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  • Memorial Day - May 28th

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2018

    Memorial Day is May 28, 2018...

  • How far have we come? How much further do we need to go? Civil War ~ Civil Rights

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2018

    The historical events are important to not only acknowledge wrongs, but find healing, forgiveness, and positive action for the future of everyone's peace and posterity. See related stories on pages 2, 3 and 4 Send us your comments. MEMORIAL DAY or DECORATION DAY is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018....

  • History vs History... Civil War Can We UNITE in today's society?

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2018

    This article is a summary of much longer articles written by David Barton and Stephen McDowell. You can access these articles by clicking on the links at the end. Introduction One objection to America being a Christian nation and our founders being strong believers is the question of slavery. How could we have been a Christian nation and have allowed slavery? And how could men like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington have been such great men when they owned slaves? These questions deserve an...

  • History vs History

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2018

    The origins of the word "lynch" probably originated during our revolution. The verb comes from the phrase "Lynch Law", a term for punishing someone without benefit of a trial. Charles Lynch, an American, is given credit for coining the phrase. He lived in Virginia in the 1780s and was known to have used the term. In 1782, Charles Lynch wrote that his assistant had administered "Lynch's law" to Tories "for Dealing with Negroes." Lynch was a Virginia planter and American Revolutionary who headed...

  • Observations The Combat Report

    Robert Tate|May 1, 2018

    People who know me, know that I consider myself a Luftwaffe WWII historian. I have studied the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) in WWII for almost my entire life and I cannot seem to get away from it. I may put it on the back burner in my life for a short season, but there it is again. Seemingly out of nowhere. But I have come to grips with that reality and it is certainly a part of who I am. If my spousal unit can deal with it, then I am okay. What many people do not realize, however, is that I...

  • To Go or Not to Go That is the question (Too Late for Pettway, Holland, Scarbrough)

    Ed Jones|May 1, 2018

    Believe it or not, coaches are not just money hungry, self centered opportunists. They are not heartless, uncaring individuals who only care about winning. They are not manipulators who use players to advance their own agendas. With few exceptions, coaches become emotionally attached to their coaches and their players for life. For the players this occurs from the beginning of the recruiting process through graduation, through professional careers, through connections with their families and...

  • Social Security Honors The Nation's Heroes On Memorial Day

    Kylle McKinney|May 1, 2018

    On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The loss of a family member is difficult for anyone. Social Security helps by providing benefits to protect service members’ dependents. Widows, widowers, and their d...

  • Southern Cuisine for May

    David Spooner|May 1, 2018

    Let us pray that May will be kinder to the food industry than it was with April. My wife and I spent an evening checking UPC codes on our egg cartons and trying to find out where our lettuce came from. Luckily, our eggs were not of the 200 million eggs that were recalled due to Salmonella fears. In addition, the romaine lettuce we had was not part of a prepackaged salad mix. The lettuce recall was for about 8,750 pounds of salad mix. I am not going to say I told you so but I did tell you...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for May

    Judge Peggy Givhan|May 1, 2018

    Where are all the May Day parades, and the fun children would have making May Poles and then dancing and weaving the colorful ribbons hanging down. Perhaps people are too busy, or have forgotten how much fun group activities can be. The garden can and should also be a location for group activity. With the beautiful weather this month, children and grandchildren would love to be included in outdoor endeavors, with gardening at the top of my list. Of course a little supervision is warranted, but...

  • Keeping A Positive Attitude

    Dr. Lester Spencer|May 1, 2018

    Most of us have heard or read many a message about the importance of having a positive attitude. However, if you are like me, I need to be reminded regularly in my life journey about the powerful impact my attitude has on myself and others around me! To a great degree, your attitude will determine your impact, your peace and your legacy. My absolute favorite quote about the importance of a positive attitude is from Chuck Swindoll: " The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude...

  • THE MAKO SYSTEM ~ KNEE REPLACEMENT

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2018

    Knee replacement is performed approximately 700,000 times per year in the United States. The history of knee replacement has been one of steady technological improvements, and the latest innovation has now come to Montgomery. Computer assisted robotic arm knee replacement is now being performed in Central Alabama. While traditional knee replacement has been very successful in improving quality of life, studies have shown that robotic arm knee replacement is over three times more precise than man...

  • HOW OLD IS YOUR ANNUITY?

    Buddy Hicks|May 1, 2018

    Look back over the past decade at some of the things you have done or accomplished. You may have gotten married, graduated college, had a baby, started a business, bought or sold a house or retired. Now examine the financial moves that you made regarding those accomplishments. Other than right now, how often have you thought about or reviewed those financial decisions? If your answer is not very often or never, then now is the time to do so. Now, when you talk about looking back over that past...

