What does it cost?

For me, there is nothing that spreads as violently and chaotically as misinformed arguments.
We have become knowers of all and learners of none.
Whether it's about COVID-19 or any social justice issues, everyone knows everything.
There’s no more humility in our hearts, there’s no kindness, no grace--just the spirit of know-it-all.
I’m not sure what causes it, exactly. Were we always like this and has social media just given us a platform to openly show just how awful we can be to one another?

More Summer Political Happenings

Allow me to again open my political notebook for more summer political happenings in the Heart of Dixie.
As Labor Day approaches it looks as though the state constitutional officeholders, all Republicans, are going to escape serious or even any opposition. Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate are running unopposed. However, all three are running aggressive campaigns or, as the old saying goes, are running scared.

Virtual enrollment drops drastically

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education (BOE) reported a drastically lower number of online virtual learners in the system this year during the Marion County BOE meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Marion County School System’s central office in Hamilton.
 Last year, the county school system’s online option experienced a 300% growth during the school year due to virtual school becoming an attractive alternative to parents who did not wish to have their children in schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials suggest uses for rescue act monies

The entrance to Arrowhead subdivision in Winfield, one of several streets that will be repaved in the city. The city will conduct a poll and talk to residents about additional improvements that could be made, such as removing a tree from the middle of a cul-de-sac that has damaged the road. [Luke Brantley]

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — During its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the Winfield City Council voted to hire the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale law firm out of Birmingham to help the city find out how it can spend the over $500,000 of American Rescue Plan money without incurring any fines for improper usage.
Mayor Randy Price addressed the council and explained that when the city received the funds from the federal government, there were no clear instructions on how the money could be spent.

Something in the water

By Steven Dale Jones

Maybe there’s something in the water in Hamilton, Alabama.
Maybe it’s the Buttahatchee River? Although as rivers go, parts of it can be pretty dang dry. If you plan on floating down it, you might want to take your walking shoes, unless there’s been a recent rain.  Don’t ask me how I know.   
Over the years there have been five songwriters from Hamilton who have written #1 Billboard Hit Songs. Wait, what are the chances of that? Yes, there may be more #1 songwriters from Hamilton than there are working red lights.

Nurses stepping up in COVID surge

Winfield nurse Lauren Harden was able to catch a short break before heading back to the frontlines at Northwest Medical Center. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

WINFIELD – Nursing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic that began last year mean little rest for those on the front lines.
Nurse Lauren Harden, who is also the Director of Quality/Risk at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield was able to catch a short nap before heading back to the front lines on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Harden had worked four hours in the emergency department and was off to rest for eight hours prior to coming back to work a night shift in the emergency room.

Visit to the Garden of the Gods

Photos taken during my visit at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo.
[Louis mellini/staff]

Two weeks ago, I was able to visit Colorado for the first time in a very long time to introduce my two-month-old daughter, Florence, to many family members during my Grandmother’s 80th birthday celebration.
I don’t really remember anything from my last visit to Colorado, I may have been 12 or 13 years old the last time I went, so I was very excited to see various sights that Colorado is so famous for.

Fall flavors shine in a chewy cookie

Fall is a season of cooler temperatures and changing leaves, and it also marks the return of autumn flavor profiles. Root vegetables, roasts and heartier fare are prime cooking ingredients this time of year. In terms of baking, treats spiced with ginger and cinnamon are in demand each fall.
Carrot cake and oatmeal cookies are familiar favorites this time of year. In this recipe for “Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies” from “Live Well Bake Cookies” (Quarto Group) by Danielle Rye, delicious spiced carrot cake is transformed into a soft and chewy cookie.

How to help students improve their focus on their studies

Teachers strive to create supportive and challenging classroom environments for their students. Such settings can bring out the best in students and help them overcome obstacles, including an inability to focus. The struggles students can have with focusing on their studies was apparent during the pandemic. A 2020 survey of more than 400 college students found that 64 percent were concerned about their ability to maintain their focus and discipline in remote instructional environments.

Ivey issues ‘limited’ state of emergencyAlabama Governor’s office

By Scott Johnson
General Manager
MONTGOMERY - On Friday, Governor Kay Ivey is issuing a limited, narrowly-focused state of emergency based on the surge in Covid-19 cases being experienced in an effort to support Alabama’s frontline heroes and cut red tape.
According to a press release from Ivey’s office, this will allow the state’s healthcare community greater flexibility to offer care for patients coming through their doors as the state’s vaccination push continues.

Why only citizens should vote

A growing number of left-leaning political activists and thinkers are proposing that Democrats should legalize non-citizen voting in a purely political power grab. In America, voting is one of our most sacred privileges as U.S citizens and playing partisan games with our voting laws will weaken the integrity of our elections. Even setting aside the problematic motivations of non-citizen voting, the political, cultural, and public policy effects of non-citizen voting would prove equally problematic.

Summer political happenings

This long hot and wet summer is coming to a close, and Labor Day is on the horizon. Labor Day weekend will not only mark the beginning of college football season, but also the traditional start of the 2022 political season.
Most of the horses are in the chute for the May 24, 2022, primary election. So let the fun begin.

We have a unique situation

Two school systems, two policies pertaining to students with masks. We have a unique opportunity to observe how these policies compare.
The Marion County School System began the school year last week simply recommending students to wear masks in classrooms. The Winfield City School System went ahead and required them in all of its facilities.