If you’re looking for a feel-good story in these dog days of August, this is it. It’s not about Anniston deannexation or national politics. It’s simply a story about a new surge of momentum for our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, founded in 1992, and its executive director, Amanda Pinson.

She wasn’t the legislative face of the Alabama Human Life Protection Act — Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, shared that awful job — but she carries the mortgage on it. You sign it, you own it. 

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…

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