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Let’s clean out the notebook ... • Qualifying is winding up tomorrow, at long last, at 5 p.m. statewide. The two party chairmen will be at the Walker County Probate Judge’s Office at the end of the day Friday to help with qualifying. Walker County Republican Chairwoman Linda Ensor specified Wednesday she would be at that office from 2-5 p.m. for qualifying. more
Several weeks ago, I woke up from a deep sleep, frantic and screaming. more
Things are winding down at work. I’ve spent the last three years working at Bevill State Community College as a job coach. The work has had its high points and some low ones, too. I will miss the work but, I’ll also miss my office window. more
On Nov. 17, 1965, Sgt. Roger Stone of Parrish became Walker County’s first casualty in the Vietnam War. Stone, 22, was killed in an ambush of the 1st Cavalry Division in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley — the first major battle between American soldiers and the North Vietnamese in South Vietnam. more
• I was gratified to hear Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to prioritize local news sources in posts in response to requests from local newspapers and to help people have more engagement with their communities. Apparently he and his wife took a cross-country trip that also made its way to Alabama, and he visited at least one newspaper in Alabama. I think it is a great idea, and it will certainly help the Daily Mountain Eagle engage with our area readers, and will help other smaller newspapers across the nation. Moreover, it will provide a way to still keep our readers engaged with breaking news and what is happening in their communities. more
There is a picture sitting next to the computer in my office. Three faces are smiling so brightly you can almost get a tan looking at the framed photo. I’m sitting between my friends Terry Frasier and Dr. Tom Camp. We’re speeding down the Black Warrior River in the back of a boat. Tom’s wife Judy was the boat captain, Jilda was the photographer, and Terry’s wife Ginny was supervising. We were having a large time. In those days, it was easy to imagine that we would live forever. But it turns out that forever was not long enough. My friend Tom died last Sunday. more
In December, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman detailed the ongoing trauma of having been sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar in a post for the website The Players’ Tribune. more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... • My take on the federal shutdown: Could it have been avoidable? Heck, yeah, it could have been avoidable. more
Since I was a small child, I’ve been a wrestling fan. I’m not talking about the sport you find in the Olympics. I’m talking about the sports entertainment brand of wrestling where some of the athletes wear colorful masks, participants march to the ring with crazy music playing and often times grown people settle their differences inside a steel cage. I guess it is typically known in our neck of the woods as ‘rasslin’ instead of wrestling. more
May 8, 2009, was a big day for 5-year-old Jacob Philadelphia. more
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