EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated to reflect the time and location of Tuesday's school board meeting has changed.
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.
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.
The nation is still reeling from the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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Each February, The News Courier publishes a section those in the newspaper industry call “Progress,” and you’ll find Part I of that section in today’s edition.
Limestone County has come a long way in a short time.
January has been cold. Extremely cold.
Congress is treading dangerously close to severing one of the nation’s most beneficial healthcare programs that is widely used in Alabama.
The special election for the U.S. Senate seat has come down to a boring duel among the top Republican candidates over who most likes President Donald Trump.
The Alabama Legislature finished another lackluster session in Montgomery last month, leaving behind a dangerous, unresolved overcrowded prison system issue.
Alabama legislators this past week wrongly approved a bill that shortens the appeal process for people convicted of a capital crime and facing an execution.
Plain and simple – Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore needs to take his punishment and go away.
Gov. Kay Ivey wasted little time in taking steps to restore some trust in state government Tuesday when she set a special election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Jeff Sessions prior to being tapped as President Donald Trump’s attorney general.
Teachers in Alabama weren't pleased last year when Michael Sentance was hired as state school superintendent. The issues were his lack of both classroom experience (he's only been an education adviser, consultant and reformer) and connections to this state (he's from Massachusetts), and some…
With the regular session of the Alabama Legislature under way, there is no room for junk bills that threaten to tie up valuable time with debates and emotional overload.
Unfortunately, Alabama has its share of negative connotations: Many residents are too fat, so we claim the title of being the most obese state in the nation; our schools are up and down as far as education quality, ranking the state among the lowest in national educational surveys; and the e…
President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at various news organizations this week for publishing information from an unsubstantiated report that Russia was holding compromising personal and financial information about him. It’s not the first time our president-elect has raised concerns about m…
The holiday is a busy time for all of us, including law enforcement officers.
The long history of illegal drug use in the United States has turned into a scourge for many families and communities.
The nation’s bully pulpit has gone digital, and President-elect Donald Trump, our Twitterer-In-Chief, is using it as he did during the presidential campaign – to criticize and to demean.
Government across the United States has one purpose — serve the people. That’s also the principle behind newspapers in holding government at all levels accountable and transparent.
There's an old chestnut about incompetent leadership that involves the infamous Roman emperor Nero and a fire that raged through Rome in 64 A.D.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been making campaign hay from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s gaffe in saying half of Trump’s supporters would fit into a “basket of deplorables.”
The modern conservative movement deeply entrenched in the Republican Party, dating to the rise of Ronald Reagan, created a long and successful path in American politics, especially across the South.
Alabama is entering uncharted territory with the arrival of charter schools.
The special session of the Alabama Legislature concluded with some success following a complete breakdown in the Senate over a proposed lottery bill.
Editor's note: The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Dallas Morning News. The paper broke with a 75-year tradition of endorsing Republican candidates to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. The newspaper gave permission to CNHI newspapers like The News Courier to reprint…
There is a reason the architects of the Bill of Rights included freedom of the press and speech in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — our democratic republic couldn’t survive without them.
I turned 39 a couple of weeks ago.
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. — Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Dec. 15, 1791.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rightfully command a lot of attention during the election season as they battle for the presidency.
During previous election cycles, The News Courier has taken a stance against publishing endorsement letters for candidates seeking office on the opinion page.
When the South went to the polls earlier this year, the Republican ballot showcased a field of candidates who offered a variety of conservative views. In this region, a give-them-what-they-want-to-hear political newcomer from New York instantly grabbed voters’ attention.
Wednesday marks a somber anniversary for Limestone Countians, as does Thursday. The same could also be said for Monday, April 4.
The city of Athens lost one of its greatest friends and allies Sunday with the death of Jimmy Gill.
The uproar over allegations that Republican Gov. Robert Bentley had an affair with a top female staff member has limited his ability to lead the state during a critical time.
Anyone who watched the video released Wednesday of a distressed man being subdued by a Taser at Athens-Limestone Hospital on Feb. 3 was likely just at stunned as we were.
Congratulations are again in order to officials with the city of Athens and Limestone County for landing another new industry.
The divorce records of Gov. and Mrs. Robert Bentley should be open to the public. Such is precedent in this state and there is no reason to do differently in this case.
The citizens of Athens have an important choice to make on Tuesday, and by now, most of you have been inundated with the pros and cons of the property tax referendum for Athens City Schools.
Imagine waking up to the sound of heavy construction equipment next door to your home, then going to wash the sleep from your eyes and finding the water shut off for environmental testing.
More than 400 miles southeast of Ferguson, Mo., residents of every color from Athens and Limestone County came together Thursday night and peacefully gathered for the annual Christmas parade.
- 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