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Owls are some of the most fascinating creatures in nature. Each species is equipped with its own unique set of characteristics and mannerisms.

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I must drive slowly because other cars whiz by me like I’m standing still. Of course, there’s no traffic police up ahead of them to issue a ticket. If there was, I would cheer.

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Perry Leaming shot this photo of a goldfinch perched on a sweetgum ball. 

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Every wonder why we put so much time in taking pictures and strive to make the next one better than the one before? Perhaps humans have some innate drive to record the beauty, the important things in their lives, and the desire to create something tangible for other to enjoy.

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The old-time editors sometimes called it "shaking out the mail bag" when they offered thoughts on a variety of topics of ongoing interest in their communities. 

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Judy D. Sims' son Chris went for a check-up in Birmingham. They kept him for a few days as he had excessive fluid. He was able to come home on the 28th. 

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(Marshall County's Perry Leaming has kept a journal for many of his 90 years. He provided us some excerpts and we will be running a series of his remembrances over the next few weeks. This is a remembrance of his adventures with his late wife Dottie.)

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(Perry Leaming of Albertville has kept a journal for most of his 90 years. He provided us some excerpts and we will be running a series of his remembrances over the next few weeks. This one is about his earliest memories on the docks of New Orleans.)

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Mary Isabelle Chassay of Guntersville was one of seven women who competed for the title of Miss Jacksonville State University on Jan. 10. Chassay is a music major at JSU.

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So, I made a few resolutions for 2020 and this time maybe I will keep them for at least a few months. Having someone to do them with and knowing I will be writing about them for a monthly update may help as well.

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I decided to buy a lottery ticket before Christmas. Maybe I would get lucky and win $170 plus million on Powerball. There isn’t big yahoos and yeahs in this column, because I didn’t come up with a single number.

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(Marshall County's Perry Leaming has kept a journal for many of his 90 years. He provided us some excerpts and we will be running a series of his remembrances over the next few weeks. This one comes from May of 2014 when he was 85.)

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When I was a kid, we’d walk to church on Christmas eve. The church was about 4 blocks from us, and we’d bundle up against the Illinois December cold, drudging through the snow.

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Monday while at work my cell phone, my email and work line all "blew up" at approximately the same time. The message on my cell phone was "A Tornado Watch has been issued for your area" along with a link to click for more information. 

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(This is reprinted from a December, 1963, issue of the Advertiser-Gleam. The late O.D. Tully of Guntersville and his crew were shot down during a World War II bombing run and he spent Christmas of 1943 in a German prisoner of war camp.)

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(A Guntersville woman, who goes by the pen name “Life Coach Jane” recently received her credential as a life coach, a type of adviser and counselor. She will be writing a column for the newspaper from time to time. This is the first.)

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Many female readers will lament with me on this column. I’m going to have some veins in my legs fixed, and I’m required to wear support stockings for 4 weeks before the procedure. Putting those stockings on is a tortuous exercise!

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As we enter the busy holiday season, I’ve challenged myself to truly slow down, ensure that my family doesn’t expect an overabundance at Christmas; and truly evaluate what the season means to my family and I. I challenge you to do the same.

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It’s the time of year when many of us retreat into our cozy homes and fire up the heat sources. Lots of us will even fill up the bird feeders outside to allow our feathered friends to entertain us through our windows on these short daylight hours of winter.

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Alabama history is taught in the 4th grade and the subject recently came to life for the 4th graders of Guntersville’s Cherokee Elementary School.

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In the past, Guntersville Fire/Rescue has run a very limited amount of calls concerning turkey fryers, but the danger is certainly there and people must know the proper methods for frying a turkey. 

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Alabama is a state of amazing natural resources. Our home is blessed with an abundance of water, plants, animals, habitats, and types of geology.

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He's a pretty well-known guy around Guntersville and has even sat on a city board or two. But it turns out he's a poet as well, but he's too shy to attach his name to his poetry. 

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My family and friends are all pretty much Green Bay Packer fans. They have a wide selection of hats, jackets, socks, glasses, coffee mugs and cheese heads to celebrate their games. I have never been a big football fan of any team, but they’re all trying to reform me.

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As we rip yet another page off the calendar, an exciting time of year has come upon us. This is the annual movement of our feathered friends to their winter habitats that happens right before our eyes.

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RSVP director Jean Ann Moon announced this week that RSVP is making its long-anticipated move into its new building north of the river.