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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

An Alabama Senate bill to allow concealed carry of firearms without a permit is widely opposed by law enforcement officials, and rightfully so.

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Republican Roy Moore, the twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and failed U.S. Senate candidate is leading the pack of hopefuls for the 2020 election, according to early polling in the race for the seat now held by Democrat Doug Jones.

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The rising cost of tuition at colleges and universities over the last 40 years is a crushing financial burden for many parents and students, who are left paying loans for years after graduation.

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A nearly forgotten slice of American history found a place on the stage several years ago with the musical production and film, “Newsies.”

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I have to take issue with the “logic” presented by state Rep. Rich Wingo, R-Tuscaloosa, in the April 6 edition of The Times and that of all other pro-life supporters in that they fail to comprehend, most being male, that it is the woman who becomes pregnant and it is they who, even when having children, are the primary care givers for children.

The debate concerning Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette's proposal to build a $30 million sports and arts complex was in some respects a healthy episode in our community.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Funeral services for Grady Thomas Mullins, 81, of Cullman, will be Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Visitation will be Saturday, August 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Solomon Barger, 85, of Garden City passed away at his home Aug. 21. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Aug. 24. Visitation from 11 a.m. until service time at Holly Pond Funeral Home. Read full obituary at HollyPondFuneralHome.com.

Jon C. Fuller Jr., 45, passed away suddenly on August 14, 2019. Graveside services will be Sept. 1, 2019 at Cullman City Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Memorial at Good Hope City Hall following internment.

Visitation for Dwight Hooper will be Saturday, Aug. 24, from 12-1:30 p.m. at Elliott Funeral Home in Moulton. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Landersville Cemetery.