January 11, 2007 RSS feed / Editorial

Our Opinions

Comings and goings

It has been hard to keep up with the changing of the guard in local offices over the last few weeks. More...

Our Opinions

Changes in Congress

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives got off to a good start under its first-ever female speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California last week. More...

Editor's Notes

Thanks for the memories

At the end of a year, the big newspapers, magazines and TV shows all reflect on the deaths of the famous and influential over the past year. Last week, The Democrat remembered those whose obituaries we published in 2006. More...

From Our Files

79 years ago Dr. C. A. Cary, state veterinarian, and E. A. Gaston, federal inspector sent word to county commissioners by Dr. R. E. Jackson, inspector in charge of tick eradication in Alabama that the county must resume the dipping of cattle. More...

Southwest Alabama one big community; should work as one

Thomas Friedman's widely acclaimed book "The World Is Flat" details the series of events over the last two decades that have remarkably changed the global supply chain for services and manufacturing. More...

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Highway priorities

One of the long and persistent problems of southwest Alabama is the lack of adequate highways and other infrastructure. A 1941 Alabama highway map showed that the problem existed even then. More...

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At last, a coach

Salaries for coaches and athletes, Maybe now the world will tilt back to its normal axis: The University of Alabama has a new football coach. Assuredly, Nick Saban, wooed away from the Miami Dolphins, is the best in the business. More...

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Amazing deed

Just when we think we are losing all confidence in our fellowman, someone like Wesley Autrey of New York comes along to booster us. More...

Alabama Scene

'Outhouse Inauguration'

You might think that after attending or covering every gubernatorial inauguration in Alabama since 1950 that on the eve of yet another one I would be full of stories to tell of those past events. A few highlights stick out, of course, but very few. More...

Pictures From The Past

Ray Sheffield was first elected sheriff in 1970 and this family photograph ran in a campaign ad in The Democrat that year. From left are Randy Sheffield, Ray Sheffield, Jane Sheffield holding baby Tony, and Tammy Sheffield, now Tammy Cross. More...

Inside the Statehouse

Big scandal breaking in junior college system

George Wallace was a product of rural Alabama and came of age during the Great Depression. Alabamians who knew the Depression days are dwindling every year, much like our treasured World War II Veterans. More...