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We’ve been using the weather for metaphors about moodiness and depression for centuries. When we think of feeling blue or gloomy, we often also associate the feelings with cloudy, rainy, gray days. Likewise, the word sunny is often used to refer to feelings of cheer.

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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. Though one award was handed out to a very deserving individ…

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In the United States, flu season is said to take place between the months of October and May but often peaks around February each year. Lawrence County is witnessing evidence to such claims with the announcement of two school closings this week. 

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Meteorologists were under fire early Tuesday morning, likely suffering some heavy criticism concerning snow forecasts across Northern Alabama. Being chided alongside them, perhaps, were several school superintendents urged to call snow days as a precaution for the safety of their students. 

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This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, which means all across the United States different organizations are working together to raise awareness and education concerning addiction and abuse, especially among teenagers and college students.

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As new public officials step into their roles for Lawrence County and a new leaf is turned over, we’d like to remind our readers how important it is to respect our leaders and the offices they serve.

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It appears that the current Lawrence County Superintendent refuses to move with what’s right and just and chooses to contort to what we once knew as Jim Crowe. 

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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 2019, as in countless years before, millions of Americans will choose to begin a new cycle of dieting. 

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Decorating for Christmas is a traditional pastime for many Americans during the holidays. Twinkling lights, projectors and blow-up Santas and snowmen are often incorporated for outdoor decorating this time of year.

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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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As many of our Lawrence County teachers are being recognized for their hard work and dedication this week, it is important to remember to appreciate that work throughout the year. Teachers work tirelessly inside the classroom and out, often spending their own money on classroom supplies and …

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For months now I have been tirelessly fighting the battle of equal employment rights for African American educators and those within the industry of education in Lawrence County to have fair and equal treatment when it comes to the hiring practices of the Lawrence County School System.          

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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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Most of us are familiar with Black Friday, the chaotic shopping spree that occurs the Friday after Thanksgiving each year. Some of us may even be familiar with Cyber Monday, an online shopping spree for online shoppers to escape the crowds and bustle the previous weekend, but now our capital…

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At the Moulton Recreation Center Tuesday night, Nov. 6, Lawrence County political opponents shared the stage. As members of the community gathered awaiting to see results for each candidacy, those in the running mingled amongst the crowd and socialized amongst themselves. 

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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. Costumes and candy are flying off shelves and children are preparing to look their spookiest! As children pick out their costumes for their nocturnal haunts—trick or treating throughout their neighborhoods—it’s important to remember safety should always come first.

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Moulton City Building Inspector Renay Saint is working hard to keep the city cleaned up. A city-wide cleanup event was held Saturday, and Saint anticipates other events similar to this one will follow.

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The Stephens Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank all those who helped to celebrate the 231st year of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Federally funded schools and federal agencies are mandated to provide instruction a…

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We, the citizens of Lawrence County, should make searching for a superintendent and board members that place diversity and education in our school system top priorities. 

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“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined,” Anonymous.

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Because September is National Honey Month, why not explore all the exciting recipes that incorporate local honey?! Honey is a natural, low-calorie sweetener, so many may be thrilled to find out that substituting it for regular sugar in your coffee each morning might help in trimming the wais…

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Growing up in North Alabama, many of us develop a respect and love for the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and even gardening—all these recreational activities are almost synonymous with southern living. 

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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 almost here, and with it comes a string of fall and harvest festivals throughout the county.

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Last Tuesday I went to the Dollar Tree and saw a family with two little girls that looked to be about 10 and 11. When I got ready to leave, one of the girls helped me out the door and asked if she could help unload my buggy, the second child came and helped with the buggy too. They did it by…

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I sound like a scratched record…The Lawrence County Board of Education has not been fair as it relates to the hiring of African American people. In this county there are no African American Assistant Principles, no African Americans in central office, no African American councilors, and a lo…

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In a nation where we are given the freedom to care as little or as much as we please, it becomes apparent that so many of us take for granted those freedoms and rights that allow us to do so. Many of us forget that it is our duty to defend our individual freedoms, but how can you defend some…

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“I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regr…

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You may have noticed several headlines concerning city and county budgets this week and last. Talk of deficits and surpluses have hung heavy in the air for Lawrence County recently. No matter which side of the budget line officials stand on, this can be a stressful time for them. Decisions h…

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I want to say thank you to all the individuals, churches and businesses that helped with the Lawrence County Educators Retirees Association’s project “Satisfying Kids Improves Performance” (SKIP) for the 2017-18 school year. Thank you all for donating food, school supplies, money and your ti…

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According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, distracted driving was reported in crashes that killed 3,450 people in the United States in 2016. That equaled 9.2 percent of all fatalities that year.

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The new school year began on Thursday, August 9. Lawrence County children were busy getting all the fun they could before being cooped up in a classroom for most of the day. Many students look forward to that first day when they talk to friends.

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Summer is a fun time often associated with soaking in sun rays, beach frolics or lounging on the riverside. It’s a time for family vacations and outdoor romping and playing. For many families, summer reading may be the last thing on their list, or it may just slip beneath the cracks on a bus…

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This administration has taken the Lawrence County Board of Education back to the days of the good ole boys club!

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There is a line from the movie “Top Gun” about pilots having a “need for speed.” It seems that anytime a human being gets in a vehicle, that need for speed is awakened. National statistics on traffic accidents point to speed as the primary reason for accidents.

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We are already in the midpoint of the year. Before we know it school will have started and the crisp fall days will be here and football will reign supreme. But before that happens, do not let the summer slip away.

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When we tell people that agriculture is the largest industry in Lawrence County and it employs more people than any industry, many people are shocked and some do not believe it.

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The recent political campaign and election of the Republican candidate for Lawrence County’s Probate Judge is one more reason I am happy and proud to be a citizen of our county!

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May, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., the Lawrence County Board of Education met to vote for an Assistant Principal, for Moulton Elementary School. 

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Now that summer is almost here many people will be out enjoying the beautiful bodies of  water of North Alabama, including the Tennessee River and Lewis Smith Lake, but while a day on the water can be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous if you do not take the proper safety precautions.

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Graduation can be an emotional roller coaster for high school students. For a while, it’s exciting, but it soon becomes nerve wracking, particularly after all the caps have been thrown and all the year books have been signed. 

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Last week was National Police Week (May 13-19) when law enforcement officers of all kinds gathered in Washington D.C. to show support for their fellow men and women in blue (and other colors).

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The small towns of Courtland and North Courtland have fallen on hard times since the closing of International Paper, which is why they have been in need of some kind of pickup. 

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Farming activities are ramping up this spring with planting, crop spraying and haying going full tilt. With this increased activity, farm machinery is traveling county and state roads. This machinery is slower than normal traffic and there should be extra caution when approaching this machin…