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HarborChase of Jasper's annual holiday open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be food, live music, a door decorating contest and a silent auction featuring several trees and a fireplace decorated by local hospices and home health agencies. The winners of the silent auction will go home with the decorations, and the agency whose submission receives the highest bid will receive the proceeds from the auction to donate to a charity of their choice.


The West Jefferson Festival of Trees once again drew a large crowd to West Jefferson Town Hall Nov. 21-24. More than 100 trees were scattered throughout the building. Some of the most unique included a CD tree, a Toy Story tree and two Thanksgiving trees. Festival organizers also opened a new room as a train room this year.

One of the diseases that had an impact on my early life was leukemia. When I was very young, a girl who rode our school bus was diagnosed with it and soon died. Her parents were some of the … more
Cleaning out the old house has been on our to-do list since Reagan was in the White House. more

The sketch is simply titled “Home.” It’s an admirable effort but not particularly thought-provoking unless one knows that it was created by an inmate who may not get home for a long time or maybe never again. 

How many kids today do you think are forced to take castor oil? My Dad said that was the remedy of choice as he was growing up, and he had to endure taking many doses before he learned not to … more

Some days are etched on my brain like prison tattoos. For example, I know within a few feet of where I was sitting just after lunch on Nov. 22, 1963. I'd finished lunch and drifted into the stone gym behind the old Dora High School building. I was sitting in the bleachers about midway up. 

One group of plants that I am particularly fond of especially around this time of year are the holiday cacti. There are a couple notable holiday cacti that are often confused with one another and … more

Daily Mountain Eagle - Rick Watson

Contractors work on Sumiton Main Street project

Contractors began work on the new Sumiton Main Street project this week. Workers started on the west end near the park and will proceed toward the post office in coming days.The low bid for the project came from Powe General Contractor in Hanceville with a bid of $425,996. The Sumiton City Council approved the first stages of the project back in May.


I had a good time meeting one of Mike’s former students, now friend, in Downtown Jasper this week. Mike just calls him that sweet guy Noah, but you and I know him as the PetSmart Guy; 

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