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  • KAY IVEY BRINGS FRESH IDEAS AS ALABAMA'S SECOND WOMAN GOVERNOR

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2017

    Governor Kay Ivey assumed the office of Governor for the State of Alabama on April 10, 2017. Here are a few things you may not know. Governor Kay is the second woman to serve as Governor. Lurleen Wallace, wife of George C. Wallace was the first. Kay grew up in Camden (pop. 2,000), Wilcox County and worked on the family farm. (Former Senator and current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also from Wilcox County as well as the great baseball player Hank Aaron). She went to Auburn and was...

  • Inside the Statehouse

    Steve Flowers|May 1, 2017

    May 3, 2017 Well, folks, let’s put the final coup de grace to the Robert Bentley six year Governor’s reign and move on. Ole Bentley was quite a story his last two years. He had become the ringleader of a circus and an infamous national cartoon character. The salacious and lurid details of his affair with Mrs. Rebekah Mason were a never ending, titillating saga. The story, along with his picture, could aptly be a plot for a tabloid or a Soap Opera. I will actually be surprised if it does not mak...

  • I SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED

    Robert Tate|May 1, 2017

    Way back in 2010, there was a huge debate in the Montgomery Advertiser over whether the God of our Bible and the Koran’s Allah are the same deity. I bring this up now because recently I have heard the same argument raise its ugly head yet again. I knew I had written something about it then so I dug it out and have wiped away some dust from it. One thing I have never intended is for my "Robservations" column to become a Christian mouthpiece. Those of you who read my column probably know this t...

  • I Need A treatment To Save My Life and My Doctor Says The Insurance Company is Deciding What They Will Pay For. When Did The Insurance Company Become My Doctor?

    Ron Holtsford|May 1, 2017

    There are so many things that have affected medical treatment in the last thirty years or more. Technology has come so far and because of it we are living longer and we are paying much more for health care. Living longer means less populous generations than the Baby Boomer generation will have to pay Social Security for that group and Medicare will have to pay longer per person than they did for our grandparents or maybe great grandparents. When my grandfather had a heart attack in the 60’s a...

  • The Illusion of 'Pedestal People'

    Marcia Chambliss|May 1, 2017

    The title of a recent Christian podcast that I follow intrigued me with the title “Pedestal People,” and while neither participant in the discussion lives anywhere close to our beautiful state, I had to wonder if perhaps they had been peeking into the political intrigue of the last few years. I imagine that the overwhelming majority of Alabamians join me in being vastly disappointed or even disgusted by the current politics of our state. Granted, there are always those who will delight in the...

  • On Goat Hill: Sparks fly, Passed gas, Constipated internet…

    John Sophocleus|May 1, 2017

    Putting ‘Dr. Gov. StrangeLuv’ embarrassment in our rear view mirror, WSFA (4/12/17) reported replacement Gov. Kay Ivey’s second day in office jettisoned more of the former corrupt governor's ‘work.’ Ivey abolished Bentley’s Office of Rural Development created in 2011 under the umbrella of ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs) ostensibly to improve and advance education, healthcare, and economic development in rural parts of the State. "Rural Alabama is near and dear to...

  • Roby's Working Families Flexibility Act Passes Committee

    Rep. Martha Roby|May 1, 2017

    U.S. Representative Martha Roby’s (R-Ala.) bill to provide greater choice and increased time flexibility in the workplace passed through committee Wednesday. This was a key legislative step toward full House passage. H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act, would give private sector employees the option to convert their accrued overtime into paid time off. This compensatory time, or “comp time,” would be completely voluntary for the employer and employee with strong worker prote...

  • Capital Punishment

    John Martin|May 1, 2017

    Capital punishment is a topic that many people want to avoid discussing. Opinions about it are all over the map—from people who are totally opposed to the ones who would like to round up huge numbers of criminals and “fry ‘em till their eyeballs pop out.” Arguments about the right thing to do for various crimes have persisted for many decades and will likely continue through the foreseeable future. The death penalty dates far back before the dawn of written history, and multitudes of differe...

  • Another Alabama Turkey Season in the Books

    Steve Long|May 1, 2017

    Folks, it's been a pretty interesting turkey season this year! The Alabama thunder chickens were gobbling and thundering the first part of the season, but that quickly changed, as it always does. The first three weeks of the season were outstanding, with the toms running everywhere. If I had been just hunting for myself, I probably would have hit bag limit in the first two weeks alone. Of course, after those first three weeks, the season took a turn for the quiet, as the birds had had their...

  • Binturongs/Bearcat

    Ron VanHerwyn|May 1, 2017

    Binturongs have a body length between 24 - 38 inches, a tail length between 22 - 35 inches and they weigh between 20 - 31 lbs. Their fur is thick, coarse and black in color and they have a long, bushy, fully prehensile tail. Their ears are small and rounded and they have tufts of hair on the end. They have small eyes that are reddish/brown in color. Binturongs are excellent climbers and they can rotate their hind legs backwards so they can still grip onto a tree when climbing down it head...

  • The Quarterbacks

    Ed Jones Football Writer|May 1, 2017

    Every football fan wants to know who the quarterback will be. Nobody seems to care who the center and the two guards are. If the interior offensive line is not excellent, the quarterback will not matter. We sometimes forget that the center touches the football on every play. That makes the center the primary focus when building a successful offense at all levels of football except for professional football. Because of the high percentage of passes in the NFL it is much easier to move a guard to...

