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    WFF Enforcement K9 Unit a different breed

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    One turkey hunter was extremely grateful that the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Law Enforcement Section has a K9 unit, although there is little public awareness of this enforcement asset. Of course, the reason few people have heard about it is this K9 unit...

    From Shane Barnette: Cullman County’s new half-cent sales tax for facilities and safety

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    UPDATE: "The project has not been shelved. The schedule for the sports complex has not changed because there never has been a schedule. It is a dream project that I hope to see come to fruition down the road, but right now all of...

    GUEST EDITORIAL: Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell urges Congress to ratify USMCA trade agreement

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    Farming Feeds Alabama, but our state’s farmers also help feed the world. That’s why the Alabama Farmers Federation is urging Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. Canada and Mexico are our first and third largest export markets. This agreement not only preserves our partnership...

    Tribune Column: Fishing with Tim

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    I want to start off by introducing myself. I am an avid outdoorsman, a tournament angler and a high school fishing coach. I have fished all my life, and even though I fish professional tournaments such as FLW and BASS, I have never considered...

    The touchy subject of taxes

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    I am fortunate to work in a school system whose community voted to keep a local tax to improve schools. I am also fortunate to live in a community that has supported an ad valorem tax for the past 60 years. This tax has...

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sen. Garlan Gudger: ‘Why I support the Rebuild Alabama Plan’

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    Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman is seen here with supporters in Cullman on June 5, 2018. (Cullman Tribune file photo) On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Rebuild Alabama plan (House Bill 2) into law—understandably, this measure to increase Alabama’s investment in infrastructure has received a...

    Guest Editorial: The value of ‘third places’ to a thriving Cullman

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    While it sounds simple, creating places where neighbors get to know neighbors is the key to growing a thriving place to live. That’s what Dr. Ray Oldenburg, an urban sociologist, describes in his book, “The Great Good Places.” If first places are our homes,...

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: AL GOP Chair Lathan’s open letter to Sen. Doug Jones

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    Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan released an open letter to Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama on Thursday. It appears in its entirety below. An open letter to Senator Doug Jones: Stop it, sir. Please just stop it. The NFL referees in the New Orleans playoff...

    Community with Carol: Ross Harrison of Sacred Heart School, part 2

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    Ross Harrison, left, with Carol Berry, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) This week on Community with Carol, I continued my interview with Ross Harrison, the PTO president at Sacred Heart School. The history that Sacred Heart has in our community was too much...

    Always Reforming: Dysfunctions and decline

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    Last week we focused on assessment and why that process is so important. Assessment informs a local church of the true condition of ministry. It answers the question – “Are we making disciples fully formed in the image of Christ in character and conduct?'...

    Always Reforming: Courage

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    This is the second in a series of five. In this article we focus on Courage. Perhaps a quote from the well-known exchange in “The Wizard of Oz” provides insight into this quality. Listen in as Dorothy challenges the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy: My goodness, what a fuss...

    Always Reforming: Tenacity

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    This is the fifth in a series of five. Our focus today is tenacity. Caleb has long been one of my favorite biblical personages. I marvel at his TENACITY. He made the right decisions. He trusted God. He obeyed. He also endured 40 years in the wilderness...

    Always Reforming: Loyalty

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    This is the fourth in a series of five. The average pastoral tenure is three-and-a-half to four years. True loyalty is developed over time and is tested by a variety of circumstances. How loyal are you and how loyal are those you consider trusted...

    Community with Carol: Ross Harrison of Sacred Heart School

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    Ross Harrison, left, with Carol Berry, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) For this week’s Community with Carol, It was my pleasure to sit down with Ross Harrison to talk about a nonprofit that is near and dear to my heart: Sacred Heart School....

    Community with Carol: Becky Goff with United Way of Cullman County, part 2

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    Carol Berry, left, and Becky Goff, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) I did not have a new guest this week on Community with Carol. I wanted another week to focus on the  United Way of Cullman County.  I could have spent a whole...

