A publisher ponders


Growing up without nearby visiting relatives doesn’t nourish an interest in family and genealogy. That’s doubly so when your father, who entertained with tall tales the veracity of which one could never be sure, always said your family sprang from England’s crazy Queen Ann. I mean, who wants to pursue such a heritage? Thus it was that I had little […]

Soccer … and soccer

Avid soccer fans sometimes puzzle over football being the craze it is over the U.S., especially in the South, unlike in much of the rest of the world where soccer’s front and center. Young soccer players all too often find themselves without adequate fields for practice and play. That lack affects an increasing number because, unlike football, girls can play […]

An intrustion into state rights

Alabama Scene

When I first arrived in Montgomery as a reporter many years back, those lobbyists who frequently entertained legislators, governors, and important state officials were called “honey trees” or “honey bees” by some. There was no such thing as PACs (political action committees) to legally pass money for favors. It was usually done in cash hand-to-hand or left in a satchel […]

Cleveland gets $5000 for new rec field

Blount Realty Team is official

What is ultimate?

Background Scripture Psalm 46:1-7. Devotional Reading: Hebrews 6:13-20. Bart D. Ehrman is a prolific professor and author, who, although he began as a conservative Christian, lost his faith altogether and has written of that devolution in his book, GOD’S PROBLEM: How The Bible Fails To Answer Our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer. It was this unanswered problem, he […]

Macedonia Missionary Baptist to celebrate 140 years of service

In October 2010, the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in the McClarty community of Blount County will celebrate 140 years of service to God. A special 140th anniversary service will be held at the church Saturday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. All former pastors and the public are invited to participate. The church was organized in October 1870 and joined the […]


SINGINGS WELCOME #2 MISSIONARY BAPTIST on Terry Heights Road in Palmerdale will have a singing Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. with the Campbell Family as special guests. Pastor is Johnny Allred, and singing chairman is James Turner. SPECIAL EVENTS PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have its annual homecoming service Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be […]

Beautiful chapel built at Highland

A beautiful little chapel in the woods has been built at Highland Lake by Ronnie Coleman in honor of his mother, Marjorie Coleman. Brenda Johnson led a dedication ceremony for the Highland chapel Saturday, Sept. 11. A sign in front designates the building as the Marjorie Coleman Chapel: “All God’s Children Welcome.” Marjorie Coleman, of Little Bay, Ark., was married […]

New security arrangements set for courthouse, Family Service Center

County administrator Ralph Mitchell reported Tuesday to the commission that new security procedures are being implemented for the courthouse and the Family Service Center, following meetings with District Judge Sherry Burns, himself, and Sheriff Loyd Arrington. Beginning immediately, a sheriff’s deputy will be assisgned to the juvenile court at the Family Service Center one day a week at Burns’s request. […]