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Guidelines to understanding criminal law

By Chesley Payne Criminal law is an area of law that can affect you, a family member or a friend at one time or another in your life. In the event you are accused of a criminal act or questioned by police regarding a criminal act, please keep in mind these guidelines. You are entitled to counsel. This is one of the most important rights contained within the Bill of Rights. The Sixth Amendment guarantees you ...

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Editorial: Venie Payne was a rare treasure

By Scott Buttram Trussville lost a treasure last week with the passing of Venie Payne. It is a loss that will not be easily replaced, because the combination of love for her community and action on behalf of her community is rare. Many of us love the place in which we live. Working for the place we live? That is often another matter entirely. It was Mrs. Payne’s life work. Her priorities in life were clear. ...

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Having more peace means having less stress

By Channing King Stress is the real deal. Jesus, David, Solomon and other biblical characters had stress. It’s something we can’t avoid. We have to learn how to handle physical, chemical and emotional stresses so we can be healthy. I want to teach some principles I have learned from Dr. Ben Lerner, author of the book “Body by God.” The first principle to remember is that stress affects your body. Whether yo ...

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Unromantic gifts can sometimes – but not always – be best for Valentine’s Day

By June Mathews Jimmie and I have never been the most romantic couple in the world, and I suppose a precedent was set by the inauspicious way we officially got engaged. We were sitting in his 1974 Javelin in the parking lot at Eastwood Mall, where we had just bought the ring I’d picked out a few weeks before (I didn’t dare let him choose a ring I’d likely be wearing the rest of my life on his own. Does that ...

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Children with 20/20 can still have vision problems

By Zack Steele I hear all too often “My child sees 20/20, so vision is not an issue.” Most of the time that is true. But in many instances, children and adults have undiagnosed vision problems that have little to do with their ability to see letters on an eye chart. Some children may have undiagnosed problems with two eyes that do not work well together. This condition, called convergence insufficiency, is ...

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Teacher pay raises, gun control highlight 2013 legislative session

By Slade Blackwell Last week I had the opportunity to host Coffee & Conversation with Trussville Mayor Gene Melton and several members of the Trussville community. We had an engaging conversation about issues that will be coming up in this year’s legislative session as well as ones that are important in the Trussville area. Some of the major issues discussed were government efficiency and growth of Alab ...

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The good ol’ days for potential home buyers are now

By Dave Parrish As we move into the meat of 2013, I propose that this is a year that many will remember in the years to come, as the good ol’ days. Did I get your attention? That’s right now are the good ol’ days for buyers. There is no doubt that the past six to seven years have been most trying for homeowners and a time of great concern by those who might have otherwise been enthusiastic home buyers. Sinc ...

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Women may say, ‘I will never…’ but some rules are made to be broken

By June Mathews After catching a glimpse in the mirror of myself wearing reading glasses the other day, I had to laugh. Not only were the glasses kind of funny-looking – blue and red half-frames dotted with snowflakes – they also presented hard evidence that I’m nothing like the stylish woman I used to imagine I’d be at this age. But that’s OK. Wearing those silly glasses allowed me to see well enough to re ...

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Learning the basics of the Alabama court system

By Chesley Payne A basic understanding of the court system in the state of Alabama is useful information for most individuals. Whether you are involved in a legal action or are simply voting for a particular judicial position, it is important to know these basic facts to allow you to be an informed citizen. The first court most people are familiar with are the district courts of each county. The district co ...

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A year later, tornado path continues to heal

By Gary Lloyd Earlier this month, as I was gathering photos and a feel for the areas affected by the Jan. 23, 2012, tornado, I turned onto Somersby Parkway in Clay, just off Old Springville Road and across from the Georgebrook neighborhood that was so heavily damaged. A large group of residents was outside near the entrance. It reminded me of all the community members and volunteers last year, clearing debr ...

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