    Always Reforming: Competence

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    This is the third in a series of five. There exists formal research data that reveals that incompetent leadership is a major cause of decline in the Evangelical Church. In my work as a church consultant my observation and research confirm this to be...

    Community with Carol: Becky Goff with United Way of Cullman County

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    Becky Goff, left, and Carol Berry, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) Becky Goff has been the executive director of the United Way of Cullman County since Oct 1, 2018.  I had never met Becky until she came to do our interview, but four...

    Community with Carol: Martha Lawrence with Cullman’s Little Pantry

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    Martha Lawrence, left, and Carol Berry, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) Martha Lawrence was my guest this week on Community with Carol.  In April 2017, Martha started Cullman’s Little Pantry, the first in the state of Alabama. The pantry, a wooden box located on...

    Community with Carol: Kathy Wilson with the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force

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    Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force Chairperson Kathy Wilson, left, with Carol Berry, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) What is human trafficking? That is what Kathy Wilson explained this week on Community with Carol.  Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use...

    Community with Carol: April German of Victoria’s Hope

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    April German, left, and Carol Berry, right (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) April German of Victoria’s Hope is my guest on Community with Carol this week. Back in May 2018 I had a conversation with April when she called to ask me how to start...

    News from the Pond: DAR Good Citizens

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    These are the winners in the Good Citizen /Essay contest held by the Dripping Springs Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. They were announced at the January meeting. From Left are: Mrs. Julia Floyd, Regent; Catherine Hoffpauir, West Point High School; Madalyn Olivia Williams,...

    Community with Carol: Jamie Brown of the Senior Outreach Organization

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    Left to right: Jamie Brown, Carol Berry and Barbara Whitehead (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) Jamie Brown is my guest this week on Community with Carol.  Jamie founded the Senior Outreach Organization back in April of 2018.  I have personally attended the Outreach and...

    Community with Carol: Linda Bailey with the Committee on Church Cooperation

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    Carol Berry with Linda Bailey (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) My guest this week on Community with Carol is Linda Bailey with the  Committee on Church Cooperation (CCC). This local nonprofit, located in the Cullman County Department of Human Resources (DHR) building on St....

    Community with Carol: Angie Young of Hope for the Homeless

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    Carol Berry with Angie Young (Brittany Howell for The Cullman Tribune) For the Christmas edition of Community with Carol,  I wanted to showcase Hope for the Homeless,  a division of Cullman’s Little Pantry.  The Little Pantry was installed in April 2017, but this division is...

    Community with Carol: Candace Lingo of Cullman County CASA

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    Carol Berry, left, with Candace Lingo, right Every story I have done for Community with Carol has been a joy.  My guest this week is no different, Candace Lingo, with Cullman County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), shared so much wonderful information. I was so...

    Farm Bill passage provides certainty for farmers

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    MONTGOMERY - Final passage of a five-year farm bill by Congress today (Dec. 12, 2018) was welcome news for Alabama farmers eager to prepare for the 2019 crop year. The House of Representatives approved the bipartisan legislation by a 369-47 vote, following Senate passage on...

    Community with Carol: Victim Services of Cullman, Inc.

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    Carol Berry, left, with Jamie Sims, right, of Victim Services of Cullman, Inc. (contributed) I am excited to partner with the Cullman Tribune to write this weekly series, “Community with Carol.” This series is focused on community awareness. As a lifelong Cullman resident, I love my...

    My granddaddy, my coach: Longtime Cold Springs coach Clay Campbell to be inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame

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    Longtime Cold Springs track and cross country coach Clay Campbell will be inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in March 2019. (Photo by Destiny Campbell) Coach John Wooden once said, “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep...

    Community with Carol: Josh Swindall of Cullman Christian School

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    Josh Swindall with his wife and children (contributed) I was impressed with my guest this week on “Community with Carol,” Josh Swindall, the new principal at Cullman Christian School.  Cullman Christian School began as a nonprofit protestant school in 2007 and accommodates children of all...

    OPINION: Think before you give, or receive, a pet for Christmas

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    The holidays season is here, and people are searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family. We have all seen beautiful images of cute puppies and kittens adorned with bows and the reactions of joy on the faces of the new owners. What...

