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Congratulations LSU Tigers for an outstanding season! LSU can make a good case that their 2019 team is the single season GOAT (greatest of all time). LSU went 15-0, averaged 48 points per game, gained 560+ yards of offense per game and defeated seven Top 10 teams (never done before). They de…

A couple of months back, I was asked by a company to critique final presentations by employees who were applying for a promotion to another department. Each employee was required to make their presentation to myself and two other instructors. Each employee chose their own subject and their p…

Had the man from India been able to fix my Wifi extender the first time through the troubleshooting routine, I wouldn’t have been late for dinner. But he couldn’t, so I was.

I have had the privilege and opportunity to be an observer and reporter of elected city council, county commission, appointed government authorities, boards open to the public and to just about any kind of public government meeting where elected officials presided. Since choosing the newspap…

Congratulations and Mega kudos to Col. Amy Holbeck. On Sunday, Col. Holbeck took command of Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing – the air guard unit that maintains and flies the E-8C JSTARS aircraft. Col. Holbeck is the first female wing commander in Georgia air guard’s histo…

Five years ago, I was getting ready to start my first day of ninth grade at Mary Persons High School after spending six years in Tifton, which I had called “home.” Five years later, Forsyth is “home” and where I return to after a long semester away at college. I’m currently a sophomore at Ge…

During the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Osama bin Laden planned terrorist attacks that killed thousands of people around the world. In 2011, President Obama gave the order to send the Navy SEALS into Pakistan to kill bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist. The country celebrated bin Laden’…

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I have considered city councilman Greg Goolsby a friend and enjoyed our friendly banter concerning our respective schools, Georgia Tech and Georgia. In fairness, what UGA fan hasn’t enjoyed that banter lately? But moreover, I have admired Goolsby’s entrepreneurial efforts to revive restauran…

We’ve seen stories in the paper and on TV about the  Georgia Department of Transportation’s idea of building special lanes for commercial vehicle/truck traffic on Interstate 75. Only one other state, New Jersey, has built such lanes, and the idea of Georgia doing it is still a long way off. …

You saw/heard the news about some church members out in Texas stopping a potential church massacre with a couple of the parishioners quick on the draw and killing the intentions of the deranged. I go to a small church. I know most of the people sitting in the pews and the congregation always…

About three years ago, I made the comment to a couple of commissioners that I really believed we could be the most consequential commission in recent history. I felt we had the energy and business experience to bring positive change to Monroe. We still had enough experienced board members to…

Regular living was overruled this past year, which became a year of personal crises. I am glad it is over and hoping, after a New Year’s Day of feasting on collards, black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread, all the old adages of how to start and have a great new year will work.

It’s been at least 12 years – probably longer -- since the first serious discussions were held about building a new fine arts center for the Mary Persons school system to replace the 300-seat auditorium built in about 1930. Construction was to have been a part of the education sales tax vote…

Living in a small town, I’m sometimes tempted to think that “real life” has passed me by.

Four hours before members of the Ten Tenors put on a rousing two-hour show Friday night in front of a full house at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center, about 25 members of the Mary Persons High School choir got some up close and personal time with the Australian male ensemble.

This week, I reviewed some of the articles I’ve written about the 3-year-long hoax perpetrated on this nation by the Obama regime, by Democrats, and by the media - that President Trump colluded with Russians to get elected in 2016. In previous articles, I’ve described the genesis of the Russ…

How ‘bout ‘dem Dawgs? Well, not much to howl about. The Dawgs took a beating on Saturday. But I was proud to see our main man, defensive end Malik Herring, did his part for UGA, putting pressure on future Heisman winner Joe Burrow all night. Herring ended the game with four tackles and I thi…

My father was a dog lover. He didn’t care much for cats. I’m told he even fired a shotgun in the general direction of a cat when it came too close to his bird feeders. It was a warning shot but it worked, as that cat never came back looking for another bird in our yard.

Did the Obama administration use made-up opposition research to get warrants to spy upon and try to entrap the Trump campaign, and then continue their efforts to try to harass and oust a duly elected president into his first term?

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed; if you do, you’re misinformed.” If recent articles by Don Daniel are true, it’s surprising how uninformed some of our city officials, county officials, and local politicians appear to be - and proud of it. First, we had Co…

Remember the line from the movie Airplane, “I picked a bad day to give up smoking.” Let me modify that line to 2019 politics, “It’s been a bad month to be a Democrat.” The “bad month” is because the Dems have been slapped silly by events to the point where they are so “punch-drunk” they actu…

Back a couple of months ago, the headline in The Wall Street Journal caught my attention: “Ex-MSU President, Facing Charges, to Receive Payout”. Long story short, the president of the college received $2.45 million after facing charges related to a sex abuse scandal. He was not fired but giv…

It appears we’re gonna have perfect weather for the Christm———er, holiday parade. Weatherman says it’ll be clear and cool, in the 50s, when the parade gets under way around 7 p.m. Towaliga Tina and I always enjoy the Chirstmas cheer and big crowds that attend our little parade. Nothing says …

For financial advisors, moving their practice from one firm to another is a big decision. For veteran advisors Mike Ketterbaugh and Jason Jungberg, it was one that required careful consideration and a lot of due diligence. After all, they had each spent decades at a well-known brokerage firm…

Well it appears that being the Monroe County fire chief has as much job security as being a football coach. Lots of firemen complained about the now-former chief, and now Matt Perry has been shown the door just two years after he was hired. Matt was a paramedic by background and never seemed…

We study English to have a common language to understand one another. Along with English, we study word meanings. One word whose meaning is now in question is “favor.” A favor is “an act exhibiting kind, gracious, or a friendly attitude.” If I ask someone for a favor, students of English agr…

A constant problem is finally being brought to the attention of our General Assembly which is already practicing for their annual soiree under the Gold Dome in Atlanta with 40-days of high-faluting beginning in early January. The problem is the robo-calling referred to as “phone spoofing” fa…

Well congraulations to all Monroe County employees who will get big raises again in January, just one year after they all got five percent raises. Let’s get a quick show of hands: How many of  you folks in the real world of small business got back-to-back 5 percent raise? That’s what I thoug…

You may not care about politics, but politics cares about you. A Monroe County friend just paid money for an education in this.