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Steve Flowers column: 2018 races looming on the horizon

By Steve Flowers Special to The Tribune We still have the culmination of the race for the seat of Jeff Sessions set to be determined in less than five weeks on December 12.  Roy Moore, as the Republican nominee, is the favorite. However, the Democrat Doug Jones could make it a closer race than first thought.  He has raised some money and gained some traction and Moore has a good many detractors among Republ ...

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June Mathews column: Planning for parade sparks memories

By June Mathews For The Tribune When most people think of November, they think of colorful fall foliage, football parties, and massively over-filling Thanksgiving feasts. Here in the South, we finally get to wear socks and sweats, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to make use of the fireplace before the month is over. (All else failing, we’ll turn up the air conditioner and switch on the log lighter anyway.) Bu ...

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Should A Christian Celebrate Halloween?

By Michael J. Brooks Bob Harrington, the former "Chaplain of Bourbon Street," preached one night and advertised his sermon title in the local newspaper: "Three Places Where There's No Problem with Racism." This was in the civil rights era and our nation was fixated on this problem. Hundreds came that night to hear Harrington. He touched on his announced theme only in the first paragraph of his sermon: "The ...

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Strange’s enemies came back to haunt him

By Steve Flowers Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated 2018 elections. [caption id="attachment_47163" align="alignleft" width="297"] Steve Flowers[/caption] Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over one million dollars in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has rais ...

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From one event to the next, party-prepping keeps this guy busy

By June Mathews According to our friend, Bobby, nothing strikes dread in the heart of a man like a spousal pronouncement along these lines: “Honey, I’m hosting a (bridal tea or baby shower or reception… fill in the blank for yourselves, guys), so I’m going to need you to do a few things around the house to help me get ready for it.” [caption id="attachment_47107" align="alignleft" width="216"] June Mathews[ ...

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Bo knows more than you might think

By David Lazenby Editor The past few days have had a lot more Bo Jackson moments than usual. [caption id="attachment_46761" align="alignleft" width="226"] David Lazenby[/caption] I’m not complaining. I have been a fan for years. Growing up in Auburn I used to sell game programs on Saturday mornings in the fall for the opportunity to get into Jordan-Hare Stadium just so I could watch him play. I usually spen ...

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Jefferson County in political transition

By Steve Flowers Jefferson County is transitioning from a Republican to a Democratic county. [caption id="attachment_46641" align="alignleft" width="297"] Steve Flowers[/caption] In the process, they are having an interesting array of intriguing political happenings. You may recall that a few months back I wrote about the indictment of the newly elected Jefferson County District Attorney, Charles Todd Hende ...

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What is your purpose?

By Bill Wilks What is your purpose? Do you know? Many people struggle to know what their purpose in life really is. They travel through life without a clear sense of direction. [caption id="attachment_46638" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bill Wilks[/caption] It is very important to find clarity on this. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, there is one person who can tell you what your purpose in life is ...

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There is a balm in Gilead

By Michael J. Brooks A few years ago, good news-bad news jokes were popular. One had to do with the pilot announcing over the intercom: “My co-pilot is drunk, an engine it out and we have no more fuel. We’re hundreds of miles from our destination, but the good news is we have plenty of peanuts.” [caption id="attachment_46063" align="alignleft" width="214"] Michael J. Brooks[/caption] The ancient prophet Jer ...

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Strange’s bedfellows could not derail Moore

By Steve Flowers Judge Roy Moore and his wife, Kayla, made their traditional horseback ride to their voting place in Gallant in Etowah County, last Tuesday and when all the votes were counted that night, they won a resounding victory. Moore’s capture of the GOP Senate nomination was impressive. A 55-45 margin is not a total trouncing, but is considered a landslide. [caption id="attachment_45795" align="alig ...

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