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I’m sure in your mind’s eye, during this quarantine, you’ve thought about lots of places to visit around the country. Have you ever wanted to visit Tucson, or Atlanta, or St. Louis, or Portland? For that matter, is there anywhere in these United States that stimulates a sniff in your curiosi…

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Community colleges in Alabama and across the nation have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and health care professionals. Two-year public colleges have the unique capability to re-skill the workforce as the state …

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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 lora@athe…

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During these days of quarantine, there is still a popular pastime that can be pursued quite safely — genealogy, or the study of families through history. At one time or another, everyone has wondered where they came from. This set me off to interview Erich Snoke, a Limestone County hobbyist …

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One of the less helpful aspects of our current quandary is the shrill argument between two closed-minded camps. One condemns those who wish to open up the economy as science-defying ghouls who care nothing for human life. The other depicts the stay-at-homes as economic saboteurs willing to d…

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There was a man living in our community that everyone called Mr. Ugly. He was true to the name because he had ugly written all over him. One day he met a young lady about his age. She looked as if she had been whipped with an ugly stick. They looked like they could have been brother and sist…

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Quarantine has resurrected our respect for many professions little considered in other times. We stand in solemn respect for the medical professionals, of course, and now just as much for the stolid checkout personnel, the cleaners, the mail delivery folks and the unseen millions who work in…

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Here’s a test to see what kind of voter you are. Stay with me now, but be warned — once your rage boils over, you don’t want to be near pointy things that cause physical harm, cause material damage to property, or slam your fist into a wall.

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Throughout the country, we’re taking action to protect our children and families from the new coronavirus. For many families, this means learning at home for the first time. I’m the principal of Alabama Connections Academy, an online public school for students in grades K-12 across the state…

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I want to thank The News Courier for this opportunity to let our community get a behind-the-scenes look at how decisions that have gotten us to where we are today were made and what we think the next few months might look like for Athens education.

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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. Those who would like to submit a column, story or photo should email submissions to lora@athensnews-courier.com. Submis…

My name or face may not be new to you, but my title has changed to managing editor. I've been with The News Courier for 10 years. One rainy day in 2010, my husband and I loaded up a U-Haul for the drive up Interstate 65 to Limestone County by way of Birmingham. Shawn and I needed a change of…

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I’ve written about universal parenting truths before, in 2015, but there are so many of them they warrant a second column, perhaps even a third. There are simply some things we all experience as parents and often don't talk about because they are embarrassing or uncomfortable or maybe we are…

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When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, after what was per…

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Dear Annie: I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs.

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Monday morning comes along almost every seven days or so, and the workweek looms ahead. Five. Long. Days. Standing at the end, however, is Saturday. Sweet, unencumbered, unscheduled Saturday. A day to sleep in. A day of freedom.

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Even after New Year’s celebrations have died down, the beginning of the year is a time to reflect on the past and set goals for the year to come. I’m proud of all that we’ve been able to accomplish since I was sworn in to the Senate in January of 2018, but there’s still so much work to be done.

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Years ago, I came up with a mantra I attempt to live by: Think positive thoughts. Speak positive words. Create a positive world.

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The Limestone County Republican Party has stayed fairly silent on the issue of LaDon Townsend’s ballot challenge, and I believe that is appropriate since the county party originally recused ourselves from making this decision.

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My husband and I met in driver’s training class when we were only 15. We’ve been best friends ever since. How corny is that?

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Dear Annie: There is an elderly man who attends daily Mass at my church. He insists on hugging many of the women after Mass as they leave the church. He is a nice man, and I don’t think he’s up to anything creepy. I think he’s probably a throwback to the ‘70s when “hugging” was a big thing, …

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We want to show the world our best. This is even more true online with social media where we eagerly post our latest vacation (paid for via credit card) but don’t show the reality.

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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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Dear Annie: My wife of more than 31 years recently passed away. She had three children from a previous marriage. We had none. She left behind a large sum of money from her savings and IRA for them. Her eldest son has a mental condition, and most of his needs are met by the state of New York …

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Grief is not a law-abiding citizen. It is a renegade, an ever-changing beast. Grief is a labyrinth. Expecting it to follow a straightforward path is like expecting water to run uphill. It just isn’t going to happen.

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“Quid pro quo” was the accusatory Latin phrase most often used to describe President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call asking for a “favor” from the president of Ukraine.

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Dear Annie: A few years ago, I moved into a duplex owned by an old college friend of mine, “Robby,” and his wife. During this time, I became very close friends with Robby’s wife. Earlier this year, I moved out. Around this same time, Robby’s wife told him she was thinking of divorce. The wif…

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I have much to be thankful for. I am a strong advocate and overall supporter of thankfulness. When the kids were younger, we even had a gratitude wall in our kitchen where we listed the many things we had to be grateful for — things we call blessings. I believe thankfulness should be a part …

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Dear Annie: I never thought I’d write to you, but I have no one else to ask. I work part time as a customer service representative. Like me, all of my co-workers are mostly retired women except for one man who is our age, “John.” He’s been in our department for about two years. A year ago, h…

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I’ve learned through the years parenting is an ever-changing process.

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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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Open enrollment for Medicare is underway, but there may be helpful tools available that senior citizens may be unaware of.

A song that is occasionally sung during worship services of the Coxey church of Christ is “He Loves Me” arranged by Lloyd O. Sanderson. A song with similar lyrics is “Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?” written by James G. Dailey. Included in Favorite Songs of the Church, both songs remind us …

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Dear Annie: My daughter recently passed away from complications of myasthenia gravis. She died unexpectedly one evening after she stopped breathing during an MG crisis. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are res…

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Dear Annie: My wife does not work outside the home. We have hired help to take care of the house cleaning and yard work. She cooks sometimes but more often she buys prepared food. She does not do my laundry. She does not pay our bills. There are not many demands on her time.

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Nearly a decade ago, my 80-year-old dad sensed quiet and a lack of activity upstairs and felt a worried edginess creep under his skin.

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When my kids were very young, each of them had a favorite movie that we viewed over and over (and over).

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Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

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Obituaries

Leroy Craft, 84, of Athens, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020 at home. Mr. Craft was born February 1, 1936, to Leonard Melvin Craft and Thelma Wallace Craft. Funeral services for Mr. Craft will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Randy Carter officiatin…

Jo Ann McCracken Sandlin, 87, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at home. She was born June 9, 1932, to Walter "Sam" McCracken and Mary Boyd McCracken. Jo Ann was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Crutcher and was well-known for her…

Nolan "Stump" Wayne Haney, 75, of Elkmont, Alabama, died May 24, 2020, at his home. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. May 27, 2020, at Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Alabama.

Roger Daniel Butler, 57, of Athens, Alabama, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Huntsville Hospital. He was a member of Blackburn Road Baptist Church and a employee at Steelcase, Athens, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his father, James Paul Butler. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesda…

Ms. Boyd passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020. She was born June 11, 1992, in Limestone County, Alabama, to John David Carroll and Michelle Lynn McConnell Carroll. Samantha was one of a kind and someone you would never forget. Ms. Boyd is preceded in to death by grandmother Barbara McConnell, …