    Community with Carol: Jerry Jacob of Grace Place

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    This week, Carol speaks with Jerry Jacob from Grace Episcopal Church’s Grace Place, a ministry for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Jerry Jacob is my guest this week on Community with Carol. Jerry is a person I admire greatly.  He...

    Community with Carol: Rachel Bryant from Karma in Cullman

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    Carol Berry, left, with Rachel Bryant, right My guest this week on “Community with Carol” is Rachel Bryant, founder and director of Karma in Cullman. The organization began in 2013 after a turbulent time in Rachel’s life.    The idea for Karma was simple; Rachel was cleaning...

    Community with Carol: Katie Loyd of St. Vincent de Paul

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    Carol Berry with Katie Loyd I believe I have found the oldest nonprofit in Cullman: St. Vincent de Paul.  The mission of this organization is to assist the less fortunate of our community on a confidential basis with necessities such as food and winter coats...

    Op-ed: It’s time to get back to work in Montgomery!

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    Alabama Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview Winning football coaches tell their teams to celebrate victory for 24 hours then get back to work. We're ready to get back to work in Montgomery! As I make my plans for the new legislative term, I have three number one legislative...

    Community with Carol: Julie Hall from The Link of Cullman County

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    Julie Hall, left, and Carol Berry, right My guest this week on “Community with Carol” is Julie Hall from The Link of Cullman County. We talked specifically about the Pure Joy program that she facilitates. I could write a book on my love and admiration for...

    Community with Carol: Saving Forgotten Warriors

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    Jeremy Hogan, founder of Saving Forgotten Warriors (Carol Berry) Saving Forgotten Warriors’ mission statement is “Advocating for the health, safety and wellbeing of our military veterans no matter the era or conflict.”  This statement was exactly what Jeremy Hogan described in our interview this week....

    Be prepared to be impacted by ‘Nightmare on Old 69’

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    Attendees gather outside Church 212's "Nightmare on Old 69" Friday evening (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune) “We want people to think,” Church 212 Pastor Chris Harrison said Friday to a crowd of participants at “Nightmare on Old 69,” the church’s Halloween event put on...

    Community with Carol: Kelsey Rice with Hope Horses, Inc.

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    Carol Berry, left; Kelsey Rice, right (Photo courtesy of Carol Berry) “Community with Carol” recently sat down with Kelsey Rice to talk about the local nonprofit, Hope Horses, Inc. Kelsey is a beautiful, soft-spoken young lady with a true love for what she does.  ...

    Community with Carol: Flourish of Cullman, Inc.

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    Carol Berry, left and Flourish of Cullman, Inc.’s Melissa Dew (Courtesy of Carol Berry) I am excited to partner with the Cullman Tribune to write a new weekly series, “Community with Carol.” This series will be focused on community awareness. As a lifelong Cullman resident,...

    Statement: ITC made the right call in reversing newsprint tariffs

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    From the Alabama Press Association: The International Trade Commission unanimously voted today to reverse the newsprint tariffs.  We will know about the commission’s reasoning when it issues a final report on Sept. 17.  The cash deposits will be refunded to newsprint manufacturers, but that will...

    VOICES: Say no to backyard breeders, puppy mills

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    Anyone who has ventured into the world of animal rescue knows that the list of challenges facing them seems endless. Every day, there is another crisis, another urgent call for help and another day of feeling desperately overwhelmed. Despite the awareness of pet overpopulation...

    GUEST EDITORIAL: Alabama Bicentennial: 200 ways to save Alabama for the next 200 years

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    Ben Johnson South (Cullman Tribune file photo) The following is a guest editorial by local author Ben Johnson South, who offers Gov. Kay Ivey his suggestions on how to save Alabama for the next 200 years as we celebrate our state's Bicentennial. See more about...

    Op-Ed: Fight hunger in Alabama by protecting food assistance and strengthening school meals

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    The thought of a hungry child moves all of us to want to help. Alabamians are among the most generous people in the nation. We give generously to charities fighting childhood hunger, including food banks and food closets from which local agencies and churches...

