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As you might imagine, the question is not an uncommon one in a U.S. Army barracks in the wilderness of Missouri on a January weekend with sleet falling outside: “You want to play poker?” To which I always had to reply, “No, thanks. I … more
Interstate 22 officially opened Monday, leading to lots of conversations this week about the roadway finally being complete. The interstate opening was probably the second most talked about topic this week ( the high school name change being No. … more
Back in 1978 when my hair was thick and my money was thin, construction began on what was initially called the Appalachian Highway. After almost 40 years of work that proceeded at times at the pace of a tipsy turtle, it opened for travelers this … more
The Jasper City School Board voted Monday night to change the name of Walker High School to Jasper High School, effective in the fall of 2017. When the Daily Mountain Eagle announced the news via its Facebook page, the Internet nearly … more
As of tomorrow morning, Interstate 22 will be officially completed. All I can say is, "It's about time!" I-22 is a 213-mile long stretch of interstate highway that connects Birmingham to Byhalia, Miss. (just south of Memphis).The concept of … more
My dad died in May 1986. It was a few weeks before June and that first Father’s Day without him was one of the saddest days of my life. I had lost grandfathers and a grandmother but nothing prepared me for the experience of losing my dad. I … more
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Eagle in 2013. Not long ago I was listening to Oldies 101.5 and they played the 1968 song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by the Mamas and the Papas. It washed over me like a memory will, … more
Jasper and Walker County have seen their share of celebrities throughout the years. From the stage to the silver screen, from athletic competitions to reality television, and even into the realm of politics, finding a way to be in the spotlight is … more
Jilda and I took a “staycation” this week. We both felt frazzled by work and needed some R&R. Traveling can be more tiring than work at times, so we made the back deck our destination and we haven’t been disappointed. Yesterday, I moved two … more
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Eagle in 2002. Long ago and far away, I saw an opening scene of a stage play that has permanently engraved itself in my mind. This was Prague, in the Czech Republic — formerly Czechoslovakia … more
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