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  • Flag Day

    Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2019

    Flag Day is observed on June 14 to honor and commemorate the adoption of the American flag which occurred on this day in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates its birthday on this day. One year earlier the United States declared Independence from Great Britain with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Celebration\ Observance Flag Day highlights the symbolism of the country's foundational ideals and nation's freedom. It honors...

  • Road Rage and Deer Hunting Bills Await Senate Action

    Steve Flowers|Jun 1, 2019

    Over 20 years ago when I was a legislator the State Trooper assigned to my county asked if he could come visit with me. “Of course,” I said. When he came he had a somber look on his face. I thought maybe he had a serious personal problem or had lost a loved one. He began, “This may not sound like a major highway problem, but one of the things that causes a good many accidents and incidents on our roads is people driving slow in the left lane and not moving over.” I never pursued...

  • How Can Alabama Possibly Change The Freedoms of Women and Abortion When Abortion Has Been Legally Available For Over 45 Years?

    Ron Holtsford|Jun 1, 2019

    The fact is the anti abortion laws in Alabama have never been repealed. It was the case of Roe v Wade from 1973 that allowed legal abortion in the United States, During the first trimester of a pregnant woman, the United States Supreme Court required that the procedure be performed by a licensed doctor in medically safe conditions. During the second trimester it is the health of the pregnant woman that is the determinate when the Court decided that a state may regulate abortion. During the...

  • Don't Hate Me Because I'm Right

    Robert Tate|Jun 1, 2019

    Do you guys remember the 1980s-ish, super-sexy Pantene shampoo commercials featuring actress Kelly LeBrock? She stared into the camera, fluffed up her hair and said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” I’m sure 99% of all red-blooded American guys liked that commercial. But unfortunately, today I am not writing about shampoo, nice hair, pretty women or anything of the sort. Today I am writing about something concerning our military. The topic for sure is a hot-button issue and I am...

  • The Abortion Dilemma

    John Martin|Jun 1, 2019

    The topic of abortion is probably the most controversial political issue that exists today. Opinions range all the way from abortions on demand to outright prohibition in all cases no matter what. These two polar opposites could be at each other’s throats until the end of time. Is there any way we could arrive at a solution that would satisfy both sides? This past April 30, the Alabama House passed the most extreme anti-abortion bill in United States history with a 73 to 4 vote. On May 14,...

  • US 280 and College Avenue: 20 years of devastation…

    John Sophocleus|Jun 1, 2019

    Another horrific crash at this infamous “T” of US 280 & AL 147 has many decent folks angry again and our corrupt county commissioners running for cover. It broke my heart to once again see a medical helicopter taking off from the intersection to rush another terribly injured member of the Auburn Family to the trauma centers in Columbus. The course of this deadly result was set over two decades ago. Long before land (used as a rest area until widening) was wisely acquired by more economically...

  • Alabama Territory Emerges as a State

    Bobbie Ames|Jun 1, 2019

    Hopefully, every school child in Alabama will know the meaning of 1492 when Columbus discovered the New World. A few years later, in 1497, John Cabot claimed North America for England. By this time, it is important for us to realize that the English people had the Bible in their own language and could read God's Word for themselves. This is a dynamic event in the life of the English people who did embrace God's Word as Absolute and Eternal Truth. This new freedom had a great effect on the...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2019

    Jacob Thomas Chesnutt, Jr. For three years during WWII, Thomas Chesnutt served as a 1st Class Petty Officer radar technician on the destroyer, U.S.S. Fletcher (DD 445) which was named for World War I-era Atlantic Fleet commander Admiral Frank Friday and which traveled over 250,000 miles in the South Pacific. The Fletcher destroyer measured 376 ft. with a speed of 36 knots with the capacity of carrying 273 officers and enlisted men. This was the first combat application of what came to be known a...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2019

    John Lakeos John Lakeos served in the U. S. Air Force for 24 years reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. His M.O. was aircrew pararescue/recovery technician. John went to S.E. Asia, flew helicopters into Cambodia, Laos and N. Vietnam where he rescued downed pilots and took them to medical units. He witnessed many wounded and dying. From the helicopters, John went down by cable and secured the wounded to a cable which hoisted the person up to the helicopters. Escort WWII dive bombers assisted in...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2019

    Dr. Donald E. Hayhurst Dr. Don Hayhurst landed on Omaha Beach with a U. S. Army tank recovery unit about 10 days after the initial landing and invasion of the Allies. Although his unit was supposed to land on June 18th and then convoy across the country, the waves were coming in making it just too tough to get to shore immediately. Hayhurst and his men finally made it. He received five battle service stars for his participation in combat including Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhinel...

