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    Battleground’s Daniel White’s melons break records…again

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    Daniel White, of Battleground, poses with "Don," his 288-lb., state-record-setting watermelon.  (Photo courtesy of Daniel White) Battleground resident Daniel White’s melons are breaking records- again....
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    Battleground’s Daniel White’s melons break records…again

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    Daniel White, of Battleground, poses with "Don," his 288-lb., state-record-setting watermelon.  (Photo courtesy of Daniel White) Battleground resident Daniel White’s melons are breaking records- again....
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    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...
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    ‘Material Girl’: Pilot Club Fashion Show & Luncheon April 25

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    The grand prizes that will be given away at this year's Pilot Club Fashion Show & Luncheon (Peggy Harris) CULLMAN - Need some inspiration for...

    A first-hand account of tumultuous times, part 2

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    Ms. Pearl Jackson Green / contributed Read Part 1 here. Ms. Pearl Jackson Green wears many hats. No pun intended, but the lady has a hat...

    A first-hand account of tumultuous times, part 1

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    Ms. Pearl Jackson Green, second from left, with some of her Delta Sigma Theta sisters in January 2018 / Courtesy of Ms. Pearl Jackson...

    Give your home the farmhouse look

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    Signs, both vintage and reproductions, are a hallmark of the farmhouse look. / Loretta Gillespie Gone are the days of country blue kitchen cabinets or...
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    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,...

    ‘Food talks to me’: Former presidential chef/valet, north AL native Quincy Jackson reflects on...

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    Mount Hope, Alabama native Quincy Jackson was in charge of the White House staff kitchen during the terms of three U.S. presidents- Bill Clinton,...

    Bonsai for beginners: Dr. Bob Wendorf to teach class Jan. 18

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    CULLMAN - Maybe you really should put more thought into the gifts you give. You never can tell when a gift will turn into...
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    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...
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    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...

    ‘The Exchange’: participant reflects on Boston experience

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    Kacey Hall, Loretta Gillespie, Kristi Robertson and Proncey Robertson, make up the team of people who traveled to Boston as part of a cultural...
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    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....

    Local hero: Logan’s Eric Gilbreath rescues lost Alabama toddler

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    The photo Eric Gilbreath took of himself and 3-year-old Serenity Dawn Sanders after he found the missing toddler in the woods early Friday morning...
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    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...

    Farm-City group tours Birmingham

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    CULLMAN - What do you get when you load up a bus with approximately 50 gardeners, farmers and others who enjoy growing things and...
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    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...
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    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...

    An afternoon with author Delos Hughes

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    Author, Dr. Delos Hughes, right, speaks to a guest at Sunday’s book signing and discussion event at the Cullman County Museum. / Drew Green CULLMAN...

    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...

    Sharing the benefits of yoga: Sept. is National Yoga Month

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    CULLMAN - September is National Yoga Month and Cullman yoga practitioners are gearing up for an awareness campaign emphasizing the national observance to educate...

    North Alabama couple waits for news from Houston

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    David and Glenda Young await news from Houston, where their son, Davey and his wife Lindsay, live and work among the chaos of Hurricane...

    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...

    Local Pilot Club members attend Vegas convention; Cullman’s Wilkerson named district governor

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    2017-2018 Alabama Pilot Club District Officers: left-right, Beverly Wilkerson, governor (Cullman); Mellissa King, governor-elect (Andalusia); Kay Chandler, treasurer (Decatur); and Peggy Day, secretary (Cullman)...

    Plant It: Buckeye bush

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    Buckeye bush / Loretta Gillespie I knew that buckeye bushes grew in Alabama, and that they had beautiful red flowers, but I never would have...
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    Plant it: Show-stopping Clematis

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    Grown in fertile soil, with medium moisture, and well-drained containers, in full sun to part shade, these vining plants are showstoppers. Best suited for...

    Composting creates healthy soil

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    Worms are a sure sign of healthy soil. / Courtesy of wjpa.net Composting creates richer, looser and more organic soil, is easier to work with...

    Cullman Rotary hosts Earl Smith, veteran who helped divert nuclear disaster in 1961

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    Earl Smith, formally an explosives expert with the USAF, spoke to the Cullman Rotary last week.  / Loretta Gillespie Airman 1st Class, Earl T. ‘Buster’...

    Plant It: The care and feeding of roses

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    Knock Out roses / Alabama Cooperative Extension Caring for rose bushes doesn’t have to be intimidating, no matter what you’ve heard. First off, choose good stock;...

    Southern gospel tradition: Joyful Hearts 25th anniversary homecoming Aug. 5

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    Southern gospel group Joyful Hearts will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a homecoming gospel singing on Saturday, August 5 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. CULLMAN...

    Plant it: Orange Lucifer

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    These exuberant flowers are a brilliant, vibrant orange, even more deeply colored at the edges. They begin to flower about a week later than...

    Plant it: Black-eyed Susan vine

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    Black-eyed Susan blooms are typically warm orange or lemon yellow, and sometimes a darker, more mustard-colored bloom with a characteristic dark spot in the...

