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It is the starting of a New Year and I've got some confessions and overall statements to make. The first is a confession: Santa Claus and I don't get along to good. When I was about 7 years old and lived on Herd Street, I started noticing things. You see, I lived on Herd Street which was 100…

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It was the last week of January 2009. Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States. Pilot Chesney “Sully” Sullenberger landed a U.S. Airways flight on an icy Hudson River, saving his passengers and becoming a hero in the process. In California, a woman gave birth t…

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Have you ever been discouraged? I suspect you have been at some time in the past. I know I have been, more than once, and it's not a very happy feeling. I've been discouraged after failing to do as well as I should have done on some important task. I've been discouraged when other people did…

I don’t remember when it exactly happened. I don’t even think there is one moment where I chose my favorite athlete as a kid but I am certainly never going to forget who it was.

Today, I would like for you, the readers of The Tallassee Tribune, to take a moment to honor an outstanding citizen who will be leaving our community in the next few days for a new life in Birmingham.

The women on the phone said, “We have you scheduled for a series of test on Monday. Do not eat or drink anything after your supper meal on Sunday and be here ready to go at 8:15 a.m. Plus we like for you to be here 30 minutes early.” That means be there at 7:45 plus the time to drive to Opel…

Do you like to know when you reach the halfway point of a journey or task? I do. When we used to go to the beach regularly, I knew we were halfway there when we passed a certain spot. I remember an intersection I used to go through on a backwoods route to visit Mom before she moved here. Tha…

With the 2020 National Signing Day rapidly approaching, I have seen several high school athletes make last-ditch efforts on social media to get their clips in front of coaches and recruiters from across the country. I enjoy seeing that passion come out of young student-athletes who do not wa…

It was a cold wet day on Nov. 12, 2019 when the Tallassee National Guard had a get-together at the Ft. Piper Armory in Tallassee. A lot of the people were in their 70s and 80s. Thanks to Alan Rigsby and a few others, they decided to have a breakfast for the retired and former members of the …

The sixth annual Angling for Autism bass fishing tournament to benefit The Learning Tree in Tallassee and the Little HAPIE Tree in Auburn is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9. The tournament will take place at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander Ci…

With the 2020 National Signing Day rapidly approaching, I have seen several high school athletes make last-ditch efforts on social media to get their clips in front of coaches and recruiters from across the country. I enjoy seeing that passion come out of young student-athletes who do not wa…

Did you cook black-eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread and pork for your traditional New Year’s dinner? If so, you are not alone.

It was a cold wet day on Nov. 12, 2019 when the Tallassee National Guard had a get-together at the Ft. Piper Armory in Tallassee. A lot of the people were in their 70s and 80s. Thanks to Alan Rigsby and a few others, they decided to have a breakfast for the retired and former members of the …

Last week in The Tribune, I wrote about some of the hits and misses of 2019. Like Emperor Joseph told Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart not to write “too many notes,” I had too many words for this column. And so, here is the conclusion of the year in info-tainment, with continued apologies to Cousin R…

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. We have to do the works of th…

There is a Facebook page called “Forgotten Alabama” which provides picture after picture of old abandoned buildings of all types, barns, homes and commercial property in our state. There are literally thousands upon thousands of pics of old abandoned properties from all around our state. I f…

As you have probably gathered, I love basketball. I advocate for the sport from youth leagues to the NBA and I want to see it grow as much as possible, especially in a state dominated by football.

For many, the new year is a time of reflection. It's a time to look back over the past 365 days and for most, it is a time of self-judgment. This can be tough because not everyone is where he or she wants to be in life. Some have propelled over the past year; some have faced unexpected obsta…

This old year is about to come to an end and as I look back on it, I think overall it has been a good year and if my health holds out I wouldn't mind having 15 more of them. I would be 100 and you would have to ask me about the future at that point.

