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In my column last week, I made the comment that social media is a positive new alternative to 24-hour news. That young people getting their news from somewhere other than the mainstream outlets is a good thing. But I may have been wrong. There is a flipside to that coin. A flipside that’s ex…

A friend was saying the other day how glad she was to live in a rural community in Georgia where the COVID restrictions were not as onerous as the rest of the country.

Before the 24-hour news cycle, there were three major news networks on TV: ABC, NBC and CBS. The news consisted of short half-hour evening programs that covered the current events of the day. For decades, these three networks dominated the broadcast news market. Then, a billboard mogul and b…

In 2016 Candidate Trump said, “We’re gonna win at every level. We’re going to win with the economy, with the military, with our veterans; we’re going to win with every single facet that you may even get tired of winning.” He was joking but was completely serious - because Donald Trump is a w…

If there is one county employee that I don’t envy it is Junior Watts. He has more bosses than anybody I know, five county commissioners, a county manager and every Monroe Countian. Junior is our county road superintendent. When it comes to county road pot-holes, muddy roads and even when the…

We’re glad that Monroe County schools appear to be backtracking on plans to cut in half the number of cheerleaders who can be on the sidelines of home Mary Persons football games. Now if only Forsyth city council would re-think its absurd new mask ordinance passed on Tuesday.

For the past six years we’ve marked the 75th anniversary of significant battles and events of World War II, the most deadly conflict in human history. Russia and Germany’s invasion of Poland, the Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Iwo Jima, VE Day; all those anniversaries cu…

If you knew the world was to end tomorrow, what would you be doing tonight? Putting panic and hysteria aside, you are left with three sensible choices: praying, making survival preparations, or partying like it’s 1999. Nearly a quarter of the US population believes the world will end during …

By the time you will have read this, Forsyth’s city council will have (maybe so)  considered by resolution requiring face coverings in public buildings. Wonder if that resolution covers county buildings? Then they will consider requiring face coverings in privately owned buildings. Didn’t kn…

If you follow Monroe County’s COVID cases daily (and I know you Karens are out there), you may have seen the Department of Public Health reported our biggest one-day spike in cases ever last week. While the county averages 5-10 new cases per day, the DPH website reported last week the county…

Since I recently wrote on the trials of being single, in the interest of fairness, I thought I’d say something on the institution of marriage. I’ve been married a couple of times, so I consider myself to be almost an expert on the subject but still, I did the obligatory research, and these a…

My younger twin-brothers were shipped off to Georgia Southern a couple weeks back, over-ecstatic to begin their freshmen year of college. They were among the seniors this year to have a delayed high school graduation ceremony. They did eventually get one in the middle of the summer, though i…

Doggone it! If there is one thing that frustrates reporters (and I still consider myself one) is not being able to get to the “why” of a story. Sometimes totally elusive but often the essence of the story worth pursuing after having gotten the “who, what, when, where and how”. That’s where I…

I was practically raised in the post office. My grandfather, Papa, was the postmaster at Harrison, Ga., and was named United States Postmaster of the Year. Sorry I don’t remember the exact year but according to my recollection it was in the late 40’s maybe early 50’s. The first and only time…

The number of single people living alone makes up nearly a third of our population. You would think that there would be an entire line of products designed just for them. Specifically, food products. I’d have to eat 4 banana sandwiches a day in order to eat a whole loaf of bread before the e…

Abraham Lincoln once took a line from an old limerick and said, “As for my face, I do not mind it, as I am the one who is behind it.” When it came to looks, our most recognizable president was no Ronald Reagan, our movie star president. You can clearly see the burden of war in the lines of L…

I mentioned in last week’s column that commissioners raised the pay for County Chief Financial Officer Lorri Robinson by 5 percent. Only after we went to press did the county release the exact amounts. Commissioners increased her pay from $99,874.00 to $104,867.70.

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When I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1997, all the heavy hitters of journalism, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, were making me offers hoping to secure a rising, young conservative reporter. 

There are steps a man takes through life’s journey that are truly meaningful. For instance, when he walks up to receive a diploma, takes steps down an aisle with a bride or steps up to face a judge. 

One of the last items on county commissioners’ recent agenda under Public Comments, was “L. Confederate Statue, Lisa Harris.” Ms. Harris was a no show. In preparation for Ms. Harris, county manager Jim Hedges had given commissioners a copy of state law “2010 Georgia Code, Title 50 State Gove…

In my former role as a spokesperson for government entities, private companies and renowned personalities, I have done a lot of speaking. It’s not all necessarily entertaining speaking, but presenting information the public needed to know. That was sorta like starting at my big toe to get to…

Long-time county commissioner the late Jim Ham used to assure his Reedy Creek Road friends and family that rattlesnakes never came north of Maynards Mill Road.

About a year ago, I lost my Grandmother. She was a force to be reckoned with. She was old enough to remember the Great Depression, having lived through it as a child. The mother of six, she persevered through dealing with one who suffered from debilitating mental illness, then losing another…

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As the start of school draws near and parents are faced with the difficult decision of in-person or virtual school, we struggle to know what to do. As a pediatrician, this is a question I am faced with every day.  As a mom, this is something I’ve been pondering since March 12, 2020, the last…

Before we dive in, because I value accuracy, let me clarify something. My July 15 column read in part: “Commission Chairman Greg Tapley (just reelected) and up-for-reelection-and-with-a-challenger Commissioner Larry Evans are not, at this time, supporting county internet expansion.” For clar…

A dog used to be just a dog. You could toss him a chicken bone beneath the supper table, chase him out the back door, and be done with it. We never worried about feeding a dog chocolate when I was a kid. I remember a cocker spaniel we owned who ate a whole bag of M&Ms and still survived.…

“Christmas in July” began 87 years ago on July 24-25 in 1933 at a girl camp in North Carolina and featured carolers, a Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, presents, and fake snow made of cotton. The tradition continued and grew over the years and campers eventually used laundry bags as stockings, w…

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Monroe County schools deserve credit for continuing to plan for in-person instruction this fall despite the continued panic all around them.

Forsyth, downtown and suburbs particular along the interstate is being re-discovered, again.  But, hey! So is downtown with another new Mexican restaurant planning to open just in time for football season. Oops, there may not be a football season. More about that later. Let’s go back to what…

Prior to Coronavirus taking up all of this country’s news coverage, the media was focused on another health crisis; the now forgotten vaping epidemic. Reports were coming in across the country of young people suffering from respiratory issues and, in some cases, dying from vaping related hea…

If you think I’m a nerd now, I was nerdy back when nerdy wasn’t cool. My glasses were too thick, my body too thin and my unstylish corrective shoes did little to correct my pigeon-toed feet. I once masked off and spray-painted those ugly shoes white on the toes and black on the sides to rese…

“Most people in Monroe County do not have one gun,” sheriff Brad Freeman announced to the Forsyth-Monroe County Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. 

I have always been told that tomato sandwich season spans from about mid-June until late August. Well, that’s when my tomato patch is in full production and a tomato sandwich (maybe two) is daily fare. Usually what constitutes a tomato sandwich is often a topic of conversation whenever the q…

If you’re looking for a political smackdown, this column may not be for you. In truth, my political affiliations lie somewhere between the two parties and I can see a lot of merit in the ideology of the left. With that said, at some point one has to ask; when is it going to be enough?