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Everyone loves the holidays and looks forward with great expectations of family, friends and good times. But it can also be the time of year that brings on feelings of loss, a feeling of not fitting in and a feeling you would rather stay in bed and hide until the whole thing is over.  

Are you cold when you step outside during this weather? When you have to put gas in your car and stand at the pump with the harsh, cold wind blowing on you, isn’t it miserable? Aren’t you thrilled the moment you step back into your heated home? These are questions you need to keep in mind th…

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It probably has not taken long for anyone who reads my writing to know I prefer basketball to football. And yes, I know football season is still kicking with some major games but with the season starting on the hardwood this week, I thought it would be a good time to encourage all high schoo…

Sadly, we are at the halfway point of the NFL season and there are several teams in both conferences fighting for that coveted first overall seed and a bye week the first round of the playoffs along with home-field advantage throughout the postseason

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I was in Alex City last week and couldn’t help but notice how nice everything looks. It looks clean and prosperous, and it is obvious a good deal of thought and planning has gone into it. And I hear there are future improvements in the works. 

In case you haven’t heard, there was a high school coach in New York who was suspended for his team defeating an opponent, 61-13.

We have so many incredible people in our community. People who go above and beyond for their friends and family and people who volunteer out of the goodness of their hearts — they’re everywhere around here. 

My TV died. Now that is a sad statement for any man to have to make. There I sat contently watching the news when it made a loud pop and the picture just went off. It was a frightening experience to say the least. I just sat there staring at its large 60-inch blank dead screen and a trickle …

As Thanksgiving approaches I wondered how pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie became holiday staples. Wikipedia reported pumpkin pie recipes first appeared in Canadian and American cookbooks in the early 19th century and serving pumpkin pie became a Thanksgiving Day custom. Lydia Maria Child me…

The Cleveland Browns’ season has not gone according to plan. The team is a 2-6 disaster and the end doesn’t seem to be in sight. Prior to the 2019 NFL season the Cleveland Browns did a complete 180 as a franchise, trading and signing supreme talent to their roster with names like Odell Beckh…

I spend most of my life in the sports world whether covering football, playing basketball or watching soccer. And as much as I love sports, there are some instances in all that time that can make me cringe.

As of late I have an unsettling feeling as if an ominous shadow is peering over my shoulder. From the always-listening speaker in the living room to a wrist device recording the hours I slept the night before, I’m finding myself increasingly uneasy.

Many people would agree their years in high school were some of the best years of their lives — particularly those individuals who were members of a sports team or participated in other activities such as the marching band or debate team.

Tuesday has to be the least respected and appreciated day of the week. Mondays signal new beginnings, Wednesdays let you know you are halfway home, Thursdays have the best TV programming, Fridays usher in the weekend, Saturdays are all for football and Sundays are made for chilling.

Dr. David Bronner has marked his place in Alabama political and governmental history. He has headed the revered Retirement Systems of Alabama Pension Funds for 45 years. When Bronner took his present job with RSA, the retirement systems had approximately $500 million of funds. Today RSA has …

Heartfelt thanks goes to all who came out in freezing temperatures to help make the 2019 Lake Martin Resource Association Renew our Rivers Lake Martin cleanup held Friday and Saturday a huge success. More than 220 volunteers participated in this annual event and removed more than 650 large b…

Customer service is important. Did you ever stop to realize no matter what your job is in a business, you are that business to the customers you serve? The two best pieces of work advice my father ever gave me were this: First, the business is counting on you to show up consistently, not jus…

It’s Nov. 2 and that means — well, in my world anyway — it’s practically Thanksgiving and Christmas has basically arrived. I’m already ready for my Christmas tree and all the pine-scented candles. Let’s break out the Buffalo plaid and go ahead and stock up on wrapping paper. It’s time for th…

Things are looking a lot brighter for downtown Alexander City. Lights were recently installed by Main Street Alexander City on trees throughout the downtown area. 

The trade deadline for the NFL has come and gone, leaving most fans like me scratching our heads wondering what just happened. Up until the Tuesday deadline, the NFL offseason and six weeks of the season experienced blockbuster trades the NFL has yet to see up to date. Odell Beckham Jr., Jal…

The past week the city of Opelika lost a giant. To many, he was the proverbial man, myth and legend, but to those of us who really knew him, we’ll just say two out of three ain’t bad. Earl Sumners was no myth, but he was certainly a man — and a legendary one at that. 

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children. From dressing up in the best costume ever, to going door to door for enough candy to last through the new year, there are few things more fun than Halloween night.

Is there anyone else out there who can’t imagine a life without reading? Few things please me more than to happen upon a book I can barely put down. When the words just flow and the story transports you, it’s like magic. 

We are witnessing an injustice on our democracy. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress are making an attempt to impeach the president through the press via leaks and conjecture. This appears to be purely political when you offer no due process and zero transparency. When we elected Pres…

Halloween can be tough for children who have special needs. Some love it; others don’t; many love it but encounter issues throughout the holiday.

The disappointment of Auburn losing to LSU for the 10th straight time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was magnified Saturday by the incredible performance of Kevin Steele’s defense.

Auburn versus LSU — there is no match up in college football that produces the drama, craziness and overall tomfoolery as this game. Most years this contest is a barnburner (and in 1996 there was even a literal burning barn backdrop).

The New England Patriots are 7-0 again. Tom Brady has been solid — but not perfect, but he usually never is this early. Brady has somewhat of a pass though. With Rob Gronkowski retiring, Josh Gordon injured and Antonio Brown governing Crazyville, the Patriots have had to rely on their runnin…

Next week we will celebrate Halloween and that means my wife will be ready to decorate for Christmas. We’re one of those families that has Santa holding a jack-o’-lantern while sitting at the Thanksgiving table with pilgrims. Already I’m dreading handling all those boxes of decorations becau…

I praise and thank my wife Deborah, as she watches news broadcasts and reads newspapers with discernment and provides me with nuggets I use to write letters to the editor or opinion columns. 

One of the things my grandparents told me when I was young was when you get older time goes faster and faster. They were right.