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On Feb. 13, I marked my first anniversary back at the Daily Mountain Eagle, without much fanfare. (Recall that I was here in Walker County from 2003 to 2009.) But before too much time passes, I decided after a year it was time to state some major things that we probably need to focus on in Walker County. I probably could have gone on, but I realize how long the column is, so maybe I will revisit this soon, but here are some ideas that might be useful after some consideration ... more
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about invisible people. Mentioning this to a friend this week, he wasn’t sure what I meant. I explained that invisible people are the people we encounter almost daily, but don’t “see.” more
It was the Olympic equivalent of “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Last Friday, NBC’s commentators told viewers that Anna Veith of Austria was the women’s Super-G champion at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The handful of skiers waiting to complete their runs were written off as also-rans. more
Let’s clean out the notebook... • In case you wondered, District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis recently told me that the county was able to make its first principal payment this month on its debt, to the tune of $1.2 million. The big concern had been the effect on payroll, but so far so good. Another $300,000 is due later in the year. more
With qualifying for the June primary now over, the Daily Mountain Eagle will be kicking off the campaign season by inviting area candidates to a political party at our office. more
It was in October 1966 when I first saw her sitting near the stage of the Sumiton Middle School. She was in an antique dress and bonnet playing gospel songs on a pump organ that looked as if it came over on the Mayflower. Her teacher was a history buff and persuaded her to play for the fall history fair. She was thin as a reed and sat straight on the organ bench, pumping the air pedals with all the strength her small frame could muster. Her cousin introduced us. Her name was Jilda. We talked after her set, and I could tell there was something special about her. more
Ethel Payne had a question for President Eisenhower that he didn’t want to hear. more
The qualifying is finally done. I began to think it would never end, as the state Democrats took until midnight to get the nominee list. And when they did an update after supper and it said, “as of 3 p.m.,” you knew it would be a long night. I finally had to do a follow up Saturday as we could not be sure of which Republicans had no opposition. more
An outbreak took place that changed the lives of everyone on the planet. That’s the basic plot for the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” more
How do you fit a battleship inside the BJCC? Make it out of LEGOs, of course. more
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