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Is government killing the health care profession?

By Zack Steele There are times in my day when I wish my life was about seeing patients and helping them see well. One would think that is what a health care provider is supposed to do. These days, we are inundated with codes, procedures, and minutia created by the federal government and insurance companies. I read an interesting column recently by a doctor named Jeffrey Singer. He’s a surgeon who lamented i ...

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Holiday closet-cleaning project turns into Black Friday trauma

By June Mathews Several years ago, back when the media began reporting horror stories of bargain hunting thugs stampeding one another at midnight mall openings and breaking fellow shoppers’ arms for the sake of deep discounts on a limited number of home electronics, I decided Black Friday shopping was for the birds. I figure neither a $5 toaster nor a $50 TV is worth my sanity – which is already, to put it ...

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Former Trussville/Clay residents celebrate 75 years of marriage

For The Tribune ALEXANDER CITY -- Hubert and Opal Parker, who were married Dec. 8, 1939, give God all the Glory for their 75 years together. At the age of 94 and 93 they are blessed with a wonderful family: son and wife, Wayne and Linda Parker of Trussville; daughter and husband, Donna and Mike Wells of Alexander City; and daughter Janet Parker of Steele. They have six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren ...

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Philip Lutzenkirchen’s father inspires Hewitt-Trussville students

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Aside from stating he was a college football fanatic, Philip Lutzenkirchen’s biography on Twitter displays a Jackie Robinson quote. “A life is not important except for the impact it has on others.” His life is proving to be important. WATCH: Gary Lloyd interviews Mike Lutzenkirchen. [caption id="attachment_18062" align="alignleft" width="175"] Mike Lutzenkirchen speaks at Hewitt- ...

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Clay Christmas Parade Dec. 13

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- The Clay Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Clay-Chalkville High School. Those in the parade should begin lining up at 3 p.m. [caption id="attachment_13129" align="alignleft" width="300"] Clay-Chalkville High Schoolphoto courtesy of Jefferson County Schools[/caption] No ATVs are permitted, though golf carts are permitted. Registra ...

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Pinson Christmas Parade set for Dec. 6

By Gary Lloyd PINSON -- The Pinson Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Pinson Valley High School and travels south on Highway 75 to Triangle Park. [caption id="attachment_7338" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pinson Valley High Schoolphoto courtesy of Jefferson County Schools[/caption] Float judging will be at 9 a.m. No candy may be thrown from floats or vehicles duri ...

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Turkey, toy distribution at Argo church Dec. 6

From staff reports ARGO -- On Saturday, Dec. 6 Solid Rock Lutheran Church in Argo will hold its fifth annual free turkey, food and toy distribution. The address of the church is 1935 U.S. Highway 11. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the distribution begins at 9 a.m. [caption id="attachment_18031" align="alignleft" width="300"] Solid Rock Lutheran Church in Argophoto courtesy of www.solidrocklutheranchurch.org[/capt ...

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Pinson library ranks 11th in circulation, despite size

By Lee Weyhrich PINSON -- Pinson Public Library Director April Wallace had some good news to share at a recent Pinson City Council meeting. Pinson Public Library is ranked 11th out Jefferson County's 40 public libraries based on number of items circulated. What makes this even more of an accomplishment is that the Pinson library is the second-smallest library out of the 40. The library circulated 69,782 ite ...

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Writers, listeners wanted for Trussville library program

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE -- Have a story, poem, essay, anecdote or novel chapter you’d like to bounce off some receptive listeners? You have a chance to do that Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, with an afternoon program, “In Our Own Words,” at the Trussville Public Library. Co-sponsored by the library and Friends of the Library, the program gives writers and authors an opportunity to read excerpts from their wor ...

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‘Saturday Singings’ coming back in Clay

From staff reports CLAY -- The singings are coming back. “Saturday Singings” are back on the calendar in Clay, and will begin again in January 2015. The free, family-friendly events will be at the Clay Community Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month. A live band will sing a variety of songs including country, gospel and bluegrass. The community center is located at 6415 Clay-Pa ...

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