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“Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. …Yes, love—which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies—is the solution.”  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It’s the first of the year, but we’re approaching midwinter. As we’ve seen in the past week, in Alabama, that could mean days of sunny cool weather and nights that drop below freezing. It’s a good idea to take the right steps to shield yourself and your property from the damaging effects the…

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A simple Google search of the most common New Year’s resolutions will reveal that nearly every year, dieting and exercise close in for numbers one and two on that list. In 2022, as in countless years before, millions of Americans will choose to begin a new cycle of dieting. 

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Christmas is here and New Year’s Eve is fast approaching—the end of a second pandemic year is finally in sight. As we get ready to put 2021 behind us, most of us are ready for the new year and hoping it’s even better than the last one.

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The Christmas spirit often sparks a good deal of generosity in most of us. In this season of giving and spreading cheer, many of us may choose a charity to donate to or decide to sponsor an underprivileged child for Christmas. 

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The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest time of the year. Stringing lights, baking cookies, decorating trees, planning meals and time for family, attending parades, singing carols, wrapping presents and mostly… shopping! 

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Thanksgiving calls for us to gather our family around us, acknowledge the things we have to be thankful for, and feast. It’s a time full of warmth, celebration, and fellowship. 

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While Black Friday may feel a little different this year as many shops and businesses opt for a month-long sales event or choose to offer online shopping deals Thanksgiving week, one tradition introduced in recent years should not go overlooked. 

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Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 each year to honor all United States Veterans, whether they are living or deceased and whether they fought in a war or served during peacetime.

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Halloween is fast approaching, but festivities are likely to look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anytime holiday fun involves some night-time lurking, it’s a good idea to keep safety in mind. That’s probably more important this year than ever before. 

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Most of us have been touched by breast cancer somehow, whether we’ve had a firsthand experience in the battle or if we know someone else who has. Of course, we all have come to expect the pink shirts and ribbons that pop up in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

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The leaves are changing, the air is cooler, and you may have noticed pumpkins and mums filling the shelves in grocery stores. Fall is here, and with it comes a string of fall and harvest festivals throughout the county.

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The 2021 Lawrence County annual Career Connections Expo, for area high school sophomores and Lawrence County Career and Technical Center students, returned this year, with students from each of Lawrence County’s high schools visiting the expo in Moulton on Friday. 

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Saturday will mark 20 years—two decades that have gone by since the clear September sky over Manhattan was suddenly stained with ominous black smoke that signaled one of the darkest days in American history.

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Lawrence Countians have their last chance to visit the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, featuring Alabama and Lawrence County waterways, before Aug. 14. The exhibit that highlights the importance and impact of water will be leaving Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and moving on next Saturday. 

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Summer is an exciting time often associated with soaking in sun rays, family vacations and exploration. For many families, summer reading may be the last thing on their list, or it may just slip beneath the cracks on a busy fun-filled day. 

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It has been a long standing tradition to celebrate Independence Day with a show of fireworks—since July 4, 1777, in fact. Following America’s first anniversary of independence, an article published in the Philadelphia Evening Post stated, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and a…

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Summer is heating up and more Alabamians are getting out to vacation or spend holiday celebrations with family, friends and neighbors. As we get ready for Independence Day festivities or plan our family trips, it’s important to keep road and boating safety in mind.

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This Sunday we celebrate our fathers. For some families, that includes dads and grandads. For some it might also include great grandfathers, and for others it could also mean celebrating a father figure or mentor. 

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Over the weekend, with the success of yet another long-running community event returning to Lawrence County following the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us see the light at the end of a long, lonely tunnel.

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“If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung.” Then Ohio Congressman James A. Garfield began his speech in Arlington Cemetery on May 30, 1…

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“There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to become... Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus…

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What a year! The last year has certainly been unlike any other in our lifetime. Hospitals have been operating during a pandemic for fifteen months. While it is not over, I pray that the worst is behind us, and we can begin to see the world and Alabama’s hospitals return to normal. What our h…

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Anyone with a smart phone and a social media account is bound to be asking themselves this week’s big question: is gasoline the new toilet paper? 

