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    Today (Friday, March 6, 2020), when the Pickens County Medical Center closes its doors, it will become yet another sad statistic among the now 14 hospitals in Alabama that have shuttered their doors since 2011. Eight of those have been in rural communities. There are other shocking statistics, too, about...
    March 3, 2020 the citizens of Cullman County have an incredible opportunity to set the course for their future.  Voting to support the proposed 1-cent sales tax has the potential to provide approximately $10 million of additional funding for Cullman County and Cullman City Schools.  Said funding will be...
    I am a Christian, an RN who has worked for over 40 years, a wife, mother, and grandmother. The politics and politicians in Washington are being used by the devil to destroy the United States created by our forefathers. We were a country with values based on the Bible....
    With the closing of the past decade, and at the beginning of a new one, economic conditions in Alabama couldn’t be much better.  We at the Alabama Department of Labor have been busy wrapping up statistics and facts for 2019, and we’re happy to share those positive results with...
    First, notice my topic is not the most important state agency. My topic is the most important agency in the state. What agency is the most important in the state? Which agency can impact reduction in crime the most, reduce and eliminate racism, friction among our people, and even reduce and...
    My legislative district is rural, therefore my voice in the Legislature is for rural issues. We’ve had significant success for “rural Alabama” in the Legislature in recent years, primarily because of a focus lead by the Rural Caucus in the Alabama House of Representatives One member of the Legislature told me...
    Federal overtime rules which took effect Jan. 1 are having a big impact on Alabama’s small businesses. The change means more management-level employees are eligible for overtime. According to the Labor Department, the new rule affects an estimated 1.2 million workers nationwide. Previously, employees classified as managers who earn less than...
    Can you imagine being without “city water” or electricity? Without either of those utilities readily available, life would be difficult, and our local economy would be almost nonexistent. Certainly, the poultry industry wouldn’t be what it is in our area today. We can’t imagine being without electricity and “city water,” and one...
    Every working-age, able-bodied person needs a good paying job. Not too many years ago, the dominant manufacturing industry in Alabama was the textile industry. Just as Ross Perot predicted in presidential debates, the textile industry moved to other countries when Congress approved NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Alabama’s textile jobs...
    Holidays are exciting times for many but tough for some. For some, holidays are tough because of the loss of loved ones. Those of us who experience this sadness have to enjoy our good memories and focus on our loved ones still with us. Then, there are many who are lonely,...

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