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Alabama kicker Will Reichard (16) warms up against LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, Nov 4, 2023. Alabama News
Alabama has top scorer in college football history: How do you pronounce Will Reichard’s name?

Several million Alabama fans have been following kicker Will Reichard for five years. He got an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID season. It’s highly unusual at Alabama to have fans intensely interested in the placekicker.

Alabama Marching Band, million dollar band Alabama News
Alabama’s Million Dollar Band in Rose Parade, for first time

The two most-watched parades in America annually are the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.  The Alabama Million Dollar Band performed at Macy’s in 2021, for the first time, and now they are marching in the Rose Parade on January 1.

Barry Moore, Jerry Carl Alabama News
Mobile GOP forum invites all candidates and public January 15

Two Congress members running against each other on March 5 will highlight a forum hosted by the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee on January 15.

Boxing Day Alabama News
Jim Zeigler: What is ‘Boxing Day,' December 26?

I had never been curious enough to research "Boxing Day,” so all I knew about it was that it was the day after Christmas, December 26.

Merry Christmas and happy birthday card Alabama News
Birthday on December 25: Jimmy Buffett, Humphrey Bogart, 1/365 of the population

If you are one of the 1/365th of the population who share a birthdate with Jesus, what do your people do about observing your December 25 birthday?

Moon Alabama News
Full moon the night after Christmas

A full moon close to Christmas is called “The Cold Moon.”

Chris Stewart Alabama News
Miracle in broadcast booth: Survivor Chris Stewart to call Rose Bowl for Bama radio

Eli Gold has called the in-state games while Chris Stewart has called the out-of-state.  Since Pasadena, Calif., is as out-of-state as Alabama has played this year, it will be Stewart on the mic.

Tide players Waysider Alabama News
Bama players follow tradition, breakfast at historic Waysider Thursday

It’s traditional for Alabama Crimson Tide football players, coaches, students, alumni and fans to eat breakfast at the historic Waysider Restaurant before games. With a Christmas break for players to go home on Friday, players went ahead and observed the tradition on Thursday morning.

Dickens christmas carol Alabama News
Jim Zeigler: Things have changed since Charles Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol' 180 years ago

December 19 is the 180th anniversary of the publication of “A Christmas Carol.” A lot has changed since then

Alabama Policy Institute gambling Alabama News
Alabama Policy Institute releases study on legalizing gambling in Alabama: 'Gambling is a bad bet for Alabama families'

As gambling legislation is expected to be pushed in Alabama’s 2024 legislative session, a policy think-tank issued a new report on legalized gambling on December 14.

The Wright Brothers first powered flight HU98267 Alabama News
120 years ago today: The Wright brothers first flew; Brothers built world’s first flight school in Montgomery

The Wright brothers not only invented the airplane but also developed it through many stages, all without government money or regulation. American inventiveness and entrepreneurship.

Saban Graduation Alabama News
Saban stands with 15 players at UA graduation 50 years after his own graduation

On Saturday, Saban attended graduation with 15 of his football players who are getting degrees from the University of Alabama.

The Return Alabama News
Three Alabama venues recreate ‘The Beatles’ on the eve of 60th anniversary of ‘British invasion’ of American music

Sixty years ago, in 1964, The Beatles from Liverpool, England, led the British invasion of American rock and roll. Popular music has never been quite the same.

Caroleene Dobson ALGOP Alabama News
Conservative commentator CJ Pearson: Caroleene Dobson 'one of strongest' in AL-2 race

The executive director of Teens for Trump, CJ Pearson of Georgia, has given a shout-out to political newcomer Caroleene Dobson.

Huntsville Alabama News
Alabama’s 204th birthday, December 14

On December 14, 1819, Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state in the United States.

Geminids Meteor Shower. Smithsonian Magazine. Alabama News
Largest 2023 meteor shower visible in Alabama peaks December 13-14

The largest meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, is now visible in Alabama nightly.

Jerry Blevins Alabama News
Chief Justice candidate Blevins removed from GOP ballot, leaving Sarah Stewart versus Bryan Taylor

Montgomery attorney Jerry M. Blevins’ name has been removed from the March 5 Republican primary ballot for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Marks' Mart in Northport Alabama News
Iconic market in Selma and Northport sells Alabama products: Mark’s Mart

Mark’s Mart is hard to describe, sort of a combination of an old-fashioned general store and a farmer’s market of locally-created sauces, spices, meats and assorted local fare.

Unnamed 1 Alabama News
Artificial intelligence sports cartoon series to feature Bama v. Michigan; Sides with the Tide

An internet service named Drslots (Doctor Slots) has opened up a new sports cartoon series using Artificial Intelligence. It must be VERY intelligent because it sides strongly with the Crimson Tide.

George Wallace Jr Book Alabama News
'From Segregation to Salvation': George Wallace, Jr. pens new book about father

George Wallace, Jr. is the namesake of one of the nation’s best-known governors. George Jr. served as Alabama’s State Treasurer and Public Service Commissioner. Now, he has released a book about his famous father that is an in-depth dive into the man and out of the myth.

Zeigler christmas Alabama News
Jim Zeigler: A family Christmas tree farm in Alabama

Many folks think that Christmas trees cannot be grown in Alabama; that it takes the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Well, here is my story of growing one of Alabama’s early Christmas tree farms – the Zeigler Christmas Tree Farm outside of Sylacauga.

Pearl Harbor Alabama News
Jim Zeigler: It’s a long way from Alabama to Pearl Harbor

In December 1941, the people of Alabama, and indeed of most of the then-48 states, did not know where Pearl Harbor was. They learned very quickly and have never forgotten.

Isaiah Bond Alabama News
Baldwin County father-son in miracle photo at Iron Bowl

There was CJ Shaw and his father, Chris Shaw, in the miracle photo. The two Alabama fans had a bird’s eye view of the winning play.

Moody Music Building Concert Hall Alabama News
Problem with debate at UA campus – no room for students; ALGOP delivers solution

A problem arose due to the small debate hall. Students will not be allowed to attend. An on-campus presidential debate, but the students have no seats.

Rose Bowl Alabama News
‘Remember the Rose Bowl, we’ll win then’: Words of Alabama’s fight song are meaningful again

Since 1946, these words from “Yea, Alabama,” the fight song of the Alabama Crimson Tide, seemed archaic and had little meaning. 

Kilmeade Alabama News
Fox News’ Kilmeade makes Fairhope appearance to promote book showcasing Alabama’s Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt

An overflow crowd of Alabama readers came out on December 3 to hear Brian Kilmeade of Fox News introduce his newest book, Teddy and Booker T.: How Two American Icons Blazed a Path for Racial Equality.

Geminid Meteor Shower Alabama News
Geminids meteor showers visible in Alabama — Start on Dec. 4, peak Dec. 13-14

A major annual meteor shower, the Geminids, will be visible in Alabama starting December 4 and will continue through December 17.

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