    From Cheaha to Meaher, state parks diversity abounds

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    Cheaha State Park's Callie Thornton takes in the vista at Bald Rock. (Photo by David Rainer) By David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources From a shaded retreat on John’s Bay in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to the boardwalk atop the highest mountain in the...

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: DA Blaylock endorses Steve Marshall for Alabama AG

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    A letter to the editor, submitted by Cullman County District Attorney C. Wilson Blaylock, is presented below without edits: I agree with the NRA, Alabama Citizens for Life, and the Alabama Farmers Federation: we need Steve Marshall to continue serving as our Attorney General.  Despite...

    TRIBUNE COLUMN: News from the Pond, June 30

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    Holly Pond Civitan Club members with their two guest speakers at their recent meeting; Julia Floyd, secretary; Kay Stewart, local club president; Megan Mindel, membership specialist, Civitan International; Jenny Ely, director of donor relations and strategy, Civitan International; Lyndell House, Lynn Jetton and Tammy...

    This Father’s Day bittersweet for Senator-Elect Garlan Gudger

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    Local businessman, Cullman City Council President and Senator-Elect Garlan Gudger, Jr. is first and foremost a husband and father. This year, Father's Day will be bittersweet because of the recent loss of his dad, who was a familiar face in Cullman and a hero...

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Make time for the real reason for Memorial Day

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    Each year, a local veterans’ organization leads our county observance of Memorial Day. Since this occasion is meant to remember and honor those Americans who have perished in service to our nation, this is a more subdued and solemn event. This year, our county Memorial...

    TRIBUNE COLUMN: News from the Pond, students honored

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    Holly Pond outstanding students were recently honored by Holly Pond Civitan Club: Taylor Simmons, Caleb Knedlik, Josie Harbison, Makayla Fields, Andre McCaffrey, Kaytlin Abbott, Yahir Quintero, Aubrey Paige Hudspeth, Evan Rainey, Korey Butler, Molley Barnett, Jose Aguilar, Saylah Daugherty and Alana Phillips. Good morning Tribune...

    Cullman Memory Gardens update from Rep. Randall Shedd

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    Cullman Memory Gardens update from Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview: The situation at Cullman Memory Gardens has been a long and frustrating turn of events to say the least. Hopefully, this is the year families and the community will see the cemetery begin to return to...

    OP-ED: Gov. Kay Ivey: 1 year in, serving Alabama

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    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey / Courtesy of "Governor Kay Ivey's First Year" April 10, 2018, marks one year since I unexpectedly became governor. With only three hours’ notice I was called on to lead. The tasks at hand were plentiful. We had to restore integrity to state...

    TRIBUNE COLUMN: News from the Pond, Easter Weekend

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    These adults are members of the Holly Pond Senior Center at the Lions Club Park in Holly Pond at their Easter Celebration. Front row, left to right are: Hoyt Drake, Karen Dunn, Louise Carr, Ellen Drummond, Janice Bean and Jimmie Carnell. On the back...

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Protect access to health coverage for cancer patients

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    My family is full of cancer patients and survivors. Access to timely treatment, affordable medications and regular screenings/doctor visits are essential and the reason why those that I love are alive today. Any breaks in coverage could mean delayed care, not just for my...

    TRIBUNE COLUMN: News from the Pond

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    Dripping Springs NSDAR members at the 120th annual conference at Auburn University. Back row, (left to right) are Linda Kuykendall, Pam Reid, Brenda Scott and Pat Kahler. Seated on the front row, (left to right) are Rhonda VanZandt, Athelia Gibbs, Julia Floyd, Linda Schiger...

    Commentary on Sunshine Week

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    Image courtesy of sunshineweek.org   Dr. Chris Roberts, University of Alabama Department of Journalism and Creative Media Alabama Press Association I played the role of Atticus Finch for you by taking on an unpopular cause in court. I sued Harper Lee. But unlike the attorney in Lee’s famed “To...

