“Songs are written about it. Movies are made about it. Talladega is a big deal.” Read the full story
The dynamite exploded around 1 in the morning in the little church out on County Line Road. Pine Ridge CME Church sat in a slight curve in the Friendship community south of Oxford. Dynamite, though, makes no friends. Windows blew. Walls cracked. The bomb, placed by human hands, gutted the in… Read the full story
The dynamite exploded around 1 in the morning in the little church out on County Line Road. Pine Ridge CME Church sat in a slight curve in the Friendship community south of Oxford. Dynamite, though, makes no friends. Windows blew. Walls cracked. The bomb, placed by human hands, gutted the in…
What George Smith really knew were good stories. He had an internal divining rod that unearthed stories from places most of us would never look. Not because we’re lazy, or uninterested, but because he was just better at it.
Not every story about baseball in Anniston revolves around Ty Cobb or the Rams, the city’s perpetually mediocre and long defunct minor-league team. Those stories have wrinkles. This one doesn’t. And what better time to unearth it than Opening Day.
For years, I’ve resisted the urge to declare Anniston a lost cause, and here’s why: It’s reactionary, it’s unfair, it’s a simplistic stance and it’s wrong. That’s what I’ve thought.
There was a warm day in the early Seventies when Ralph Clayton, a coal-miner’s son from Harlan County, Ky., donned a baseball uniform for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and “heard every racial name in the book.” It happened in Thibodaux, La., a college town west of New Orleans. Mike Gallow…
Goodloe Sutton publishes a small-town newspaper in Linden, a tiny place in Marengo County between Montgomery and Meridian. He admires the Ku Klux Klan. When NFL players began protesting racial injustice, he wrote, “that’s what black folks were taught to do two hundred years ago, kneel before…
In July 1902, Calhoun County prepped for the summer’s biggest party at Oxford Lake. Round-trip trolly fare from downtown Anniston was 20 cents, which included a general admission coupon to the festivities. Reserved seats cost a nickel more.
I’ve never hosted an awards show, but on Friday I got a pretty good idea of the thrill of giving people the good news that they’ve won something.
In the past year since her feature film “Best Mom” premiered, former Anniston resident Meg Weidner has been on an emotional roller coaster. “I probably need to make a playbook about what to do, and what not to do, for the next go-around,” she said. “In order to minimize the stress and maximi…
Now that Anniston City Councilman Ben Little has been indicted by a Calhoun County grand jury, turned himself in to the Calhoun County Jail, released on his own recognizance and given an arraignment date, Little’s political epitaph is certain. Or so it seems.
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There is a passage in Chris Christie’s new book, Let Me Finish, in which he recounts everything you need to know about Christianity and faith’s place in President Trump’s life.