February 2024 Edition

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BREAKING NEWS: Tennessee defeats Auburn in men's basketball

Brandon Moseley

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Auburn Tigers in Tennessee. The matchup between two top two top twenty Basketball teams had national rankings ramifications as Auburn entered the game at number 11 and Tennessee at number 4 in the nation. The win means that Tennessee is still in the running for a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. “It was a really good contest” said Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl. “Two really good teams who wanted to win it really badly. We did enough...

Alabama will have Co-Defensive coordinators for 2024 season

Brandon Moseley

On Monday, University of Alabama head football Coach Kalen DeBoer announced that he will not have one defensive coordinator; but two in 2024. DeBoer announced the decision that he has hired Maurice Linguist and Colin Hitschler to serve as co-defensive coordinators and secondary coaches. "We are excited to have Maurice and Colin join our staff at Alabama," DeBoer said in a statement. "Maurice brings both head coaching experience and an established record of success coaching defensive backs....

Common Super Bowl prop bets in 5 charts

Stacker, Mike Taylor, Data Work By Karim Noorani

Super Bowl prop bets are a sport unto themselves. With two weeks between the NFL's conference championship games and what has often been the biggest event in the United States besides the moon landing, there is almost too much time to dissect every angle of the tilt. So, aside from speculating on the outcome of the game with point spread, total, and moneyline bets, gamblers can dig into prop bets—or propositions, which are usually player-centric but also feature fun side wagers that go well...

The 5 biggest upsets of the 2023-24 NFL regular season

Stacker, Jill Jaracz, Data Work By Karim Noorani

Sports fans love making predictions. Of course, there's big money to be made with gambling and fantasy leagues—the American Gaming Association reported sports betting brought in $8.33 billion in the first 10 months of 2023—but it's also fun to prognosticate about players, teams, and stats. And while data may foreshadow particular outcomes, there's always the chance that underdogs will win. Americans love long-shot stories, which is a big reason why upsets are newsworthy. ATS.io compiled a...

  • Happy Birthday My Beautiful Bride: A Valentine's Day Baby!

    John Sophocleus

    A ‘Valentine’ themed column was requested for the February Gazette… I thought, Lord help this poor wordsmith - esp. when writing from the heart. Once again, help provided via Scriptures. I believe God answers all sincere prayers - sometimes the answer is no. Seems there’s no fool like an old fool for Christ; a moniker more obvious as my life comes to a close. Oldsters seem reluctant to share ‘University of Hard-Knocks’ education with others who may benefit, in particular our...

  • Term Limits - the Time for Action is Now

    Perry O Hooper Jr

    As we mark the 73rd anniversary of the 22nd Amendment, which set term limits for the U.S. President, it is past time to act on the much-needed broader application of this principle – The United States Congress. The amendment was a bold step towards ensuring fresh perspectives and dynamic leadership at the highest level. It was deemed essential for the presidency; we must extend this wisdom to Congress. Our Founding Fathers had a vision for America's legislature that's far removed from the...

  • Are there any things to consider for my elderly parents in exploitation by criminals?

    Ron Holtsford

    Criminals that would exploit the elderly are heartless subhumans. Elderly individuals that may be suffering mild dementia, are lonely, have trouble diserning nefarious schemes and have only sporadic support from family may be especially prone to exploitation. To make it worse they are now generally reliant on life savings, investments and social security to live. That could be a huge chunk of money that could be ripe for picking. My own parents received a telephone call several years before...

  • Tears & Laughter: Chicken fever will spike as spring approaches

    Amanda Walker

    Based entirely upon my casual observation, women seem to be more susceptible than men, and children ag it on, but for some reason many people who have never so much as grew a turnip patch suddenly will get the urge to raise chickens as soon as January is behind us. All that has to happen for someone to catch chicken fever is to visit a farm supply store. A woman can go in there, maybe just shopping for a new pair of bib overalls, and then, innocently enough, she will see the cute little biddies...