    Foxgloves & Fireflies: whatnots

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    I’ve been constantly reminded of my grandparents’ house this morning. First, I got up way before daylight, about 4:15 a.m., which they always did, else they’d never have enough hours in the day to work in the fields and all the other things it...

    OPINION: Paws for Frosty

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    After hearing countless versions of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” during this Christmas season, I couldn’t help but think of the poor four-footed friends left out in the cold. As a rule, if you feel chilly, so does your pet. Most dogs and cats cannot...

    Poet’s Corner: “The Shepherds”

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    "And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." Luke 2:20 The Shepherds Out in the fields the shepherds kept, their flocks beneath the sky. The angel came and so afraid, the shepherds...

    Foxgloves & Fireflies: glitter in the cornbread

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    Since when did everything switch from rushed to warp speed? Christmas and other holidays are always a hectic time, but this is just ridiculous! Even though shopping online has given some of us a way to avoid crowded malls, it just hasn’t given me a...

    Foxgloves and Fireflies: the moral of the Thanksgiving story

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    You know it’s going to be a bad day when you get up and start preparing your Thanksgiving dinner at daylight and you pour grits into your cornbread batter instead of corn meal. Now, we all know that grits and corn meal are very...

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Naked Emperor and church in Cullman County

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    The Protestant Church is in greater need of reformation today than the Roman Catholic Church was in the 16th century. Absolutely true! “The Emperor's New Clothes” is a Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1837. The phrase “the emperor...

    GUEST EDITORIAL: Plan ahead to stay fit during the holidays

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    Tis the season for homemade sweets that only come around one time of the year. These tempting treats usually come with obligatory attendance to an event with family, friends or coworkers. So, since you’re at a party and your favorite treat won’t stop staring...

    TRIBUNE COLUMN: The importance of honoring all veterans

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    Vietnam veteran Jim Alderman reacts during a therapy session for combat-related stress at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla. Oct. 29, 2015. DoD photo by EJ Hersom It’s almost surreal that our country is at war half a world away,...

    OP-ED: In Alabama, we have our veterans’ backs

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    Dedication. Honor. Commitment. Sacrifice. Those are the traits that come to mind when I think about our nation’s veterans. I saw these qualities lived out every day by my dad. Boadman Nettles Ivey, my father, served in WWII as part of a field artillery division....

    Foxgloves & Fireflies: Decorating for fall, y’all!

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    Candles always give a space a warmth and coziness; use your plaid throws to enhance the feeling and to prolong your time spent on the porch when there is a little chill in the air. / Dominique Gillespie The weather has finally taken a small...

    10 unconventional Halloween flicks

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    Every year when Halloween comes around, everyone has their go-to list of movies they traditionally like to watch. Whether it’s an installment of the "Halloween," "Saw" or "Friday the 13th" franchise, you know what you're going to get and probably have them memorized by...

    Letter to the Editor: Fighting together for a better Alabama

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    Hi, my name is Spencer Sandlin. I’m 30 years old and have lived in Cullman for three years now, and I love it out here. I have noticed, though, that there is some work to do out here and would like my fellow neighbors...

    Honoring our Vietnam veterans Nov. 4

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    On Saturday, Nov. 4, the citizens of Cullman County will honor their military veterans at a daylong event at Cullman Regional Airport in Vinemont. Full details on the entire event can be found at          www.cullmanveteransday.com. Parking and admission are free. This year, the focus of...

    Plant It: Georgia Peach Heuchera, or ‘Coral Bells’

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    Georgia Peach Heuchera, or ‘Coral Bells’ perform well in Southern humidity. / Loretta Gillespie   This charming little plant will soon become part of a heuchera collection, if you are anything like me. I started off with Plum Pudding and then had to have every new...

    This year’s Veterans Day celebration is for our Vietnam veterans

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    This year, the Cullman Elks Lodge will host a community-wide celebration of Veterans Day at Cullman Airport all day, Saturday, Nov. 4. The focus this year will be on honoring our Vietnam veterans.  It will include helicopter rides over Cullman, provided by the Army...

