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During the late summer, it was revealed Alabama’s economy set records for the number of people employed along with the lowest unemployment rate in decades. Figures released in August had the state with a record-breaking 3.3% unemployment percentage.

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I started saving things and keeping scrapbooks when I was just a youngun. The scrapbooks I kept were the cheap Five and Dime Store type — not the type that would withstand the steps of time. Let us take a trip back to the 1940s and early ’50s.

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I used to listen to preachers on the radio and television. Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, Rex Humbard, Jack Van Impe, Ernest Angley, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Robert Schuller, Oral Roberts — you name ‘em, I watched ‘em.

A couple of months ago, the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was remembered with numerous documentaries and interviews, as well as special celebratory events. Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Buzz Aldrin had trod on the surface of the Moon on …

You win as a team or you lose as a team, right? Those are the two options in sports. They say a tie is like kissing your sister because… well, I don’t really know why; a tie is still better than a loss.

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Tallassee is expected to have more revenue than expenditures in 2020, according to finance committee chairman Bill Godwin, who introduced the projected fiscal year budget to fellow councilmembers during the Sept. 10 regularly scheduled work session.

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Recovery Organization Support Specialist (ROSS) is a state- and federally-funded recovery program that goes beyond the traditional in-house services to support those in recovery. The program began in April 2018 and since that time, the City of Tallassee in Elmore and Tallapoosa counties has …

There are times when you should not try too hard to find flaws. There are definitely times where focusing on the positives can be a good thing but sometimes you have to find where the issues are so things can start improving.

(Full disclosure: “Licorice Pizza” was actually the name of a retail chain back in the ’70s, based in southern California. The moniker is also an accurate and whimsical term for LP records. I never patronized a Licorice Pizza store, but there were plenty of other chains in Bubbaland, like Tu…

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

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” — The Scout Oath

There are authors whose fan bases are strong enough to where his or her newest works will be purchased immediately by ardent admirers. Of course, the same concept applies to new albums by musicians and followers of particular actors will be in the earliest lines for admittance to new movies …

It was a beautiful Sunday morning when I boarded the church bus along with my son, daughter-in-law and two of my great grandsons, then we headed to our church to pick up some others to go to Lake Martin. We made our way to the Church in the Pines, only 15 minutes from our church in Kent.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. - Psalm 115:1

“I just remember a lot of traffic,” Dr. Dennis Herrick said one day during a music lesson in which I was supposed to be playing my scales.

Last month, this nation celebrated its 243rd birthday. In this area and elsewhere, there were the usual fireworks, barbecues and boating, as the attitude of most of the participants were more patriotic than usual, if only for a day.

Fred Hatfield and I did not become friends until later in his life. I had the “Coffee Break” TV show and he was a scout for Gene Autry and the Los Angeles Angels.

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If you are in the mood for some barbecue but too busy to fire up the grill, the Tallassee Boy Scouts’ drive-thru BBQ fundraiser is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 on the lawn at city hall. Pre-orders are accepted until Aug. 14.

With school starting this week, I thought it might be interesting to look at the current statistics of participation in choir and band in our schools and be reminded of the importance of fine arts education.

I am a thinker, and a doubter. I have always thought deeply about things, and doubts have often followed those deep thoughts. My doubts about the Christian faith, however, began to intensify greatly when I was taking classes in college at the University of Alabama. I was challenged to think …

It’s usually the first thing a person says upon meeting someone new. It’s something that’s attached to a person for life. It’s how you’re identified everywhere. 

There’s a stone memorial in Veterans Park here in Tallassee honoring 10 local members of the military who lost their lives in Vietnam. It was placed there by the Tallassee Jaycees in 1973. Four of the 10 decedents were officers and the other six were enlisted men.

“And you said, 'Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live.'” - Deuteronomy 5:24

Southerners — that includes myself and many other Lake Martin residents — do things that make some folks look at us funny, others cringe and some just flat-out laugh at us.

With just one week to go until the Major League Baseball trade deadline, there are plenty of teams in both leagues with eyes on a spot in the postseason this October. Executives and coaching staffs will be working together to find the right piece to help their team get over the hump.

I'm going to tell you a story about a young man from Tallassee, or to the folks from Tallassee it would be Jordanville, a section of Tallassee. You see, for many years Tallassee was in many sections, there was the mill villages and houses for those that didn't work in the mill. There was Jor…

In last week’s column, we marveled about the amazing achievements and heroism of Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, whose dedication we celebrated over the past week as part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of their trip to the moon.