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Calhoun County jobless rate dips in March

According to a Friday report from the Alabama Department of Labor, the county’s jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in March from 5.5 percent the same month last year. The report states the county had 189 more employed people in March than it did a year ago, but also 270 fewer people in the total workforce. Read more

Former Jacksonville school superintendent chosen for state post

The Alabama Board of Education picked Eric Mackey as the state’s next superintendent. Mackey was one of four finalists for the post. Read more

Anniston teenager injures head after fall from school bus

Anniston police are investigating an incident in which a teenage girl suffered a head injury in a fall from a school bus on Thursday. Read more

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Prep baseball: Piedmont advances with sweep of J.B. Pennington

PIEDMONT — Piedmont won both ends of its Class 3A baseball playoffs doubleheader with visiting J.B. Pennington on Friday but the games coul… Read more

Prep baseball: Ohatchee sweeps Carbon Hill to advance

OHATCHEE — Ohatchee baseball is bound for the second round to the Class 3A baseball playoffs. Read more

Prep roundup: Oxford softball, Jacksonville soccer wins

Oxford sophomore Sarah Howell went 5-for-5 as the Yellow Jackets beat Moody 9-6 at home Friday. Read more

Opinion

Editorial: An olfactory disaster that teaches a lesson

Over in Walker County, the small town of Parrish’s nightmare is over. The train cars filled with human waste from New York City have been r… Read more

Letter to the editor: Join me in voting for Dyar

I am writing to endorse Joe Dyar as the Calhoun County District 4 commissioner in the upcoming election. Read more

Marc A. Thiessen: The Senate must confirm Pompeo

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relat… Read more

Features

Faith Q&A: How important is humility?

Local faith leaders answer readers' questions Read more

Book review: Jo Nesbø reimagines ‘Macbeth’ as a ruthless Nordic thriller

Jo Nesbo's “Macbeth” seems, like his Harry Hole series, is ferociously complex, unrestrained and altogether ruthless.  Read more

Advice I wish I’d given my 30-year-old self

As someone who has taught fitness classes since I was 25 (and I’m now 59), I wished an older, wiser athlete had taken me aside when I was 3… Read more

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