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It’s always funny to me how people read about one sentence or a headline and make instant judgements. Social media is a lawless and wild frontier, and it is so easy to find people who take any issue and immediately go into spleen-venting mode. I fell into this trap last week in the fallout f…

People in the Tallassee area have noticed some things going on at Gilmer Avenue; just about where the four lane ends and the two lane begins is a two-story building. It was really a three story if you counted the basement and the basement was important in the days of Tubby's. Some of the thi…

During Sunday night’s telecast of the Super Bowl, FOX cut its cameras to the famous people in attendance. As they stopped to focus on Paul McCartney in the press box, the announcers began raving for several minutes about his importance to music. More on that in a moment.

I am not sure how many times it has to be written about for people to start changing what they say but until I see those changes happen, I am going to keep writing about it. It used to just be a lazy way to insult someone and you could brush it off as a one-time thing but at this point, it’s…

I had planned to write about the Grammy awards this week — and a brief review appears below.  But before going any further, let us pause and remember a former member of our music department who passed away suddenly Sunday afternoon.

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He drives out demons by the prince of demons."

The Dixie Art Colony Foundation has announced its schedule of exhibitions and educational programs for the year 2020. According to foundation founder and director Mark Harris, the schedule will be their busiest and most robust schedule thus far.

I was pleased to read in The Tallassee Tribune about the Confederate monument dedication in Tallassee on Dec. 8 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

I am not sure how many times it has to be written about for people to start changing what they say but until I see those changes happen, I am going to keep writing about it. It used to just be a lazy way to insult someone and you could brush it off as a one-time thing but at this point, it’s…

I had planned to write about the Grammy awards this week — and a brief review appears below.  But before going any further, let us pause and remember a former member of our music department who passed away suddenly Sunday afternoon.

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He drives out demons by the prince of demons."

In the early ’50s, my Uncle Carl decided to sell the World Book encyclopedia to the Red Hill families with children. His sales pitch to the parents was “purchasing a set of encyclopedias would be an investment in the future of your children.”This was probably true, but I suspect the commissi…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

It seems like The Tribune office has been without internet service for the better part of a week. That really got me thinking about the days before the internet.

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…

I am not sure everyone has had such a time dealing with the new options for sexual orientations I have experienced. As much of a challenge as I have dealt with over the years just trying to operate with the two I grew up with, why in the world our society would want to deal with five or more…

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!” 

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.