A confession: Tim Brunson’s widely circulated Facebook posts about Anniston often make me cringe. Not because they’re true, or because they’re wrong, or because I disagree with his takes, but because I don’t know if they’re true and they’re full of potentially damning information. They sit o…

It isn’t Oxford’s fault, but the Oxford Performing Arts Center immediately became Calhoun County’s leading concert venue when it opened in 2013, giving the Knox Concert Series and its longtime home at Anniston High School’s auditorium deathly competition, intended or not. 

Michael Houck, a Revolutionary War pensioner who lived in White Plains, is a fascinating chapter of Alabama’s meandering past. And his story is particularly important since Alabama this year is celebrating its 200th birthday — a birthday that is complicated here in the northeastern hills.

As states go, Alabama’s soul is as convoluted as any other. It bathes in complexities. Outsiders never really get its idiosyncrasies, our idiosyncrasies. We love and we despise. We value life and execute inmates. We are, by and large, proud Bible Belters who nonetheless supported the candida…

In the heart of Indianapolis stands a monument depicting a woman trampling the Confederate battle flag. Outrage is absent. It’s a shocking sight for an Alabamian and lifelong Southerner, even for those who consider that awful time in our past nothing short of treason. 

As harsh as it sounds, D. Ray Hill, the new superintendent of Anniston City Schools, wasn’t the Board of Education’s first choice. Board members wanted Matthew Alexander, approving him by a 4-1 vote. He wanted the job, so we thought. But then he declined to sign his contract.

Memorial Day is solemn and festive, an odd combination of remembering the nation’s military deaths and celebrating the arrival of another interminable summer. Even the holiday’s roots are complicated by their connection to the Civil War. Sectional feelings die hard.

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