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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.

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…

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

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…

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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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.

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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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The further away we get from the 20th century, the more distant rock and roll as a cultural touchstone becomes.

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The PBS series “Masterpiece Theatre” turns 50 in 2021, and in January the program began airing a new British series that is well worth your time.  In fact, it just may be the salve we need in these troubled times.

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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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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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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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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…

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length, you have revived your concern for me. - Philippians 4:10

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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).