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Guest opinion by Pat Feemster: Clay Library volunteers deserved better

By Pat Feemster, Guest Opinion For the first eight years of its existence, the City of Clay had no public library.  In its ninth year, that changed due to a vision shared by some Clay citizens.  Initially, this vision was a struggle and at times seemed as though it would not happen.  Clay has a public library today only because of citizen determination and dedication. Though there were many library supporte ...

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Parrish: McMansion vs. Tiny House

By Dave Parrish For The Trussville Tribune While for decades the thought "bigger is better" has ruled, it looks like the tide may well be turning in the real estate industry. This change in trend is being brought about by two very different groups: Baby Boomers and Millennials. The Tiny House Movement has caught the imagination of these two outwardly dissimilar groups due to many shared realities as well as ...

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Guest editorial: Why I voted no on the body shop deal

By Robbie Roberts, Pinson City Councilman - Place #3 The people were outraged over the possibility of a new jail being built in their community. “How could something like this be allowed to happen in our back yard?” they asked. With the possibility of such a project looming, the folks decided it was time to act. If they didn't stand up for their community then who else would? [caption id="attachment_23727" ...

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Columnist and commentator shares Alabama political stories and legends in new memoir

From staff reports MONTGOMERY - Few states have as fascinating a political history as Alabama, especially in the post-World War II era. Moving onto and off the state’s electoral stage during this time period of remarkable transformation have been some of the most interesting figures in 20th century American government and politics. Now the backstage intrigue of Alabama politics receives a lively treatment i ...

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: BP settlement will help, not solve, state’s General Fund shortfall

By Steve Flowers The week leading up to the Fourth of July had a lot of fireworks. In fact, my guess is that when we look back at the year 2015, we will look to that week as the most momentous of the year. It was like bang, bang, bang. The declaration by the Supreme Court that same sex marriage is the law of the land may be one of the most monumental court decisions in decades and unquestionably the landmar ...

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Summer means time at the pool…and the eye doctor

By Dr. Zack Steele I feel like I spend most of my weekends at our neighborhood pool. My kids love to go, no matter how hot or miserable it is in and out of the water. I swear this weekend the pool temperature was the same as it was outside. In any case, splashing and relaxing in the pool is one of summer's most coveted pastimes. But oftentimes a dip in the pool can lead to itchy and red eyes—which most peop ...

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: Recalling the day Paul Hubbert earned his spurs

By Steve Flowers A good many of you let me know that you agreed with my column last week when I suggested that stealing from the Special Education Trust Fund budget to resolve the dilemma in the General Fund is not the solution needed during the looming extraordinary special session. This potential raid on the schoolchildren’s and teachers’ money is not the first time that this idea has been suggested. Ever ...

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The Dream Guide: Taking buyers from vision to ownership

By Dave Parrish When I set out to write this piece, the plan was to put together in 600 words or less an informative article on the basics of financing your real estate purchaser. In doing so, I recounted the almost daily conversations that I have with buyers -- first-time, last-time buyers, move-up or move down buyers, investors, or vacation-home buyers. Each with a personal vision, each with a personal st ...

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: Robbing the Education Fund won’t solve Alabama’s budget woes

By Steve Flowers As the legislative session was winding down, it was obvious no solution was going to be found for the beleaguered General Fund Budget. The Governor’s $541 million tax increase proposal had been ignored. Although he still kept preaching that this was the prescription for the ailing General Fund, the good doctor’s prognosis and recommended course of treatment was completely disregarded. Senat ...

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July 4th cookout cost still under $6 per person

From the American Farm Bureau Federation WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Fourth of July cookout of Americans’ favorite foods costs slightly less this year, coming in at less than $6 per person. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), that cost includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk. [caption id="attachment_23145" align="alignleft" widt ...

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