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There’s been a series of documentaries on an ESPN channel chronicling the history of college football to mark the sport’s sesquicentennial. It’s tempting to compare it to Ken Burns’ recent PBS country music epic, but whereas Burns’ eight-night series was more or less in chronological order, …

I've stood onstage at church thousands of times throughout the years, but I only remember one time when I was up there draped in a bath towel. Relax; I was young enough for it to still be cute.

I’ve been bought and paid for. How about you? All Christians have been ransomed, purchased and redeemed with the blood of Christ. Peter put it like this: “And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear through the time of y…

Girl Scouts is a unique, proven leadership development platform that pairs girls from ages 5 to 18 and into adulthood with reliable, caring female role models and advisors that will help prepare them to take on leadership roles in life. 

It's been said time and again, "No place does homecoming like Tallassee does homecoming." Homecoming week is upon us. Coordinators at Tallassee High School have set the date for Friday and plans for the homecoming pep rally, bonfire and parad…

The Tallassee Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to promote this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Not Every Hero Wears…

I know I am late to the party in my praise for the Ken Burns “Country Music” documentary – Willie G. Moseley beat me to the Opry last week in his column.

Funerals bring back memories and the other day a close friend of mine died. He had the ideal death; he went to church, came home for lunch, sat down in lounge chair with the TV on and died. It just can't be better than that.

“He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.” ­ — Psalm 148:14

Not surprisingly, this essay is going to be a two-parter, mainly because Ken Burns’ “Country Music” documentary clocks in at 16 1/2 hours and is spread out over eight nights (Sunday though Thursday, two weeks in a row). Accordingly, this first installment concerns the first week’s episodes.

The field is probably formulated for our 2020 Senate race. A Republican will be heavily favored to capture the seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. Alabama is one of — if not the — most Republican states in the nation. It is quite an anomaly a liberal Democrat has sat in that s…

You ever shake somebody’s hand and you’re pretty sure they’re missing a finger but don’t want to look down to make it obvious you know they’re a digit short? Yeah, that happened to me the other day, but I looked down. I didn’t mean to but did nevertheless, and he caught me. So he knew I knew…

When you get my age and you want to visit your friends, chances are you will wind up going to the cemetery. We have three in this area and sometimes I will walk around and stop at different tombstones.

It happened 10 years ago this week. This week in 2009 the longest-running program in broadcasting history, “Guiding Light,” ended its 72-year run.

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.

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.

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.