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It took the power of Satan to tempt Eve to sample the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden but merely the beauty of a woman to take down Adam. What if, when Eve offered the forbidden morsel to Adam, he refused to partake in that sinful harvest? What if he had done the smart…

Although our county commissioners voted to impose term limits, it was a most “dud” attempt that meant nothing. As the story goes, Commissioner John Ambrose made the motion to impose three term limits. The vote was three for....Ambrose, Commissioners George Emami and Lamarcus Davis. Both the …

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Subway restaurant in the Plantation Hill Shopping Center in Forsyth to buy some sandwiches for dinner. The line was long and I was standing near an elderly lady who struck up a conversation with a young black law officer in front of her. The young man was…

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For those Monroe Countians who are already either planning to replace dilapidated wood duck boxes or erect some for the first time in hopes woodies will use them this year, the arrival of February is a reminder that now is the time to act. 

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This coming Sunday is Valentine’s Day that started as a remembrance of a Christian martyr of the 3rd century. Much like Christmas, Valentine’s day has been commercialized and reduced to a celebration of romantic love manifested by giving cards, candy, and flowers to our loved ones. 

He might just be telling us what we long to hear in the midst of frigid temperatures exacerbated by biting gusts of wind, but General Beauregard Lee predicated it will be over soon. The Georgia ground hog didn’t see his shadow on Tuesday morning, signaling that Spring is “right around the corner.”

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Recently, my sister visited from North Carolina. While here, we went to restaurants, shopped, and attended a live music venue with 100 unmasked music lovers. She was amazed at the differences between what we could do here and what she couldn’t do in N.C.. Those differences were succinctly su…

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A couple of months back, Lamarcus Davis was serving on the county recreation board but he had his star set a little higher deciding to seek election to the county commission post held by then Commissioner Larry Evans. 

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It has been interesting in recent weeks to see the renewed faith some people have in government’s capabilities. To be helpful, I’ve compiled a partial list of recent headlines:

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I have listened to a police scanner during working hours for most of my career. After 24 years I have learned that most calls are routine and don’t warrant both ears. A welfare check on a neighbor. A fender bender in a parking lot. Civil papers served in a divorce. 

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Valentine’s Day has always been a special day for me. While it’s true I’m a romantic at heart, it’s mainly because I was born on Feb. 14 and I must confess I was born north of the Mason Dixon line. It absolutely wasn’t my fault but there are those in my family who won’t leave the place of my…

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The investing world and WallStreet have been reeling this past week after a group of online investors on Reddit orchestrated a massive buy of the GameStop stock, GME. For anyone unaware, Reddit is an online platform that hosts communities called subreddits, which are tailored to a variety of…

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We live in a world that shouts its values, philosophies and morality. We are constantly being pressured to conform to this world’s standard and adopt its mindset. Thinking critically or independently is becoming problematic in today’s society. For example, some politicians, media hosts and e…

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When I got into the news reporting business, way back in 1963, I was not aware how news reporting was on the verge of changing. The credence in writing a news story had to have the five w’s and the how----who, what, when, why, where and how. If you didn’t have them in the writing of the stor…

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It’s been exactly one year since most of us became aware of COVID-19. Monroe County has not been spared the effects of the disease as we recently lost Monroe County firefighter Harold Boone, Mary Persons coach David Carey, and others. Over the past year, we’ve learned more about viruses, how…

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The next time you wonder “what’s going on under the Gold Dome?” you will at least know our decision-makers are sitting beneath 43 ounces of Georgia gold. At today’s price of $1,857.80 an ounce, that comes to $79,885.40 worth of glitter. It seems that such an icon of the State of Georgia woul…

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The pandemic has forced a lot of Georgia families to rethink the education of their children. Public-school enrollment this fall was about 36,000 lower than the year before, and that’s after the gains among public charter schools that offset some of the losses. Private schools and homeschool…

A few weeks ago we ventured back into my native Tar Heel State for some MLK Weekend skiing at Sugar Mountain, and yeah, the fear, loathing and maskholes haven’t gotten any better. I wrote about the rigid restrictions we encountered on our Christmas visit to Raleigh, and things aren’t much be…

When John Cary Bittick was sheriff, I would often ask him about a particular case we were covering for the paper. 

Most of those born since the 70s have probably never heard of the “Goat Man”, a colorful part of Georgia’s past who became famous by herding goats back and forth from Iowa to Florida, creating traffic jams along the old Dixie Highway for three decades. 

“Gotta go!  I’ve got an appointment for a job interview,” said the young woman as she hastened out the front door. She had applied for a job as a welder. She didn’t know if she would be hired since she was a woman, but the help wanted ad included the acronym EOE.  Potential employers often i…

Kids can ask some profound questions can’t they? A little girl asked her father, “Where did the human race come from?” The father answered, “We were made by God.” The girl asked her mother the same question. The mother answered, “Many years ago we evolved from monkeys.” The confused little g…

I am writing this on Sunday night and I am not anticipating what is going to be going on in Washington on Wednesday. Confused? Wednesday was inauguration day and on this Sunday night I am just hoping and praying not a bullet was fired.

In Sweden, thousands of people have had microchips about the size of a grain of rice inserted into the fleshy part of their hands between the thumb and forefinger thus making their lives more convenient. Not only do they pay their bills with these chips, but they can also easily access their…

Monroe County voted 71 percent for Donald Trump, so perhaps the new Biden Administration will consider building one of its re-education camps for Trump supporters right here in Forsyth. You know, go where the people are, right?

This is the first report from the 2021 Legislative Session. Senator John Kennedy, Representative Robert Dickey and I will be submitting reports on a rotating basis during the session.

In case you’ve been asleep the past week, hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters held a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington DC. The rally ended about 1:15pm, the same time that Congress started counting electoral votes. Leaving the rally, several hundred protesters, along with infiltrate…

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic and the whole world got all weird and went into hiding. We are still living with the extraordinary inconveniences that have become a part of our daily routines. We are …

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.  

What a year. I made the decision to run another term on Sept. 29, 2019. I had been asked since the previous spring if I would run again and I told people then that I would decide on Sept. 29. It was my Dad’s birthday. Little did I know, it would be his last as I lost him this past April. Our…

The FBI has released statistics revealing the most dangerous cities in Georgia in 2020. Thank goodness Forsyth was not on their list. The most dangerous in city Georgia is just 40 miles up the road, East Point. Right adjacent to East Point number two is College Park. And number three Hapevil…

Has America lost the fear of the Lord?  I know that there are still God-fearing Christians in America, but I ask the question because I see a growing spiritual apathy and compromise of Godly principles that once made this nation great. When I was a kid we were taught about our Founding Fathe…

Our board of education and school superintendent need to explain to the public and parents why he did not---that is NOT----apply for the $3 milllion, that’s right $3 million, for career academy funds that were there for the asking.  Go back and read the headlined story----“Did BOE drop ball …

(To the tune “Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the first day of the New Year the media lied to me with a giant of a whopper fake story. On the second day of the New Year the media lied to me with two fake videos, and a giant of a whopper fake story. On the third day of the New Year the media li…

Although I retired at the end of 2020, having worked for the Reporter for decades has given me the opportunity to talk to many people every week. Topics have varied, but conversations with local citizens and business owners in 2020 had a common denominator. What is it you ask?  It may be som…

When we bought the Reporter in 2007, we didn’t just buy into a great community in Monroe County. We bought the services of a staff that was pretty darn good too.