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Sleep, water and carb intake key to weight loss

By Ethan Parker, Anytime Fitness Overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, exhausted: all common words to describe one’s emotions around fitness. Why is that? Besides, we just want to get healthy. Why does this have to be so difficult. The answer: it doesn’t. The fitness industry is filled with self-proclaimed ‘experts’ and Instagram stars who flood the internet and social media with misinformation. Jane meal prep ...

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Alabama oyster supply unusually low this year

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources If oyster dressing was on the Thanksgiving menu, the likelihood is the cook had to look for oysters at other than traditional outlets. Since the oyster season opened on November 1 in Alabama coastal waters, production has been unusually low. Thank goodness, the oyster aquaculture industry in the state has been able to take up some of ...

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Jeff Sessions’s path to the White House

By Steve Flowers It is definite, our Junior Senator, Jeff Sessions, is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor. Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate. He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years. He has an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and has been one of the Senate’s most ardent right wing conservatives, the Democrati ...

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Five post-election market trends

By David Guttery, Keystone Financial Group What investors should watch In the brief time since the US presidential election, we have seen significant market trends emerge: US stocks have rallied, we’ve seen weakness in emerging markets, the dollar has strengthened, the 10 year US treasury yield is up sharply, and inflation expectations have increased. Markets a voting machine in short-term All of these post ...

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The need for Christian Homes

By Dr. J. Wayne Kilpatrick The Bible tells us there are many homes. There was the home in the Garden of Eden, the first home the world has ever known. There was the home of Jacob, where there was a great love and yet many tragedies. There was the home in Bethany which Jesus loved to visit. There was the home of the Prodigal Son, a home which reached out to the far country and brought a wandering boy back to ...

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We must pray for our leaders

By Michael J. Brooks It was in 1992 that I attended a Christian Citizenship Conference in our nation's capital. We had a prayer breakfast one morning superintended by the late Richard Halverson, at the time the chaplain of the U.S. Senate. The chaplain had invited two Southern Baptist senators to speak that morning: Trent Lott of Mississippi and Al Gore of Tennessee. We couldn't have known at the time that ...

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Wild Game Cook-Offs around state continue to thrive

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Most fundraisers and similar activities that require significant public participation may enjoy several years of success and great turnouts. Most, however, tend to fade significantly after a decade or so. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off series is the exception to the rule. Now in their 20th year, the AWF Cook- ...

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Trump’s upset changes the entire U.S. political landscape

By Steve Flowers Donald J. Trump’s election to the presidency left the pollsters and pundits from every media outlet and news network with egg on their face. It also left them with their mouths ajar in shock. Every poll and every pundit had Hillary Clinton winning the presidency. It was assumed that the Electoral College advantage for a liberal Democrat was impregnable. Trump’s amazing surprise victory will ...

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Alzheimer’s most expensive disease in the nation

By Shea Summerlin, Ambassador w/ the AL/ FL Panhandle Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association At a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation. Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on caring for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.  These costs will only continue to increase as baby boomers age, soaring to more than $1 tr ...

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City elections, state matters and a new president

By Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) A lot is happening during this legislative offseason! First, congratulations to Clay Mayor Charles Webster and council members Becky Johnson, Ben Thackerson and Bo Johnson for being reelected to the Clay City Council. Also, I want to congratulate new council members Don Baker and Dennis Locke for winning their elections. Best wishes to departing councilmen Rick ...

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