  • A Starr Has Fallen

    Ed Jones|Jun 1, 2019
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    Bart Starr has fallen many times during the last few years, mostly due to heart attacks and strokes. On Sunday May 26th, he fell for the last time in Birmingham with his life partner by his side. Cherry, his wife of 66 years, has been his loyal care giver since 2014 when the physical problems began. They moved to Birmingham after Bart’s final retirement from the NFL. They operated several businesses during that time under the corporate name of Bart Starr Enterprises. They were all successful...

  • Good Stewards of The Woods and Waters!

    Steve Long|Jun 1, 2019

    Conservation. It's a word with a whole lot of different meanings to different people. While the general idea might be the same, it's a distant after thought for many Americans. To those of us in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking or camping, conservation is a constant effort to maintain the precious resources we have. As a member of QDMA, conservation is one of my primary goals. After all, you can't go deer hunting if there aren't any deer left! The amount of research and education we...

  • Philander gray four-eyed opossum

    Ron VanHerwyn|Jun 1, 2019

    Gray four-eyed opossums (Philander opossum) are Neotropical marsupials with a range that extends from northeastern Mexico in Tamaulipas, to southeastern Brazil. Within this range, they may be found from Brazil's Atlantic coast, west-ward into Peru and Argentina and throughout Central America in tropical lowlands and the Amazon and Parana basins. They are found mainly in tropical forested areas such as tropical evergreen, secondary growth and gallery forests. These opossums generally prefer damp...

  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|Jun 1, 2019

    Youth Fishing Rodeo Saturday, June 22, 2019 6:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Montgomery County ponds, Highway 231 South across from the Sweet Creek Farmer’s Market. Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and the staff of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will host their annual Youth Fishing Rodeo. Montgomery County youth accompanied by an adult are invited to grab their rods, reels and bait and come out and join the fun and outdoor recreation with Sheriff Cunningham and Staff! This event is held annual and is...

  • Autauga County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|Jun 1, 2019

    Prattville Farmers Market It’s time for fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally right here in the River Region! The Grand Opening of the Prattville/Autauga Farmers Market is Saturday, June 1, from 7:00am to 12 noon. In addition to our fresh, locally-grown produce, our Grand Opening will feature Prattville’s own award-winning and nationally recognized author of Southern Bite cookbook and food blog, Stacey Little, creating delicious dishes with produce from our market. There will be live...

  • Beware of people pretending to be from social security

    Kylle McKinney|Jun 1, 2019

    Social Security is committed to protecting your personal information. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security number (SSN) or bank account information to unknown people over the phone or internet. If you receive a call and aren’t expecting one, you must be extra careful. You can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and — if you do need more clarification — contact the official phone number of the business or...

  • Potpourri for June

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Jun 1, 2019

    With school out, and Memorial Day behind us, summer has begun for those in our region. Suddenly the big box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot are swamped with customers searching for something to plant. I can see in their shopping carts 2 of this plant, 2 of another and so forth. I talked to one lady about her selection, thinking they were being planted in a group in a pot, but no, she told me she was planting them about 4 feet apart because they would spread. Obviously she had not thought...

  • The Greatest Leader Who Ever Lived!

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jun 1, 2019

    Who was the greatest leader who ever lived? Before you answer, let me give you a definition of leadership. John Maxwell defines leadership this way: “Leadership is influence. Nothing more and nothing less.” So, to put the question another way, who has been the most influential person in history? It’s not a trick question. You may be thinking like the little boy when the preacher was doing a Children’s Moment one Sunday morning. The Preacher asked the kids, “what is brown, furry,...

  • Southern Cuisine for June

    David Spooner|Jun 1, 2019

    As I sit in what my wife and I call the Parlor, I am eating my favorite breakfast. Leftovers from the icebox. Here is a word that has lost its meaning over the years. No longer does a person deliver ice to your house to put in your icebox to keep your food cold. I am not old enough to live when we had ice delivered, but my parents were and they called a refrigerator an icebox. But as usual, I digress. The leftovers today were from a dinner we had last night with two other couples. It was an...

  • Exceptions For Rape And Incest Need To Be Added To The New Abortion Law

    Amanda Walker|Jun 1, 2019

    I did not realize during the last election that we were electing legislators to try and overturn Roe vs. Wade. Just like most Alabamians and all Christians, I would say I am pro-life. Some people say it because they sincerely are, and others because they feel they have no choice. When Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973, it ruled that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment gave women the right to privacy. It is up to each individual woman what she chooses to do with her body. Nobody has to...

  • The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Jun 1, 2019

    My husband, Brian, and I recently wrapped up the weekly small group/bible study that we hosted in our home this past Winter/Spring. What a fun group! As a token of appreciation, one of the participants surprised us with a gift…a beautifully framed bible verse. We decided to display it in our home office for all to see. It says, "For the JOY of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10 What a treasure! And, what beautiful words of truth!! Indeed, the JOY of the Lord is our strength…in good ti...

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