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Top chefs compete at Alabama Seafood Cook-Off

By DAVID RAINER If there’s one thing that will pique my interest without hesitation, it is Alabama’s fresh seafood. Hence, I didn’t hesitate when invited to the Alabama Seafood Summit and accompanying Alabama Seafood Cook-Off at The Wharf in Orange Beach last week. The Alabama Seafood Cook-Off opened the festivities at The Wharf’s Heron Pointe, where four top Alabama chefs were pitted to determine who would ...

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The Changed Market

By Dave Parrish Rarely a day goes by without my hearing the question: “How’s the market?” Those of you who have been reading The Real Story since 2008 or even for just the last year or two or have asked me that question during the last 10 years know that my response is always the question: “That depends on where you live, where do you live?” [caption id="attachment_4176" align="alignleft" width="100"] David ...

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U.S. Congressman Gary Plamer: Always remember

Guest Commentary By United States Congressman Gary Palmer, Alabama BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- On Memorial Day, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) remembers the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces: A single moment can change a person’s views on the world and the people around them. April 28th, 2010 did that to me. On that day, in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Th ...

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Using summer as a time of growth

By Buddy Champion , First Baptist Church Trussville Summertime! It is a great time of year. During this season we are drawn to change our schedule and lifestyle. We wear different clothes that we don’t wear during any other season, our diet changes to include items fresh from the garden and we suddenly have a strong longing to have some sand between our toes or to wet a hook and catch the one that got away ...

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Lake Eufaula back in action for anglers after year-long down cycle

By David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Any angler who fished Lake Eufaula during a down cycle in late 2010 and early 2011 will be glad to know the 46,000-acre impoundment on the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama has rebounded to its former glory. During that down cycle, Jack Tibbs, who has fished Eufaula for about 40 years, said bass were being caught with “5-pound ...

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Little legislation passed, but session still productive

By Steve Flowers Sometimes the best thing that the legislature can do in a session is to pass very little legislation. That can be said of this year’s regular legislative session, which ended several weeks ago. Not many bills made it through the legislative labyrinth. Gov. Robert Bentley made a proposed $800 million prison construction bond issue the cornerstone of his legislative agenda. It failed but not ...

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Letter to The Editor: Why should I care about Alzheimer’s?

Dear Editor, The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, it is my honor to represent them to our elected officials. It was exciting to participate with 1,200 other people from across the country in the 28th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washin ...

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Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

By Dr. Kevin Payne, Palmerdale United Methodist Church Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NIV) [caption id="attachment_27655" align="alignleft" width="271"] Dr. Kevin PaynePalmerdale UMC[/caption] Memorial Day weekend has become the marker signifying the start of summer. We look forward to camping at state parks, taking a trip to the beach to feel the sa ...

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Remembering former Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr.

By Steve Flowers A few weeks ago former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr. died at his home in Montgomery at age 91. He was the epitome of the southern gentleman. He was also one of the founding fathers of the modern Republican Party in Alabama. [caption id="attachment_13917" align="alignleft" width="260"] Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Al ...

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Letter to the editor: Thank you, local law enforcement

To the Editor: As a local business owner, I’m thankful for our law enforcement and all they do to keep my pharmacy and my community safe. In appreciation of National Police Week, I want to especially thank them for their work in tracking criminals that try to purchase cold and allergy medicine to make meth. Popular over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine contain an ingredient called pseudoephedrine that ...

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