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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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WASHINGTON — “I am a classically trained engineer,” says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of …

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Life has not always worked out like I planned. And here’s the thing, the more unplanned it becomes, the more I learn, the more I grow and trust, and the better everything becomes.

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The Limestone County Commission, without warning or proper consultation, reduced its funding to the Athens-Limestone Public Library from $80,000 per year to $50,000 per year.

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Alabama’s workforce programs have undergone several changes in the past couple years and to say that this has caused some confusion would be a huge understatement! I liken it to the 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act which created the beginnings of the Interstate system that focused on building a …

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It’s that time of year. School is in session. Backpacks line the back doorway. Yellow buses line the streets. Bedtimes and wake-times are earlier than in the previous months. Mornings are resoundingly announced by alarm clocks — something unheard of during June, July and August.

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As the nation learns more about the salacious life and mysterious death of billionaire and serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, it’s important to remember his crimes are far from uncommon.

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WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for a …

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Obituaries

Frankie Lee Elders, 50, of Elkmont, Alabama, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A private graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery.

Greg Miller, 59, died April 1, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Debra. A private service is planned, to be attended by his closest family and friends. In lieu of flowers, make donations to your favorite charity.

Ray Carl Wolfe passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Tracy. His family will be holding a private service.

Mrs. Jecine Beatrice Woodall, 77, of Athens, Alabama, died Tuesday at her residence. A private service and burial will be held later.

Cecilia "Faye" Page of Athens, Alabama, died March 30, 2020. She was born October 31, 1933, to Henry Swann and Blanche (Budden) Williams. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jimmy F. Page; and sisters, Leta Day and Gloria Davis. She is survived by her sister, Lila Barber; child…