MONTGOMERY — On the wall of a second-floor room not far from where Alabamians once traded in human chattel are 358 glass jars of soil scooped up from all corners of the state: Toadville and Rockford, Pine Apple and Sandy Ridge, Boyd Station and Ralph, Hope Hull and Screamer, Macedonia and Browns.

FRUITHURST — As a former teacher who spent 11 years in the classroom, I always assigned homework to my students, no matter the grade level. As an administrator, I have always expected my teachers to assign homework, no matter the grade level.

FAIRVIEW, Ky. — Visiting the world’s tallest poured-in-place concrete obelisk is first-grade simple, as long as you can find this pinprick of a place. My advice: If you’re north of Nashville or south of Louisville, set your GPS on anything named “Jefferson Davis” and head in that direction.

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter last Sunday to claim that he would have won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” There is no evidence that millions of people voted illegally. If there were, we’d have seen some sign of it.

In March, I was driving along a road that led from Dayton, Ohio, into its formerly middle-class, now decidedly working-class southwestern suburbs, when I came upon an arresting sight. I was looking for a professional sign-maker who had turned his West Carrollton ranch house into a distributi…

Perhaps the most important amendment on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot has thus far drawn very little attention. However, I believe Amendment 14 may be one of the most important amendments of them all.

SEWANEE, Tenn. — Last weekend, an otherwise laborious drive home detoured me here to the University of the South, whose Gothic campus reminds visitors of Scotland, not the Cumberland hills. The scenery is grand beyond words. Deep inside the grounds, down meandering streets named after Southe…

Donald Trump’s campaign website implores voters to “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!” by signing up as observers. He warned people at an Aug. 12 campaign event in Altoona, Pennsylvania, that Hillary Clinton could win the state only by cheating, and he asked supporters…

Labor Day weekend in Alabama marks two major events: the unofficial end of summer and the official start of college football season. As the leaves eventually begin to change and fall temperatures start to prevail, many Alabamians will spend their Saturdays over the next few months focused on…

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a staunch Baptist, once joined the loud “Christian” refrain opposing a state lottery as a sin, immoral, something so wicked it would surely usher in prostitution, muggings, robberies and create a wave of gambling addiction. These were the arguments used by oppone…

I was born in Anniston but now live in southeastern Ohio, in the college town of Athens. Two or three times each year I make it back to town to check on my parents. While in town, I eat as much fried okra as possible, which helps make the 10-hour drive more digestible.

My father spent his career sitting in the corner office of the bank where he was a branch manager. Sometimes as a child, I would impatiently wait on him to finish with a customer before he would look up and nod, indicating I could enter and get a quarter for some candy, or I could relay a me…

In our nation’s capital, just inside the doors to the White House at the East Wing entrance, hang two large framed photographs. They are images of the president of the United States walking alongside some of the pillars of America’s civil rights movement. That photo was taken last year in Se…

I didn’t get to do a lot of original reporting in 1985 as a clerk on United Press International’s sports desk in New York. My job was to move copy and box scores to our client newspapers as fast as possible, and so every night I took dictation from sportswriters around the country – at baseb…

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