April 17, 2014 RSS feed / Editorial

Gone South

Looking forward to Easter

Growing up in mid-century South Alabama, Easter was anticipated almost as much as Christmas. More...

Editor’s Notes

Way up nawth...to Scottsboro

The late Cajun humorist and storyteller Justin Wilson had a favorite joke about the ol’ south Louisiana Cajun who took a trip “up nawth.” He went “way, way up nawth...round Shreveport.” More...

Chinese bagpipes?

 Unlike humans, birds see everything in focus all the time.  You might be surprised to learn that the bagpipe did not originate in Scotland. This ancient instrument existed in Asia in the pre-Christian era. More...

Career expo a big success

Dear Editor, We would like to extend many thanks to all vendors and sponsors that participated in the 1st Annual T.C.C. College and Career Expo on Thursday, April 3 at the Clarke County Community Center in Grove Hill. More...

Cornbread & Buttermilk

Fort Sumter in the 20th century

April 12 marked the 153rd anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter - the attack that opened the War Between the States. We know what happened to Fort Sumter in the 19th century. More...

Fatal wreck tragic but lights are still best answer on 43

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Debra Bridges Reid who was killed when a truck apparently ran the red light of the new traffic signal at the Highway 43-Hebron Road intersection last week. More...

Indians may have go-ahead for more gambling in state

Last week a federal judge made a ruling that may prompt Alabama Indian tribes operating casinos in the state to floorboard their gambling ventures. U.S. More...

Inside the Statehouse

Winston County folks bucked secession

When Alabama was being settled in the early 1800’s our first settlers were diverse in their origins. Our river regions were the most desirable lands. Indeed this is where the Indians lived. More...

Greasepit Grammar

Of whom have Americans never heard?

The demise of copy editing - or of knowledgeable copy editors - becomes increasingly evident as the internet takes over the reporting job formerly handled by newspapers; but the newspapers themselves are not without guilt. More...

Books and Whatever: He Says, She Says

Books about change, monumental and personal

In 1859, Alfred Dreyfus was born into a well-off Jewish family. He graduated from The West Point of France with highest honors and became an artillery officer with an impeccable record. More...

Dollars & Cents

Unemployment report is mixed

The March employment report, released on April 4, points to perhaps the beginning of a slight thaw in the economy. But the report was still mixed in terms of sustained growth. The good news is that the U.S. job market reached a milestone. More...