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‘Something unique’

“Saturday’s dedication of a rebuilt covered bridge celebrated a historical treasure returned to the town and a community reunited.” That’s what reporter Betsy Reason wrote in a long article in the Indianapolis Star about the official opening of the Moscow, Ind., bridge that replaced the 122- year-old one blown away by a tornado two years ago. Renewing his subscription to […]

Alabama Scene Dr. Bonner’s train wreck

David Bronner, the CEO and otherwise dictator at the Retirement Systems of Alabama, took me to task several years back for opposing his plans to build a multi-story office building over and around the old State Judicial Building just below the capitol on Dexter Avenue. He devoted the entire front page of his 350,000 circulation RSA newsletter making fun of […]


Great House

Your father had one, and so did Mom. And now you’ve got one, too. It’s Your Chair, the spot in which you relax, the place where no one else dares sit except in your absence or in jest – and in the latter case, one look sends the offender scurrying. Even guests instinctively shy away from that to which you’ve […]

Filling the emptiness

Background Scripture Psalm 63. Devotional Reading: Psalm 3:1-6. In our more than 50 years of counseling, Valere and I observed that lots of couples who experience “mid-life crisis” – although not always at mid-life – we found to be people looking for “something missing” in their lives, without knowing just what it was for which they were looking. This “something […]

Hayden churches come together to host first community-wide fall festival

This Saturday, Oct. 30, nine churches will come together to host the first Hayden community-wide fall festival at the Hayden ball park. The community-wide event is an idea that stemmed from Jason Durant, student pastor at First Baptist Hayden (FBCH), a few months ago as an effort to bring the congregations of Hayden together as one group with one mission. […]

Airman thanks area church

Members of Lake Highland’s Lakeview Baptist Church who mail goodies to soldiers serving overseas haven’t been troubled at receiving no acknowledgments of their thoughtfulness. Nevertheless, it was gratifying – and fun – recently to get notes of thanks from CSM Rick Stidley, stationed at Bagram Army Airfield, Afghanistan. Stidley addressed his thanks to the church and to Jimmy and Dale […]


SINGINGS MT. VIEW BAPTIST will have an old-fashioned singing Sunday, Nov. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. with the Steel City Quartet as special guests. The singing follows regular services: Sunday school at 10 a.m., preaching at 11 a.m., and dinner around noon. Pastor Josh Hickey invites all to attend. Call 590-3321 for more information. Church located on Arkadelphia Road, one […]

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Hayden church provides parent media training

Technology has changed the way we do business, the way we gather information, the way we communicate, and to some extent, the way we entertain ourselves. It also poses a great challenge to parents’ efforts to keep their children safe from harmful influences. That is why First Baptist Church of Hayden has reached out to educate parents and the community […]

Downtown meeting produces revitalization approaches, ideas

Council chambers at Oneonta City Hall were comfortably full Monday night as some 70 downtown merchants, city officials, and other interested citizens gathered to talk about downtown Oneonta and ways it could possibly be energized. Below are a number of ideas presented. A considerable number came from an ad hoc group of about a dozen downtown merchants who met several […]