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The peaceful river town of Guntersville, Alabama, (pre-TVA, imagine Guntersville without the lake) was shaken in the summer of 1890 by the killing of well-known doctor Buck May by perhaps the most well-known political figure of Marshall County, James L. Sheffield.

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If you aren’t going to use it very often, there’s no reason to pay an arm and a leg for it. I hear that so often from friends, especially when I was looking for a bed for my guest room. I don’t have many guests.

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Several homeowners have recently had a concern about disorders on their tomatoes. Tomatoes are subject to a number of diseases and disorders. Tomato plants can develop disorders that distort plants and blemish the fruit.

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Moving the people and materials into place to open the HydroFest boat races is a Herculean effort with a lot of moving parts. Primarily, it takes a mechanized army of golf carts and drivers to get volunteers and their assorted items to their duty stations.

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I have seen powdery mildew on crape myrtles as I travel throughout the county. Powdery mildew is a common disease on crape myrtles and other ornamental plants.

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New residents of Barfield Health Care are W. J. Bryan, Walter Koontz, Rachel Nix and Frieda Waldrep.

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Mother Nature takes care of its own. Everywhere you look you can see an interconnectedness of relationships.

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The vegetable gardener should inspect the garden vegetables to determine if there are pests. The plants should be thoroughly inspected; this includes the undersides of leaves, tops of leaves, stems and developing fruit.

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The beginning of the summer is always a great time for the whole family to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities.

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The Selective Service Act of 1917 officially became law on May 18, 1917. The law gave the United States federal government the authority to raise an army for service in World War I.

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It’s hard to exercise without aches and pains. I’m working out twice a week and it takes the days in between to feel revived. I should have started an exercise program when my muscles and bones were younger.

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The Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) is a truly Southern tree native to the Southeastern United States that makes an attractive addition to your backyard or landscape.

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I just got done painting a canvas for my daughter, and the place looks like a tornado went through. I have paint all over me and my drawing table, easel and paint tubes. I’m not very neat at being an artist.

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A pest is an organism that causes damage to desirable plants, animals, humans and structures. Pests include insects, mites, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds and mammals.

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It has become a cliche when you talk about "happy campers," but there truly were happy campers in abundance at the recent Wings, Rallies & Friends campout at Honeycomb Campground.

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Known for her love of wearing hats, Mollie Edward Reed (1885-1946) was a woman after my own heart. Mrs. Reed could always be seen in one of her signature wide-brimmed hats—cotton or straw for summer and wool for winter. Her contemporaries labeled the collection as “Miss Mollie Reed’s hats.”

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Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church had an Easter Egg hunt on Wednesday night, April 23.

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The weather has taken a turn for the better lately. Warm summer days and hot sunshine are just around the corner. But I don’t think about the summer to come, I think about the summer that WAS.

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A familiar bird in spring and summer to almost anyone who goes out on Alabama’s many reservoirs and rivers is the osprey. This large raptor, which is a resident or long distance migrant here in the U.S., is missing from most of Alabama in the winter, preferring to fly south to Central or Sou…

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The City of Guntersville Recycling Program marks its 25th anniversary this month. As we achieve this milestone, it seems a natural time to reflect upon current recycling practices and the future of recycling. Our municipal program began in April 1994 as a possible solution to the challenge o…

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Fire ant mounds are plentiful and that is a common problem, especially after a rain. Several people from throughout the county have asked about control measures for fire ants.

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I’ve met a couple of new friends….Jolene and Donna. It seems like I have known these gals for a long time. We think so much alike. There wasn’t any “break-in” time…we were in the same mind-set almost immediately.

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On Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Lake Guntersville State Park will host a Butterflies of Alabama Workshop featuring Ms. Paulette Haywood Ogard of Birmingham and David Dodd of Boaz.