• Editorial: We all need to learn what the Constitution says

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Those words were

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  • Editorial: Let’s keep up the conversation high school students started

    At the beginning of this school year, something pretty incredible happened. Encouraging signs appeared in Smiths Station and photos of them spread across social media.  “Don’t give up.” “Your mistakes don’t define you.” “You matter.” These were the messages conveyed throughout the community. For a few days, people wondered from where they came. The signs

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  • Editorial: What I learned at the Leadership Forum

    The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum was this week at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the event twice and both times I was blown away at the effectiveness of the speakers.  This week, Jim Blanchard blew me away with his words. In front of more than 1,000 people, he

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  • Editorial: Visions of pumpkins dance in my head

    The beginning of school brings back more than scholastic ambitions for this southern lady.  While watching parents prepare children for upcoming classes, this woman wonders just how early is too early for fall decor and football parties.  It’s still 100 degrees outside, and the season doesn’t even change, technically, until the last full week of

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  • Editorial: No Flowers Column

    Editorial: No Flowers Column

    The Citizen of East Alabama made a decision not to run the column submitted this week from Steve Flowers concerning Phenix City’s past. The reason for the omission – too many inaccurate statements about our community’s history. Many of you have probably read Steve Flowers’ column online in one of the other newspapers that chose

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  • Editorial: School spirit and where to purchase it

    Editorial: School spirit and where to purchase it

    Heading into Walmart in Phenix City over the weekend, I saw end caps with school merchandise for Smiths Station, Central, and Russell County. I may be out of the loop on this one since I use Grocery Pickup every other week, and I really have no idea how long the merch has been there.  There

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