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Almost 20 years ago, I became a homeowner for the first time. Like many new homeowners the thought of fixing this and painting that really excited me.

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Becky and Wayne Whitaker are grandparents for the first time. Their son Adam and wife Amanda became the parents of a beautiful girl named Adalynn Grace Whitaker. Adalynn was born on March 10, weighing 6 pounds 10 ounces and she was 20 inches long. She was born at Spring Hill Hospital in Gran…

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(Editor's note: Our community needs hope with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. And people are having a more difficult time than ever making it to their place of worship. To that end, we are asking ministers around the county to send their thoughts on hope to us so we can share them with our readers.)

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I absolutely hate that schools and governments have been closed and all sporting and non-sporting events have been canceled due to the coronavirus. But I especially hate it for senior students.

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It looks like our lives are changing in coming months with the virus threat. We’ll be spending more time at home and may need some ideas to keep us occupied. With all the gloom, it would be nice to schedule some fun and happy things in our lives. We’ll have the time for it.

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Judy D. Sims' granddaughter, Kinsley Sims, spent the night with her recently. The week after, Judy got sick. She got medication from her doctor and is some better. 

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The last week of February, running into March, is known as National Invasive Species Awareness week in the USA.

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(This article about the Great Flood of 1867 ran in the paper last March. Given how wet it's been lately, we thought it fitting to run it again.)

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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!