  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|May 1, 2018

    Youth Fishing Rodeo Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office invites boys and girls ages 6-12 to grab their fishing rods, bait and tackle and join us for our annual Youth Fishing Rodeo. Please make sure a parent/guardian attends but only kids are allowed to fish. Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Montgomery County Ponds, Highway 231 South (Troy highway) Across from Meriwether Road **We will have our Senior Fishing Rodeo on Tuesday, September 11th...more...

  • Autauga County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|May 1, 2018

    Prattville Cityfest Friday, 5/11 and Saturday 5/12...

  • Tears and Laughter: What does pretty look like?

    Amanda Walker|May 1, 2018

    To all the boys who don’t feel smart on paper. I call them the lost boys, these young people who seem in one way or another to be left behind or forgotten by what we tend to consider as traditional school standards. Of course this includes a certain number of girls too. I overheard one of my son’s friends talking last week. He was talking about his own self saying, “I am so dumb.” I couldn’t help but interrupt and tell him that he most certainly was not dumb, and to not say that. He told me t...

  • "Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|May 1, 2018

    This month my husband, Brian, and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. WOW!!! Double digits!!!! It’s a little difficult for me to wrap my brain around this thought. We have been through countless testings, trials, joys, and valleys together. And even though we are long past that exciting “newly budding romance” stage in our relationship where we are winning each other’s hearts, we are arriving at the “deep love and appreciation” stage where we are truly able to cherish each other’s hea...

  • No Name Literary Club 125th Anniversary Tea at the home of Mary McLemore ~ April 18, 2018

    Anne Tidmore|May 1, 2018

    In 1893 a group of forward thinking ladies formed the first literary club in Montgomery and the second in the State at that time. They named their club No Name because they could not agree on a name, and it still goes by the same name today! Recently, the No Name Club celebrated their 125th anniversary with an afternoon tea at the home of Mary and Price McLemore in Rosemont Place. Guests included friends of members as well as Presidents and Vice ­­­­Presidents of other Literary Clubs in Montgome...

  • May 1, 2018

    Showcasing Tallassee, Alabama businesses and activities.........

  • May 1, 2018

    Your vote becomes your voice!...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|May 1, 2018

    We are less than four weeks away from our June 5th primary. Those of us who follow Alabama politics have pointed to this year as being a very entertaining and interesting gubernatorial year. However, last year’s resignation by former Governor, Robert Bentley and the ascension of Kay Ivey from Lt. Governor to the Governor’s office has put a damper on the excitement we anticipated in the governor’s race. Kay took over the reins of state government and her appearance as a seasoned veteran of state...

  • What laws are available to protect my private information?

    Ron Holtsford|May 1, 2018

    There are several laws, one of which is brand new and becomes effective in Alabama on 1 June 2018 and there is a Federal law in the works and a European Union law set to kickoff on May 25th. Some of the existing civil and criminal laws that protect us against bad actors that might steal our personal information include criminal theft (various degrees), civil conversion, and the tort of invasion of privacy. Some of the defenses include negligence on the part of the plaintiff, private information...

  • Alabama Sheriffs Lawsuit: Outrage v. Issue

    John Sophocleus|May 1, 2018

    Much ink has been spilled these past months to highlight outrageous observed results from our Alabama law enabling sheriffs to transfer ‘inmate food provision’ monies in their favour. These monies are deposited into county Sheriff ‘personal’ accounts, not into any specific government account(s). Most noteworthy is Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin’s four-bedroom house with an in-ground pool and canal access in Orange Beach for $740,000; one of several properties (total assessed value of...

  • Making America Great Again

    John Martin|May 1, 2018

    Today, we are nearing the midpoint of Donald Trump’s second year. So far, he has done some very good things: 1. Ended our subjugation to the Paris Climate Agreement. 2. Put the brakes on mass m igration ofpotentially dangerous people. 3. Reduced illegal immigration by 67%. 4. Re-opened the coal mines and re-established jobs for the miners. 5. Withdrew from the job-threatening Trans-Pacific Partnership. 6. Revived essential pipelines that will ensure a dependable supply of petroleum. 7. S...

  • WHERE HAVE ALL THE TURKEYS GONE?

    Steve Long|May 1, 2018

    As we approach the end of the 2018 spring turkey season, I look back and cannot recall a season as rough and tough as 2018. This past season I only killed one gobbler and had a miss on video. I did not call in any birds for other hunters for the first time in a long time. What happened to the turkeys in 2018? I did not hear or see the number of birds that I have seen in Alabama in the past, but I'm not by myself. According to the wonderful world of social media, all my fellow turkey hunters are...

  • Raccoons nocturnal or diurnal?

    Ron VanHerwyn|May 1, 2018

    What to do if you encounter a raccoon out in the day. If you see a raccoon, no matter what time of day, leave it alone it's a wild animal. Never try to feed it or approach it. Seeing a raccoon out in the day isn't an immediate cause for alarm. There are many reasons why this nocturnal animal might be out and about. If you live in an urban setting, or if the year has been bad for food, raccoons will change their habits to fit when food is most available. If you always put your garbage out in the...

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