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When I started swinging a hammer back in my Alabama days in the mid-70s, my fellow carpenters and I never gave much thought to on-the-job safety rules. We tried to have enough sense not to fall off the roof or run our fingers through the table saw on our own. Even though the Occupational Saf…

Over the last couple of county commission meetings, commissioners have heard from a company hired to assist them in developing what is being called “Impact Fees”. No matter how you look at Impact Fees, they are just another way, in addition to taxes, to collect more money. Of course, taxes w…

As a member of the Davis family, if you expect to do well in a golf round, well, your goals are misplaced. Usually our goals are: Don’t lose more than 5 balls today, finish the round, or don’t throw a club into the grass.

Well we’ve known it’s been coming since the 2020 election, but former sheriff John Cary Bittick has finally retired as the Middle Georgia U.S. Marshal. That after President Biden appointed his replacement, as new presidents usually do. It seemed to take the Biden administration longer than n…

Have you ever choked on a piece of food?  Scary, huh?  Did you know that Jesus warned His disciples about the dangers of choking?  However, the warning Jesus gave was not one of a physical nature. So, what kind of choking was Jesus talking about? 

Remember Baghdad Bob (BB) from the 2003 Iraq War? BB was Saddam Hussein’s propaganda minister. During the war, American forces were an unstoppable tsunami that engulfed, overwhelmed, and systematically destroyed the Iraqi military. During the war, BB held daily press briefings where he compl…

Just in case you missed it, this past Monday was a national holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. It’s called Juneteenth. I’ve seen marching and non-violent demonstrations celebrating the day. If you look at list of holidays and observances, it look…

Wow, if you’ve missed Forsyth’s Concerts on the Square, you missed some great music. The concert series started with the Tams in April, followed by Departure (a Journey tribute band) on May 7th, and The Grapevine (great beach music) on June 4th. The May and June concerts easily had 1,500+ at…

What kind of world would it be if there wasn’t just a bit of weirdness? I’m not referring to the weirdness of beings such as ghosts, Bigfoot, or the Chupacabra that we all love but rather the things we come across in the daily news. It seems that every day there’s someone somewhere capturing…

Ever let a good crisis go to waste. In the wake of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, political pundits have once again exploited our national vulnerabilities to virtue-signal and oversell hateful ideologies. President Biden quickly condemned the Buffalo shooting a…

The man who runs the bike rental shop at the Jekyll Island Club is a retired New York borough police chief. He was doubtful my key was stolen.

One of the last items on the County Commissioners meeting agenda, after the Commissioner’s Comments, is the item Public Comments. Those in attendance at the meeting are given the opportunity to come up to the podium, state their name and where they live, and for four minutes anyone can “addr…

Enter a southbound on-ramp of I-75 and you might see a person holding up a cardboard sign, hitch-hiking their way to a better life. It’s rare that someone will stop and give this person a ride other than a deputy or the state patrol. These are scary times and giving a stranger a ride is not …

I was listening to a Christian radio station and I heard the radio host say something that was shocking. He said that at a time when public trust in religious institutions is wavering, the Sunday Assembly movement is growing. At first I thought he was saying something positive, but unfortuna…

Up until a couple of months ago, I enjoyed “escaping” for a couple of nights at an upscale hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. I would meet a friend and dine at an upscale restaurant. I haven’t done that in the last year particularly since COVID regulations came into existence. My friend …

Thank you Frank Wilder for promoting concerts on the square. The Grapevine Band and Steve Swain’s Band were very enjoyable. These events are about much more than a musical performance. It is about the Forsyth community gathering, bringing their chairs to see, be seen, socializing with friend…

Believe it or not, my parents are not the most cultured people. While they watched “Top Gun” when it came out in 1986, they did not care to show it to me until the night before we went to watch “Top Gun: Maverick.” However, I didn’t care that they didn’t show me for long because I was so ben…

Security, or lack of, is the underlying theme of books and movies about dystopian societies where civil order breaks down. In those movies, everything hinges on security. Security for your family/tribe/community means defending yourself and preventing others from attacking. When one side win…

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Recently I was at the beach when tide was out.  I had waded about fifteen feet into the water. Suddenly I felt I was sinking as I stepped into what felt like a bog.  I rapidly sank up to my calves into this gooey section of slimy, muddy sand. It took great effort to try and break free.  I ha…

OMG, Hillary is guilty (a minimum) of conspiracy. The chants “lock her up” were correct. If she’s found guilty, she MUST go to prison. “Smoking gun” testimony of her guilt occurred last week during the trial of Michael Sussman. Unfortunately, our Democrat media said nothing.

I don’t know when I started but it was a long time ago. Every Fourth of July and each Memorial Day eves, on public television, the featured concerts are a must-watch for me. As I am writing this, the 33rd Memorial Day concert is playing in the background and when some of John Phillip Sousa’s…

My name is Park Davis, and I’m the new intern at the Monroe County Reporter. I’m 17 years old, and I just graduated from First Presbyterian Day School. I will be heading to the University of Georgia in the fall to study an undecided engineering major with a minor in business. I enjoyed playi…

Have you noticed there are all kinds of surveys being taken today? Get on Facebook or the internet and someone is curious to know your thoughts on the President’s performance, our economy, etc. One inquiry that I came across asked the question: What do you want out of life?  People responded…

At the time I was pretty much by myself, recently divorced, living in Los Angeles, building movie sets during the day and playing my guitar alone at night. There are many things to do in L.A., but I wasn’t doing anything other than working. 

The other day I typed the word “tall” into my phone and it was immediately auto corrected to “y’all”. I guess it’s a Southern thang. There are many things that make the South unique other than the way we speak. Even though we have a gift for combining words into one such as making “you all” …

I live, as I like to brag, out in the country. No I don’t have cows or chickens just two of the best dogs---friends--- I have ever had, Tull and Sham. I live in a log house ten miles from Forsyth and the same distance from Jackson. I’ve been in Monroe County 50 years and looking forward to c…

Do you ever have a blah, boring day?  Sure we all do, right? My hubby is aware of all my moods. When he notices that  I’m having a boring day, he jumps into action.  For example, he will ask to read one of my articles, before it goes to press. He will read it out loud with a Hillbilly accent…

Since the 2020 “Summer of Racial Reckoning,” critical race theory (CRT) has increasingly become a national reality. No aspect of American public life, whether in federal policy making or local education, escapes from the sweeping forces of this illiberal, divisive and un-American dogma that …

Our congressman Austin Scott will certainly shrug off his primary challenge next Tuesday and be re-elected in November because, well, Middle and South Georgia voters know that Democrats destroy everything.  

The goal of tyrants, dictators, and oppressive governments is to gain power and then stay in power. They largely do this by controlling information – the information available and who has access to it. Information is power, and tyrants use information to gain power. So, for a king, the churc…

For some of you, being commended by your peers is often the supreme compliment one can receive. So it was for this newspaper when Jim Minter in his letter to the editor in last week’s Reporter saluted this newspaper as “amazing”. Minter is the retired sports editor of the Atlanta Constitutio…

We have British scientist Michael Faraday to thank for many things we take for granted in today’s world. He was the first to discover the basic principles of electricity generation during the early 1830s and invented the first electric motor. His accomplishments were so numerous he was offer…