Community colleges in Alabama and across the nation have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and health care professionals.  Two-year public colleges have the unique capability to re-skill the workforce as the state…

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This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and if ever there was a time we realized how much we appreciate teachers, it is now. In-person classes came to an abrupt end on March 13 as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, but teachers did not stop educating students or caring for their welfare.

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local.

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the top of everyone’s radar right now, the changes that it will affect are prevalent. Facing the possibility of quarantine, on top of the present business closings, places the livelihood of individuals and families in jeopardy. While individual health is of…

Every American was a bit disappointed when the White House announced this week that social distancing guidelines will remain in place at least until April 30, and some governors across the nation have mandated that statewide shelter-in-place orders may be enforced until the end of June. 

If you follow my tweets, you may have noticed me posting pictures of the sunset from my office view. Those sunsets mark the end of long days in the office that almost always lead to long evenings at home. When March blew in one short month ago, we could not have imagined that we would face t…

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As small businesses continue to shut their doors and limit operations while still trying to serve the public, we all need to seek out ways that we can better support local business through this national crisis. Here are 10 ways to support your local business community through this COVID-19 p…

Everyday brings more news about the coronavirus. The daily news cycle around this is going to continue for a while, mainly because there is much scientists and health officials are still learning about the virus. The incessant drumbeat of information, though, is not a call to panic. Instead,…

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Roughly 3.5 million people are registered to vote in the state of Alabama—a record high number of registrations for the state—but that doesn’t help if the voters don’t actually turn out to vote. 

Roughly 3.5 million people are registered to vote in the state of Alabama—a record high number of registrations for the state—but that doesn’t help if the voters don’t actually turn out to vote. 

You don’t have to read my articles or follow me on Facebook very long before you know two things. The first is that I despise commercialized holidays (Think Christmas here). And the second is that I love everything about Christmas, from the lights to the trees to the music an everything in b…

Fall is finally upon us, even if the temperatures seem to disagree. Thankfully, the mornings are a little cooler and I have definitely been taking advantage of those! As I spend more time outdoors, I have noticed that the leaves are beginning to fall. How can I put these leaves to use in my …

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Two year old Livie’s diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) was frightening to her parents, Jonathan and Melena Wheeler. However, as her condition worsened, they were told Livie would die without a heart transplant. Imagine their relief when they received the phone call in the middle of t…

Are you ready to learn what generational strongholds are, where they come from, and, most importantly, how to step into deliverance for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren?

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When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 18 years ago, our world was thrown into chaos.

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We arrived early and about 45 people were seated in the gallery, both offenders and their families. A few more came in after we did, and two people in handcuffs were escorted by a deputy to sit in the area where the jury would normally sit. Drug Court had begun.

When I lived in Germany for five years, I never really became accustomed to the number of holidays they celebrate. It seemed like every week had a day when they celebrated something (usually with beer and a day off work). Imagine my surprise when I found out Americans celebrate even more “ho…

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The last day of school was May 23, and I’m pretty sure you’re already hearing that litany from your kids. Our area is rich in activities for kids and teens, so you’re sure to find some answers to that question among the following possibilities.

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It seems like it was only yesterday when I was complaining about winter “hanging on” and holding spring at bay with a late season freeze. However, spring has prevailed, and this may be the loveliest spring I’ve ever seen. Flowers of every kind can be found at Walmart, Home Depot, and (my fav…

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Bradley Byrne, a Mobile native, sixth generation Alabamian, business attorney, husband, father and current Republican Congressman serving Alabama’s 1st congressional district attended lunch this past Thursday, March 21, as the keynote speaker for the St. Clair County Republican luncheon at C…

Today is Valentine’s Day, but you already knew that. I could tell you about the dark and lascivious beginnings of Valentine’s Day, which began with the Roman feast of Lupercalia. Or I could wax eloquent about the martyrdom of St. Valentine. However, in light of the lovely holiday Valentine’s…

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February is Heart Attack and Stroke Awareness Month. But I’m aware of heart attacks every single day of every single month of the year. And I have been since my son Buddy had a massive heart attack on December 19, 2016. His heart attack and resulting oxygen deprivation caused severe and irre…

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Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Cropwell has a new head pastor, Reverend Chris Beck, who served the church for over seven years as Minister to Students.

