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.
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.
Life is supposed to be an adventure. That’s what they tell us, anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
It is a common belief among Christians that when people die, their souls are bound for either heaven or Hades.
Cour•age n. 1. The mental strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty 2. The quality of being brave; valor
It was 50 years ago this April 4th that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers.
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 …
Across the country, lawmakers are realizing the costs associated with the rampant overuse of occupational licensing laws.
Contentment. Satisfaction. Joy. Delight. Exuberance. Jubilation.
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…
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.
One of the most important things we do as a school system is to take steps to provide for the safety of the children entrusted to our care.
The Winter Olympics are waning. Competition officially ends Feb. 25. Sigh. It’s been a good (sleigh) ride.
Change is inevitable, necessary and even desired. We choose change all the time.
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.
One of my favorite sayings has always been, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go awry.”
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.
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.
Wasted time. We do it all the time. Fritter away a moment, an hour, an entire day.
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.
Alabama’s bread, milk and egg distributors have a profitable start to 2018, thanks to this week's snowfall.
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.
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…
Editor’s note: The following community letter by Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers was released Wednesday by the Huntsville Hospital System.
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.
Another year comes to an end, and we stand on the cliff of another. I say “cliff” because after 2017, that's what it feels like.
It’s the gift-giving season. And who doesn’t enjoy giving a good gift? I certainly do. Problem is, I get sucked in. It happens every year.
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…
Thinking back on the last year, a few things stick out in my mind: the words “fake news,” Alabama’s epic comeback to get a spot in the college football playoff (Roll Tide) and political ads from Alabama’s senate election haunting me in my waking and sleeping hours.
There is too much guilt in the world. Still, I have a propensity to make myself more of it.
After reading a copy of my book, Alabama in the Twentieth Century, novelist Harper Lee wrote me a letter on February 18, 2005, expressing her fears about the direction her beloved state was headed based on its past: “It looks like to hell if we don’t get some things changed. . . . I dread th…
Sometimes (oftentimes) numbers don’t make sense — to me, at least. Oh sure, two plus two equals four and numbers are unchangeable, so they should follow logical standards. But they don’t. Therein lies the mystery.
Family: Flawed and Fabulous, Adoring and Amusing, Messy and Magnificent, Important and Irreverent, Loyal and Loud and Yay, it’s Year-Round.
Gratitude is among us! ‘Tis the season for giving thanks. Let’s talk turkey.
While growing up in Athens in the 1950s, I used to see this man walking the streets around my neighborhood in an intoxicated state. Almost every time I saw him, he was either standing near the service station on Brownsferry Street that we called “The Block” or entering or exiting one of the …
There’s something luxurious about an overnight hotel stay. And hotels work hard to make us feel that way. The term hotel bedding has become synonymous with high-end, crisply pressed white cotton sheets with a generous thread-count.
Hi, my name is Adam Smith, and I'm the proud owner of one of the most boring names on the planet.
There are 7.5 billion people in the world. That’s 75 followed by eight zeros. A billion is hard for the average mind to fathom. One billion is equivalent to a thousand millions. In other words, a really big number.
Bonfires and dances, football and friends, parades and queens — all of these things are the sparkling, dazzling and fantastically fun elements of Homecoming. And yet, Homecoming is more. Much more.
The little pump dispenser sat on the sink in my bathroom for more than a month before I noticed the label. I hadn’t read it at the store; just pulled the liquid hand soap off the shelf and threw it into my cart without paying much attention. Hand soap is hand soap, right?
There isn’t much that makes my husband nervous. Heck, he’s raised four teenagers, which included teaching three of them (so far) to drive. Anyone who can do that can do anything. Or practically anything.
It’s no secret; technology is changing the way we do things. I don’t trust myself to get dressed in the morning before checking my weather apps (I have three). And I’m not sure how I survived prior to having the "Find My Family" app at my fingertips.
We’ve known each other for more than 30 years and I’m still learning new things about him. This weekend, it was all about scented candles.
Athens City Schools Superintendent Dr. Trey Holladay was recently named the District 8 Superintendent of the Year by School Superintendents of Alabama.
The other day I found myself in a quandary. I was in need of cupcakes, but the pantry was without a box of cake mix. I didn’t want to go to the store, so I was left with one option: to bake from scratch.
Do-it-youselfers will attest to two universal truths — projects beget projects and the outcomes are often funny if you are willing to laugh at yourself or others. Both phenomena happen to me all the time. This week at our house it involved stickers.
- Ardmore man charged with 1st-degree rape
- BREAKING: Incident at Elkmont High School quickly contained
- An unwelcome surprise
- Hard work pays off for Abernathy
- Three gifted county students to study at MIT
- Arrest Reports for 5/12/18
- Crash snarls traffic west of Athens
- Tanner principal supporters want answers
- Arrest Reports for 5/17/18
- LLCA graduate on her way to UAB