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Columns

  • Getting used to high-tech phones

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    The first time I saw one of those strange little QR codes in an advertisement, I thought it was a mistake. It looked like a graphic artist had mangled a photo or barcode.
    Quick Response codes have been around since the mid-1990s but their popularity has increased since the introduction of "smartphones."
    They've even been showing up in ads in the newspaper.

  • Parents' helping hands have to be accepted to work

    Being a parent is hard work.
    I've been a parent for almost six years, and in that time I've had many successes and some failures. I've done lots of things right and a few things wrong. (OK, maybe more than a few things wrong.) My point is, parenting is a work in progress.
    No one does it perfectly.
    And, unfortunately, no matter how great you are as a parent, your kids can still screw up.

  • Parents' helping hands have to be accepted to work

    Being a parent is hard work.

    I've been a parent for almost six years, and in that time I've had many successes and some failures. I've done lots of things right and a few things wrong. (OK, maybe more than a few things wrong.) My point is, parenting is a work in progress.

    No one does it perfectly.

    And, unfortunately, no matter how great you are as a parent, your kids can still screw up.

  • Taking a new look at an old problem

    Friday could have been just another speech for Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw. As any rural official knows, part of the job is addressing various community groups from time to time.

    If he had just presented a recap of the budget recently approved by the Lebanon City Council, he would have been fulfilling expectations.

    Instead, Crenshaw spoke a little less about the budget so he would have time to discuss an old problem for Lebanon - drugs.

  • Shotgun wedding (photos) anyone?

    Let me just say that carrying a shotgun (unloaded, of course) through a crowded, public place was the least eventful moment of an interesting day recently.

    If you remember, I recently donned a mustache to a bachelor party. Well, the bachelor's wedding was June 30.

    No mustaches, but plenty of mayhem.

    Not for the bride and groom, though (at least that I know of). Just personal mayhem.

  • 40-foot drop forges friendships

    By Paige Wilson

    I felt another plump droplet of sweat race down the side of my face and plummet into the abyss below me, wishing I could escape this situation with the same effortless motion - but perhaps not with the same end result.

    I was buckled into a strappy harness, helmeted and connected to a lean metal cable by foreign ropes and knots. Somehow I was expected to leap across a gap of open air - 40 feet above the unforgiving Alabama turf - relying on these contraptions as my safeguards against painful consequences.

  • Bye-Bye, Enterprise

    By Nick Schrager

    I hate to say it, but it's time to go... it was a blast while it lasted.

  • Every second counts

    What did you do with your leap second?

    You probably didn't notice but this past weekend was one second longer than usual. On Saturday, the International Atomic Time was adjusted to compensate for gradual changes in the Earth's rotation.

    The most recent leap second before Saturday occurred on New Year's Eve on 2008.

  • I am nostalgic

    By Nick Schrager
    Summer intern

  • Warrior Dashed Out? I hope not

    I'm going to open by saying what you are about to read is not the column I wanted to write.
    I wanted to write about how the Warrior Dash was a wonderful experience, about how it showcased our community and about how much I'm looking forward to participating again next year.
    Only I can't.
    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the Warrior Dash, and if it does return, I fully intend to do it again. Even if it doesn't return, I'll probably travel to run another one.