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Well shootfire, we had nary a drop of rain in a scorching hot May, and then here comes June with four straight days of rain. And tonight we’re supposed to get down around 55 degrees. Seems like Mother Nature is off her meds. Speaking of things we can’t control, the state of Georgia has ORDER…

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The other morning at the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast, County Commission Chairman Greg Tapley and Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson gave updates on going-ons in their different realms. Mayor Wilson rightfully bragged how the city was working on several projects…

Losing a loved one is never easy. We all know that gut-wrenching feeling - and we all know that saying goodbye is something we never expect and don’t want to do. The pain of waking up and going about a normal routine seems impossible and the holidays just aren’t the same. The idea of going t…

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. It didn’t matter what it was, as long as I could take my ideas and put them onto paper, I was ecstatic. I was that kid in school who always went above and beyond with projects because I loved being able to share the informatio…

There is a crisis we have in America, one our government is attempting to wrap votes around and that is the opioid crisis on just about every street corner and raging in just about every ‘burg. The pain killers have addicted our government to finding a cure, with lawyers lining up to sue any…

Well you made it. You have reached the very exciting, or perhaps, terrifying, stage of life called adulthood. For 18 years you have been under the roof of your mom, or your dad, or hopefully your mom AND dad. But high school graduation marks an ending, and a beginning. To help you through th…

I am a subscriber to three magazines, Georgia Trend, the more localized Atlanta Magazine, and, of course, Southern Living. More about  SL a couple of paragraphs later. There on page 164 of Atlanta was a half-page, full color ad obviously placed and purchased with Forsyth Convention and Visit…

Many of you told us that we would enjoy moving to the country in Monroe County. You were right!

I received the most responses I have ever gotten to The Question last week. The question was what was the man driving when he was arrested for DUI. The answer was a lawnmower. I counted 18 correct answers with Dusty Peppers with the on-time correct answer. Dusty gets a certificate for a doze…

Remember a couple of years ago when our congress came up with a “do not call” law. You called a special number and your phone number would be protected from unwanted calls, particularly robo-calls. Of course, it was not enforced, couldn’t be enforced and wanna-be-elected political hopefuls w…

I’ve long respected Amy Knight as the hard-working owner of the Cotique Boutique on the Forsyth courthouse square and the mother of five beautiful kids. But last week that respect went up even more.

Editor’s note: Stuart D. Kent, a nurse at Monroe County Hospital, wrote this tribute to his friend and co-worker Nancy Skinner, who died in an auto accident on High Falls Road on April 27. 

Many of you know that our family has two Great Pyrenees dogs, which we’ve found to be the sweetest, most affectionate and absolutely most hard-headed, pain-in-the-rear dogs we’ve ever had. 

There is an adage that is very suitable now for Monroe County Hospital: it is easier to have a need rather than finding a need. Thank goodness it is beginning to look like our hospital is going to do what it has been intended to do: provide medical services and emergency care for us. The tur…

At a time when the national political atmosphere is as toxic as I have ever seen, I have to admire our present president. He has yet to admit as a former president stated, “I am not a crook” and was then proven to be eligible for prison garb. 

My mother and step-father were visiting this past weekend from Raleigh, N.C., which is a long way from Forsyth. I’m not just talking about geographic distance.

I have come up with an idea to save taxpayer money. After a business trip requiring going up I-75 through Atlanta, mid-day not during morning or afternoon rush, traffic was absolutely horrendous. Ga. 400 was a nightmare. Got to thinking sitting in traffic and coming to the conclusion, speed …

The other day I was watching an old man walk down a sidewalk in Forsyth. His steps were slow and methodical. He relied on his trusty cane to help maintain his balance. I continued to watch as he entered a nearby pharmacy. It took a great deal of effort for this older gentleman to get where h…

In April 1945, American forces liberated Buchenwald, along with other concentration camps. During the war, U.S. Forces had seen terrible sights but nothing prepared them for the horrors they found in the concentration camps. After walking Buchenwald, General Patton vomited at the evil he had…

Who among us cannot remember the good ol’ days of radio? If you are one who remembers those wonderful years you must remember Garrison Keiller and his weekly program called “A Prarie Home Companion.” What memories! Garrison had such a unique and pleasant way of describing Lake Wobegon and al…

I haven’t decided whether this is funny or sad. You determine. The other day I went through a whopperdiddlydoddlymac drive-thru and the tab was $6.54. Since I had a bunch of dollar coins, I gave the cashier six dollar coins and a paper dollar. She looked at the payment and stated, “We only t…

Ahhh, it’s Spring Break in Monroe County. It’s the week when many parents spend lots of quality time with their children, perhaps with a trip to the beach or mountains, and by Friday we are asking: “Can I send them back to school yet?!”

After the wettest year in decades we’ve come upon a dry spell, and our ole Towaliga River is looking more like a creek. The good news is the dry weather makes it easy for Towaliga Tina and I to plant our tomatoes. But they’ll need rain shortly lest we wind up with a sorry crop like last year…

Just up the road, a Korean manufacturer of brakes is bringing 200 jobs to Henry County. Guess our MCDA is still gloating over Five Below locating in Monroe County. Still waiting on the anticipated announcement of another industry coming but the MCDA is keeping who it is close to the vest.