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Back to School: Local students started the new year last Thursday, Aug. 8

Photos by Jesse Walker, Staff Photographer Morgan County students headed back to school on Aug. 8, before and after multiple orientations and Meet-the-Teacher events. For our coverage of the first day of school in photos, click here.

There be dragons…

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Come one, come all to kickstart the Morgan County Bulldog (pre)season! The Dogs take on the Jefferson Dragons today, Thursday, August 15 at Bill Corry Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $5. There will be no pre-sales and no reserve seating.

Dispatches from the Oregon Trail, part II

By Nick Nunn Nietzsche said, “Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.” Maybe that applies a little bit to reporters, so here I go again. For those of you who weren’t tuned in last week for the enthralling tale regarding the beginning of my vacation

Fishing pro is no match for Alvin Richardson, fishing jinx

By Alvin Richardson Last summer I had the opportunity to go fishing on Lake Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill) with perhaps the best guide on the planet. Jonathon Herndon, also known as the Sultan of Slime, is a professional catfish fisherman. He and his wife Cindy have a

Co-workers host fundraiser to fund treatment for fellow employee’s cancer

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor Buckhead resident Bonnie Brinegar was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, which has spread throughout her body, about a month ago, and her fellow Lowe’s employees not taking the diagnosis lying down– instead, they are hosting fundraisers to help her to pay

Be on the lookout for Fall Armyworms

By Lucy Ray, Morgan County Extension Agent They’re back! We officially have armyworms here in Morgan County again this year. In addition, they are turning up in Newton and Jasper counties. In late summer and early fall, armyworms invade pastures, hay fields, and turfgrass throughout the state.

In Loving Memory of Doris Pinson Freeman: September 6, 1924 – August 6, 2013

Doris Pinson Freeman, 88, of Madison died at Family Life Enrichment Center, High Shoals Tuesday morning, August 6, 2013. She was born on September 6, 1924 in Monroe the daughter of Jimmy and Vashtie Milligan of Monroe. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1942. Mrs. Freeman

Neeth S. Baurose

Neeth S. Baurose passed away peacefully August 11, 2013 after suffering a stroke on August 6, 2013. She was blessed to be surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Erik Baurose. They spent many happy years together actively involved in the Madison

Roy L. Huff

Roy Lee Huff, 93, of Monroe, died August 6, 2013. He was born in Greene County on November 29, 1919 to the late Lavonia Ann Nelms Huff and the late Willie Lee Huff. Surviving are: daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and Gerald Thompson of Madison, Harriette and Paul

Cathy Best on “From apricots to Bernice sauce”

By Cathy Best As a newborn, what little hair I had was apricot colored and fuzzy; my daddy nicknamed me Apricot. Thus began a long litany of variations: Percots, Cotsie Boo Boo, and Cotsie. Eventually, he landed on Cots. To this day, daddy is the only soul