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Normally, I’m not a gambling man but once that Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot starts creeping up to that billion-dollar mark, I can’t help but give in to the temptation of greed and plop down $2 on a Quick Pick. Even though it’s only 1 shot in 302,575,350, what’s a $2 investment for a ch…

I guess the best way to start this off is by saying hello! I’m the new intern at the Reporter and felt that since I’ll be writing about your community, you should know a bit about me. 

Forsyth is finally being overwhelmingly “discovered” as an ideal place to invest if you are a restaurateur or got some money to invest and are a “foodie” searcher. Or, as the Wall Street Journal would classify you, as a “foodiephile”.  As reported last week four new restaurants will be openi…

When someone is asked how they are doing they usually respond with our most frequently used lie and answer, “Fine.” No one is ever fine. There’s always something messed up in everyone’s life and it never ends. But we understandably don’t want to burden others with our troubles.

We have all heard the expression, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings” which is in reference to the “fat soloist” ending the opera with her solo aria. So, I am ready for the racial tensions and accusations in Monroe County to be over. Somebody go find a fat lady and plead for her to sing…

With college football only two months away (hopefully), it’s time to revisit the “Best” of the sport. Part 1 of my college football series was a brief history of collegiate football. Part 2, I opined on college football’s best atmosphere, best rivalries, and best teams. This week is my pick …

PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. - In an exhausting year of corona shutdowns, riots and cancel culture, it’s been good to get away for an old-fashioned, all-American road trip to the beach this week.

This column is adapted from one originally appearing in the Jan. 30, 2013 Reporter, one that has application to what we face today.

He says the time is now. Kevin Truitt is a determined man who wants to make a change. You may have seen him along with his wife, Reneé, and a dozen or so other protestors holding up handmade signs to passing motorists last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday across the street from the Pizza Hut on …

Well, I hope your vote counted when the final tally was made in our local elections yesterday. Since I am writing this on Sunday, I have to admit I will probably be as surprised as the candidates that won or lost. Just as politics “goes”, campaign “magic” was pretty doggone evident when just…

My wife and I have been privileged to be co-owners of the Monroe County Reporter for 13 years. It was a proud day in 2007 when Cheryl and I and our 50/50 partner, Will Davis, finalized our investment in this community.  Cheryl and I live three hours away, in Blackshear in deep Southeast Geor…

We have so much junk and trash we even have it in space. NASA now says it tracks over 500,000 pieces of “space junk” that can travel up to speeds of 22,300 mph. This is much faster than a speeding bullet which comes out of a muzzle at a mere 1,700 mph. Besides having the potential to do cata…

I, as many of you, have been watching a fair amount of television news this past weekend. As we all know or should by now, these demonstrations, riots, protests, or whatever they are being called, started with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. After the video of his death was…

I suppose the best way to apologize is to just come out and say: I messed up. And I’m sorry.

Commissioner Eddie Rowland gave a closing statement at Monday’s debate sharing a lovely vision of Monroe County. Well-kept homes. Friday night football. Fireworks at the Rec Department. He had me until the last one.

In two weeks, June 9, you should be at the polls casting your ballot, not rushing to the post office to mail in your ballot choices. I am going to predict it now: the losers will be first in line at a lawyer’s office on the day after Election Day (June 10) to file some kind of suit against f…

Back in an earlier life, I had the desire to become a pharmacist and went to college to satiate that desire. You see, my uncle owned a drugstore and I was a “soda jerk”, specifically asked for to make banana splits, which were my specialty. Under the influence of my drugstore owner uncle and…

Here we are, well into the year 2020, alive and well during the digital age, and yet in nearly every convenience, grocery, or drug store you can still find a Reporter sitting in its old familiar rack. It catches your eye with its bold headlines as you wait patiently to pay for your diet drin…

Monroe County has seen a surge in coronavirus cases but it’s not because you’ve been playing golf, eating inside at El Tejado or going to Ingles without your mask on.

Originally, Georgia had primary elections scheduled for March 24th; local elections would follow in May. However, this Chinese virus changed everything. Now, primary and local elections are scheduled for June 9th, unless the Sec of State changes it again. Monroe County has some local electio…

I am sure you have heard all the hull-a-la-boo about people working in the White House, including the president, not wearing a face-mask. They must have heard about wearing a face mask causes the wearer to smell their own bad breath. 

When I was a “student” at the University of Georgia (no classes before noon please), my ambitious roommate Jud Turner talked me into running for student government as the Turner-Davis ticket. We ran on the idea that student government was a joke. And it was. A few years prior a guy had promi…

Some people look down on store clerks, thinking them unsuitable for skilled positions. It might be surprise them to know Abraham Lincoln once worked as a store clerk in the community of New Salem, Illinois from 1833 to 1835. He even once had to whoop the town bully while on his shift. It was…

VINDICATION is the word of the week. Actually, “vindication” is the word of the year; as in President Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign were totally vindicated of any and all wrongdoing, corruption and/or collusion involving Russia. For 3+ years, Democrat politicians, FBI agents, inte…

Back in the day, you could pull up to a gas pump and relax in your car listening to the radio while someone else took care of your car’s needs. This person would fill up the tank, check the oil, tires, and even clean the windshield. The business owners of these establishments stayed in busin…

Back in 1972, after a couple of editions of this newspaper, I decided to become an advocate of some changes I felt the county needed and sometimes expressed privately as needed for the growth and lifestyle of county residents. It was time to go public. 

I have been thinking a lot lately - as all of us have - about things getting “back to normal.” The year 2020 started off without any particular irregularities but by the end of February a rather ominous cloud began descending. By the end of March, most of our lives were suddenly different th…