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  • ACM, CMA & Recording Academy Member, Jessie Lynn, Crowned Miss Rodeo USA 2022

    Feb 1, 2022

    Jessie Lynn Nichols of Prattville, Alabama, was crowned Miss Rodeo USA 2022 at the 52nd Annual International Finals Rodeo (IFR52) in Guthrie, Oklahoma, on January 16th. This annual event is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) and The Miss Rodeo USA Association. Miss Nichols represented the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo (Athens, Alabama) and was one of fifteen rodeo queen contestants vying for the title of Miss Rodeo USA. At the end of the week-long pageant M...

  • Will Gambling Be Addressed in 2022?

    Steve Flowers|Feb 1, 2022

    As the final regular legislative session of the quadrennium evolves, it is apparent that the legislature will not touch any substantive or controversial issues, but simply pass the budgets and go home to campaign. It is election year in the Heart of Dixie. If legislators are listening to their constituents, they are hearing one thing – Alabamians want their legislators to allow them the right to vote on receiving their fair share of the money from gambling in Alabama. They are simply sick and t...

  • The Miracle of the Anglo-Irish Treaty

    Justice Will Sellers|Feb 1, 2022

    One vision of utopia includes the conversion of weapons of war into farming implements. The Bible anticipates a time when swords will be beaten into plowshares, and spears will become pruning hooks. But sometimes in our modern world, it happens that bitter enemies with blood on their respective hands wake up and realize that compromise is better than conflict. Overcoming hate is less about love and more about recognizing the reality of the devastating consequences of protracted conflict. When...

  • Bits and Pieces: 13th Edition

    Robert Tate|Feb 1, 2022

    Guess what folks, it is time for yet another Robservation edition of “Bits and Pieces.” Today, there is just so much going on that it is difficult to pin down just one story. This time, I don’t think any of them are too controversial but interesting nonetheless. As for the first story, let common sense rule. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but in this case, if you agree with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), you are wrong. Sorry. Here goes! 1. Student Loan Forgiveness. I hav...

  • Biden Makes History

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Feb 1, 2022

    Biden made history in his first year in office for all the wrong reasons. He has the worst approval rating in the history of modern polling for a President’s first year. When he first took office, he had high approval ratings and the Congress was controlled by his own Democratic party. It has been all downhill since. His presidency and definitely the country would be better off if after his inauguration had he just gone back to Delaware and slept for a year in his basement bunker where he ran h...

  • FreedomWorks

    John Martin|Feb 1, 2022

    For over 25 years, FreedomWorks has stood to support and protect limited government, minimal taxes, free markets, personal autonomy, and the rule of law. FreedomWorks supports a variety of political reforms that include... 1. TERM LIMITS-Sever incumbents' ties with special interests. 2. EDUCATION REFORM-Bring private competition to public education. Give kids and parents real choices and opportunities. 3. DIGITAL BILL OF RIGHTS-Ensure that the U.S. Constitution's protections are included in the...

  • We're NOT a Democracy!

    John Sophocleus|Feb 1, 2022

    There... I’ve finally typed it. Dr. Franklin didn’t answer, “You have a democracy - as long as you can keep it!” in Philadelphia after closing the Constitutional Convention. Framers and Delegates understood the ills and ends of all democracies, devoutly to be avoided. No matter how many times this poor nomenclature is bantered about by corrupt politburo members - from my county commission, to Goat Hill, all the way up to Moscow on the Potomac -- it doesn’t alter the design submitted and adopt...

  • The Hampton Roads Conference

    John M Taylor|Feb 1, 2022

    Government-approved “history books” claim the War Between the States/Civil War was fought over slavery; however, the main characters in both North and South, including Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln, insisted that was not the casus belli. The Hampton Roads Conference provides further insight. In early January 1865 (after over 3½ years of struggle) American journalist Francis Blair spearheaded an effort to have both sides meet face-to-face to work out a compromise. Blair was concerned abou...

  • What Can the Texas Anti-abortion Law Mean for Alabama?

    Ron Holtsford|Feb 1, 2022

    Liberal leaning states take clues from successful legislation that benefits the goals of liberal thinkers and in the same way conservatives follow the successful legislative achievements of other conservative states. Alabama and much of Texas have many similar conservative values. The influx of Californians to the more friendly tax and economic state of Texas could chip away at its mostly conservative values. Texas Senate Bill 8 (Texas Heartbeat Act) was passed by the Texas legislature and signe...

  • Envision Your Future (Begin with End in Mind)

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Feb 1, 2022

    On January 10, 2022, Georgia finally won the NCAA College Football Playoff by beating the University of Alabama in the National College Football Championship game. They are now the undisputed National Champions. Stetson Bennett, the Georgia Quarterback, was named the Offensive MVP of the Championship Game. Bennett is 23 years old and was a walk-on to the Georgia Football Team in 2017. He is 5-foot 11˝˙'´, 175 pounds. Not very big for an SEC QB. But he had had a dream since he was a kid. He dr...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for February

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Feb 1, 2022

    I have always thought of February as being the transition month between winter and spring in Alabama. Of course, it is the month when thoughts turn to love on Valentine’s Day with the expression of “Be my Valentine.” And what could be more welcome than candy and flowers to express well wishes? Everything about Valentine’s Day just warms my heart. So be sentimental this month with cards, candy and bouquets of flowers. Did you know that St. Valentine was a 3rd century Roman Christian from Terni,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Feb 1, 2022

    Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Gerald Cooper (94) Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Melvin Gerald Cooper completed twenty-five years seven months and twenty-six days in the U.S. Navy (Active and Reserve) and the U. S. Air Force. Upon discharge his Military Occupational Specialty was Seaman First Class, Airman First Class and Lieutenant Colonel. Lt Col Cooper received the following medals, awards and decorations: WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Serv...

  • Tears & Laughter: Waiting and Watching for Purple Martins

    Amanda Walker|Feb 1, 2022

    Even before daybreak, you can hear them singing their happy sounding songs from inside their swinging gourds. The purple martin song. It will soon be their season. They return every year from their winter homes in South America to raise their young. They fly the same instinctual path across the Gulf of Mexico. The first scouts start arriving in south Alabama in late January and early February. Those who consider themselves landlord’s of the purple martin, are already watching the afternoon s...

  • "The Story Behind Valentine's Day"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Feb 1, 2022

    Flowers, candy, pretty cards, gifts, love, and romance in the air…that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about…right? At least, that’s what the celebration has become in our modern-day society. What is the real story behind Valentine’s Day? Most sources believe that Saint Valentine’s Day began with a feast in honor of an early Christian martyr named Valentinus and is celebrated in mid-February to coincide with his burial. Some believe it may also be celebrated at this time in an effort to Chr...

  • Southern Cuisine - February

    David Spooner|Feb 1, 2022

    With the weather being cold and wet, I have been spending more time at home. So, every day the same question comes to my mind. What is a good meal to eat on a winter’s day? I have watched my share of cooking videos on my computer, my T.V., and my iPad. This makes a long list of meals to choose from. It is a long list, but not much in way of variety. Every article I read or video I watched has a soup or stew, or a dish that you serve in a 9 by 13 baking dish, or a list of things you can serve b...

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