    Cullman, through a visitor’s eyes

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    This week, Linda Alexander visited the Cullman County Museum for the first time. She was intrigued by the vast wealth of information to be...
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    Plant it: blue chalk sticks

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    This plant is a real eye-catcher. With blue plants a rarity in nature’s green-on-green palette, the blues and burgundies are always superstars.  This is especially...

    Alabama Bicentennial workshop July 10

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    Image: Alabama 200 CULLMAN - You might want to keep that red, white and blue bunting up this year, after all, this year through the...

    Yummy, cooling summer salads and dressings

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    Loretta’s Poppy Seed Dressing / Loretta Gillespie In the hottest months of summer, especially in the South, we learned long ago to serve as much...
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    Recipes: scrumptious, easy dishes made with vegetables from the garden

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    Asparagus roll-ups / Loretta Gillespie This time of year when everything is so fresh, garden dishes for your table are just the thing to bring...
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    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...

    Broken Arrow: Alabama native Earl Smith international star of Cold War documentary

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    Earl Smith, right, speaking with Thierry Ptlantanida, gave his first-hand account of the near-miss nuclear disaster that he helped to divert, in 1961, near...

    Recipes and tips: Homemade ice cream

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    Vintage ice cream maker / Melinda Cox Hall on Pinterest It’s that time of the year again. No, not taxes or tags or even graduation,...

    Snakes you might encounter here

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    Edited 6-21-17 The Western Pygmy Rattlesnake is found in Alabama. / JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK/National Geographic Creative CULLMAN - First, you may never see...
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    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...
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    Cradle of love

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    Last week I went down to Landersville, a wide spot in the road between Moulton and Russellville. There isn’t even a caution light there...
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    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....
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    30th annual Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum’s Multicultural Indian Event this weekend

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    Jim Sawgrass DANVILLE - Just a short drive from Cullman you’ll find a vastly different culture celebrated each year at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park...
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    Rain? No problem! Dinner on First goes off without a hitch

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    Danny McAfee, left, shares a laugh with Dyron's Lowcountry Chef Randall Baldwin, right. Dyron Powell, owner of Dyron's Lowcountry, is shown in the background...
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    Mother’s Day Profile: Mrs. Gracie Grissom

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    Mom's 100th birthday celebration with family last November It isn’t every day that you celebrate a century milestone. Most of us have never known anyone...
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    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...
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    Richter’s celebrates 70th anniversary

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    Old family photos can be found throughout the Richter’s store. CULLMAN - In 1947, the first O.F. Richter & Sons opened for business in Cullman....

    Ms. Senior Cullman County pageant Saturday at Wallace State

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    CULLMAN - Six local beauties will vie for the coveted title of 2017 Ms. Senior Cullman County tomorrow. The popular pageant is set for...

    Final April Walking Tour: Ben South’s Cullman Classic Cakewalk

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    CULLMAN - The last of this year’s free April Walking Tours will be tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, and it’s going to be sweet. Literally. This...
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    Rave reviews for 2017 State of Our Communities event

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    Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail with Cullman City Councilwoman Jenny Folsom CULLMAN - “The people were so warm and inviting,” said Colony Mayor Donnis Leeth. “Chamber...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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,...

    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...
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    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...
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    Gearing up for Bloomin’ Fest 2017

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    Talmadge Butler CULLMAN - This year’s Bloomin’ Fest Arts and Crafts Fair at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman is just in time for all...
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    Cullman Regional Foundation Gala set for April 29; tickets now available

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    2016 Gala attendees, from left, Shirley and Tim Quattlebaum take a moment to pause with Judy and Keith Wise at the annual Cullman Regional...
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    Want to learn about aquaponics?

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    One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. Aquaponics is a form of farming that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics (growing plants...
    Drew Green

    Cullman Walking Tours begin this weekend

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    Tours meet at the museum steps at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April. CULLMAN - Get ready to start walking and talking, Cullman! Annual, statewide walking...
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    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...

    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...
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    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...
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    City schools recognize distinguished alumni, teachers of the year

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    Image shows Cullman Middle School Teacher of the Year Brent Hill, center. Photos by Jay Betts CULLMAN - Cullman High has ample reason to be...

    Morning music: “Macarena”

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    "Macarena" This song had the longest climb ever to no. 1 in the history of the charts, but it was worth it. “Macarena” held that...
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    Morning music: “Put Your Records On”

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    One of the best singers Britain has produced in decades, Corinne Bailey Rae is a breath of fresh air. She's gonna guide you right...
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    Morning music: “Here Comes the Sun”

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    I was in the ninth grade when this song hit the airwaves, It was such a happy song that you'd have a hard time...
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    Morning music: “Oh Happy Day”

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    "Oh Happy Day" is a spiritual song that will move you for many reasons...the beat is astounding, the heart and soul of the song...
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    Happy birthday to Candi Staton, Colony’s international star

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    COLONY - Canzetta Maria "Candi" Staton was born March 13, 1940 in Colony, Alabama and is an multiple award winning American soul and gospel...
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    Morning music: “Young Hearts Run Free” by Cullman County’s Candi Staton

