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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.

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As we finished 2020 with its pandemic, political strife and social turmoil, I heard many people express hope that the new year would be better. Many of us and people we love experienced so much sickness and sadness last year. You probably agree that 2020 was a rough one.

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Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! - Psalm 117:1-2

Let’s talk about the First Amendment for a second. Now for those of you who love to throw the verbiage of that first, most elementary facet of American life into the conversation - have you ever stopped to actually look at the words? 

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The City of Tallassee has struggled with wastewater problems for years, but the situation could get much, much worse if a new mega prison is built just outside the city limits. Tallassee is home to roughly 5,000 residents, and the proposed prison would house nearly 4,000 inmates plus staff, …

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There isn’t more I can add to what our beautiful and talented editor, Carmen Rodgers, had to say on these pages last week.

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When was the last time you earnestly searched for something or someone? I lost a wallet once that I never did find, but it was not for lack of earnest seeking. You may know what it’s like to lose your keys or your money, or maybe a beloved pet. I hope you don’t know what it is like to have a…

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With apologies to Cousin Rendell of Lafayette, Louisiana, here is the annual Bird’s Eye View

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So here we are sportsfans, some days into 2021 and the “New Year, New Me’’ posts are slowly starting to appear on the ol’ book of faces. I’m not going to make such a bold prediction because, let’s face it, at 40 there’s not much changing. I’m still going to be the ray of sarcastic, cynical s…

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The twelve days of Christmas begins on December 25 and ends on the Epiphany January 6, so we’re smack-dab in the middle of the “real” Christmas season (even though the rest of the world thinks it starts in October and ends before Santa Claus can even warm up the sleigh).

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I wasn't alive in 1886 and neither were you. I've never been to Brockton, Massachusetts, and I doubt very many of my dear readers have been there, either. But something happened in that town 134 years ago that touched my life and maybe yours as well.

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I wasn't alive in 1886 and neither were you. I've never been to Brockton, Massachusetts, and I doubt very many of my dear readers have been there, either. But something happened in that town 134 years ago that touched my life and maybe yours as well.

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You may hear people say, "I am giving this up for Lent," or "this Christmas, I will start doing this."  I am not a big fan of doing somehing only for Advent or Lent and then going back to our regular life.

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            “Mr. Bird, why are you listening to Christmas music?”

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Leslie Ogburn spoke out against the proposed prison last Tuesday night before a well-attended audience in Tallassee City Hall. She made her case in a most effective way against what we believe was the secretive way Mayor Johnny Hammock went about the process of trying to bring a prison to ou…

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Just FYI, I wrote this after some folks who didn't know the real situation spewed negative things about the Humane Society of Elmore County. This is not targeted at any one person, just trying to educate/inform people.

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Well, Turkey Day 2020 has come and gone — or as my youngest daughter says, ‘Thanksgiving 2.0.’ Now we are shifting gears and heading fast into the Christmas season. I love the holiday season because we are typically more cheerful during this time.

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Schoolchildren all over the United States know the story: the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and shared in the bountiful harvest of the Wompanoag Native Americans back in 1621.

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I want to take a moment to express how I am feeling this morning. This is something that has been weighing heavily on me since reading this paid advertisement in the Tallassee Tribune last Wednesday.   

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“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your…

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On Sunday, I heard live music in church for the first time in what seemed like an eternity.

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So if you’ve been living under a rock, or just not subscribed to the Tallassee Uncut page on the ol’ book of the faces, a prison is coming to town — well, to the outskirts. Let’s call it town adjacent.

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It is no mystery we are living in a highly politicized time.

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Typically I use this space to move a conversation forward; to talk politics or sports or things going on in my life; or to just unload the cornucopia of useless knowledge and thoughts bouncing around inside my skull like what makes Jello … Jello, why is Notre Dame still relevant and whatever…

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Note from the author: Homecoming 2020 will be forever be associated with the scheduling, re-scheduling, cancellation, and re-re-scheduling of ring ceremonies, parades, pep rallies, the candlelight ceremony, the 20th  class reunion, the football game itself and even three sets of game opponents.

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I’ve lived a lot of places in my life, but Tallapoosa County is the first one that truly has felt like home: The kind people, the unwavering support, the community collaboration and the beauty of the area are just a handful of reasons why.

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One of the marked trends in our culture over the past few decades is the loss of influence that Christianity and the institutional church has in society.

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“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” — Psalm 29:11

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Halloween is known as an evil day of ghosts, goblins and serial killers. But, from this pagan festival came a holy day — and its story is among one of the most interesting developments in history.

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A business comes into a town and makes that town its home. The business, which offers aniche product, begins to build an audience despite having certain differences than the residents of the town; one of the key players is a member of the LGBTQ community and another is an outspoken, proud Af…