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Upcoming hunting season significantly different from seasons past

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The Alabama hunting seasons for 2016-2017 are significantly different from the past, with changes in the season dates for several popular species and the adoption of the mandatory reporting of deer and turkey harvests through the Game Check system. Some Alabama small-game hunters are already taking advantage of the changes. The season ...

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Without sin, there is no need for a Savior

By Andy Waits This past week I had a conversation with a friend about a taboo subject in the church today: Sin. He felt strongly that the church today had pointed their finger at people long enough in judgment. It was time for a new day and new reputation among God’s people. The church needed to spend its energies focusing on love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Our attitude and self-righteous piety has been ...

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Political deals struck at Elite Restaurant until closing in 1995

By Steve Flowers Alabama’s most famous political restaurant and watering hole for 50 years was Montgomery’s Elite Restaurant. Until it closed about 1995, the Elite (pronounced “E-light”) was the place to eat and be seen. Many a political deal was struck at its back tables. Legislators, politicians, and socialites in Montgomery frequented the famous establishment. The politicians and lobbyists not only met t ...

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Obesity is common, serious and costly

By Dr. Zack Steele I love to tell the story about a diabetic retina specialist whom I worked under as an intern. After a long day of politely educating each patient in the Shreveport Louisiana eye clinic, he was just about to boil over. When I followed him into a room to check on a patient who had come in for a follow up visit with bleeding retinas, he indeed boiled over. The patient was enjoying a box of d ...

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Gathering in Biblical times

By Buddy Champion, First Baptist Church Trussville It was referred to as the “Battle at Bristol.” A few Saturday’s ago, 156,990 people gathered to watch Tennessee and West Virginia square off at what is normally Bristol Motor Speedway. The attendance shattered the previous record of 115,109 from September 7, 2013’s game between Michigan and Notre Dame. Those are amazing numbers! It is intriguing to think th ...

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Bulk of 2016 alligator season in the books

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Now that the bulk of the 2016 alligator season is in the books, one hunter and his crew got to experience the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory during one harrowing season in the Southwest Alabama zone. It’s not often that a hunter gets more than one shot at a trophy animal, but that’s what happened to Lee Wright of Daphne, wh ...

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The power of the cross and everyday living

By Dr. Kevin Payne, Palmerdale UMC Christians across the denominational spectrum hold the cross of Christ as the act of salvation. But somehow what we as Christians profess to be most sacred about the atonement of the Christ is forgotten in the rhetoric of today. Somehow we fail to connect the power of the cross with everyday living. [caption id="attachment_27655" align="alignleft" width="271"] Dr. Kevin Pa ...

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Christians cry

By Dr. Wayne Kilpatrick Some people have the mistaken opinion that Christians should always be smiling and happy. There are some who say, “If you’ve been saved, you have no right to be sad.” Those folks can make you feel mighty guilty if you show any signs of being discouraged or broken-hearted. Let me state this as clearly as I know how: Christians cry! They follow One Who Himself was a Man of sorrows and ...

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Career or Calling?

One of the most disheartening aspects of contemporary church life is the misunderstanding of a biblical call. Too many pastors today are more concerned with climbing the corporate church ladder than being faithful where God has placed them. On the one hand, many ministers seem to want bigger churches, better pay, and more job security. Doesn’t this grieve God? On the other hand, many churches treat pastors ...

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Vice presidential candidates and the outcome of the race

Political experts and historians have consistently chronicled the fact that vice presidential choices have no significant effect on the presidential race outcome. However, this has been a very unconventional presidential political year. My assessment is that the selection of Mike Pence by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s choosing Tim Kaine were extremely wise and helpful decisions. If for nothing else, I ...

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