Rainbow Trout stocking reported

Fred Marshall

By FRED MARSHALL

The Department of Conservation reports two stockings of rainbow trout in the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River below the Smith Lake dam.  The stocking occurred in June at the Alabama Power Co. fishing platform on the Walker Co. side of the river on June 15 and 22nd.  Twenty-two of the trout stocked in June were tagged with radio transmitters by Auburn University researchers to track their movements.  The movement data will help the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to better understand the fate of the fish following the stocking, and the research results will also be used to improve this unique fishery.

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Alabama’s historic courthouses

By FRED MARSHALL

Hughes is author of “Historic Alabama Courthouses: A Century of Their Images and Stories” and co-author of “Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs.”
Photos: Fred Marshall

I don’t guess we think of it often, if at all, but Alabama has had some pretty, and historic Courthouses scattered about over the last 150 years, or so.  Earlier this month, the Dept. of Archives and History welcomed Delos Hughes to speak at its popular Book Talk series.  Hughes introduced the audience to his new book, “Historic Alabama Courthouses: A Century of Their Images and Stories.”

Many of these well-built, majestic buildings are gone now, replaced beginning in the mid 1870s with buildings that more represented the “modern times” of that decade, and the decades to come.  Hughes says courthouses often reflect through their architecture a sense of presence and the ideals of the community which built them.  These elements not only demonstrate the artistic preferences of the county, but also tell stories about the county’s politics, economics, class structure, and ethnic backgrounds.

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Governor Ivey is just a figurehead

Art Parker

BY ART PARKER

Some of you who know me have heard me say, ‘For God so loved the world he did not send a committee. He sent one man.’
   In modern day Alabama there is one women that is killing and dismantling committees (and commissions) right and left. Governor Kay Ivey wasn’t sent by the almighty. I’m convinced of it. She just happened to be in the right place at the right time. She just happened to be the Lt. Governor when the former Governor resigned in shame, primarily because he couldn’t keep his britches on.
   Ever how she got there is now a moot point. What she does while in office means quite a bit.

SEC Media days with Gus

Gus Malzahn

By TIM GAYLE

HOOVER-If confidence breeds winning, then Auburn fans have plenty of reason for high expectations entering the 2017 season.
   With eight starters back on offense, seven on defense and one of the nation’s most accurate kickers rounding out the special teams, head coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t seem concerned if anyone believes he’s on the hot seat.
   Malzahn, speaking on Thursday at SEC Media Days, said he has seen the look in his players’ eyes before. It was in 2013, when his first Auburn team was coming off a disappointing season and looking for redemption. That hunger and determination carried the Tigers all the way to the BCS National Championship Game.

Gunter still proving himself

At the camp, Gunter talks with former JD coach Charles Lee.
Photo: Tim Gayle

By TIM GAYLE   

Every day, it seems, Ladarius Gunter has to prove himself.

Moving from neighborhood to neighborhood as he grew up in Montgomery, he had to prove himself over and over again in youth sports.

At Jeff Davis, he alternated between safety and cornerback, making plays that were often overlooked because he played on a team where wins were hard to come by.

He signed with Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and played seven games, but struggled for a stretch with injuries.

Through it all, his talent persevered when professional scouts said his speed was too slow at Miami and proved himself as an undrafted free agent at Green Bay where his future remains questionable despite leading all Packer cornerbacks in snaps last season and all secondary players in passes defended.

In short, he’s made it when everyone continues to say he can’t.

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