For the past few years, Adelia M. Russell Library has been fortunate to have a key unpaid contributor. Beverly Skidmore volunteers and serves as a council member for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) as they fulfill their primary mission of helping individuals throughout Tallapoosa County. Over the last four years, she has devoted much of her time to the library.

As the heat becomes unbearable, air conditioning, pools and the lake come to mind for many as relief.

The pollen cloud we have been living in the past few weeks has me remembering — just in time for Mother’s Day too.

A trip to Smith Mountain Fire Tower and chipped tooth reminded TPI journalist Cliff Williams about the tornado outbreak from a decade ago.

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The red neon light of ‘Hot Donuts Now’ is flashing in my head bringing back memories of tasting Krispy Kreme’s hot treats.

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Ever heard of the “Sand Hill Crane?” Probably not, unless you are a member of the Audubon Society. It’s not a machine either, but a bird that migrates north, roughly following the path of I75. My wife is a Floridian, so I heard about them. But it wasn’t until a pastor’s sermon that I learned…

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I’ve recently found myself enthralled with the TV show The Virginian, which airs several times a day on the INSP Network. I’ve only been able to watch very little TV in recent years but have made time late at night recently to watch this epic western. 

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Late one evening last week, I noticed that Andre, an old Army buddy of mine, had tagged me on a Facebook post. I don’t think he’s ever tagged me, so I’d assumed he’d found a picture, or he’d been hacked. Sadly, it was neither. He posted that Bobby Garza, our former sergeant and friend, was i…

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Over the last eight years, I've had an incredible opportunity to do something I love and enjoy. I have gotten paid to talk about sports for an hour or two every day. During that time, I've said some things in the moment I regret. It's the nature of the business. Conversations get heated from…

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The “Alabama Revenge Tour: 2020” rolled on Saturday night as the Crimson Tide downed homestanding LSU is decisive fashion. If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Nick Saban force fed Ed Orgeron a trough of frozen gumbo with the “could-have-been-a-lot-worse” 55-17 thrashing.

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Just as quickly as I got here, it’s time for me to leave. Luckily I feel humbled enough to be leaving on good terms.

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Alabama football has been the most dominant college program in recent memory since acquiring Nick Saban in 2007. Since Saban arrived on campus, five national championships have made their way to Tuscaloosa. 

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I’ve defended prisons and denounced politicians. I’ve talked of death and being lost in this Jumanji of a year. I’ve celebrated the lives of two grandparents, a cousin and a feline fellow that was the embodiment of Fat Thor. 

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I’ve defended prisons and denounced politicians. I’ve talked of death and being lost in this Jumanji of a year. I’ve celebrated the lives of two grandparents, a cousin and a feline fellow that was the embodiment of Fat Thor. 

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My in-laws were sitting in their living room a recent Sunday afternoon enjoying the nice autumn weather, forgoing air conditioning and instead opening their large living room window.

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Around Labor Day when this year’s presidential campaign was beginning to heat up, I wrote a column about the classic 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. This pivotal presidential race marked the beginning of television as the premier political medium. The first …

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Unfortunately, the 85th edition of the Iron Bowl went about like I expected it to go. I did believe the Tigers would score more points and be able to move the football a little more efficiently, but the final score of 42-13 wasn’t surprising. Alabama is a much better team than Auburn in 2020…

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As decisive as Alabama’s win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl was last Saturday, I somehow left the stadium with more questions than I did answers.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have been my favorite football team since before I even fell head over heels for the game following the USC-Texas national championship also known as the greatest game ever played. 

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Americans have been very generous on Giving Tuesday. However, they often give money to where everyone else gives money, mostly because they may not know about other options to help. But with a little more research, you can spread the wealth, giving to those who need it just a little more.

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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. 

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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…

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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 will be quiet around the Woolsey table this year. Due to COVID, our kids will not be flying in from different time zones or far reaches of the state. People outside our regular bubble will not pass the stuffing across the table or ask for seconds of my wife’s fabulous green bean…

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This year, we celebrate the Power of Rural Hospitals on Thursday, Nov. 19. Alabama’s 53 rural hospitals always deserve to be celebrated, but now more than ever, our communities have seen the benefits of having a rural hospital close to home. The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the way we …

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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…

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…