TUSCALOOSA — Jeremy Pruitt might be the new man on campus, but make no mistake, this is still Nick Saban’s defense.

As the hot weather winds down, many of our summer-blooming perennials have lost their sparkle, their places taken by the brave annuals that have managed to survive this miserable season.

Conservation enforcement officer Greg Gilliland of Munford was recently awarded the Conservation Enforcement Officer of the Year Award at the 2016 Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet.

The Oxford Performing Arts Center has announced its next art exhibit for the Martin-Lett Gallery of Art: "A Cast of Blues," comprised of life-cast masks of 40 blues musicians made by sculptor Sharon McConnell-Dickerson. The exhibit will be open Sept. 1-Oct. 20.

Some of my favorite easy-to-make cookies came from using various Pillsbury products in creative ways for The Pillsbury Bake-Off.

In the weeks after Khizr Khan’s speech to the Democratic National Convention, bouquets of flowers and personal condolence letters have steadily accumulated at the grave of his son, Capt. Humayun Khan, as visitors — mostly strangers — have stopped to honor the officer, who died in 2004 protec…