For most of human existence few people travelled. It was a daily struggle to survive, let alone surviving next week or accumulating resources and wealth that allowed one to travel. Upwards of 95% of all people lived and died within 50 miles of their birthplace. In our current form, humans ha…

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Holy cow I ain’t seen such a crowd since Wrestle-Mania came to the Macon Coliseum back in the 1980s. Jackson Street was wall to wall with folks on Saturday for the Forsythia Festival and Towaliga Tina was real upset about the lines for the food vendors. It took her an hour to get a Blooming …

A big thumbs up to the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber and its volunteers for putting on a fantastic Forsythia Festival. The crowds were huge, the expanded Kidz Zone was a big hit and vendors seemed pleased with their profits even after paying the $1,000 booth fee. 

Last week’s county commission meeting was one of the shortest, but could have been the longest on record. With the chairman and District 1 commissioner not sitting on their thrones, County Commissioner George Emami took over the meeting as vice-chairman with Commissioners John Ambrose and Ed…

Everybody has an Uncle Buck. Well, he may not be named Uncle Buck. He may not even look like the Uncle Buck the movies portray, but he was still your Uncle Buck. Do you remember your uncle who always pulled your sister’s hair when she passed by? He was the uncle who teased you and your broth…

After reading a recent front-page article titled “Busted”, I felt compelled to clear the record with accurate facts about the logging sector in Monroe County.  Many readers may be unaware that forestry and logging is the lifeblood of our county and state. Georgia is recognized as a national …

In the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. He said that the rest of the world was punking us, spying on and stealing our ideas, and beating us at trade. Additionally, it was “terrible” that our politicians were doing nothin…

I’m madder than Hillary Clinton in a dry county after the city said it’s gonna hold on to the old city hall annex rather than selling it. City says it’s gonna use it as an “event venue”. Now the city did the right thing with the adjacent city hall building, selling it to Scoops for a new ice…

On Feb. 27-28, commission chairman Greg Tapley and I visited the state capitol with many other county commissioners from around the state. We are members of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) which, among other things, is our legislative advocate.

To use a Gomer Pyle expression “surprise, surprise, surprise” is appropriate to start off this column. As has been reported, Georgia Power, a.k.a. Plant Scherer, just paid their tax bill and the goose that laid the golden egg in the amount of $3 million plus. The ink probably did not dry on …

Well all us aging Baby Boomers of Monroe County will be rocking it out to The Lettermen at the Fine Arts Center on Friday night. I saw in Diane Glidewell’s story on the front page that the lead singer hopes the good-time love-song music will make everyone want to go home and “make out” on th…

Recently my wife was asked if she would please ask me to explain how a teacher truly feels after hearing from one of his or her students after many years have passed. I must admit that feelings are truly difficult to explain. When I was in our senior class play many years ago, needless to sa…

The other night, sitting in a Forsyth City Council meeting waiting to hear an unattributed comment, I was listening and noticing that three out of the six council members were constantly on their cell phones, not talking but texting. Guess those three can multi-task. Which also made me wonde…

Every Friday, The Wall Street Journal has a section titled “Mansion”. The section is usually 14 pages and as the title suggests has a listing of mansions all over the country with a lot of home and condominium listings. The cheapest, oops, should say the least expensive, home was out in Utah…

Now that socialist nutjob Bernie Sanders has become the 10th Democrat to announce for president, it’s time to be blunt: If you live in Monroe County and you vote Democrat in 2020, you’re voting for the end of Monroe County as we know it. Let me explain.

Monroe County’s economy must be blooming if not busting wide open. The City of Forsyth must be penny pinching and have already spread the green stuff and planning on spreading some more. I’ll take them one-by-one, first the city: Taxpayer money has been used to build a boondoggled splash pad…

I am not sure I have received enough credit for my efforts to strengthen Mary Persons’ rivalries against some of our neighboring schools.

During World War I, the Army needed soldiers. To help recruit, the Army’s advertising campaign became the iconic poster of Uncle Sam pointing his finger at the viewer with the caption, “I WANT YOU.” The message was obvious; the country needed millions of young men to fill the ranks to defeat…

The attempt by two Forsyth council members, Julius Stroud and John Howard, to change the city’s travel policy so that family members could attend the soirees council members are required to attend is absolutely disgusting and puts a bad rap on the other four council members and politicians i…

Forsyth’s city council met on Monday for the first time since this newspaper reported that two council members want the city to pay for their families to accompany them on city trips. The blowback around town and on social media over the proposal prompted reporter Diane Glidewell, who first …

Just in case you didn’t get a chance to eat off paper plates, use plastic dinner ware and dance the night away, the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting/banquet at the Monroe County Conference Center last Friday night. A couple of highlights included the moving u…

Monroe County commissioners are looking to give themselves a 50 percent pay raise, from about $10,000 to $15,000 per year, a move some might call self-serving.

This is going around the internet so just in case you have missed it here it is: I disagree with the President canceling the military flight for Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi. I would have waited…then cancelled the return flight. 

Now that I’m on my third child, I’ve got this parenting thing down pretty good.

As I watched the ball drop at midnight on the square in Forsyth, I glanced at our beautiful courthouse and reminisced. I thought  about being at the courthouse on election night and then being there again when I was sworn in as a new commissioner. That was 18 months ago and the beginning of …

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…

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…