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Last week I used some crime statistics from the 2021 Annual Report from our District Attorney Jonathan Adams and it is chock full of crime statistics. Just for your information, our district attorney serves Butts, Lamar and Monroe Counties. In his report, 1,890 cases were opened for prosecut…

The southern border of the Great American Snowbelt extends from the extreme northeast corner of North Carolina, across the continent along the northern borders of Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, to where the 42nd parallel meets the ocean at California’s border with Oregon…

I received an awesome text message the other day from a dear friend. She is an intercessor and prays faithfully for others every day. She also realizes that our pastors could use a little encouragement from time to time, and her beautiful words express a message of thanks that I believe to b…

Several years ago I attended a lecture on climate taught by a local TV meteorologist. This weather “expert” made the statement, “central Georgia averages 120 days of below freezing temperatures.” That statement was 300% incorrect. Macon only averages 41 days of freezing temperatures. Among a…

With the shooting at our local Walmart on the second day of the New Year that left one dead and the shooter arrested, I hope this is not going to be an ominous sign of what we should expect for the next 360 days. I am working on a story with information from our District Attorney Jonathan Ad…

Before you were born or shortly thereafter, your parents chose a name for you. They could have named you after a beloved relative, or they may have just chose a name that they liked. Regardless of what your name is now, did you know that the redeemed of God are going to receive a new name?  …

“If anything can go wrong, it will.” This well-known law has been scientifically proven and attributed to Captain Edward Murphy an aerospace engineer who worked at Edwards Air Force base in 1949. This is the same base where General Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier two years earlier. As t…

Years ago, running the Marine Corps Marathon, I was completely blown away by a runner I passed around mile 24. Actually, he wasn’t a runner because he wasn’t running. He had NO legs. Instead, he was strapped to a board and propelled himself forward using his arms and padded gloves covering h…

Have you been thinking about 2022 and what kind of year it will be? Realistically, every new year brings challenges, possibilities, uncertainties and yes, hope. When facing the uncertainties of the New Year, what can we do? How can we remain optimistic and hopeful when the forecast for Ameri…

While most of us are still reeling from the effects of Christmas dinner, which came way too soon after that fine Thanksgiving dinner, it is now time to start thinking about another traditional meal for New Year’s Day. Around here folks say if you want to make a lot of coin during 2022, then …

Will and company et al I am sure will have compiled the top stories of 2021 and we will discover which event or whatever is going to be the lead in this week’s paper. So much has happened I have no idea what was the top story since there were so many. But, as I’m sure you are aware, a lot ha…

We all know the story of Dr. Frankenstein. He created a monster that ended up killing him. Frankenstein didn’t intend to kill himself but he initiated events that did. Liberals are doing the same thing. They’ve created a leftist, political monster known as the Democrat Party that morphed int…

An alert reader dispatched us to the Forsyth Ingles a few weeks ago. She was mesmerized by a foreign-born man playing his violin to perfection in the parking lot. Frantic shoppers paused from their hurry and stood and admired. Many dropped dollars in a box nearby. What appeared to be his wif…

I love Christmas music and I decided to research three of America’s beloved Christmas hymns. In 1738, Charles Wesley wrote: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”  I see Wesley sitting at his desk with paper, pen and ink. But he cannot sit still. A God-inspired hymn is stirring in the heart of the …

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth but unfortunately, this has rarely been the case.  Since 1776, the United States has been involved with war for 92 percent of its history which comes to 225 Christmases out of the 245 years since our country’s birth.  We started it off wit…

It’s now been 639 days since then-President Trump declared that we needed a 15-day shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s a decision that will go down in infamy along with Neville Chamberlain’s surrender to Hitler and Napoleon’s advance to Waterloo in the annals of catastrophic disasters.

If you are around me and sneeze, you will hear me say, “Bless you.” It’s a common expression that many verbalize, right?  But it wasn’t that long ago that a Dyer County, Tenn. high school student got in hot water for using the same innocuous phrase. When a fellow classmate sneezed, 18-year o…

Of course December is known as The Christmas Month, not Holiday Season Month! So, did some noodling around and discovered, because this is the Christmas month, December is also National fruit cake, eggnog, tomato and winter squash, root vegetable and exotic fruit month. And according to the …

“I’m serious as a heart attack.” We’ve all heard that expression. What does it mean? It means that if someone is having a heart attack, it’s deadly serious. Or put another way, a heart attack is serious for someone with a bad heart. If someone has a heart condition, they know it. (Or they sh…

Some people can sleep through anything and getting sleepy in church is not such an uncommon thing. Especially when it’s warm and the preacher drones on in a monotone voice and you have no idea what he’s talking about. I’ve caught myself catching my chin from bumping against my chest more tha…

The Christmas season could be radically different in the near future. No, I’m not talking about the battle to keep Christ in Christmas. I’m not talking about the growing controversy to ban the words “Merry Christmas” from our vocabulary by godless atheists and the politically correct. I’m no…

A situation is brewing between Monroe County commissioners and Monroe County Hospital. Commissioners announced on Tuesday they are planning to eliminate all funding to Monroe County Hospital for next year. 

If  athletes and teams could cheat and get away with it, would they? Sadly, the answer is yes. Consider baseball and bicycling in the 1990’s. If you (or your team) didn’t do steroids, you didn’t win. Everyone was doping, and everyone knew it. In those sports, to be competitive, you “’roided”…

For a very brief moment last week I was totally optimistic when the caller informed me I had won $800,000 and the check would be delivered at 9 a.m. the following day. My first thought was Christmas will be paid for with some pocket change left over. The caller informed me CNN was going to b…

This morning I was looking out my kitchen window watching my neighbor’s cows grazing in the pasture. As I stood at the window sipping my morning coffee, I thought how blessed I was to enjoy such a peaceful, tranquil scene. While watching the cows graze, I remembered a story I read years ago …

Nope. I can’t take it anymore. Even though plane travel is by far the safest and quickest mode of transportation, I’d rather walk or even crawl than to get in a giant aluminum tube filled with possibly diseased, nasty strangers ever again. I don’t like driving to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlan…

Rush Limbaugh died earlier this year. Several talk show hosts have tried picking up the slack but as Carly Simon says “nobody does it better” than did Rush. One thing that made Rush unique, and what his detractors hated, was his overwhelming optimism and love of country. Optimism and love of…

Monroe County has a lot of newcomers and many of them come to the Reporter office. Usually they want the answer to some question. 

Thanksgiving is again upon us and during this time of year, a discussion about turkeys seems appropriate. A lot of doomed turkeys have been working on their bucket list lately, but two lucky 40-pound birds got off scot-free thanks to the pardon they received from President Biden last Friday.…

Fall is my most favorite time of year with the exception of leaves! My house is surrounded by trees and I have not found an easy way to rid my yard of the leaves covering just about everything. I have given up raking, instead blowing them into a pile and burning them. I used to wait until th…

The summer of 2020, mobs of Antifa, BLM, and Democrat voters destroyed dozens of American cities. By early June over 200 cities had imposed curfews, and 31 states (and Wash DC) had activated over 62,000 National Guard soldiers, yet the riots continued for months. The riots and burning of bus…