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    We have a very special edition of Morning Music today! A native of Hanceville/ Colony, Candi Staton is a hometown girl who made good,...
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    Foxgloves & Fireflies: A little thought with eyes

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    I have a friend who was revived after being coded, and later on her sister, who is a nurse, looked up the hospital records to...
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    Morning music: “Happy”

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    "Happy" is a song written, produced, and performed by American singer and record producer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It...
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    Morning music: “I Will Survive”

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    Ready for the number one dance song ever?   Lauded as the no.1 song of the 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000, "I Will Survive"...
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    Morning Music: “Don’t Leave Me This Way”

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    This song was one of the biggest hits of the disco era. With a driving, rhythmic beat that will have you longing for those...
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    Morning music: “Everybody Plays the Fool”

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    Morning listeners! This morning's selection also has a trivia question...Anyone know whose father was the lead singer of this 1973 hit song by the...
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    Morning music: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

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    This morning's feel good song makes it almost impossible to be sad..."Don't Worry, Be Happy" is one of those tunes that just plain makes...
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    Director Doug Davenport talks county parks

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    Why did the duck cross the railroad tracks? To get to the lake, of course. Sportsman Lake, that is. CULLMAN - For Cullman County Parks...
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    Part 5: There but for fortune: a mother’s story

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      This is the true story of heartache, physical, sexual and alcohol abuse, love, hate, financial burdens and finally, finding joy, happiness and hope. We trust...
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    Morning music: “I Can See Clearly Now”

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    Good morning! What more perfect song for today than this 1972 chart buster by the guy who discovered Bob Marley! Open your sunroof, put...

    Morning music: “Good Morning”

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    Good morning ! We got ‘cha rolling this morning with Mandisa’s “Good Morning” requested by reader Becky Lee. Thanks for listening and spreading the...
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    Morning music: “If You’re Ready, Come Go with Me”

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    This is the fourth installment of a new weekday morning post called "Morning music." From The Tribune's Loretta Gillespie: "We are about to make...
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    Part 4: There but for fortune: a mother’s story

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      This is the true story of heartache, physical, sexual and alcohol abuse, love, hate, financial burdens and finally, finding joy, happiness and hope. We trust...
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    Morning music: “You Make Me Feel Like Dancin’”

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    This is the third installment of a new weekday morning post called "Morning music." From The Tribune's Loretta Gillespie: "We are about to make...
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    Morning music: “Heaven”

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    This is the second installment of a new weekday morning post called "Morning music." From The Tribune's Loretta Gillespie: "We are about to make...
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    Morning music: “Love Train”

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    As Thursdays, yesterday was one of the best. Mainly, I think, because before daylight yesterday I heard “Love Train” on the soundtrack of a...
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    FFA Week with Ethan Lake

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    Freshmen FFA group after receiving their green hand degrees WEST POINT - At the ripe old age of 27, Ethan Lake has come full circle,...
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    Part 3: There but for fortune: a mother’s story

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      This is the true story of heartache, physical, sexual and alcohol abuse, love, hate, financial burdens and finally, finding joy, happiness and hope.   We trust...
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    Bicentennial kickoff set for March 3

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    CULLMAN - Plans for the upcoming Alabama 200, three-year bicentennial celebration are taking shape. The statewide kickoff for the event is March 3, 2017, when...
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    Part 2: There but for fortune: a mother’s story

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      This is the true story of heartache, physical, sexual and alcohol abuse, love, hate, financial burdens and finally, finding joy, happiness and hope. We trust...
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    Foxgloves & Fireflies: life in the South

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    I was asked recently what I love about life in a small town. It caught me off guard, but after thinking about it, I...

    “Historic Alabama Courthouses: A Century of Their Images and Stories” by Delos Hughes

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    ALABAMA - Professor of politics (emeritus) at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Delos Hughes has gathered a wonderful pictorial collection of courthouses...
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    Bonkers for bees!

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    CULLMAN - Ever play in a bed of clover when you were a child? If not, that might have been because the little blooms...
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    A tribute to my friend, Tom Drake

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    Tom Drake and his best buddy, Miss Minnie   Did you ever wonder if people dance in Heaven? What about pets, do you ever wonder if...
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    Part 1: There but for fortune: a mother’s story

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      This is the true story of heartache, physical, sexual and alcohol abuse, love, hate, financial burdens and finally, finding joy, happiness and hope. We trust...
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    Leldon Maxcy: Making wood look good since 1997

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    For the Southern Makers debut, Leldon Maxcy designed and built a 12-foot-tall replica of the state of Alabama, with each of the 67 counties...

    Remembering Tom Drake: Dec. 5, 1930 – Feb. 2, 2017

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    Updated to add service information: Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Vinemont Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be on Sunday, Feb. 5...
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    “Hey, grandpa, what’s this gizmo?”

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    This milk can was mistaken for a propane tank by a 25-year-old who had never seen or heard of a milk can. CULLMAN - Ever...
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    Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Treasure Island” today at the civic center

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    The cast of “Treasure Island” rehearsing for Saturday’s performances CULLMAN - If you’d like to expose your children to the performing arts, perhaps to give...