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Easter is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. It coincides with Passover and occurs each year on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the vernal equinox. Therefore, Easter could happen on any given Sunday between March 22 and April 25 depending on the year.

Over the course of history, the second congressional district has been referred to and considered a Montgomery congressional district because the Capital City has comprised the bulk of the population. In recent years a good many Montgomerians have migrated to the suburban counties of Autauga…

Sometimes, when you stop to think about it, the pace of changing technology is overwhelming, especially to older people. I used to reflect on my Grandmother Hall’s life span and what she was able to witness during her 94 years on this planet. She saw covered wagons in the 1890s and a rocket …

I think how you treat animals says a lot about you as a person. I read about horrible cases of abuse and I can’t imagine what kind of person would do something like that — animals that are starved and beaten and abused in ways I can’t even bear to think about. They are God’s creatures and do…

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died when their helicopter crashed into a California hillside on a fog-shrouded day. Columnist Margaret Sullivan described the news coverage as chaos amid grace. Sullivan said the president tweeted false information concerning the fatal…

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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have had more success in a 20-year span than any other team in the NFL’s 100-year history. Super Bowl trophies, MVP honors, AFC Championships — what hasn’t the Bill Belichick and Brady combination accomplished?

Today is Valentine’s Day and it’s a day of love. All those mushy cards have been picked over, flowers have been bought and plans have been made to celebrate the occasion. It’s the only day of the year when red, white and pink become the national colors. Everything about this day is cutesy, s…

It’s always funny to me how people read about one sentence or a headline and make instant judgements. Social media is a lawless and wild frontier, and it is so easy to find people who take any issue and immediately go into spleen-venting mode. I fell into this trap last week in the fallout f…

The 2020 legislative session, which began last week, will be the second session of Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration. For the second straight year, she and the legislature will be facing a major obstacle.

I’m an optimist, and I tend to believe people are as they present themselves. But I also believe in Ronald Reagan’s “trust but verify.” Before I do business with someone, I’ll check him or her out. I believe it is part of due diligence to make sure people can deliver what they say they can. …

The Kansas City Chiefs stunned the sports world when they came back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter over the San Francisco 49ers. For the first time in half a century, the Chiefs are world champs and for the city and for Andy Reid, a huge weight has been lifted — no pun intended.

I am not sure how many times it has to be written about for people to start changing what they say but until I see those changes happen, I am going to keep writing about it. It used to just be a lazy way to insult someone and you could brush it off as a one-time thing but at this point, it’s…

Rotary phones, eight-track cartridge music systems and telephone booths are relics, relegated to a museum exhibit. Alas, drive-in movie theaters are hurtling into a similar oblivion.

One of the most romantic times of the year is about here. Next Friday we’ll all celebrate that event dedicated to love called Valentine’s Day. Cards, flowers, candles, gifts and other expressions of love will be the theme. I’m already gearing up for this special day so I can surprise my Sweetie.

My neighbor and truly great friend, Tommy Lyle, was telling me his wife was getting to where she spent a lot of time telling him he was saying it wrong or doing it wrong. This constant barrage of criticism was getting depressing to him. I suggested it was probably a domestic form of Chinese …

It’s inevitable, unavoidable, foreseeable. Each year, around mid- to late-January I say the same thing, “I’m so ready for warm weather.”

The 2020 Legislative Session began this week. It will be an interesting three and a-half months. There are a myriad of important issues that legislators have to address this year, as always. However, standing in the way of substantive state issues each year is the necessity to address local bills.

Lately, I am motivated more and more by less and less in every aspect of my life — eating less food, buying fewer items and worrying about things I cannot change.

Recently, I’m sure you’ve seen find plenty of stories of baseball writers pointing their fingers, condemning the managers, general managers and players with the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox for their sophisticated electronic sign-stealing methods that enabled each franchise to win a Wor…

When you ask most people what their favorite holiday is, they’ll probably say Christmas or Thanksgiving. You might get a few Fourth of Julys or even a New Year’s Eve or two. But if you ask me that same question, I’d come out of left field and say Groundhog Day.

Following the NCAA College Football Playoff Championship game, Odell Beckham — a peerless attention craver — got just that. After the game while the players were still on the field, Beckham supplied some with cash.

Men and women are different. Now, I know that is not an original statement, but it is true. The older I get the more I can tell the difference in the way we think, act and perceive things. I guess it’s what the medical people refer to as the left side of the brain versus the right side. Of c…

The world was shocked Jan. 26 by the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. A helicopter that spiraled through a California sky and crashed took the life of one of the world’s greatest basketball players. During his career, Bryant had played 20 years for the Los A…

The first Congressional district race is probably the best race in the state in this year’s March 3 primary. The winner of the March 31 GOP primary runoff will go to Congress. The famous first district is a Republican congressional seat and has been since Jack Edwards won the seat in the Sou…

For 191/2 years, I have served as an extension agent with the mission to educate people and provide research-based information. As a horticulturist, one thing that really gripes me each winter is seeing crapemyrtles all across the area being pruned incorrectly — butchered back and abused. 

The Outlook managing editor Santana Wood wrote a column on Jan. 25 regarding doors closing and opening. She points out while several doors have closed or have announced their closing, Amadeus Development Group is going to take on the old Russell Main Office which will hopefully bring some jo…

News of Kobe Bryant’s sudden death has shaken the world. One might think Bryant was the leader of a nation or religious icon.