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Social Security: Your contributions make our nation stronger

By Kylee’ McKinney On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we honor service members is the [...]

Healthy Living: What is Alabama’s long-term health care strategy?

By Dale Quinney Health care in Alabama faces uncertain and challenging times. Our health care system consists of many operating parts vital to the smooth operation of the entire system. This system is like the human body. If one or more parts are not operating properly, the entire system can be impaired or even threatened. [...]

Runway to success

By Jennifer Kornegay Alabama designers make their mark in the fashion world. All through its history, Alabama has produced an abundance of artists. Our state’s rural landscapes, city streets, past, present and potential have inspired painters, photographers, writers, musicians and craftsmen to share ideas and weave stories in color, words, melodies and other materials. So [...]

Rolling billboards

By Emmet Burnett There was a time when automobile tags were little more than car-displayed registration information, basically metallic oatmeal with digits. You’ve come a long way, baby. The humble car tag is now as unique as its Alabama driver. Officially, the state classification is “distinctive plates.” Each is an artistic canvas, supporting a cause, [...]

From bean to brew

By Allison Griffin and Liz Vinson Coffee roasters are perking up in Alabama’s towns, small cities Across the state, the business of roasting coffee beans and transforming them into fresh blends is brewing along very well. Entrepreneurs have recognized a market for consumers who want a fresh cup of joe that is flavorful and truly [...]

State kicks off bicentennial celebration

The state is planning a big birthday party for its bicentennial, and you’re invited to be a part of the festivities leading up to it. In 2019, Alabama will commemorate the 200th anniversary of its statehood. Created from the Mississippi Territory in 1817, the Alabama Territory became the nation’s 22nd state on Dec. 14, 1819. [...]

Gardens: Appetizing yards

By Katie Jackson Create a beautiful, edible landscape A few years back I got this hair-brained idea (or maybe I should say I got another hair-brained idea – they seem to come to me rather regularly). I replaced a section of aged, declining boxwoods beside our garage with three blueberry bushes and a pomegranate shrub. [...]

Worth the drive: Chris’ Famous Hotdogs

By Lori Quiller Celebrating 100 years of hot dogs in Montgomery Nestled at the bottom of Dexter Avenue in Montgomery just a few blocks from the steps of the Capitol sits one of the city’s most beloved lunch spots. Tucked away under a green and white awning is Chris’ Famous Hot Dogs, which celebrates its [...]

Alabama People: William Lee Golden

By Allison Griffin This Oak Ridge Boy still going strong He’s been a performer for more than 50 years, but now William Lee Golden is indulging in a passion that takes him out of the spotlight and puts him behind the artist’s brush and photographer’s lens. Golden is the longtime baritone for the Oak Ridge [...]

A spring spectacular: part 3 of 3

By Alfred Schotz Wildflower viewing in central Alabama The landscape of central Alabama is one of striking contrasts and immense beauty, a mingling of high mountains, rocky shoals, and open grasslands amid a setting of verdant forests. Through the powers of nature and the passages of time, the region has been sculpted into a profound array [...]

Veterans finding healing on the water

By John Felsher Many people find gliding along silently in a kayak, listening to nature, quite soothing, even therapeutic. But for injured veterans, such an experience could be life-changing. “Not all war injuries are visible,” says Brian Carson of Bay Minette, who serves as the coordinator for the South Alabama chapter of Heroes on the [...]

Consumer Wise: Windows to the world

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Where to start when replacing your windows Question: We recently bought a home with windows from the 1960s that are drafty and need replacing. We would like to ensure that our new windows are energy efficient. Can you offer any tips? Answer: Replacing your windows is often the most [...]

Hardy Jackson’s Alabama

By Hardy Jackson The best wedding I never attended It is wedding season. Weddings, as you surely know, are a big deal in Dixie. Southern brides start planning theirs from the time they are flower girls, and when their wedding rolls around they have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses in colors never seen in [...]

Recipes: Gifts from the gulf

By Jennifer Kornegay | Food prepared and photographed by Brooke Echols Indulge in shrimp and other shellfish fresh from Alabama’s Gulf Coast waters. If you’re a fan of shrimp, crabs, oysters and more, count yourself lucky to live in Alabama. Our state’s Gulf Coast waters are teeming with these tasty animals, and dedicated men and [...]