After weeks of anticipation, the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes Band proudly marched down the streets of Washington, D.C., onto Pennsylvania Avenue and into history.

JACKSONVILLE — Oxford’s Eugene Leonard has a list of goals in the notes on his phone. He reads them every night before he goes to bed. It includes goals such as lead, be the best he can be and keep his grades up.

Star reporter Zack Rosenblatt is counting down the UA's recruits in the days leading up to Feb. 1, national signing day. 

 

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FRUITHURST — As a former teacher who spent 11 years in the classroom, I always assigned homework to my students, no matter the grade level. As an administrator, I have always expected my teachers to assign homework, no matter the grade level.

Anna Catherine Alderman has wanted to be a cheerleader for as long as she can remember. She began cheering competitively while in first grade and has continued along that path through her high school years. "I really enjoy the energy that surrounds the competition venues," she said.

John Legend is disappointed that racism still exists as he commented on a paparazzi photographer who recently branded him a "monkey".

Kamryn Smith of Alexandria recently won a contest sponsored by the League for Animal Welfare.

Oxford’s downtown, even with its charm, may not seem unique to those who never lived here. But artist Jerry Marks believes it is unique. He sees the big picture of the town once called Lick Skillet. To share his thoughts, he has painted a big picture — 48 inches wide by 36 inches high, in fa…

Today is National Peking Duck Day, for the benefit of those who might be remotely interested in such news. Peking duck, coated in a sweet spicy sauce, is one of those foods that defies wine pairing, as are a lot of Pacific Rim dishes.

(Editor’s note: Since Donald Trump’s victory in last year’s election, many Christians became convinced he was chosen by God to be president even though he hardly fits their mold of a virtuous leader. In our "Hand of God" series, we take a closer look at the widespread belief that God interve…