The Mink family, Angela, Chad and Shaylyn adopted Benny (left) from Piper's Playhouse after bringing their dog, Koda (right), to meet the retired K9.The Mink family, Angela, Chad and Shaylyn adopted Benny (left) from Piper's Playhouse after bringing their dog, Koda (right), to meet the retired K9.

Local family adopts retired veteran Benny

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On February 12, the Mink family found a new family member. The family adopted Benny, a veteran canine that worked in Afghanistan. 

Benny, a Belian Malinois, was trained through AMK9, which trains dogs for many purposes, including finding ammo and narcotics, which was Benny’s specialty. 

Benny, only 5 years old, worked in Afghanistan for three years.

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Keith Mayo is a local musician that plays the bugle for Bugles Across America.Keith Mayo is a local musician that plays the bugle for Bugles Across America.

Bugles Across America offers live Taps performances

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


When Daniel Butterfield rewrote an earlier call to create Taps during the Civil War, he probably didn’t know how iconic the call would become. 

The mournful 24 notes of Taps is now the traditional farewell to members of the armed forces at funerals, but lately the tradition hasn’t been honored as it should. 

In 2000, many

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Williams appointed as chairman of Alabama legislative senate committees

  State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) recently was appointed to serve as Chairman of the new Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Development Committee in the Alabama State Senate. He was also tapped for another leadership role as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The two committees combined handle nearly half of all the legislation in the Senate.

Senator Williams represents

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GMA presents “The Nature of Pale”

  “The Nature of Pale: Science Meets Art” opens at the Gadsden Museum of Art on April 1 and runs through May 8, 2015.  Oil painter, Anna Mullin, has developed an interest in science through her passion for painting.  Rather than simply painting things that are pale—such as blond hair, snow, sand, and dry bones—she wanted to find out the

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Prime Healthcare Services acquires Riverview Regional Medical Center

Prime Healthcare Services announced earlier this week that it has completed its acquisition of Riverview Regional Medical Center and its related outpatient services.

“Prime Healthcare looks forward to continuing the extraordinary care at Riverview Regional,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “We plan to support the hard work and dedication of

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