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Bob Raymond: Firsthand look at Orange Beach

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

Cathy Pilkinton recently returned from a great week at Orange Beach. After hearing lots of reports about the condition of the beach from friends and on Facebook, Cathy and three of her friends decided to do what they could to support the local economy there.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Tangled webs

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

The machines are rebelling. At work, my computer died a dramatic death. It crackled like a raging fire. Horrible noises broadcast down the hallway, terrifying my coworkers. Then, the screen went black. At home, I got no e-mail for about two months; then 5,000 came at one time.

 

 

David Creel: I love New York City!

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

"Start spr-eading the news. I'm leaving today. I'm gonna be a part of it, New York, New York!"

 

 

Betty Stone: It's reunion time!

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

Summer is traditionally that time of easy living, lazy, crazy days and reunions. Some of us got cheated by life on the reunion feature. In my generation my family was so small that if we met for lunch, we'd had a reunion.

 

Ask Rufus: Tom Locke's Zoo

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

Many people still remember the small zoo that was in Propst Park but few recall the large private zoo that was once in Columbus.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Portrait of a painter

Posted 6/26/2010 in Columns

After Katrina, they moved to Columbus to be near their only daughter. They had lost everything after 60 years of marriage, everything except each other.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The World That Never Was

Posted 6/23/2010 in Columns

If we had had a better-trained bomber a few months ago, we would have had a terrorist disaster in New York City when his car bomb exploded. That one didn't go off, but plenty do in many parts of the world. The international terrorist bombers now tend to be religious.

 

 

Bob Raymond: Columbians man the coast

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

Several Columbians have been on the coast this past week. Terry and Anne Freeze spent a week eating, napping, sippin' and dippin.' Terry's brother Buck and his wife Millie joined them for supper one evening. They live in Lillian, Ala. Their grandson Zane is in the Coast Guard and has been stationed on a ship in Pensacola, Fla., doing oil-related work.

 

 

David Creel: Going to the chapel

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

Well, Beyonce said it best. "If you like it then you should put a ring on it." So, I found myself doing what most "bffs" with innate fashion sensibility do ... helping Ashley find the way through the oftentimes confusing maze of planning a wedding.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Changes

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

June is considered a romantic month. More brides choose this month than any other. I'm not sure why they do. It certainly is not the prettiest, or the most temperate. Maybe it is because school has just ended and recent college grads can begin their new life with a new wife (or husband). It is a month for big changes.

 

 

Jeff Wilson: Turfgrass tips

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

While some of you may be singing "Take me out to the ballgame" and cheering on your favorite team, others may be singing 'take me out to the garden' and cheering on your favorite plant. Whatever your choice, this is the time to enjoy them.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: 'I've got this place'

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I've got this place where I like to go to ponder. Some of you might have one, too. It's not so much that we need a special place for pondering; some places are just better suited for it than others. My place is "The Asphalt" -- not necessarily a name that conjures up an image of a tranquil setting conducive for contemplating one's place in the universe.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus, Alabama

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I recently presented a program to the Macon Rotary Club. Afterward I was asked if it was true that Columbus had once been in Alabama. My response was that it never had been located in Alabama, but the people of Columbus did once think that they were.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Mystery Cults of the Ancient World

Posted 6/16/2010 in Columns

You weren't supposed to understand the secrets of the ancient Greek and Roman mystery cults in the times that they flourished, unless you were yourself an initiate.

 

For our four-legged friends: Humane Society's new facility is still the goal

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

A rusty hinge lay on the slanted concrete floor of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Director Karen Johnwick sighs, leans down and picks up the scrap, and shakes her head. "You can only put a Band-Aid on something for so long," she says despondently. "We don't want to spend money here; we want to invest in the new place."

 

Bob Raymond: CAFB group feted at Graham compound

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

Jimmy and Joann Graham hosted a post-Pilgrimage appreciation party at their Sykes Place compound last Thursday evening.

 

 

Betty Stone: A grand's wedding

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

I guess I never anticipated getting to this spot, never thought ahead far enough to imagine one of my grandchildren getting married. I knew they would grow up, of course, that I, too, would get older. I just ignored the fact. Actually, in many ways I still do.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Love for sale

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

They say you can't buy love. For the most part, that is true. There are many examples of love that is "purchased." I'm not talking about the "oldest profession." I'm thinking more of people (both genders) who marry for, or because of, money.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Porch people

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

My first house had a porch, and every house since then has had a porch. My grandma's house had a porch. Porch people begat porch people.

 

 

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