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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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Why Are Yearly Eye Exams So Important?

By Dr. Zack Steele, Trussville Vision Care I had a harsh reminder recently about why getting a yearly eye and health exam is an important thing to do, so I thought I’d pass it on to you. [caption id="attachment_3817" align="alignleft" width="300"] Zack Steele[/caption] We had a patient recently who came into the office thinking that he simply needed his glasses updated. His vision had gotten blurry and he w ...

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Guest Editorial: Save the arts at PVHS

By Steven Baird Guest Editorial PINSON --At the beginning of the school year, we had a orientation with the counselors and school principals at Pinson Valley High School. Mr. Turner spoke of how he values our children, their future and our community. My question is how can he say that he values our children and their future, and have us believe that, when he alone made the decision to dismiss two teachers i ...

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Biblical reasons to leave a church

By Andy Waits, First Baptist Church Springville [caption id="attachment_29748" align="alignleft" width="206"] Andy Waits[/caption] There is a difference between a “reason” and an “excuse.” Parents, teachers, police officers, and pastors spend their lives listening to “excuses.” Sadly, we have reached a point where the lines between the two have been blurred. Pastors experience heartbreak when people leave t ...

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Letter writing remains important part of bill passage

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE By Steve Flowers Last week we talked about how difficult it is to win passage of a legislative act. It does not matter if the proposed legislation is for apple pie and motherhood. If for nothing else, the bill has to go before both House and Senate committees, win approval, and not get an amendment put on it. If it gets an amendment on it, it has to basically start all over again. It t ...

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