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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.

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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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“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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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 U.S Constitution protects a citizen’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Included in the pursuit of happiness is the protection of property. Education is intellectual property and the state should offer an education that makes life and liberty worth pursuing. 

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The 2020 Census closes in six days, which means we have until Wednesday to respond or to cooperate with census takers who knock on our doors before the middle of next week.

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Friday will mark 19 years. or nearly two decades that have gone by since the September sky over Manhattan was suddenly stained with ominous black smoke that signaled one of the darkest days in American history. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was attacked on its own soil in what was con…

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This current administration has not been fair to the African American community in Lawrence County as it relates to the hiring practices. I have spoken to the superintendent concerning these issues on several occasions about how important it is to have diversity in the classroom and central …

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Our county has been blessed with a vibrant and mature core of home educating families that has been developing since the early 1980s. Many are now second generation. These families pioneered what was once the common educational choice across our nation – but had been forgotten by generations…

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At Moulton City Hall Tuesday night, political opponents for the mayoral race shared the stage. As members of the community gathered, waiting to see results for each candidacy, those in the running stood together in solemn silence as well.

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According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, distracted driving was reported in crashes that killed 2,841 people in the United States in 2018. That equaled 7.8 percent of all fatalities that year, although many cases of distracted driving may go unreported.

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We the citizens of Lawrence County should demand that the Superintendent hire an African-American in the Central Office. We need to let him know that black lives matter and that all races should be represented. There are presently 322 Caucasian teachers and 25 African-American teachers emplo…

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Alabama is at risk of losing a congressional seat this year if the state does not receive more response to the 2020 Census. Not only are we at risk of losing one voice in congress, the state is also at risk of losing millions in federal funds for programs that benefit our schools, roads, hos…

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So, it’s been mandated. If you’re an Alabama resident, you’re no longer morally obligated to wear a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a requirement called on by your Gov. Kay Ivey.

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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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As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state and even here at home, it’s time to step back and consider how easily the virus is spread and ask ourselves, “Have I been a part of the problem?”

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Lawrence County demonstrated its strong sense of community again last week as citizens met in downtown Moulton to protest racial injustice and division in our country. In a time of such division, our community showed unity and harmony.

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Not so long ago - though for many of us it feels like a lifetime ago - it would have seemed rude not to shake someone’s hand, hold the door for them, or even just smile in greeting. The 2020 global pandemic is changing that public etiquette.  

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Health experts, along with federal and state officials, are keeping their fingers crossed that the coronavirus pandemic will reach its peak and soon begin a downward slope as the spread of infection starts to slow. In the meantime, we’re doing all we can to stay sane and healthy during a sta…

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While we’re all diligently waiting out the coronavirus pandemic at home in isolation as we should, there are several things we can all do to keep occupied--like filling out the 2020 Census.

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Cases of confirmed coronavirus continue increasing across the state, spreading to more counties each day. Although there have been no confirmed cases reported in Lawrence County, residents should be mindful that although a case is not reported, we and other counties could have cases unaccoun…

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Social distancing is the new term making news this week as Alabama health officials continue stressing the importance of isolation to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. While social distancing and self-quarantines may help deter larger outbreaks, we encourage our readers to continue …

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Invitations to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census should begin reaching Lawrence County residents this week. Though the Lawrence County All Count Day is two weeks away, residents who have received a notice can go ahead respond now, or at least make plans to respond on the All Count Day. 

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” National Education Association’s Read Across America Week, which is nationally observed the first week of March, is coming to close, but our appreciation for literacy, especially amon…