    County fair still something special

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    The Cullman County Fair started the year that I was born. At the time, people were getting back a sense of normalcy after the end of WWll and the housing boom had hit Cullman. The average cost of a house in the U.S. was...

    Plant It: Lilacs

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    Lilacs aren't very common in our area, although great strides have been made in developing more heat/humidity tolerant versions in recent years. A demand for these lovely, heavenly-scented shrubs led horticulturists to develop such lilacs as “Miss Kim,” a cultivar of Syringa patula, which...

    Opinion: My ride along: on the road with area law enforcement

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    Through the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Citizens’ Academy (CA) program, I found myself on the road recently with one of the department’s night shift patrol deputies.  In accordance with CA policies, I took no pictures, and will not reveal any potentially sensitive details...

    “Thank you. You have some good people living in your area.”

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    Letter to the Editor Wanted to say thank you to the people that came out to the rest area on I-65 on Saturday night. I was greeted when I parked my truck from a lady that lives local now but was from Bloomington, Indiana (I also...

    “Our family could not be more grateful”

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    Letter to the Editor We live in central Florida. I have two little boys so we decided it was best to evacuate. My 85-year-old grandmother followed us as we were trying to get to my mother's in Tennessee. Due to traffic, traveling was a nightmare and...

    Plant It: preserving hydrangeas

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    Dried hydrangeas make beautiful centerpieces. / Loretta Gillespie If you want to preserve your hydrangeas you must bite the bullet and cut them now, while they are still vibrant and have not started to turn brown. (Some of them turn a pretty copper color, that...

    University degree not the only pathway to great careers in Alabama

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    Josh Laney, Ed.S., sr. director for workforce development with the Alabama State Department of Education: Many of us grew up with the idea that the only way to get a good career in Alabama was via a four-year college degree or higher. For years, we...

    Bosom Buddies Foundation helps cancer patients in need

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    Judy Grissom shared the following letter she received: Hello, my name is Reda Legg. I would like to tell you my story and my experience with a wonderful group called the "Bosom Buddies Foundation." In 2015, I developed breast cancer and had surgery at CRMC. That was...

    AL physicians express grave concerns about Better Care Reconciliation Act

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    MONTGOMERY – We, the undersigned Alabama organizations, representing not just physicians but the thousands of low-income Alabamians served by them, want to express grave concerns with the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The BCRA fundamentally changes how Medicaid is funded, dismantling the program by capping...

    Foxgloves & Fireflies: Broken hearts and ‘a little thought with eyes’

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    Image credit: Prime Magazine There is just no good answer to the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Many have tried to come up with some comforting and reasonable sounding answer, but there really isn’t one. You can come up with all...

    Foxgloves & fireflies: propagating mums

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    I just read an article about how people waste money. There were a lot of things in the article like bottled water, expensive clothes and overdraft charges. Granted, those things sometimes are a waste of money, but so is buying mums every fall. Buy...

    Letter to the editor: open letter to district attorney

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    Editor's note: Below is a letter to the editor sent to The Tribune. The letter is a copy of a letter reader Emily Hayes addressed to Cullman County District Attorney C. Wilson Blaylock. This is an opinion piece and is the opinion of the...

    Foxgloves & fireflies: Throwing a simple graduation party

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    Fruit kabobs are an easy dessert or snack for a simple graduation party. Image: Pinterest There are graduation parties, and then, there are graduation parties. Both are about the same thing, but there are worlds of difference in how they are conducted. If your graduation...

    Guest Editorial: Part 3 of 3: The American Church – The path to effectiveness

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    Following is an opinion/guest editorial piece- Part 3 of 3: The American Church – The path to effectiveness- submitted by Pastor Tom Fillinger, IgniteUS Ministries- info@igniteus.net. The decline of the American church is an issue that is beyond dispute. That being the case, what is...

    Guest Editorial: Part 2 of 3: The American Church – What are the causes of decline?

