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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

They’d be the first to admit they are more adept at handing off a football versus a tiny human being, but during the last week, they’ve certainly given the latter their best efforts.

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  • Commentary By Jodie Dean, For The News Courier

Last year, the Alabama community welcomed Alabama Connections Academy (ALCA), a K-12 online public school and the second online school in the state, to serve students statewide.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

She is going to have a baby. The little pink bundle we carried home from the hospital but a blink ago is soon going to be a mother herself. My baby girl is having a baby girl.

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For the past few weeks, our editorial staff has ventured out to local schools in an effort to take senior class photos for a special section coming out later this month.

  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Today I ask that we consider the concept of love. It’s a universal human characteristic; we all want to love and be loved. It may not be as essential as the air we breathe, but it’s close.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

In many parts of the world people walk miles just to access it. Here in the U.S. we may take it for granted because for most of us it comes from the tap with the flick of a wrist. Some of us buy it bottled. Some of us like it with a slice of lemon or lime. Some prefer iced, others straight u…

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

It was going to be a busy day. I had a to-do list longer than a Minnesota winter or a Texas summer – take your pick.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Cour•age n. 1. The mental strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty 2. The quality of being brave; valor

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Meal money — the taxpayers’ money allotted to sheriffs to feed inmates — has been on the mind of Alabamians for months since a lawsuit filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in January.

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  • Commentary By Sharon Austin, CNHI News Service

It was 50 years ago this April 4th that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

My family goes through a few — okay more than a few — aluminum cans. And even though we’ve always recycled and attempted to condense the cans the barehanded way, surplus metal was impacting our recycle bin in an overflowing manner. When the excess wouldn’t fit into the bin, the bags started …

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  • Commentary By Parker Snider, For The News Courier

Across the country, lawmakers are realizing the costs associated with the rampant overuse of occupational licensing laws.

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Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk cited issues with the “climate” at Tanner High School as one reason why Principal Louis Gordon was placed on administrative leave March 12.

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  • Commentary By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Contentment. Satisfaction. Joy. Delight. Exuberance. Jubilation.

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  • Commentary by Jim Zachary, CNHI Deputy National Editor

Editor's note: Sunshine Week 2018 runs March 11-17. An annual event, Sunshine Week calls on journalists to shed light on issues of open government and have conversations with their readers about the importance of open and transparent government, whether that government body is a municipality…

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  • Commentary By Jill Pertler

It’s my job to come up with words each week. It’s become almost a habit, but I’ve wondered what I’ll do when the words don’t come, as I suspect will happen at some point. So far, though, I’ve been able to find something to say. Or maybe nothing to say, but the words have been there nonetheless.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Change is inevitable, necessary and even desired. We choose change all the time.

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  • Commentary By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

I lie awake sometimes in bed, in the wee hours of the morning, and I think. Better put, I brood — but not about a single topic.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

My husband and I aren’t big gamblers. I suppose it stems from the fact that we’ve never really had a large pile of cash we were itching to lose. Plus neither one of us was born with the lucky gene. So if you ever see us at a casino, rest assured — we’re there for the buffet.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Life is hard. I’ve told my kids this dozens of times. I’m not trying to be a Debby Downer parent, but I do think I owe them honesty. And honestly, life is hard.

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  • Commentary By Teresa Todd, For The News Courier

The third annual North Pole Stroll was an amazing success. With a record number of children and parents coming to visit with Santa and the guests visiting the park daily, attendance easily reached more than 10,000 for the 30 days of festivities.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Football is a big deal at my house. I live with a bunch of guys who love the game. My daughter married a guy who loves the game. It only makes sense I’d be pulled into the gridiron mix.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

I grew up in the era of classic, they-don’t-make-them-like-that-anymore television shows. Of course, this is my opinion. But who can argue with the iconic status of the Brady Bunch, Little House on the Prairie, Carol Burnett, Love Boat and Fantasy Island? (The last two so much different than…

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

When my boys play together, it always ends the same way. It doesn’t matter what they are doing, the result adds up to intertwined bodies, leg locks and takedowns. In a word: wrestling.

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  • Daniel Ridinger, For The News Courier

Editor’s note: The following commentary does not necessarily reflect the views of The News Courier and its staff. We welcome editorial submissions from area church leaders for our weekly Faith page. Those who would like to submit a column, story or photo should email submissions to adam@athe…

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