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Drought affecting reservoirs, wildlife

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The dirt clod I picked up last weekend at the hunting camp in Choctaw County crumbled into a cascade of sand and dust with just slight pressure from my thumb. Hunters and landowners who have been trying to put seeds in the ground in hopes that this extended dry period will finally end find themselves and their equipment caked in dust ...

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22 Veterans call Trussville final resting place

By Brent B. Goodwin, Special to The Trussville Tribune Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Many of us will pause to remember our Veterans and some will make the effort to participate in one of the many Veterans Day parades around the state to show their support for Veterans. Many people in Trussville will make a special effort to recognize Veterans around the community and thank them for their service. A small effort ...

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Divine election

By Andy Waits, FBC Springville Politics dominates lately. While everyone has a different opinion, everyone is convinced they are correct. Many are worried. If their candidate doesn’t get elected, our nation will fall into absolute destruction with no hope of ever being salvaged. One prominent minister has said “this is the watershed of movements in our nation. Whoever gets elected, it will alter the United ...

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Why I ask why…

By David Parrish, RE/MAX I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who  - Rudyard Kipling [caption id="attachment_4176" align="alignleft" width="100"] David Parrish[/caption] At least a portion of the power of these questions comes form the fact that they are open-ended questions… questions than cannot be answered yes or no… questi ...

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UAB psychologist: More than ever, this election threatens to divide us

By Bob Shepard, UAB News This election, perhaps as no other before, threatens to destroy longstanding friendships and relationships, according to Josh Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Klapow offers some ideas on how to keep the politics from becoming a friendship-ending issue. “From discussions at work, home or places of worship, and from posts on social med ...

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The electoral college and presidential politics

By Steve Flowers You know the outcome of the election. Unfortunately I had to go to press with the column prior to Tuesday. We will analyze the results for you next week. There should be very few surprises. The Electoral College System of selecting our President favors a Democrat winning the White House. Under this archaic and undemocratic system, it is a winner take all electoral vote contest. For example, ...

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Amendment two to determine state parks funding

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Opinion Alabama voters will have the opportunity on November 8 to vote on Amendment 2 and determine what happens to the funding of the Alabama State Parks System. Amendment 2 safeguards the funding designated for State Parks and ensures the money cannot be diverted to any other use in state government. The reason for Amendment 2 was t ...

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Concussions affect high school athletes with more severe symptoms

By Dr. Zack Steele We all got a scary reminder a couple weeks ago in Hewitt’s season finale that concussions are a major part of the game. The injury to one of Hewitt’s defensive players was severe enough to delay the game for several minutes. What’s more problematic is that high school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their col ...

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You are special

By Buddy Champion Did you know that you are uniquely special? Really…you are a great person and made like no one else. When you look in the mirror today, you need to see someone that has extraordinary value with huge potential! How can I say that about you when perhaps we have never met? Think about these truths from the Bible for just a minute:   13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me togethe ...

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The Lord is our righteousness

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ - Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NRSV) This passage brings so much hope. It proclai ...

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