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    Following is an opinion/guest editorial piece- Part 2 of 3: The American Church – What are the causes of decline?- submitted by Pastor Tom Fillinger, IgniteUS Ministries- info@igniteus.net. See part 1 here. Identifying ‘cause’ is always challenging. There is seldom a single causal factor when dealing...

    A special day to honor our mothers

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    Perhaps you’ve never heard of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, but because of her, we celebrate Mother’s Day. She was born in Culpepper, Virginia, on Sept. 30, 1832. Her father, a Methodist minister, was transferred to a church in Barbour County, Virginia. Later, in the...

    Foxgloves & fireflies: About to be the mother

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    Her first Mother’s Day… As I write this, my daughter is in a holding pattern, waiting for that first little twinge that is like nothing she’s ever felt before. I told her about my first labor pain with her brother, Tony. It felt like a...

    Local veterans preparing for Memorial Day- learn the true meaning

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    Letter to the Editor Cullman area military veterans will be having a busy month in May as we prepare to remember and to honor our nation’s war dead. During the days preceding the official holiday, the VFW will place 250 American flags in the median...

    Guest Editorial: Part 1 of 3: Where is the American Church?

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    Following is an opinion/guest editorial piece- Part 1 of 3: Where is the American Church?- submitted by Pastor Tom Fillinger, IgniteUS Ministries- info@igniteus.net. There are 300,000+ churches in the USA. The latest figure developed by formal research completed by Dr. Thom Rainer, president of Lifeway,...

    Letter to the editor: Please don’t approve Warehouse District street closure

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    Editor's note: The Cullman City Council, in their meeting on March 20, OK'd a trial run for a pedestrian park on First Avenue in the Warehouse District. The trial run allows for the street to be closed each Saturday in April from 7 a.m....

    Morning music: “Rock the Boat”

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    When I worked at Saturn on an assembly line for 10 hours a day, we used to play games that we made up to break the monotony and stave off the boredom. One of them was calling out the name of a song or...

    Container gardening

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    Containers flank the sides of this gazebo. Planted with prolific "Marguerite' sweet potato vine and hot pink and white impatiens, they add height as well as color to the deck. When faced with the challenges of poor soil or not having enough space for landscape...

    Morning music: “Glory, Glory, When I Lay My Burden Down”

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    At first you might think you are listening to another version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and it is very similar, but "Glory, Glory, When I Lay My Burden Down" is not about death, as is "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," but about...

    Letter to the editor: East Elementary students create Little Free Library

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    Good morning! I have a HUGE project that needs publicity within our Cullman community. I am the librarian at East Elementary and I have a group of advanced sixth graders who have just completed a project-based learning unit where they researched “summer slide” and the...

    Morning music: “Roll with It”

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    This song literally helped us make it through the night...the first time I ever heard it was about middle way through the 90s. I was on an assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee. On third shift, all of us were plenty tired, third shift...

    Morning music: “You Make My Dreams Come True”

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    Good morning, Cullman! If this song doesn't make you feel good, you should make an appointment with your doctor because something is wrong! It's a classic feel-good love song with Hall & Oates singing their usual brand of hip swaying, up-tempo music. Hall and Oates From...

    Notes from the road: Tribune sports editor one of many to see Mississippi State’s historic upset of U-Conn

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    (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP). Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William, right, is mobbed by guards Blair Schaefer (1) and Dominique Dillingham (00) after making the game-winning basket in overtime against Connecticut. DALLAS, Texas - An upstart program from the Southeastern Conference changed...

    Morning music: “I Feel for You”

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    Anyone know who wrote this song? No cheating! Listen and you can hear the way his other songs sound... "I Feel for You" is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album. The most successful and best-known version was recorded...

    Morning music: “River of Dreams”

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    Hey Morning Music fans! We are back and ready to rock and roll you on your way to work this morning! Today's song is one that is a mix of soul, rock and gospel, by Billy Joel, who wrote it while not in the happiest...

    Morning music: “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

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    Happy first day of spring, y'all! Here's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake. I knew there was something extra special about Justin Timberlake when he first appeared in those little New Mickey Mouse episodes...what's special about him, other than that he has a great...