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Halloween is a holiday that all ages seem to enjoy. Especially the kiddies. But it seems some folks in a school district up in Michigan think the excitement children have over the scary holiday makes it difficult for them to learn and so their elementary schools won’t be celebrating Hallowee…

I have asked Will to solve the “mystery” as to who is paying for the advertising road signs urging us to vote yes on the T-SPLOST, and as usual he’s found the answer. 

If you know your child is lying, do you accept that lie and take it as truth? Or are you the responsible parent and have them admit their dishonesty? Every parent realizes that it’s a lie to accept a lie. Why? Because it’s dishonest.  

Recently, I saw a post on the Reporter’s Facebook page asking,  “Does anybody know what’s up with the mosquitoes in south Monroe County around Bolingbroke? I’ve never seen it like it’s been in the past couple of weeks. They are giant in size and jet black.” This post reminded me of a mission…

My counting elevators in the city was off by two as several readers pointed out, two more than the four I counted bringing the count up to six. I was informed there is one in the Baptist Church intended to carry coffins up to the sanctuary. There are a lot steps going up the sanctuary from t…

My first computer was acquired in the early ‘90s when I did some carpentry work for a man who couldn’t come up with the $600 he owed me and offered me a slightly used Macintosh instead. The heavy bulky device that took up way too much space on my desk was valued at $1,000 (equal to $2,066 in…

It’s that time again: I’ve gotten the county’s letter in the water bill promoting the TSPLOST (which at one time was prohibited by law) and the “Vote Yes” yard signs are on street corners now. If you are undecided or even planning to support a new road tax, consider why I am not in favor of it.

The crisis for delinquent renters across the country is about to reach a peak. Eviction moratoriums have been overturned on a federal level and nearly 3.7 million people say it is likely they’ll be on the streets within the next two months. A recent U.S. Census Bureau survey conducted from A…

The other night after a county commission meeting, a gentleman and lady came up to me with a couple of questions I cannot answer. Here they are: “Why is the chairman introduced by the deputy as ‘Coach’? “Why is there a Superman toy on the desk in front of the chairman?” “What does the sign i…

Motivated by what it believes to be an opportunity to raise an estimated $460 billion from tax evaders, the Biden Administration has proposed requiring all financial institutions- banks, credit unions, and investment firms, to report to the IRS the total inflows and outflows of all accounts …

Why are you reading this article; why do you read newspapers? Dumb questions, Right? I’m assuming you’re like me and read newspapers, read magazines, and watch TV news to be informed and stay informed. Those who want to know the happenings in the school system, city and county government, la…

As I was hanging out on the Square this past weekend during the Bicentennial Celebration, I started imagining how my surroundings might have looked 200 years ago.  The Creeks had been living here for hundreds of years and had left the area in pristine condition when General McIntosh of the C…

Recently, I resumed my Bible College studies to earn my Doctorate in Sacred Studies. By the end of this year, I will hold a diploma in my hands that has taken me over seven years to complete.  Some of my favorite classes, have been the ones when a theology professor shared a personal ministr…

A birthday lends itself to a look back in time. This being Monroe County’s (MC) 200th birthday, county residents are rightfully looking back to its founding, and considering how things were back then compared to how things are today. I’d like to look back 100 years to 1921. Why? Because that…

A week was suggested but as some said, “Glad it was just two days” as the county’s 200th birthday celebration came to a close Sunday. Having been around for the Sesquicentennial back in 1973, this celebration is one that will go down in the county’s history with a lot of events that will be …

While cleaning our house this past weekend, I noticed a cobweb in the corner of our family room. It reminded me of a humorous short story I read years ago. In a certain church, an old deacon always ended his prayers with, “And Lord, clean the cobwebs out of my life!” One of the men in the ch…

The life of a sharecropper wasn’t much of a life but the only one available to many poor Georgian folks for nearly a hundred years starting after Reconstruction until the 1960s. When African Americans were finally freed after the Civil War many ex-slaves took off in search of new lives, but …

Several years ago on assignment with FEMA up in Oklahoma, I had the privilege of visiting an Indian reservation and particularly a school on the reservation. I was asked to be there before the school day started as students began arriving going to their homerooms. The first thing I noticed w…

Gotta love the “experts” who make a forceful statement of truth yet only months later are proven 100% wrong - meaning they lied. The more of an expert and knowledge one claims, the more wrong they are. We see them everywhere – doctors talking Covid (the vaccines work but you must wear a mask…

Monroe County’s school board took a lot of grief for lifting the mask mandate on students under the protest of parents last month. It seems Monroe County is the only school system in Middle Georgia that hasn’t closed its doors or required masks at some point.

Back in December of 2020, I retired after serving for many years as the Advertising Manager at the Monroe County Reporter. Although retired, I often think about the challenge business owners face in growing a successful company. I will never forget a conversation I had with a young entrepren…

The Bible says that before Noah rescued his family and two of every animal from the Great Flood, people lived many hundreds of years. Tradition, legend, and the Bible all say that Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah, lived to be 969 years old. But when mankind became corrupted in the period prece…

First, it is hard to remember 20 years ago particularly trying to recall where I was on Sept. 11, 2001 but I do recall watching the horror of America coming under attack. The recalling of the events again as this past weekend was a tribute to those who lost their lives and those who dedicate…

If a president goes on TV and says that laws and the Constitution prevent him from doing something, then does it anyway; is he a liar, a hypocrite, a criminal for breaking the law and violating the Constitution, a typical Democrat politician – or all of the above? I ask because both Obama an…

My wife did not like it a few years ago when we moved our joint account to United Bank. That’s because it’s then that I started getting text messages every time she used her debit card.

Pardon me for not remembering when I wrote about the killer spray Central Georgia EMC and the Georgia DOT were dousing on any living green thing along their right-of-ways. They are and have done it again. CGEMC’s public relations director sent me all the “assuring” documentation that the che…

The first time I ran away from home I was nine years old. My younger brother, David, and I decided we had had enough of my old man’s stern discipline and decided to hitchhike from the southwest corner of Oklahoma to the northeast corner of Kansas where my mother was living. There wasn’t much…

If you want to get pumped on America, don’t go to Atlanta, Wash DC, or to any large city. Instead go to rural, small town communities. Iowa is a perfect place to find both rural and small town. Last month I bicycled across the state, west to east, at 15 miles per hour. I started in Le Mars, …

Back in the day, the gender of an unborn child could be predicted by many methods such as if a woman had cravings for all things sweet, then she was expecting a baby girl. If she couldn’t get enough salty foods, it meant that she would be having a boy. Expectant mothers could also swing a ri…

Given that most of the people dying or in ICU due to COVID are reportedly unvaccinated, I decided recently to get the jab myself. It was not an easy decision. 

You know somebody is a big deal when a Blackhawk lands in High Falls and a General gets out to give him an award. That somebody is Billy Powell, long time High Falls resident and a true hero.