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End of days?

Published 12:23pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

Whether by raging zombies, planetary alignment or falling asteroids, people across the world are convinced the world will end Dec. 21.

But people in Alexander City, for the most part, aren’t buying it.

“When the good Lord gets ready to come back, he’s going to come,” said Marline Penton. “I’m not going to take anybody else’s word for it.”

Speculations about the end of the world began based on the ancient Mayan calendar.

According to, “some people are predicting the world will end on December 21, 2012. Others believe that instead of doomsday and destruction, the day will mark a new era for humanity and will be a time for celebration.”

But people in Alexander City think otherwise.

“I’m from a Christian home, so we don’t really think it’s going to end,” said Will Johnson.

Faith in God was the basis for many for believing the world won’t end – like Debbie Chapman, who said her conclusion was “based on scripture – just what the word says. That’s it.” features a thorough question and answer page to alleviate end of the world fears, tackling everything from “Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?” to “Could planets align in a way that impacts Earth?” to “Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?”

But although some people in Alexander City know someone who thinks the world might end, widespread panic hasn’t taken over the city.

“I don’t think it’s going to end,” said Cheyenne Smith. “It’s not.”