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Posts by Randy Tatano

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Escambia County students experience living history at Pow Wow Grounds

History class became a new version of “show and tell” as students were treated to a visit at the Southeastern Indian Festival on the...

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Randy Tatano: My tryout with the Braves

As we approach the start of the baseball season, I look back at my one big chance. Like most young boys of my generation, I dreamed...

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Randy Tatano: My big movie break that wasn't

I think in some ways we have all wondered what it would be like to be a movie star. As someone who has spent his life in front of a...

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Escambia County schools lead the way helping Huxford storm victims

Residents of the Huxford area found out the Escambia County school system’s new slogan “We Are One”  doesn’t just apply to the classroom...

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Mobile officials slam criminal justice system after rash of violence

“In my opinion, the criminal justice system is broken.” These words from Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson after a weekend in which the Port...

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Albritton says sports betting is here, so state should benefit

It’s not often a metaphor becomes reality. But the Alabama legislature literally has a political football on its hands. We’re talking...

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Randy Tatano: Creative school discipline from a nun

Back in 1966, kids were starved for good science fiction. We were stuck with junk like Lost in Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the...

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Randy Tatano: The best argument for ending time change

Like many Americans, I hate the time change. I honestly don’t see the point. The one in the spring is the worst, especially if you’re...

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Real-life “Hoosiers” celebrate great season with championship play

Being the second-best boys' basketball team in Alabama is still something to brag about. While the Escambia High Blue Devils didn’t...

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Skyrocketing gas prices affecting law enforcement

Imagine having to fill up 55 cars every day. That’s the situation faced by Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson, whose fleet of patrol...

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Randy Tatano: Watching TV with Mom

I was raised by a single mom. I know, that’s not unusual today, but back in the day, in a Catholic neighborhood where no one got divorced,...

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Live From Pollard, It's Friday Morning!

For students in Escambia County schools, the morning announcements just got a lot more interesting. That’s because each school now...

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Randy Tatano: The flying ice cream lid incident

Back in the day, before politics, social media and political correctness sucked the fun out of life’s simple pleasures, we were easily...

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Analysis: Plans for I-10 bridge could mean long-term toll

“The money has to come from somewhere.” That bit of financial common sense comes from Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)...

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TSA hides 'threats' on school buses to test drivers

Most people think the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just handles the screenings at airports. But the TSA is also involved...

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Class on the 'Moooove' in south Alabama

It might be the most unique homeroom you’ve ever seen. Students at W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton aren’t learning farming skills...

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Randy Tatano: Flashbacks of a gasoline crisis

Lately, I’m seeing all the warning signs that were evident in the 1970s. political unrest. Skyrocketing energy prices. High inflation....

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Randy Tatano: The time the airport went silent

Those of us of a certain age remember when flying was actually fun. I know that seems hard to believe in an era in which you get half-undressed...

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Randy Tatano: The Yankees are coming ... but we won't bite

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there is currently a mass exodus from the Northeast to places in the South. While...

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South Alabama schools 'roll out' WiFi on buses

Sometimes a school bus is more than a school bus. In Escambia County, it’s a rolling wi-fi hotspot. This year, 25 of the county’s 100...

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Randy Tatano: Catholic guilt and Rosemary's Baby

Growing up Catholic in the fifties & sixties, I was dealing with the usual rules that go with any religion. We had the fish-on-Friday...

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Brooks talks Trump and stopping Biden at Escambia County Republican Club

In a spirited talk at the Escambia County Republican Party meeting in Brewton Monday night, U.S. Senate candidate and current Congressman...

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Randy Tatano: A writer, because of a great teacher

Fifth Grade, 1964. The Cold War. The space race. And an amazing teacher. I loved school back then. And after a long summer, I was ready...

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Escambia County schools capturing hearts with contracts

If you’re the parent of an Escambia County school student and ask, “How was school today?” you might hear this as an answer: “I signed...

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Randy Tatano: How the Cancel Culture mob came after me on January 6th

Writers are used to bad reviews. Even the most beloved bestsellers have a parade of one-star reviews on Amazon. Look up your favorite...

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New scooter trend picking up speed in south Alabama

That shiny new electric scooter you see on the sidewalk is not a Christmas gift some kid forgot to put away. If you’re in Andalusia...

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Randy Tatano: Resolution for parents - help your teen get a job!

My Dad started with the old school lessons early. I was in the first grade and was complaining about the one-mile walk to the elementary...

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