  • "Showing Christ-Like Love"

    Trisston Wright Burrows

    It’s that time of year again, when the stores are filled with red and pink candies, stuffed animals and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Some people look forward to Valentine’s Day each year, while others are impartial or may even dislike it. The holiday centered on love does not only have to be applied to couples, though. No matter how you feel about this holiday, as Christians, we are called to love at all times. Why? Because God first loved us. He sent His son, Jesus, to die for our...

  • Volunteerism

    Barbara Harrington

    Have you ever been approached to help at a school event or with an organization’s fundraising affair? It seems many people are willing to help organizations or community projects to be a success by giving their time freely which helps the company. One dictionary defines this meaning for volunteers, “A volunteer is a person who voluntarily offers to perform a service or other undertaking.” When you have gone to a fun outing do you notice how many people are wearing name tags asking if they can help you? They are volunteers! After talking...

  • Sons of the American Revolution Honor Revolutionary War Soldier John Archer Elmore

    James Dotherow

    The General John Archer Elmore Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honors our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors by promoting patriotism, serving our communities, and educating and inspiring future generations about the founding principles of our country. In conjunction with the upcoming 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we honor soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the River Region of Central Alabama. Although Alabama was not in existence at the time of...

  • Robert E. Lee: An Exemplary American

    John M Taylor

    The assaults on Robert E. Lee and anyone who fought for Southern Independence never abate. Lee symbolizes most things his critics hate – he was a devout Christian, he believed in the sovereignty of the States within a voluntary federal republic, his primary allegiance was to Virginia (his “country”), and he felt “Union” at the point of a bayonet undermined the entire American experiment in self-government. One might ask: Why did the colonies seek independence if the goal was...

  • WAS THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY AN INCOMPETENT GENERAL?

    Col. John Eidsmoe

    “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” So said General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, speaking the eulogy of our first President whose birthday we celebrate this month. But recent polls suggest that many Americans hardly know who George Washington was, when he lived, or what he accomplished. Some even challenge his military skills, saying he was at best a mediocre tactician, lost more battles than he won, almost lost the war, and at one point was almost...

  • "Let the people vote!' is the pinnacle of deception.

    John W. Giles

    When the Alabama Legislature was feverishly pushing the gas tax hike, did you ever hear a legislator say, “Let the People Vote?” Or how about this one: “I am personally prolife, but I believe a woman has a right to choose”? The latest use of this ever-popular legislative phrase is, “I am personally opposed to the expansion of casino gambling, but let the people vote.” The phrase, “Let the People Vote,” has been in Alabama since the last lottery vote miserably failed years ago....

  • America's First Nitrogen Execution

    John Martin

    This past January 25, Alabama established a new milestone to implement the kindest, safest, simplest, and most practical method of execution known to man—nitrogen asphyxiation. Oklahoma was the first state to adopt this new procedure. In April 2015, Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill to allow it, and on March 14, 2018, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh approved it as the primary method of execution. In March 2018, Alabama became the third state, after...

  • Lessons from the Death of a Tyrant

    Justice Will Sellers

    One hundred years ago, Vladimir Lenin died. Lenin was an unlikely revolutionary. His story was not one of meager beginnings or social depravation. Rather, he came from a family of means that had little connection with the proletariat he came to champion. He was well educated, attended college, and became a lawyer. But, during his “education,” he was radicalized when exposed to Marxism and embraced its view of 19th century revisionist history. Throwing facts aside, the history lessons he...

  • 2024 Legislative Session Begins Next Week

    Steve Flowers

    The 2024 Legislative Session begins next week. It will be difficult to replicate the success of last year’s regular session. The 2023 year was a premier year for any first year of a quadrennium. Indeed, it may be one of the most momentous in state history. It was historic because of the vast amount of money available to be appropriated. When asked what grade I would give the legislative session at its conclusion, I gave it the highest I have ever given: B+. It would have gotten an A, but...

