As Southeastern Conference schools went down to defeat, or won sloppily, at the opening of the 2016 football season, one of the few teams that showed the sort of grit for which past SEC teams have been famous was the University of Alabama in its victory over the University of Southern California.

“I think you can have a field day with this one,” my Kentucky friend wrote when he sent me the link to an article that called attention to “The Rise of Marriage for One.” It’s an increasingly popular practice in which a woman marries herself. These brides call themselves “Sologamists.”

A few days ago, considering the possibility that he might not be declared the winner in November, Donald Trump began talking about the election being “rigged.” Picking up on that note, Trump’s “long-term confidant” Roger Stone told The Washington Post that he advised the Republican nominee t…

My column a couple of weeks ago about the Alabama Department of Archives and History-sponsored program on “Alabama in the Age of Aquarius” brought varied responses from folks who remembered those times. Some were remembered as a part of campus goings-on, some from the point of view of a sold…

In July 1827, the National Gazette and Literary Register of Philadelphia reported how “a nest of runaway negroes .. in the fork of the Alabama and Tombeckbe Rivers … were attacked and after a severe action they were conquered.” The fugitives had built “two cabins and were about to build a fo…

Last week’s column told how a compromise was reached that would allow Tennessee Valley counties in Alabama to keep a bigger piece of the TVA property tax pie, and it would split the rest between the state and other dry counties. Dry counties would also continue to receive a share of liquor revenue collected in wet counties.

In the past, this was the time of year when beach businesses all along the sandy stretch from Mobile Bay to St. Andrews Bay were gearing up for the weeks of profits that would fill coffers depleted during the lean months of winter.