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The 6th Annual Strawberry and Antique Festival is happening this weekend in Moulton, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Not only because it seems we’re slowly getting back to some sense of normalcy and seeing a return of social events, but also because we know how great these events like the …

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In April, a statewide effort to clean litter from Alabama’s roadways and public spaces begins every year, and each year Lawrence County participates in the Alabama People Against a Littered State (ALPALS) campaign.

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With the Lawrence County Farmer’s Market opening next Saturday, it is an opportune time to talk about farming and its importance to our way of life.

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It’s been nearly a year since the outbreak of COVID-19 was first reported in Alabama. It’s mid-March, and spring break is right around the corner. It’s been a long, hard year, and many of us are itching to get outside and yearning for social interaction. 

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March usually marks a season of new beginnings as spring moves in and winter fades away. This sunny period of warmer weather and fresh new greenery sprouting across the Tennessee Valley also usually prompts some spring cleaning. While many of us take this opportunity to clean out our closets…

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Alabama has declared this week Severe Weather Awareness Week, and even set aside this weekend for its 10th annual Severe Weather Preparedness tax-free holiday. Whether or not you plan to stock up on emergency supplies this weekend, the bottom line is: Be prepared. 

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February is American Heart Health Month, but how many of us actually put real stock into staying health-conscious when it comes to cardiovascular health? Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in United States? That heart disease, and the conditi…

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Why do we need solar farms? I thought our appliances were more energy efficient than ever.  I thought our homes are being built to Energy Star standards?  I thought our carbon footprint was the lowest it has been in decades.  In fact it has reduced over 70% since 1970.  So why more solar far…

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I have spent most of my life living in Lawrence County. I have gone to school here, married here, worked here and retired here. Over the years, I have heard and seen what others have said about our county and our people. My answer to their snide comments and innuendo is a recent experience. …

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Sunday is Valentine’s Day. A day usually set aside for expensive dinner dates, over-priced flowers, chocolates and candy hearts. For many of us, past Valentine’s days have been reserved for celebrating couples’ relationships new and old. For singles, the holiday may be more loathsome than lo…

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As Fultondale grieves the loss of at least one and prays for its injured following Monday night’s tornado, Lawrence County stands in solidarity. After all, we know too well the void left in the path of destruction when a natural disaster strikes. 

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What does it mean to be a good citizen? When we think of a good citizen, we should think of someone who contributes to their community. Someone who regards the needs of others as much or maybe even more than they think of their own. 

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It’s the first of the year, but we’re approaching midwinter, and in Alabama, that could mean days of sunny cool weather and nights that drop below freezing. It’s a good idea to take the right steps to shield yourself and your property from the damaging effects the weather can bring with it.

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It’s New Year’s Eve and the end is finally in sight. Most of us have been ready to see 2020 go since about May or July. As we get ready to put this pandemic year behind us, we’ve also got to prepare for our reality in 2021.

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise once again in our communities, and we’ve learned this week it may be some time before a vaccine is made available to the general public. We’ve got to remain diligent in stopping the spread.

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The Christmas spirit often sparks a good deal of generosity in most of us. In this season of giving and spreading cheer, many of us may choose a charity to donate to or decide to sponsor an underprivileged child for Christmas. 

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The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest time of the year. Stringing lights, baking cookies, decorating trees, planning meals and time for family, attending parades, singing carols, wrapping presents and mostly… shopping! 

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While Black Friday may feel a little different this year as many shops and businesses opt for a month-long sales event or choose to offer online shopping deals Thanksgiving week, one tradition introduced in recent years should not go overlooked. 

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As we celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 19, we cannot ignore how the healthcare landscape has changed in the past year. Who could have imagined we would be in the midst of a global pandemic, fighting a deadly virus that has changed the way we live? The reality of this pandemic has …

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Now that one of the most bitter and divisive presidential election campaigns in the history of the United States is finally behind us, it’s time to come back together as one nation.

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One of the most basic freedoms we as United States citizens have is our right to vote, yet at least half of Americans registered to vote do not exercise their right on election day.