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In addition to my duties here at the Tribune, I’m also the president of the Arab Electric Cooperative board of trustees. Recently, we finished a year in which the former general manager left and the board had the task of hiring a new one.

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Ticks seem to love me but I hate their little arachnid guts.

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Has your summer garden begun to show the late-summer blues? It’s time to think about planting fall crops.

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Do not open, plant or discard the mystery seeds that Alabama residents have been receiving from China.

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As this nation and the rest of the world enter into a new way of learning and living, it is too easy to assume that all have the same ideas, regrets and other dreams.

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My brother, Herb Taylor, lived from 1937-1972.

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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The One who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

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It is officially summertime in Arab, and while it may not look like the typical season, there is still plenty of F-U-N to be had right here at home.

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Spring has almost sprung past us, and summertime is headed straight for us. Here in the south, we are always looking for ways to fix great meals without “heatin’ up the kitchen.”

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As I watched Danny Garrett and Will Ainsworth’s press conference on opening Alabama in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, I became more and more amazed. It seems to boil down to two things – the COVID numbers are down, let’s jump back into living; and business owners are among those suffering most.

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Gov. Kay Ivey, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey and the members of his learning options task force deserve commendation for making the difficult decision to keep K-12 public schools across Alabama physically closed for the remainder of the academic year.

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When I was growing up in Haleyville, I can remember people in July and August saying, “it’s hotter’n blue blazes outside.”

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It was 1948 and in the little town of Arab, big things were happening. My longtime friend and client, Cecil Ashburn, told me this story as we sat in the den of his home atop Monte Sano Mountain overlooking the beautiful city of Huntsville.

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Over the last several months, you have likely been hearing a lot about the 2020 Census count. Beginning this month, the United States Census Bureau will invite households across the country to participate in the 2020 Census.

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Like most places today, the Coronavirus is dominating a lot of the talk on Capitol Hill. As it has become clear that China’s efforts to contain the virus have failed, and there have now been deaths in the U.S., concern has grown about a possible outbreak here at home.

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It is amazing how little happenings in your daily life can bring out so many images and memories in your mind.

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There are many places in Arab to become part of the conversations that circulate regarding not only the status of national news but also the re-telling and invention of new and innovative local tidbits.

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Virginia “Jenny” Sims loves her local hospital. She has given a big portion of the past five decades of her life in service to Marshall Medical South. Counting all that time spent working and volunteering, Sims says the hospital has given her even more.

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Without a tremendous amount of fanfare, the first major retirement legislation since the “Pension Protection Act of 2006” was passed and signed into law just before Christmas.

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It’s that time of year again, where we make resolutions for a new year, and then see how long it takes to break them. Most resolutions go in one year and out the other.

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Happy New Year – a phrase you have likely heard many times over the past few weeks. For many of us, a new year brings a sense of renewal, a time to regenerate, revive, rebuild.

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“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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The United States in 1819 was still very Colonial in many ways. After all it was only 43 years past the American Independence of 1776.

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I found this pretty interesting: “Contrary to popular belief, pearls hardly ever result from the intrusion of a grain of sand into an oyster’s shell.

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Even though House Democrats have been focused on impeachment, the Trump administration is well along the path to improving our trade policies with Canada and Mexico, two of our most critical trading partners, by replacing the nearly 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) wit…