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In the summer of 1969, an arrangement of a Baptist hymn from 1755 became a Top 40 hit.  The story of how it happened is fascinating.

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As hard as it may be to believe, what is generally regarded as the greatest situation comedy of all time, “I Love Lucy,” began 70 years ago this season.

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If you are on the fence about who to vote for, we have compiled a list of suggestions based on our conversations and interactions with candidates.

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Their birthdays are mostly in 2003 and 2004: that long-ago time when we were about to get involved in a War on Terror, and George W. Bush was still in his first term.  We were all ‘standard definition’ and not yet ‘high definition,’ and cellular phones were either really tiny or so large the…

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The PBS series “American Masters” recently spotlighted one of the finest citizens Alabama – or the United States – has ever produced: Helen Adams Keller of Tuscumbia.

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In April 2019, a bus load of juniors and seniors from Tallassee High School attended the Troy University production of MAMMA MIA!  It was staged at the Claudia Crosby Theatre, inside C.B. Smith Hall (named for Charles Bunyan Smith, a former president of Troy University but also the founding …

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The old phrase “shock and awe” is reappearing in the national mindset this week.

"My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work." - John 4:34

Every once in a while, one sees or hears about a notable example of sportsmanship at some event, and it seems like such incidents are “notable” simply because they happen.

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The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?" - John 4:11 

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Richard and Robert Sherman are wonderful songwriters.  They are responsible for the most-performed song of all time, “It’s a Small World (After All),” heard daily at the Disney-themed parks featuring the Small World ride.  The Shermans also wrote memorable music for Winnie the Pooh, Mary Pop…

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After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.

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The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?" - John 4:11 

You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy place. - Exodus 15:13

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Economic Development has three key principles: Pride of Place, a strong and willing workforce and a forward-thinking mindset. Tallassee has parts and percentages of all three elements, but if we could get everyone on the same page and singing from the same songbook – who knows what the futur…

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I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

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This column ran exactly one year ago this week here in the TRIBUNE.  To this day, I have people approaching me and attacking me for this column; I stand by the views expressed here..

I like Bibles. I have a lot of them. Even though I use mostly ebooks, apps and computer-based Scriptures these days, I still enjoy and appreciate a well-made Bible. One of the first passages I read and mark with a highlight pencil in a new Bible is often Psalm 84:11: "For the LORD God is a s…

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On the last day of school, the Class of 2021 and the faculty of Tallassee High School were presented with pieces of the original wood.

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The brave seniors of the class of 2021 will walk across the field at J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium Friday night.  My daughter Abbey is a member of this steadfast graduating class, the last one to graduate from the 1928 Tallassee High School building.

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Last week’s final awards ceremony at the original Tallassee High School was disturbed by a gas leak severe enough to force an evacuation to the church across the street. The leak - which was blowing with enough pressure to lead emergency services directly to the scene of the explosion - coul…

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Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. - 2 Timothy 2:14

Joan Stevenson, 88, of Tallassee, passed away May 27, 2021. She was born May 18, 1933.

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Five years ago this week, Tallassee lost perhaps the most important part of its history when the east side Mount Vernon Mills complex burned.  This, along with the 2009 fire that destroyed the Hotel Talisi, are two sad but unforgettable events. Here is what I wrote for the following issue of…

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It's not unusual for someone who comes to talk about some problem to begin by saying, "Brother Mike, I'm so confused!" And no, most of them are not talking about my last sermon!

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Staff report The Elmore County Economic Development Authority (ECEDA) in conjunction with the Elmore County Commission engaged Stroudwater Associates to better understand the present and future healthcare needs of Elmore County. The goal of the study was to determine what services are curren…

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"How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" - Psalm 139:17

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Ninety years ago this month, the story of one of the longest-running musical groups of all time began.

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He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. - Proverbs 29:1

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I am revisiting this column that originally ran in the spring of 2013.  There has been an incredible amount of loss in our community over the past few months.  This was written when I was younger and it was one of the first times I had experienced the death of someone my own age.