Author: Melissa Edge

Mid-century diner targets Lavretta Park location

According to John Vallas with Vallas Realty, a proposal is in place for the 1420-square-foot former Rester’s Auto Shop site — on the corner of Old Shell Road and Border Drive and adjacent to Lavretta Park — to be converted into a 1950s-era throwback style eatery. Blueprints indicate the existing structures will more than double in size, with proposed additions encompassing some 1,650 square feet. An open deck area in the back will have a covered canopy, and separate 830-square-foot office space will be built toward the rear of the site. Plans also indicate the build-out of a large,...

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Charleston’s SUSTO is fine today

Band: SUSTO Date: Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m./Sunday, May 21, 12:30 p.m. Venue: BMI Stage (Saturday)/Fitz’s Stage (Sunday) Susto” is a Latin American term for a condition where the soul is separated from the body. The symptoms of susto include fear, anxiety and depression. SUSTO is also the name of a musical project from Charleston, South Carolina-based singer-songwriter Justin Osborne. Plagued by a breakup, debt and family issues, Osborne used his own personal separation to put together a track list of folk rock that became SUSTO’s self-titled debut. Even though the debut featured a full band, SUSTO had no...

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Why the National Endowment for the Humanities matters

Editor: Here in Alabama we care deeply about our heritage. We celebrate our culture, and we know that to be worthy of our future we must honor the best of our past. This is why it troubles us that the National Endowment for the Humanities has been slated for elimination. The NEH, which supports museums, archives, libraries, colleges and universities, favors projects that reach the widest possible public for widest possible impact. For example, NEH funding has supported scholars across the country in putting presidential papers online. Thanks to NEH, educators here in Mobile and throughout Alabama can share with our students material that was once packed away in dusty boxes, accessible only to experts. In addition to preserving our American heritage, the NEH helps expand our knowledge of regions of the world vital to U.S. interests. For example, University of South Alabama scholars with the Center for the Study of War and Memory have asked the NEH to fund a project to translate and publish key documents of Russian military history that give Americans and policymakers critical context for understanding Russian military thinking today.  Some have asked, “Why should the American people pay for the NEH?” We would answer that we have a duty to the past to preserve our heritage and a duty to the future to teach our children about our history and culture. Moreover, it...

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