  • A Rebellious Nation

    Dr. John Bitter|May 1, 2017

    The antics of former National Security Adviser Susan Rice suggest that what a good many of those in our government employ have learned; especially as it relates to doing well in government employ. Today's post presidential election nonsense suggests that while most Americans don't feed at the public trough, some do it with a vengeance. It's difficult for the “old-timer” faction in America to come to grips with the absolute iodicy that has been taking place in the U.S., especially as it rel...

  • Mistakes The Wise Avoid

    Dr. Rick Marshall|May 1, 2017

    Just recently two incidents on airlines involving conflicts between passengers and employees took place. One involved removing a passenger who did not want to give up his seat by force. He was injured in the process and the airline has suffered significant criticism and loss of value in the process in addition to the lawsuit which will follow. The other involved a passenger who was struck with a baby stroller due to an over-zealous employee taking control of a situation. Instead of making...

  • God Has The Fried Chicken

    Michael J. Brooks|May 1, 2017

    I first heard the story years ago on Christian television when the author, Bob Benson of Nashville Christian music fame, told it. He called it the baloney sandwich story. And it's still a good one. A man had to work half a day one Saturday and belatedly remembered the church picnic was that afternoon at City Park. Since he lived alone and didn't cook much, all he found in the refrigerator was a crinkled piece of baloney and just enough mustard in the bottom of the jar to get it all over his...

  • George Washington The Father of Our Country

    Bobbie Ames|May 1, 2017

    As a young boy, George was educated at home. During two periods of time, he went to a local village school, but most of his education came from home by his father and older brothers, Lawrence and Augustine. Throughout his life, he praised his mother and acknowledged the great debt that he owed her for the daily habits and faithfulness of her love of Scripture. They quoted it daily together in the home. The "Rules of Civility" that his father brought back from the school in England were lived...

  • 9th Annual Tallassee NOW June 9-10th, 2017

    Staff Writer|May 1, 2017

    Alabama Power Thurlow Dam Tour Quilt Show Car Show Museum Tours Original Kandu Band in Concert, Friday night 9-11 pm Local Artist performing from 6-9 Food Vendors Trophy Room 5K Run June 9th 5:50 pm. Meet at green space on South Ann Street NEW EVENT! Petting Zoo - 22 Animals Domestic & Exotic Friday 5:30 - 7:30 • Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 Receipt Reddemption for BBQ plates. See Website. www.tallasseenow.com...

  • News from the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office

    Sheriff Derrick Cunningham|May 1, 2017

    Camp Show & Tell We are currently taking applications for our Show and Tell 2017 Summer Camp. This camp, hosted by Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and the staff of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will be held July 31st.–August 4th. During this camp, youth explore and enjoy a week of outdoor fun and recreation. This mentoring based camp, also offers workshops addressing bullying and the effects of bullying behaviors, substance abuse awareness and prevention and environmental safety and educatio...

  • A Time Such as This

    Chris Beeker Jr|May 1, 2017

    From April 19, 1943, to May 16, 1943, an event known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was fought. In November 1940, when the invading German forces built a wall around a Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, 400,000 Jews were trapped inside. Because the Germans cruelly limited the amount of food that was allowed into the ghetto, starvation and illness claimed the lives of thousands each month. But the Jews weren’t dying fast enough to satisfy Adolph Hitler, who ordered the Nazis to deport roughly 2...

  • News from the Autauga County Sheriffs office

    Sheriff Joe Sedinger|May 1, 2017

    The Autauga County Sheriff's Office participated with Law Day for many 2nd graders from Autauga County public and private schools on Friday April 7, 2017. The kids are greeted by Sheriff Sedinger and escorted to the Courtroom to watch the mock trial between Mr. Pig and the Big Bad Wolf. It is fun for all who participate and watch. The children also get to visit with Eddie Eagle and McGruff the Crime Dog, as well as get their fingerprints made, visit with the Prattville Police and Fire...

  • POTPOURRI for May

    Judge Peggy Givhan|May 1, 2017

    What has happened to this year? It is almost half gone and what else is half gone are all the winter annuals we have enjoyed since at least November or December. We need to begin planning this month for summer replacements for these flowers. The nurseries and garden centers have suddenly brought in huge inventories of flowering plants and shrubs. Also, there are great selections for our herb lovers, who want a head start by purchasing plants rather than waiting to germinate seed. Let's talk...

  • Southern Cuisine for May

    David Spooner|May 1, 2017

    You are ready to try a new dish. You went to the market and bought the freshest items you could find, and they were from a local farm. You get home and open the cookbook and the instructions are as complicated as the startup guide to your weather radio. You cannot plug it in and hope it knows where you live and which NOAA radio station covers your area. There is food you should not be eating if the instructions are as simple as "Heat and serve”. Likewise, if they are too complicated the "joy of...

  • What You Can Teach Your Grandchild About Social Security

    Kylle McKinney|May 1, 2017

    One of the greatest gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of financial literacy. Helping them save money early in life and showing them how to make wise spending decisions goes a long way toward a bright financial future. As they get older, they may want to save for special purchases or their college education. You can encourage them when they get their first job to begin saving for the future, including their retirement. Planning for the Future with my Social Security When you celebrate...

  • "Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|May 1, 2017

    This month my husband, Brian, and I will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. 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 hearts. So, how do we continually cherish each other even after so many years together? F...

  • May 1, 2017

    Tallassee Quarterly Summer 2017 - Small town activities and advertising!...

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