Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the day our nation has set aside to honor the works of the great civll rights leader. A minister and activist, King preached nonviolent civil disobedience as the catalyst to change despite violent opposition to the civil rights movement.

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 70 percent of smokers want to quit.

Over the next few days, we will be running columns from some of our community leaders who will share their 2020 goals.

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a special person in your life? A gift that fits no matter how may holiday parties you attend or how often you go to the gym? Well, if I make make a suggestion... Give the gift of local news.

Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism reached elite status this week with the announcement that it hard earned accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.


Downtown Cullman just enjoyed the largest 2nd Fridays event in its history, with thousands of people lining the entertainment district last week for shopping, music, rides, classic cars and much more.

The ongoing investigation into the motives of the Dayton, Ohio gunman who killed nine people on Aug. 4 raises more concern about the access to guns, ammunition and equipment that he easily obtained.

As a new school year approaches, the usual anticipation and anxiety about getting adjusted into new classes, meeting new teachers and making friends is perhaps foremost on the minds of students.


Gov. Kay Ivey is initiating some steps she hopes will stop the Department of Justice from filing a lawsuit over the state’s prison conditions.


In less than two weeks, the 50-year anniversary of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon’s surface and saying the the now-famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” will be recognized in a wide range of celebrations.

Our nation’s birthday Thursday will be highlighted festivals, cookouts and star-spangled fireworks to celebrate the bold declaration of July 4, 1776, in which Thomas Jefferson and many other great freedom thinkers declared independence from the old-world crown of Great Britain.


The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual tourism awards paid homage to an individual who quietly drew thousands of visitors to Cullman County.

The Republican field seeking a shot at the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Doug Jones is becoming crowded with the addition of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.


After a wave of high-powered, erratic tornadoes swept through Indiana and Ohio and six other states Monday, tornado season remains deadly and alive.


The shock and horror of war has befallen countless men and women throughout history, but the grim realities of armed conflict deeply affected Americans in the Civil War.

While the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Kay Ivey were the focus of national and international headlines following passage of the most stringent abortion legislation to date, the Senate, without much fanfare, approved a measure to abolish the elected state school board.


In March, this space featured an opinion on freshman Alabama lawmaker Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, and his legislation to save millions for Alabama taxpayers.


Small cities and towns often struggle to attract visitors, investments and even maintain or grow population as urban areas continue to pack in new jobs and residents.


The Major League Fishing tournament has flashed a large spotlight on not just Cullman, but three local men who have made a big splash in the contagious sport of bass fishing.

Event season is well underway in Cullman with the recently completed Bloomin’ Festival, Senior Shindig and Strawberry Festival, followed this week by the first Major League Fishing's (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Phoenix Boats Stage Five.


The recent rise and fall of Cullman County’s half-cent sales tax for education opened a proverbial can of worms, far beyond the politics and missteps of how it came and went.


Another chapter in the need for transparency surfaced Monday night when the Cullman Hotel Association, a group of local hotel operators, publicly denounced the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce for operating in the dark when it comes to lodging tax money.


Spring marks the rebirth of the natural world, from the greening and budding of trees to flowers push up from the ground in colorful splendor.

This Week's Circulars


Funeral Service for Nellie Ruth Teichmiller, age 83, of Cullman, will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home with Bud Perkins officiating; interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Teichmiller passed…

Funeral services for Patsy Camp Boatwright, 71, of Hanceville, Ala. will be 12 p.m. Saturday January 25, 2020 at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Welti Cumberland cemetery in Welti, Alabama. The family will welcome friends for a visitation at 5:30 p.m. Friday January 24,…

Funeral services for Patsy Camp Boatright, 71, of Hanceville, Ala. will be 12 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Welti Cumberland cemetery in Welti, Alabama. The family will welcome friends for a visitation at 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 24…

Harold Jean Golden, 66, of Cullman, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. He was born October 25, 1953, to Howard Elbert and Lovie Harris Golden. Harold was a hard worker. He provided for his family as a roofer for many years. He and wife, Bonnie, were blessed with four children and ar…

Mrs. Elizabeth Morrello Smith of Cullman, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. She was born in Alabama, on January 22, 1946. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Charles Smith; stepsons, Barry Smith and Johnny Smith; and a host of extended family and friends. Mrs. Smith…