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Opioid crisis requires serious response

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Opioid crisis requires serious response

By Congressman Bradley Byrne I recently saw a local news story about a young 18-year-old boy from Southwest Alabama who struggled with prescription drug abuse. He talked about how it started out small with just a few pain pills but his addiction spiraled out of control until he was seriously ill. Thankfully this young man […]

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Through a journalistic junkie’s eyes

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Through a journalistic junkie’s eyes

I explained in my debut column that I am a journalism junkie, someone who can’t pull free from the clutches of the trade (or profession, depending on how you look at it). This time I’m going to reflect a little on my year-plus in Atmore. I’ve discovered that Atmore has a character of its own, […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Inside the Statehouse

By Steve Flowers A few weeks ago former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr. died at his home in Montgomery at age 91. He was the epitome of the southern gentleman. He was also one of the founding fathers of the modern Republican Party in Alabama. Hooper Sr. was a GOP leader long before […]

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Drinking in the Heart of Dixie

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Drinking in the Heart of Dixie

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson (This is the fourth and last in a series of columns that trace the history of efforts to regulate the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Alabama.) Let’s catch up. Last week’s column told how a compromise was reached that would allow Tennessee Valley counties to keep a […]

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Reflections on China

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Reflections on China

By Congressman Bradley Byrne China is the largest country in the world with a population of approximately 1.4 billion people, and I recently had the opportunity to travel there with some of my Congressional colleagues. I want to share a few of my takeaways with you. We must realize that the key to a successful […]

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Inside the Statehouse

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Inside the Statehouse

By Steve Flowers Last week we talked about how difficult it is to win passage of a legislative act. It does not matter if the proposed legislation is for apple pie and motherhood. If for nothing else, the bill has to go before both House and Senate committees, win approval, and not get an amendment […]

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Drinking in the Heart of Dixie

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Drinking in the Heart of Dixie

By Harvey H. (“Hardy”) Jackson (This is the third in a series of columns that trace the history of efforts to regulate the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Alabama. What follows is an updated and expanded version of an article by the author that first appeared in The Anniston Star back in […]

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Education matters

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Education matters

By Larry Lee Yes. You can get from Montgomery to Packer’s Bend. It helps if you enjoy looking at the country side and the remnants of small villages. Places like Braggs, Furman, Darlington, Snow Hill, Yellow Bluff, Lower Peach Tree. After 114 miles, you come to Monroe Intermediate School in the northwest corner of Monroe County. A 40-year-old […]

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Bill blocks shipyard cut

By   /  May 4, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Bill blocks shipyard cut

By Congressman Bradley Byrne Southwest Alabama has a proud military tradition. Our area is home to a large number of veterans. The Coast Guard has a strong presence here. Important military vessels are constructed up and down the Gulf Coast. These are all things we take great pride in. That’s why it was so frustrating last […]

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The tie that binds

By   /  May 4, 2016  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on The tie that binds

The Atmore Area Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is always enjoyable for several reasons. Atmore honors her own. You might be surprised at the successful folks who come out of our city. Every year, the HOF Committee considers dozens of nominees who have made their mark. Somehow they manage to narrow it down to a […]

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