How ‘bout ‘dem Dawgs? Well, not much to howl about. The Dawgs took a beating on Saturday. But I was proud to see our main man, defensive end Malik Herring, did his part for UGA, putting pressure on future Heisman winner Joe Burrow all night. Herring ended the game with four tackles and I thi…

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My father was a dog lover. He didn’t care much for cats. I’m told he even fired a shotgun in the general direction of a cat when it came too close to his bird feeders. It was a warning shot but it worked, as that cat never came back looking for another bird in our yard.

Did the Obama administration use made-up opposition research to get warrants to spy upon and try to entrap the Trump campaign, and then continue their efforts to try to harass and oust a duly elected president into his first term?

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed; if you do, you’re misinformed.” If recent articles by Don Daniel are true, it’s surprising how uninformed some of our city officials, county officials, and local politicians appear to be - and proud of it. First, we had Co…

Remember the line from the movie Airplane, “I picked a bad day to give up smoking.” Let me modify that line to 2019 politics, “It’s been a bad month to be a Democrat.” The “bad month” is because the Dems have been slapped silly by events to the point where they are so “punch-drunk” they actu…

Back a couple of months ago, the headline in The Wall Street Journal caught my attention: “Ex-MSU President, Facing Charges, to Receive Payout”. Long story short, the president of the college received $2.45 million after facing charges related to a sex abuse scandal. He was not fired but giv…

It appears we’re gonna have perfect weather for the Christm———er, holiday parade. Weatherman says it’ll be clear and cool, in the 50s, when the parade gets under way around 7 p.m. Towaliga Tina and I always enjoy the Chirstmas cheer and big crowds that attend our little parade. Nothing says …

For financial advisors, moving their practice from one firm to another is a big decision. For veteran advisors Mike Ketterbaugh and Jason Jungberg, it was one that required careful consideration and a lot of due diligence. After all, they had each spent decades at a well-known brokerage firm…

Well it appears that being the Monroe County fire chief has as much job security as being a football coach. Lots of firemen complained about the now-former chief, and now Matt Perry has been shown the door just two years after he was hired. Matt was a paramedic by background and never seemed…

We study English to have a common language to understand one another. Along with English, we study word meanings. One word whose meaning is now in question is “favor.” A favor is “an act exhibiting kind, gracious, or a friendly attitude.” If I ask someone for a favor, students of English agr…

A constant problem is finally being brought to the attention of our General Assembly which is already practicing for their annual soiree under the Gold Dome in Atlanta with 40-days of high-faluting beginning in early January. The problem is the robo-calling referred to as “phone spoofing” fa…

Well congraulations to all Monroe County employees who will get big raises again in January, just one year after they all got five percent raises. Let’s get a quick show of hands: How many of  you folks in the real world of small business got back-to-back 5 percent raise? That’s what I thoug…

You may not care about politics, but politics cares about you. A Monroe County friend just paid money for an education in this. 

Well I saw Mary Persons principal Jim Finch at the bait shop this week and he confirmed that the Bulldogs will be going down to Class AAA. What does that mean? Well, in theory, it might mean we won’t have to play dem big ole schools with boys who are bigger and faster than us on the football…

Being a senior citizen, actually a “senior plus” senior citizen, I get warned via news, internet and sources how we in the senior citizen category are susceptible and preyed upon by the scumbags that try to get us to part with our social security money, retirement income, with “deals” of a l…

Pat yourselves on the backs, Monroe County voters. By rejecting an increase in the sales tax last Tuesday, you took a stand for common-sense, conservative small government. As a reward, you will continue to pay a 7 percent tax on goods at local stores instead of the 8 percent that our county…

Last week we celebrated and recognized three important anniversaries in our nation’s history. The first anniversary was the first Veterans’ Day in 1919 or, as it was originally called, Armistice Day. Also, we recognized the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the election of President Trump …

Recently, I was in Atlanta for a performance at the Fox, and on the way home we happened to drive by a lot that was only slightly larger than a basketball court. It was surrounded by a tall wood fence, and parked outside were at least two dozen cars. We couldn’t see through the fence, but it…

You know, there are some things in life we just don’t forget unless we have some type of mental block that stops the grey matter from connecting. Well my grey matter connected and got a jolt when rummaging through a stack of stuff that I was saving to throw away sometime, someday and there i…

Congratulations Haleigh Watson, owner of Southern Charm General Store in Bolingbroke, the 2019 Monroe County Businesswomen of the Year!! Southern Charm is a quaint little store in Bolingbroke. Stop by to congratulate her and pick up some early Christmas gifts. 

Man, Towaliga Tina and I are enjoying this cooler weather, and even the rain. After the drought of September and October, it will be a while before I complain about rain again. Thank you Jesus. It would be nice if we could blame the second-half rain for our Bulldogs’ loss to West Laurens on …

I have had lots of comments about the length of football games and how a 60-minute sports event often stretches out to three and often four hours. Some of the reasons are the number of penalties, timeouts and advertising that is built in. All of those factors got me to wondering more about p…

It was 10 years ago that Kell Joseph and I coached our daughters’ Fillies softball team together at the Monroe County Rec Department.

Last article I called out the NBA for its hypocrisy and for kowtowing to the evil, communist regime in China. The communists are oppressing and beating protestors in Hong Kong, yet the NBA came out in support of the communists and against the protestors. The greedy NBA players and owners car…

I’ve had a number of people ask me my thoughts on the proposed T-SPLOST. I had been resolved just to share directly with those who asked my opinion until I read the Editor’s column last week. I felt the column was one-sided and failed to consider perhaps the most important question, namely: …

Some Forsyth water customers are having problems with brown water, and the city is urging residents to run outdoor faucets for an extended time to clear it up. Holli Shipman of Indian Springs Drive posted to the Reporter Facebook page on Monday night a photo of brown water in a bathtub and a…

When the Mary Persons Bulldogs take the football field this Friday night against West Laurens they will run on to Mitchell Field at Dan Pitts Stadium by crashing through a huge, hand-made, paper sign that’s been months in the making and years in the shaping.

A couple of weekends ago, actually on a Saturday, a group of white supremacist activists chose downtown Dahlonega to hold a “rally” to espouse their beliefs in white supremacy and as one observer stated, “what they really want is to make America white again”. 

There are 16 handicapped parking spaces outside the front doors of the western-most entrances to the Walmart and Ingles stores in Forsyth – eight reserved parking spaces at each store. More times than I can remember I’ve walked by cars parked in those spaces and grumbled in disgust because s…

Oscar Wilde said “experience is the one thing you can’t get for nothing”. I recently learned a costly lesson and wanted to share my experience in order to hopefully help you learn from it.

Vladimir Lenin said, “Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” That quote is SO true if money is the only thing important. Unfortunately, money is the only thing important to National Basketball Association (NBA) players, owners, and the league; and the NBA is in the …

“WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident.” That famous phrase from the Declaration of Independence is about undeniable truths – truths that are so obvious that no proof is necessary. Previously, I’ve discussed and proven a number of “Undeniable Truths.” To include: Truth #1 – Liberalism is a…