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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - March 9, 2014

HISTORY: See what was making the news this week in 1915-69.

From cabbage plants to convicts, there is always news to report.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Can love get a majority vote?

FAITH: Failing to understand others’ religious motivations leads to marginalizing

There is little wiggle room in the church any more and those who seek consensus are often portrayed as soft-headed and soft-hearted.

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T. GAMBLE: Just not cut out to be in this year

OPINION: Being on the cutting edge of fashion this year has a tough requirement

Announcing sexual preferences seems to be the in thing for 2014.

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RONDA RICH: Living in black and white

THE DIXIE DIVA: Stories of moutain religion harken to another time

Some stories, including old-time religion and and the days of moonshine toting ridge-runners, are best told in black and white.

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KEVIN SPROUL: Springtime offers opportunity to support CPIU

SHERIFF’S COLUMN: Springtime is in the air!

Spring or springtime is the season for renewal, rejuvenation, and resurrection. It is also the time of year for many people to get out and begin enjoying several months of outdoor recreation.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - March 2, 2014

HISTORY: Albany and Southwest Georgia felt the effects of a world at war in March 1943

Learning to live with rationing was just one adjustment Americans made during WWII.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Bake up some fun, healthy snacks

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Kids can help create healthier alternatives to goldfish and animal crackers.

Eating healthier also can be fun for children if you allow them to help create their snacks.

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MANDY FLYNN: A life well lived

FEATURES COLUMN: Though her time was too short, Meredith Stapleton lived it to the fullest

Meredith Stapleton proved a person can do some amazing things, even in a short period of time.

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T. GAMBLE: Illuminating the loss of another freedom

OPINION: What dim bulb had the bright idea to kill the incandescent light bulb?

America is purportedly the land of freedom, if you don’t count the freedom to read by adequate light.

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BARRY LEVINE: Sinatra a classic for all time

Who was the greatest entertainer of the past 100 years?

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MANDY FLYNN: Squirrel drops in for an unwelcome visit

FEATURES COLUMN: Faced with an intrusive rodent and its icy stare, the only choice is to run

Nothing is more startling than to be awakened from a nap by a squirrel that’s staring you down.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Feb. 23, 2014

HISTORY: See what was making the news in Albany and Southwest Georgia this week in years gone by.

From meatless days to Will Rogers to the Sassy Fox, there is plenty of news from the past.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Forget setbacks, and stick to your goals

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Remember those resolutions, even if you occasionally break them

Two months have almost passed in this New Year, and you started 2014 strong with your resolution to get back in shape, and were doing great.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Why is government trying to dictate church policy?

FAITH: Legislation on guns in churches not state’s responsibility

I hate the idea of guns in church. But because I hate even more the idea of government in church I’ve changed my mind on this one.

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T. GAMBLE: Take care when swimming with the fishies

OPINION: Manatees, it turns out, are a lot like buddies back home — slow, fat and docile

While manatees seem relatively benign, giant man-sized fish that look hungry are nothing to play with.