  • Border Crisis and Impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas

    Tommy Tuberville

    When President Biden first took office, he immediately began dismantling our southern border. And he hasn't stopped. The President has taken 94 executive actions to destroy our immigration system, ranging from ending the successful "remain-in-Mexico" program to selling taxpayer-funded border wall materials for pennies on the dollar. The radical left-wing policies of Joe Biden, his "border czar" Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, have directly...

  • Bits and Pieces #18

    Robert Tate

    As usual, there always seems to be a lot going on in the world. So this week I bring to you my not-so-world-famous “Bits and Pieces; version 18.” 1. The Border (Again): Several columns back, I wrote about our southern border. And in that time, it has not gotten any better; only worse. It is sickening to watch and from my perspective, the true human tragedy is not necessarily the plight of the illegal immigrants, sad as it is on a personal level, but rather what is becoming of this country....

  • Dick Brewbaker for Congress: A True Conservative

    Perry O Hooper Jr

    In the heart of Alabama’s District 2 Congressional race, where the stakes have never been higher, a candidate has emerged of high character and unwavering conservative values and Make America Great Again fervor, my good friend, Dick Brewbaker. Dick stands as the epitome of what it means to be a true patriot, a successful businessman, and a citizen lawmaker who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. As this race is crucial to which party controls Congress heats up, it is crucial to...

  • Uphill Battle Continues on Bobwhite Quail

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Now that the white-tailed deer season has ended, hunters will likely turn their attention once again to small game like rabbits, squirrels and the bobwhite quail, although quail hunting is nothing like it once was. When fence rows from small farms and family gardens crisscrossed Alabama and the Southeast, the bobwhite flourished. Since large-scale farming operations became the norm and many families moved to urban and suburban areas, the...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller

    Winter undoubtedly thwarts many outdoor plans in most parts of the country. If you don’t believe me, just wait until the first warm weekend in February. There will be more lawnmowers heard than any other time of the year. It’s not that they want to mow their lawn, but it’s just that they have cabin fever. Another problem with the winter is the amount of light in each day. There have been several times when one could hunt all day and stay out less than twelve hours. That means twelve hours...

  • UAH hosts 3rd Annual Engineering Showcase to celebrate Engineers Week 2024

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (FEB 27, 2024) – The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of The University of Alabama System, hosted the third annual UAH Engineering Showcase during Engineers Week 2024, Feb. 18 – 22. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, E-Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers. "Our February 2024 Third Annual...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for February

    Judge Peggy Givhan

    February is the iconic month for Valentine's Day. And who does not like receiving happy cards, chocolate candy, and flowers. Even if your New Year's Resolution includes fasting from candy, I declared that Valentine's Day can be an exception. Just do not go overboard. As Ben Franklin admonished, "everything in moderation". But how many people realize we also have a Federal and State holiday, President's Day, which falls on February 19th. President Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers...

3 ways plant-based diets affect the health of your skin

Stacker, Kiersten Hickman

"Going plant-based" may seem like a fad at the moment. But with $8 billion in sales and a 45% increase in market growth between 2019 and 2022, according to the Plant Based Foods Association, this trend seems to be here to stay. While eating a vegan diet eliminates all animal products, plant-based eating is not quite as limiting. A plant-based diet focuses primarily on plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, with the occasional animal product (such as dairy, fish, or...

  • The Serenity Prayer

    Dr. Lester Spencer

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever and ever in the next. Amen The...

  • DO YOU NEED A NEW OR REPLACEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY CARD? WE'RE MAKING IT EASIER!

    Kylle McKinney

    DO YOU NEED A NEW OR REPLACEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY CARD? WE’RE MAKING IT EASIER! By Kylle’ D. McKinney Alabama Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you need a new or replacement Social Security card, we’ve got great news! You may be able to complete, or at least start, your application on our website – and, if necessary, use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment at a local office. Start your application Do you need to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) and card?...

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