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On getting along with others

By Michael J. Brooks My denomination invited me to write a series of three commentaries for Sunday School teachers to be used next year, and I was happy to complete the assignment a bit early and hit “send” last week. The editor said 90,000+ leaders will use this material. He said the Bible teachers range from college professors to truck drivers, and I was to write for the truckers! As I tell classroom stud ...

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Trussville doll artist sells dolls all over the globe

By Joy Robertson, ninth grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Combining a love of sewing and childrens books, artist Jan Shackelford was inspired to create dolls as a part-time hobby for extra money. Little did she know that, in a few years, she would have a thriving business. Being inspired by her favorite artist, Eloise Wilkin, her dolls have taken a timeless look, drawing people to her art. “M ...

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Trussville man discovers transplant support groups can make a big difference

By Angela Ann Traylor, 12th grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Stan Smith, President of University of Alabama at Birmingham Heart, Lung and Liver Transplant Support Group, and his wife Nancy Smith, started attending the support group in 1990, three months after Nancy’s heart-double lung transplant. “It goes back to 1987,” Smith said. “When Nancy was first told she needed a transplant and we di ...

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Faith: Where is God when it hurts

By Michael J. Brooks The ancient patriarch Job felt alone in his suffering. He said, “Oh, that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!” (Job 23: 2). I’ve heard people echo Job’s lament over the years. “Where is God when I need him?” or “God doesn’t hear my prayers!” or “What did I do to deserve this?” We’re human and forsakenness is a common emotion in our humanity. “Nobody knows ...

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Falling in love with colorful fall foliage: local children share the reason for the season’s change

By Tanna M. Friday Editor TRUSSVILLE — Albert Camus, a French author,  said: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” This season has provided bouquets of dazzling colors throughout our region. Places like the Trussville Civic Center, Argo's William's Orchard, and Springville's Homestead Hollow are just a few places that you will see various shades of red, orange, maroon and yellow in the wo ...

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Kids Talk About God: Why does God bless Peacemaker?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). "A peacemaker is a person who breaks up fights," says Doug, age 10. Is this a referee or more like a bouncer? "If you try not to start fights but settle them, you will be thanked," says Davis, 10. Often the peacemaker is misunderstood, blamed and persecuted for trying to prevent strife and conf ...

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5-0 clock shadow: Trussville Police get hairy for a good cause

By Tanna M. Friday Editor TRUSSVILLE —You might have noticed our Trussville law enforcement looking a little scruffier than usual as officers have let their five o'clock shadows grow, and grow. Most people have heard of "no shave November," but the Trussville Police Department is giving the phrase a new meaning. [caption id="attachment_65929" align="alignleft" width="300"] Front row L to R: Chief Rush, Offi ...

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Is blue the new white? We will let you decide with newest tooth polish fad

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports NEW YORK - Teeth whiting is a million-dollar industry acording to Business Wire, so why the fad of colored teeth? A New York City-based brand, Chrom, is capturing attention with it’s “tooth polish”. It’s not a polish in the cleaning sense, instead it’s "just like nail polish," the brand's website says; though, unlike nail polish, Chrom's founder, David Silverstein, ...

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