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Spring cleaning past front door

Did you know April is Keep America Beautiful month? Like many of you, I’ve been trying to buckle down to a little spring cleaning around ... Read more

4 days ago by Alison James.

How are you welcoming spring this year?

Let’s back up a few weeks and talk about the newspaper’s special spring section. Every year, I think, “What stories can we feature this year ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Alison James.

Keeping sight of what matters most

Masking vs. anti-masking. Vaccines vs. anti-vaxxers. Trump vs. Biden – and Republicans vs. Democrats more generally. Frankly, I’m exhausted of all the “vs.” we encounter ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Alison James.

Shoutout to college students: Hang in there

It’s difficult to believe, but this May will be nine years since I graduated college and burst through the bubble of campus life at Auburn ... Read more

2 months ago by Alison James.

Winter weather evokes memory of snowstorm past

It was 1998. The power had gone out some hours before, and our house was faltering against the biting cold outside. “Snowstorm brings treacherous driving ... Read more

2 months ago by Alison James.

Take next step: get COVID-19 vaccine

It feels like we can finally see that light at the end of the tunnel, and no, it’s not a train. It’s our normal life, ... Read more

3 months ago by Alison James.

Love overcomes COVID in bridal Franklin Living

It has arrived! Our first magazine of 2021, our annual bridal edition, is now available. In writing the “letter from the editor” to open the ... Read more

3 months ago by Alison James.

Coloring contest brings something new to season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the tradition. There’s something comforting about knowing you’ll have the same things to look forward ... Read more

5 months ago by Alison James.

COVID cancellations put damper on Christmas

Russellville Christmas parade? Cancelled. Chamber’s Holly Day? Cancelled. Vina Christmas parade? Cancelled. I don’t know about you, but for me, these COVID cancellations are really ... Read more

5 months ago by Alison James.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month brings up memories

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I know I’ve spoken of this before, and I’m pretty open about my history on this point, but for ... Read more

7 months ago by Alison James.

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