional Marketing Specialist for Alabama, east Tennessee and Georgia, said recognizing the CEOs was a natural fit for Academy. "The Alabama Department of...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller

    Unlike some other types of hunting, pursuing the turkey is very enjoyable doing it with a partner; especially if one is doing the calling and the other is doing the shooting. Most people who have hunted turkey for any period of time will tell you they enjoy calling in a bird as much as shooting one. Not only do you get to share in a successful shot, but the caller gets a sense of pride in knowing if it weren’t for his calling the shot would’ve never been made. Most of the time, shooting a...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller

    I’ve always heard that writing is more about perspiration than inspiration. It’s true. Even though it is very fulfilling to write about the outdoors, it is also difficult at times to continue to find worthy subjects and stories. Sometimes my mind soars with information faster than my fingers can type. Other times those same fingers seem like they’re waiting impatiently for the next command. During the times of inspiration I can’t wait to get to the computer. During other times I dread...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller

    One of my comedy excuses I’m known for when I come up empty-handed from a hunting or a fishing trip, is that my friend, partner, guide, etc. “dry-ridged” me. I forgot where I first heard that term, but I use it quite often to blame other people for my lack of success. It refers to the belief that they purposefully placed me in a location where they knew no game would be. I mean after all, who wants to put me on their favorite spot or let me know where their honey-hole is? Hunters aren’t...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for May

    Judge Peggy Givhan

    The old adage, "April showers bring May flowers" will hopefully hold true for May 2023. And with these showers come many weeds. Before getting down to the business of actually planting, preparing the beds is a must. And this includes weeding, adding any soil or organic material, and applying fertilizer. Over the years, many newer gardeners have asked how much water do flowers and shrubs require. Of course, some plants need more water than others. As a rule of thumb, a woody stemmed flower...

BREAKING NEWS: Southern Fried Chicken

Dr. Bill Chitwood

Spring is here! The weather's nice, the water is calling, and it's time to start packing those picnic baskets and coolers. In the South, that means fried chicken. No Southern outing is complete without cold fried chicken, just like no indoor gathering is complete without hot fried chicken. It's one of the essential dishes every cook needs to do well, and everyone has their own recipe and way of doing things. My Granny (great-grandmother), Momma (grandmother), and Mom fried their chicken in a...

  • Reflections.... Dressing In Our Sunday Best

    Michael J. Brooks

    It was a church conflict in my early days over something that’s a “back burner” issue now. We had a college student helping on an interim basis with our music. One Sunday she came to church dressed casually. I asked her in the following week to dress more formally for the pulpit. She grew angry and asked what dress had to do with worship. I gently explained I believed that we represented God and needed to dress accordingly. When I was in college our pastor, Bill Jackson, took several of...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Montgomery Symphony Orchestra to hold free Jubilee Pops Concert on Friday

    Staff Writer

    The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual free outdoor performance at 7:00 p.m. CDT on the grounds of the Alabama Department of Archives and History – across the street from the historic 1859 Alabama State Capital Building. The free event is expected to draw thousands so get there early for the best seats. Jamies Reeves is the conductor of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. "Being Memorial Day Weekend, we like to kick it off with a patriotic selection," Reeves told the Montgomery...

  • Campfire Talk - Civilian Conservation Corps: The Men Who Shaped a Nation

    Guest Writer, Alabama State Parks

    Campfire Talks are a series of educational & entertaining programs located outside in DeSoto State Park. Campfire programs are held many Friday & Saturday evening (June –October) in our large campfire ring inside the improved campground. Talks are for all ages, & open to everyone! On May 24, 1939, DeSoto State Park was dedicated and opened to the public. In honor of DeSoto State Park's 84th Anniversary, gather with DeSoto State Park Naturalist Brittney M. Hughes as she delves into the legacy...

  • RecruitMilitary National Virtual Career Fair is happening on May 21st

    Guest Writer, Disable American Veterans

    Members of the military community have a world of career opportunities at their fingertips next week. Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated DAV RecruitMilitary National Virtual Career Fair, happening on May 21st from 11 am to 3 pm Central Time. This virtual event is the gateway to a world of exciting career opportunities, specifically curated for members of the military community to include veterans, transitioning military members, and military spouses. Why Attend? Transitioning from...

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