Determining one's own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person's birth certificate. If ap…

In our daily planning meetings, we wrestle with similar questions among ourselves. Our primary mission is to provide coverage of our local communities in a way that gives a broad and full report of the day’s events. Sometimes we believe that includes news outside of the corporate borders of St. Clair and Talladega counties. For example ...

Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to …

It was an interesting time growing up on Lay Lake six miles outside of Fayetteville from the mid-’70s through the mid-1980s. When my family built a house on the lake in 1976, that area was still somewhat untamed.  Cattle farms were everywhere, and houses on the lake were few and far apart, n…