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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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  • By Taylor Dawson, For The News Courier

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.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

There is too much guilt in the world. Still, I have a propensity to make myself more of it.

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  • By Wayne Flynt, For The News Courier

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…

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Family: Flawed and Fabulous, Adoring and Amusing, Messy and Magnificent, Important and Irreverent, Loyal and Loud and Yay, it’s Year-Round.

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  • By Lt. Col. James L. Walker

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 …

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • By Ginger Hickman, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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?

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

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.

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  • Ginger Hickman, For The News Courier

The primary interest of Athens City Schools is the academic pursuit and success of our students. While reading, writing and arithmetic are absolutely fundamental to preparation for success, proper child development incorporates a comprehensive, whole-person perspective. There are many elemen…

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I had been sitting in the dark at The News Courier for about 30 minutes when I finally decided to call Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins.

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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

It was an all-out catfight. One like I’d never seen before — at least not between the two of them, whom I know pretty well. They usually get along, or at least stay out of one another’s way. But on this day, the claws were definitely out.

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I was on the phone with a prominent Athens businessman Thursday, conducting an interview for a story. When the interview was over, he asked if I was going to write an opinion column about Wednesday's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

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  • Melanie Bridgeforth

Baffled. Cautiously optimistic. Flabbergasted. Disheartened. Just a few descriptors that come to mind as I play back the final days of the 2017 legislative session and fate of HB 277, also known as the Child Care Safety Act.

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  • The News Courier

• Women's Day. Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Women's Day beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28. Minister Cynthia McCrary will be the speaker. Music will be provided by the women of Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church. The theme is “Christian Women Working Togethe…

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  • D.A. Slinkard, For The News Courier

Editor's note: The following is the debut column from D.A. Slinkard, who will be writing intermittently on faith-based topics for The News Courier. The commentary does not necessarily reflect the views of The News Courier and its staff. We welcome editorial submissions from area church leade…

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  • Jill Pertler

It’s something we all have in common — mothers have touched our lives. Each of us came into the world courtesy of a mother. But the concept doesn’t stop there. Mothers are everywhere. They live next door or across the country. They are teachers, coaches, counselors, protectors, enforcers, di…

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  • Attorney General Steve Marshall, For The News Courier

While we might be able to live our lives without some of the services we receive from government, our personal safety is something none of us would choose to give up. Yet the sacrifices the men and women of law enforcement make every day to protect us are probably the most overlooked contrib…

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  • Randy Price, For The News Courier

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases.

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