For those too young to remember the Soviet Union, Pravda was the Communist Party’s media outlet. The Soviets made announcements via Pravda press releases. Attempting to hoodwink the Russian people, Pravda made itself look like a legitimate western media outlet. However, everyone knew that Pr…

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Have you noticed? I have. And my friends have too. Gas prices in Monroe County, long the scourge of our community, known to stay 15-20 cents higher than prices in Macon, have suddenly become lower and just a hair more than Macon prices. GasBuddy.com says the Exxon at 283 N. Lee Street has th…

Football coaches don’t cry often, but MP coach Brian Nelson choked back tears at the football banquet last Wednesday as he reflected on this year’s seniors (see page 1B). Nelson noted that the members of the class of 2019 have given Mary Persons and the community a lot to cheer about over th…

Would it not be interesting to know who was the last baby born at Monroe County Hospital? A lot of Monroe Countians claim to be Monroe Countians but were born in a Macon or another area hospital after doctors quit delivering babies here in Monroe County at the Monroe County Hospital. 

I couldn’t believe it when on Christmas Eve I had a last minute gift I wanted to get at our “big box” store and was shocked discovering most of the Christmas stuff was gone, relegated to an obscure location in the back of the store. The day before, these Christmas shelves were brimming with …

It seems the way to get ahead in today’s America is to be some kind of victim, a minority. Having “protected” status wins you sympathy as you suffer from the evil, white, Christian, male majority that started this country and often still runs it through pillage, rape and oppression (at least…

I offer a giant coal lump for the stocking this Christmas for our congressman Austin Scott, a member of the agricultural committee that helped impose the big-spending farm bill signed by President Trump last week.

Well, I got me some nuze to announce this week....ole Towaliga Tom done opened hisself an auto shop next to the railroad tracks in town. Gonna call it Towaliga Towing Etc....specializing in shocks, tires and anything else that jerks loose from crossing the railroad tracks in Forsyth, Ga. I s…

I have a correction from last week’s article. I said, “Except for Senator Bob Dole, every prominent statesmen and world leader from The Greatest Generation is gone.” That’s incorrect. President Jimmy Carter, from that generation, is still with us. I meant no slight to Carter; I was referring…

I’ve got two tickets for sale to this Wednesday’s Class AAAA state championship game in The BMW Bowl, or whatever they call that fancy stadium with the faulty sunroof in At-lanner. I was convinced -- you were too! -- that our Bulldogs would be playing there. Instead we’ve got the high-dollar…

Congratulations to Brad Freeman on being elected sheriff. Leading up to the runoff, most of the buzz at the Waffle House and around town was that Freeman COULD win, but that Lawson Bittick, having led the first vote by 1,000 votes, was the favorite. I don’t think anyone expected Freeman to n…

As the headline screamed, Dynasty Denied, but a better headline could have been “Shock and Awe” as the reaction to a Bittick no longer being our sheriff. Wait a minute! The new sheriff only has a two-year title to the badge and talk is wait until the next time. The appointment of Al Shacklef…

Like many of you, I suspect, by bedtime on the first of December I was an emotional wreck. Once more, the Georgia Bulldogs had played a fantastic game against the Alabama Crimson Tide with a title on the line. Once more, the men in red and black had come up agonizingly short.

Since we own a time-share and have the opportunity to visit different states with beautiful accommodations, my wife and I spent the entire past week in Branson, Mo. Branson affords much entertainment in the middle of the spectacular, wonderful Ozark Mountains. If you don’t mind the long, ted…

Dadgumit. Have you ever seen our two favorite football teams, the Bulldogs in Forsyth and in Athens, dominate so much simultaneously and then suffer heart-breaking losses within 8 days? Boo! People say the Atlanta United soccer team is gonna help break the “Georgia Sports Jinx” when they pla…

The book came out in 1997 and stayed on the best seller list for nearly two years. It was so popular that its title entered the national lexicon as the most common advice for Type A personalities and control freaks everywhere: “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.

I assume the two candidates in the sheriff run-off are breathing a sigh of relief that their debate was held two weeks ago. In the midst of this election, two stories are making local, state and national news. First, a woman is suing us, Monroe County, and the sheriffs’ office, for false arr…

Well Norfolk Southern railroad was kind enough to stop traffic all day in Forsyth on Monday to make “improvements” to the main rail crossing in town at the top of Hamburger Hill, aka Lee Street. All the local tire and alignment shops thank the railroad for its effort to increase their busine…

I’ve been looking for someone, anyone, who can predict the weather or winners in college football. Each time I think I’ve found someone the next week they fall short. This week I think I finally found three young men who can at least pick football winners. Just for fun, let’s mix weather and…

Now that Thanksgiving has gobbled, the Christmas Season (not The Holiday Season) has begun. What does it take to convince a lapsed generation that it is the Christmas season, a time when we honor and celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ? For way too many it is Santa Claus Season. …

My 14-year-old son, a backup placekicker for Mary Persons, was a bit grumpy on Saturday. He didn’t like it when I suggested an attitude improvement would be helpful since Friday’s 10-7 loss was “just a game.”

I’m madder than Paul Johnson at a passing camp after finding out how much our state playoff opponents are “paying” players. Well they don’t technically pay them, we don’t think. But think about this here: Last week’s loser, Woodward Academy, costs $27,000 per year. This week’s loser, Marist?…

Alan Chadwick has been the head football coach at Marist for 34 years. Has he seen a lot of football and a lot of high school stadiums in Georgia over those three decades plus?

There is the old joke about attending or listening to an opera: “it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings”. That pretty much sums up my attitude about the long drawn out process of the vote-counting in the governor’s race. The fat lady hasn’t sung, only cleared her throat to prolong her continu…

Did a “blue wave” crash over America last week? That was the question on pundits’ lips as election results were reported Tuesday night, into early and even mid-morning Wednesday. With the U.S. House going to Democrats, but a larger Senate majority in store for the GOP, it seemed like a split…

Were you surprised at the election results? Well we don’t have any results yet. We’ve got a run-off for the Sheriff’s badge and the governor’s race was supposed to be official yesterday. But with all the lawsuits being filed by the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and her minions, the offi…

I remember in my early school days learning about the different types of clouds that cover this earth of ours. If my memory serves me well there are the cirrus clouds, the cumulus clouds, the nebulas clouds and the stratus clouds. Please don’t ask me to identify each. It’s exciting that I re…

Once again, former Secretary of State Brian Kemp has sought to conceal his incompetence with comments at his rally in Forsyth on Oct. 31. This newspaper reported that, “Kemp blamed appointed surveyor Terry Scarborough for his lack of cooperation in refusing to testify at yet another hearing …

Well, shoot-fire, I’m more excited than Michael Vick at a pit bull auction about all the things going on in Monroe County. They been sayin’ since I was a wee lad that this place was ‘bout to go bonkers with growth, and it looks like it’s finally taking root. Towaliga Tina and I tried the new…

Thumbs up to the Forsyth city council for rejecting on Monday an offer from Norfolk Southern and the Georgia DOT to close the Indian Springs Drive railroad crossing in exchange for a $1 million improvement to the crossings on Lee Street and Tift College Drive.