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At a meeting two weeks ago, city councilman John Howard appeared ready to sprint out of the room even before the meeting started. 

Since we are all supposed to be “self-quarantined” with our outside activities becoming more and more restricted, entertaining ourselves is requiring more and more imagination. I can‘t remember when the last time I went to a movie theater, you know where you pay $5 for a small bag of popcorn…

I’ve been writing JTWII for three years now. In every article, I seek the truth. I won’t let any group, be they Republicans or Democrats / conservatives or liberals, tell me what to believe or what to think. I search for the truth by looking at the facts and analyzing those facts based on co…

This year, senior year was nothing like it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be the most exciting time of our lives. We worked hard for twelve years to get here and have looked forward to it since we were freshmen. It was OUR turn, and boy were we ready.  Now, instead of sneaking to use…

When I was laid off from a job I figured something good would happen. It did -- I was rehired two days later. When the doctor said he needed to operate on my nose to fix something, I figured it would be a temporary unpleasantness. It was. When our daughter was terribly ill with complications…

Believe it or not, there are other stories making the news other than coronavirus. TV news has been having a 24-hour news cycle giving us live updates on how the virus is spreading and attempts to curtail the spread. 

As many of you who have read this paper, met me at your door or visited my website or Facebook page are aware, I am an Independent candidate for State House District 129. The current occupant of this seat has run unopposed for the last three elections (as do most of our state legislators) an…

So, what did you do last week? For most of us, the answer is not much, as we sat at home and did the Wuhan quarantine. We’re on about Day 10 of this Chinese flu pandemic. Following are a few thoughts.

My wife and I have been married for 45 years. In that time we’ve completed many tasks for each other, though none of them have been undertaken in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. So, this was a new one.

A few years ago, British historians interviewed members of London’s World War 2 generation about their lives, recording their memories for posterity.

There are a lot of contradictions and suspicions going on right now in Monroe County. So, I’ll start off with No. 1. If you were at the county commission meeting last week, the commissioners voted 3-1 to oppose and legally fight the alleged intention of the city of Forsyth to annex some 1,70…

After Super Tuesday, the Dems have narrowed their choices to senility or socialism. Joe Biden, in addition to being corrupt, has developed senility. Biden forgets where he is, forgets what day it is, forgets the office he seeks, confused his wife with his sister, makes incoherent statements,…

We are about to get a belly full of information in the mail, on TV, maybe even on the phone, about something we citizens of the United States are asked to do once every 10 years – count the number of people with whom we live. It’s the decennial (once every 10 years) census.

Last week is what we call in the newspaper business, a headline buster. As you will read in this issue Monroe County has become a testing ground with holes being drilled and more wells being tested for what is now assumed a massive contamination of well drinking water and being  blamed on Ge…

Tasha Vandiver’s and her son Gerald Walton’s deaths last week were an absolute tragedy. More shocking is that Candace Walton, Tasha’s 16-year old daughter, is charged with murder and arson. We have no idea what happened in that house. Certainly, we’ll learn more as the investigation continue…

Here’s a question for you to ponder and respond: what would you do if you were Georgia Power and the entities that own Plant Scherer? How would you resolve the coal ash problem? That seems to be a question with many answers, many of them not anywhere close to being reasonable, logical or fin…

One of the first dates my wife and I had in our early 20s was to a high school football game. It was a game in Story City, Iowa, and our sports editor had asked me to attend so we’d have pictures from the game. He’d write the game story after talking to the coach, and his story would go alon…

Each week in this column, I point out some of the ways our tax dollars are being spent, the checks written by the county finance officer to pay bills and yes, I am as I hope you are, surprised at how some of our taxes are spent and for what. Reviewing the on-line check writing report often r…

When I first started working at the Monroe County Reporter in January 2010, I expected it would be for a year, or maybe two years, and then I would move on to a “bigger” media outlet. But as someone who enjoys comfort and hates change, it became evident early on that I wouldn’t be in a hurry…

Lindsey Taylor is seeking the office of Monroe County Clerk of Superior Court. She has served as Deputy Clerk of Court since May under Lynn Ham, who is retiring at the end of the year after holding the office for 20 years. 

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 …