I came across a recent statistic that 60% of people make New Year’s resolutions, and 8% of those actually keep them during the year. In fact, I’ve read most people abandon their resolutions by the second Friday in January, leading an article in The Independent to dub that day, “Quitters’ Day.”

The church always offers a worldwide prayer for unity among Christians. We pray that what we have in common may be made visible; and we pray that we don’t let our differences stop us from working for Christ’s kingdom, to bring help to those in need.

I hear my grandchildren at play doing something I remember doing as a kid. Obsessed with the concept of fairness, they have to find a way to start a race without giving anyone a head start. So, to make it fair for everyone, one person gets to say, “Ready, set, go!” 

I hear my grandchildren at play doing something I remember doing as a kid. Obsessed with the concept of fairness, they have to find a way to start a race without giving anyone a head start. So, to make it fair for everyone, one person gets to say, “Ready, set, go!” 

They’re all in their 80s now. The youngest member of the informal group recently hit the Big Eight-Oh but is still active with a Montgomery-based newspaper. Just about everyone else goes at his own pace these days. They’re former athletes who competed in various sports at Lanier High School …

When I was a boy growing up in the 1940s, there were basically only two kinds of cook stoves. There was the wood burning stove and the oil stove, or as we called it around here the kerosene stove. This is before the electric stove or gas stove became popular.

Last week, I heard an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) about raising children in the 21st century.

There may not be a lot of attention on the baseball diamond right now but there are plenty of things happening behind the scenes that have made the news and should probably be talked about more. Major League Baseball had another terrific postseason with plenty of excitement, including a seve…

As preparation continued for another week of the NFL season last week, I saw a quote from Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield that rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not sure what exactly he meant by it but it didn’t the attention it should have gotten and it became a joke on ESPN talk shows.

A while back I stumbled on an online article entitled “50 Regrets All Too Common Among People Over 50.” It didn’t appear to be click bait, so I perused it.

Jesus said to his disciples: "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl …

I love Christmas music, don't you? I especially love the songs about Jesus' birth. The classic carols and hymns are timeless testimonies to the fact "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." They have endured through the centuries because of their beautiful melodies and profound messages.

It has already happened — the radio is playing “The Chipmunk Song.” Must be Christmastime.

I cannot be certain but since I have not seen a college football game from the time the Iron Bowl ended to the time I am writing this, I can only assume the season has ended and we can now move on to the hardwood. And yes, maybe I am a little bitter but I also just love basketball and the am…

The last couple of weeks have been tough for Alabama law enforcement. City policemen and county sheriff’s department personnel have been in the news for more than one incident or reason, and all of the occurrences were sorrowful in their own way.

Just few hours after Jesus had multiplied bread and fish for five thousand men, the disciples had already forgotten about it.

Using the north Alabama wedding of my music department colleague Melanie Perry as a starting point, I built a Thanksgiving week trip around the event and made opportunities to visit people and places on the journey.

I grew-up in the days before television and I got in on the last of the great story tellers.  A good storyteller is a person that can tell a story and when they finish you don’t know were to believe it or not.  You want to believe it and yet there is that little something that makes you doub…

A couple weeks ago, sports writer Caleb Turrentine penned a column about the potential environment of a high school basketball game. If the crowd is large and into it, it can be one of the best atmospheres around the sports world.

You know those moments in life when you run into somebody who knows your name and you struggle to remember theirs.  You find yourself struggling with personal pronouns in hopes that your mind will locate the name of the person, you are speaking with.  Those moments could be embarrassing for …

You have probably seen the bumper sticker.

Last week, I conversed with Liz Britt, the president of the Friends of Tuckabatchee, which recently sponsored another presentation of “…And One Fire Still Burns,” a historical play about the visit of Shawnee warrior Tecumseh to the Muscogee Creek capitol of Tuckabatchee in 1811.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few days, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip near the end of the first half of Saturday’s game at Mississippi State. By now, most people have found themselves on either side of the argument about whether Tagovai…