U.S. Highway 280 was deserted Thursday afternoon. And despite what the social media pictures of crowded airports might have you think, air travel was far below its usual Thanksgiving frenzy — a little over half a million travelers passed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints Thursday, compared with 1.6 million Thanksgiving 2019, according to TSA data.

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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Some of my fondest memories revolve around getting together with family, eating enormous amounts of home-cooked food and playing tag football in the yard. I also simply love the idea of setting aside a specific day to just be thankful. 

Thanksgiving usually is a day of feasting and the occasional spirited debate — but your gathering will likely be quieter this year. This significant change makes it essential to hold onto what some may view as the most important tradition of all — watching movies.CableTv.com surveyed 1,000 t…

I know Alabama is once again No. 1 in the country. I know Mac Jones, Najee Harris and Devonta Smith are all possible award winners at their respective positions. I know there are many reasons to be thrilled college football has navigated the 2020 hellscape about as well as it could.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It’s a time to gather with family and friends; it usually means a day or two off work and a lot of food.

It’s tough to write a preview article about college football when the college football schedule changes so frequently. I am pretty sure Alabama is playing Kentucky and Auburn is facing off against Tennessee this weekend, but that’s just as of my typing this sentence. SEC schedules are in a s…

I love college football. I'm not ashamed to admit it. It's my favorite sport by a wide margin and I spend practically my entire Saturday in the fall watching as many possible games as my simple brain can handle. Obviously, Auburn is my top priority, but I'll gleefully watch any game no matte…

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Alexander City, AL

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  • Humidity: 54%
  • Feels Like: 65°
  • Heat Index: 65°
  • Wind: 5 mph
  • Wind Chill: 65°
  • UV Index: 3 Moderate
  • Sunrise: 06:26:14 AM
  • Sunset: 04:37:05 PM
  • Dew Point: 47°
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 66F. Winds light and variable.


Cloudy skies. Low 49F. Winds light and variable.


Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. Potential for heavy rainfall. High 61F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.

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As everyone is aware, the past few months have been absolutely brutal for the movie industry. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit our shores, theaters began to close en masse. Over time, some reopened, showing old hits such as “Back to the Future,” “Jaws” and “Star Wars,” most often to crow…

After Clemson struggled in its 34-28 win over Boston College, it was obvious Trevor Lawrence’s stock went up for the Tigers. But, after Clemson’s 47-40 double overtime loss to Notre Dame, not only did Lawrence’s stock go up, Dabo Swinney and the rest of the team’s stock plummeted to the grou…

In yet another twist on the winding road of 2020, Auburn’s game against Mississippi State in Starkville scheduled for this Saturday has now been postponed. It has been tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12 which the conference set up as a universal open date built-in for all SEC schools to han…

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported its new business application figures for third quarter. The states categorized ‘the South’ represent about one-third of the U.S. population, yet last quarter, they supplied half the country’s total of new business applications. The South is growing …

The halfway point of the NFL season is here and for the most part, we know who the contenders and pretenders are to this point. From a rabid NFL junkie, here’s my take on the midseason award winners.

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The Auburn Tigers continue to cement their reputation as one of the most wildly unpredictable football teams in the Southeastern Conference, if not the entire country.

I’ve lived a lot of places in my life, but Tallapoosa County is the first one that truly has felt like home: The kind people, the unwavering support, the community collaboration and the beauty of the area are just a handful of reasons why.

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Alabama, now is not the time to be lax. While Tallapoosa County is considered at moderate risk, that data is reevaluated often and can very easily change.

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Many of you have seen my writing and know I became a Democrat in 2016. To be honest, I voted for the person and President Donald Trump wasn’t the first person who turned me away from the Republican Party but Trump was the one who turned me into a full-fledged Democrat.

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Abby turned 3 years old this past week. Can you believe that? It seems just like yesterday she was born — skip to the next paragraph if you’re a frequent reader — seven and a half weeks early in the back of an ambulance on Friday the 13th... October at that — and on U.S. Highway 280 to boot.…

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The NFL and college football seasons are underway, giving Southerners our favorite time of year full of football and friends.

If you watch any long-running TV show, you’ll see most of the protagonists complete a character arch. An initial villain will slowly begin to show heroic traits or a story’s hero will eventually have you guessing if he is really the bad guy after all. That’s what makes the show great and lon…

In every single college football game, there is always some amount of good news and some amount of bad news. The proportions can be overwhelmingly one-sided, but there is most assuredly a silver lining among the refuse if you really, really want to see it. 

At what point do we, as voters, say enough and begin to choose candidate over party? At what point do we stop looking at the spray tan and altered mental rhetoric being thrust upon us and choose to pull the lever on a third candidate?

The college football coaching profession has been evolving rapidly over the last 30 years. It used to be the norm for a good head coach to spend 20 years at a school with varying degrees of success. However, when salaries started to skyrocket, fans and administrations began to lose patience …

If a football game is played in a practically empty forest, will anyone notice? Well, after attending the ’Bama/Texas A&M game Saturday, I can definitively say, “yes.”

Tallapoosa County residents woke up this morning with the results of local mayoral runoff elections in Alexander City, Dadeville and Camp Hill. They all had the opportunity to vote and voice their opinions for a second time in one of these elections but that doesn’t mean everyone will all be…

It seemed like every talking head on every sports channel was picking the trendy upset of Kentucky over Auburn. I was told repeatedly that this 2020 Wildcat team was probably the best Mark Stoops has produced in the Bluegrass.  The offensive line was well represented among the All-SEC teams …

SEC football is back. Therefore, so is this edition of “Right, Wrong or TBD”: The article where I review the previous week and determine which predictions I had right, which I had wrong and which are still to be determined.