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Although it seemed like the beautiful days of summer would never end, they finally have. Now, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Whether your Thanksgiving plans include all your extended family or just a few people, your dinners will probably have some things in common. You’ll see turke…

As is our custom, my husband Harry and I took a day trip last week to see the fall colors. We weren’t disappointed. Although I love the vibrant autumn colors of New England, I love even more the gentler, warmer colors of our “Sweet Home Alabama.”

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Two of my cousins from Massachusetts were here for a visit last week. Besides the enjoyment of just being together, they were enchanted with my flower beds and delighted with the dozen or more hummingbirds at our feeders. They told me “growing season” is over up there, and another cousin tol…

A few years ago, a friend of mine wrote what she was grateful for each day of November. Then she posted those on Facebook every night. I was so impressed with what she had done that I decided I would do it for an entire year. 

I was driving east on the familiar stretch of I-20 between Pell City and Leeds the other day, heading back to Birmingham with a friend when we passed what is now the Moody 147 exit. For those of us who remember just a few years back this sign used to say Brompton. A decision left the fate of…

What is the hallmark of an active, thriving church? Membership, sure. A variety of thriving programs, of course. But a sure way to tell whether a church is truly reaching people is how many baptisms they conduct each year.

Anyone who thought the state could take a break from political news after the Legislature adjourned had another thing coming. This past week in Alabama politics was action-packed, to say the least.

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Since I am Alabama’s 2017 Poet of the Year, I hate to admit that I hated studying poetry in high school! It was dry, outdated, and…well, it was just boring. (Did I just hear a crash of thunder?) Although I wrote poetry myself, it wasn’t anything like high school or college poetry. No “thees”…

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With days winding down in the Alabama Legislature's 2018 Regular Session, major legislation is starting to move and move quickly. Here’s a quick rundown of key bills and where they stand going into the final stretch.

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After hearing countless versions of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” during this Christmas season, I couldn’t help but think of the poor four-footed friends left out in the cold. As a rule, if you feel chilly, so does your pet. Most dogs and cats cannot tolerate lower than 45 degrees for an extended…

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What was 2017 like for you? If you’re like the average person, you’ve seen both good things and challenging things happen in your life. You’ve watched the news, complained about politics, voted your conscience, brought a new baby into the world or seen a son or daughter go to college, enter …

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It was July of 2005, and my husband and I were excited about retiring and moving from the insanity of Metro DC to a small, charming, and slow-paced Alabama town called Pell City. We were looking forward to some lazy days, throwing schedules and deadlines away with the snow shovels.

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The Saturday after Thanksgiving is “Small Business Saturday,” and it’s one of my favorite times to shop. I love everything about our local Pell City businesses. Many of the people who own or work for those businesses make me feel like family when I go in to shop or just to look around. They …

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November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption is very special to me. It is the way my family was formed.   

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The United States Army Security Agency (ASA) was the U.S. intelligence branch between 1945 and 1977. However, it existed as the Army Signals Intelligence Operations as far back as World War I. Besides intelligence gathering, ASA had responsibility for the cryptographic security of all Army c…

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It’s sad to say, but news reports of consumer fraud are so common these days that many people simply ignore them. If you’ve already been targeted by consumer fraud, you are not alone. Alabama is ranked number six in the country in the total number of consumer complaints reported to the Feder…

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August has much to offer in Pell City, but perhaps the greatest thing our fair city has to offer is the Adult Reading Program at the Pell City Library. June and July had reading programs for children and teens respectively. But August is devoted to the adults and I can’t help but get excited…

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