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Inside the Statehouse: The race is on for the U.S. Senate

By Steve Flowers MONTGOMERY — We are less than three months away from the election for our number two U.S. Senate Seat.  The winner of the Republican Primary on March 3, 2020 will be our next U.S. Senator.  Winning the GOP Primary for any statewide office in a presidential year is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie. Jeff Sessions is the prohibitive favorite to win back his seat he held for 20 year ...

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REFLECTIONS: Winning and Losing

By Michael J. Brooks It’s been said that football is a religion in Alabama. Sadly, this is often the case. A pastor I know always gave an exhortation on the Sunday before Alabama’s Iron Bowl game. He told the congregation half of them would be disappointed the next weekend, but they needed to remember it was just a game--it’s supposed to be fun--and they must respect the other side. I was so impressed by th ...

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DeMarco: Alabama Leaders have to address attacks on law enforcement

By Paul DeMarco The tragic killing of Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams last week is another sad chapter to end the year on for Alabama in 2019. The sheriff was the fifth member of law enforcement in the state shot to death in the line of duty this year. Another Alabama police officer was killed in an automobile accident responding to a burglary call. The attacks on police officers have involved di ...

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FAITH: Unwrapping expectations

By Mike Ennis, Faith Community Fellowship JOY TO THE WORLD! The holiday season is often SO full of joy and expectation. It is supposed to be a season of thankfulness, joyful times, gift exchanges, etc. However, I have found that often it is a difficult time for many. A season full of lights and festivities can be one of the darkest times in a person’s life. Is this what Thanksgiving and Christmas are really ...

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Kids Talk about God: What is the golden rule?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends What did Jesus mean when he said, "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them"? "If you are mean to someone, then they will start being mean back to you," says Blain, 7. Brooke, 9, looks to agriculture to interpret the Golden Rule: "If we plant something good, we get something good back. But if you plant something bad, you get something bad back." [caption ...

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FAITH: Empty Chairs at the table

By Michael J. Brooks Thanksgiving is, indeed, a wonderful time for families and friends to get together and enjoy themselves around a table of good food. I’ve been thinking lately about other memories from the holidays. I remember my boyhood pastor saying once that Christmas always had a tinge of sadness since it was the time his father died. Little did I realize for Donna and me the same kind of memories w ...

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DEMARCO: Alabama nears end of 2019 with mixed news on education and economic development

Alabama is a story of contradictions as we approach year-end. First, the state has again reached a new record unemployment rate at 2.8 percent this past October. The Alabama Department of Labor reports that there are over 2.1 million jobs in the state, more than ever in the history of the state. Alabama’s low unemployment rate is even lower than the national unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. In addition, th ...

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Kids talk about God: What should we be most grateful for this Thanksgiving?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends In reading Thanksgiving poems, I came across this clever writing by Edgar A. Guest: "When turkey's on the table lain, And good things I may scan, I'm thankful that I wasn't made A vegetarian." Vegetarians and carnivores alike should be grateful for this Thanksgiving prayer written by Steve, 10: "Dear Lord, thank you for my dear family and that none of them have been hurt phys ...

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Thank God it’s Friday? Not so much

By Michael J. Brooks I found a volume in a used book store a few years back on the life and death of President William McKinley. It was interesting to learn more about our 25th president. McKinley has the infamy of being our third assassinated president. The writer noted, "a singular coincidence" that all presidential assassinations had been on Friday: Lincoln - Friday, April 14, 1865; Garfield - Friday, Ju ...

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Op-ed: Kanye West, Fraud or Forgiven?

By Ryan Jennings Where is Jesus in all of this Kanye nonsense? The literal answer? He is in the same place He has been since He ascended into Heaven, after He stole the keys to death, Hell and the Grave. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. The figurative answer, in reference to Kanye and the current opinion of fans, Christians, the world, anyone: Jesus is ALL over, in and through the situation. He is ...

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