Let’s define ‘double-dipping’

Alabama Scene

Gov. Riley wants to ban double-dipping by legislators, a practice which I understand he defines as one person receiving more than one monetary benefit from the state. But would his definition of the term, for example, prohibit a state retiree from serving in the House or Senate and drawing legislative pay or expenses? Would it prohibit a retired or active […]

The bookworm sez

The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving

There’s a wolf at your door. Eh, more or less. He looks like a wolf, anyhow, but not quite. He has large teeth and a wolfish body, but he barks and wolves don’t. He will look you in the face and not mean it as a threat. And he has a large capacity to love you, unlike wild canids. But […]

The bookworm sez

How about a book for hard-to-please teen?

Do you have a teenager or teenage friend heading to college after the holidays? If she is, be sure to give her Take Me With You: Off-to-College Advice from One Chick to Another by Nikki Roddy. This fill-in-the-blanks book will help her remember wisdom from the family, and it will act as a paper version of a security blanket for […]

Festival of Sacred Christmas Music will feature Three Generations

Sixth annual Huntsville concert...

Blount County’s own Three Generations will be featured at the Sixth Annual Festival of Sacred Christmas Music at the Von Braun Concert Hall in Huntsville on Thursday, Dec. 16. Two performances are scheduled: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The program is an annual production of Keep Christmas Alive, a Huntsville based nonprofit organization “to reclaim, proclaim, and celebrate Chistmas the […]

Is God a multi-tasker?


Background Scripture Psalms 139. Devotional Reading: 1 John 3:18-24l “Multi-tasking” has come to signify the ability to do more than on thing at a time. My wife Valere and I agree that I am one who concentrates on doing one thing at a time, while she attempts to do several things at the same time. That is hardly surprising because […]


THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH Just about every Sunday in our church, we lift our voices together and say the Lord’s Prayer. This is the prayer Jesus gave to his disciples in response to their request for him to “teach us how to pray.” Part of the prayer includes these words: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on […]


SINGINGS BLOUNT COUNTY MIRACLE LEAGUE is having a benefit singing to help raise funds to build a Miracle Field for children and adults with disabilities. The Blue Grass Gospel Band featuring Phillip Mulkey, James Keener, Adrian Willingham, Mark Willingham, and Frank Holt will headline the singing Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Big Barn at 806 […]

Breakfast speaker presents provocative insights on politics

Chamber breakfast speaker Dr. Larry Powell cut through the fog of political posturings and pronouncements at last week’s breakfast with provocative observations on the post-election political landscape. Powell is professor of communications specializing in politics (not government, as he pointed out) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was also the expert political commentator for NBC-13 during the recent […]

Off to a flying start

History, Christmas at Blountsville park

Annual Christmas Open House at Blountsville’s Historical Park will be Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. The event is free. Refreshments will be served as long as available. All buildings at the park are considered museums and are furnished appropriately for the 1800s. Most will be open for viewing, and some will be decorated for the period […]