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Can you imagine not being able to turn on your faucet and drink the water because you think it may kill you?

Here in Monroe County there’s a recent debate about groundwater in vicinity of Plant Scherer. Is the groundwater contaminated? If so, how did it get contaminated, who’s responsible, and what should be done? The debate started with a January “doom and gloom” article, Ashes to Ashes, on websit…

Just in case you need reminding, “the elect me” season is nibbling way at our attention span because come Tuesday, Nov. 3, those of us who care about our democracy will cast a vote for president and on the local front. The rumors of who is and who is not running have not reached fever pitch …

It rarely fails that when I meet someone new and tell them what my occupation was for many years – an editor at The Macon Telegraph – their response is something like, “Oh, I quit taking it years ago. There wasn’t anything in it anymore.”

Over the past five-plus years this monthly column has been dedicated toward promoting the excellent talent and entertainment presented in our small middle Georgia town. With pride we can point to our modern, well-designed, 1,300-seat Board of Education Fine Arts Center that showcases our ele…

Bear with me as I try to write this week’s On the Porch. It’s hard to type when you can’t stop laughing — when you’re trying to drink a cup of milk but it runs out of your nostrils.

Well, the pollution of wells down in the Juliette area is back in the news with renewed emphasis that Plant Scherer’s ash ponds are still seeping even more pollutants into the area’s well water. The “news” that it still is polluting has again made news via the internet, Macon and Atlanta tel…

Everyone is writing about “dining” at a Krystal. As you surely know, the fast-food, square-hamburger, steamed bun-superfast hamburger chain has filed for bankruptcy, owing more money than they are making at over 300 restaurants. There are three in Macon that I know of, with headquarters up i…

If the weather is nice this Sunday and you are looking for a nice walk through the woods, you could do a lot worse than heading up the road a few miles to the easily-overlooked nature preserve at Dauset Trails Nature Center.

Having an annual city council “retreat” (a few hours when council members talk about problems, priorities and new ideas in a more relaxed atmosphere than a regular council meeting) is a good idea. The Board of Education, leadership groups, businesses, even several of the the city of Forsyth …

City Councilman Greg Goolsby’s rant against The Reporter about the publication of a courtroom photo that showed a beaten boy’s back was – in my view at least -- a rather healthy expression of concern about the content of his local newspaper. Some may not like what he said, or they may not li…

Congratulations LSU Tigers for an outstanding season! LSU can make a good case that their 2019 team is the single season GOAT (greatest of all time). LSU went 15-0, averaged 48 points per game, gained 560+ yards of offense per game and defeated seven Top 10 teams (never done before). They de…

A couple of months back, I was asked by a company to critique final presentations by employees who were applying for a promotion to another department. Each employee was required to make their presentation to myself and two other instructors. Each employee chose their own subject and their p…

Had the man from India been able to fix my Wifi extender the first time through the troubleshooting routine, I wouldn’t have been late for dinner. But he couldn’t, so I was.

I have had the privilege and opportunity to be an observer and reporter of elected city council, county commission, appointed government authorities, boards open to the public and to just about any kind of public government meeting where elected officials presided. Since choosing the newspap…

Congratulations and Mega kudos to Col. Amy Holbeck. On Sunday, Col. Holbeck took command of Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing – the air guard unit that maintains and flies the E-8C JSTARS aircraft. Col. Holbeck is the first female wing commander in Georgia air guard’s histo…

Five years ago, I was getting ready to start my first day of ninth grade at Mary Persons High School after spending six years in Tifton, which I had called “home.” Five years later, Forsyth is “home” and where I return to after a long semester away at college. I’m currently a sophomore at Ge…

During the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Osama bin Laden planned terrorist attacks that killed thousands of people around the world. In 2011, President Obama gave the order to send the Navy SEALS into Pakistan to kill bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist. The country celebrated bin Laden’…

I have considered city councilman Greg Goolsby a friend and enjoyed our friendly banter concerning our respective schools, Georgia Tech and Georgia. In fairness, what UGA fan hasn’t enjoyed that banter lately? But moreover, I have admired Goolsby’s entrepreneurial efforts to revive restauran…

We’ve seen stories in the paper and on TV about the  Georgia Department of Transportation’s idea of building special lanes for commercial vehicle/truck traffic on Interstate 75. Only one other state, New Jersey, has built such lanes, and the idea of Georgia doing it is still a long way off. …

You saw/heard the news about some church members out in Texas stopping a potential church massacre with a couple of the parishioners quick on the draw and killing the intentions of the deranged. I go to a small church. I know most of the people sitting in the pews and the congregation always…

About three years ago, I made the comment to a couple of commissioners that I really believed we could be the most consequential commission in recent history. I felt we had the energy and business experience to bring positive change to Monroe. We still had enough experienced board members to…

Regular living was overruled this past year, which became a year of personal crises. I am glad it is over and hoping, after a New Year’s Day of feasting on collards, black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread, all the old adages of how to start and have a great new year will work.

It’s been at least 12 years – probably longer -- since the first serious discussions were held about building a new fine arts center for the Mary Persons school system to replace the 300-seat auditorium built in about 1930. Construction was to have been a part of the education sales tax vote…

Living in a small town, I’m sometimes tempted to think that “real life” has passed me by.

Four hours before members of the Ten Tenors put on a rousing two-hour show Friday night in front of a full house at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center, about 25 members of the Mary Persons High School choir got some up close and personal time with the Australian male ensemble.

This week, I reviewed some of the articles I’ve written about the 3-year-long hoax perpetrated on this nation by the Obama regime, by Democrats, and by the media - that President Trump colluded with Russians to get elected in 2016. In previous articles, I’ve described the genesis of the Russ…

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…

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…