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The world we now live in is known as “the new normal”. This means things that used to be accepted are no longer socially tolerated. Here is a list of things we may never see again even after the pandemic scare is over:

Some businesses have benefitted from COVID, among them veterinarians. With fearful people distancing from others, we’ve drawn closer to our pets. And we’ve been tending more to Fido’s various ailments than ever before.

There are a lot of you that are much smarter than I. So, I am turning to you to explain---printable---what is racist about Georgia’s recently passed voter law? All I have heard is the companies and sports league All-Star game that are boycotting Georgia because in their opinion the new voter…

This past weekend my sister-in-law sent me an email that said, “It knew it wasn’t my fault! Thank goodness for studies like this. Please read this short excerpt on forgetfulness and you will see why I feel so much better!”  So why does my sister-in-law feel vindicated?  Well, I will let you …

I’ll never forget it. It was March 2020. I was concerned about our country, our community and the panic I was seeing in friends and family. I had read that COVID was a mild virus for most people, especially if they’re younger and not obese. I had read that transmission was very uncommon outdoors. 

When I was a young squirt, around 14-years-old, thin, and beardless, and the eldest of six children, my position at the family table was to the right of my dad. He, of course, sat at the head of the table. I wasn’t sitting in the most comfortable seat in the house that’s for sure. If my old …

Late Friday night I was at my keyboard when I suddenly had a craving for one of those delicious Patty Melts they serve down at the Waffle House on Tift College Drive. Oh, and throw in a side order of hash browns with cheese, please. Scattered, smothered, and covered.

He may be beginning a new term as Monroe County commission chairman, but Greg Tapley appears to have the same priority as his first one: raising local sales taxes from 7 to 8 percent.

We hear a lot of local talk, reporting  and ballywhooping  how we are fast becoming a bedroom community to Bibb and Henry Counties. Subdivisions are being proposed and springing up all over the county where cow patties used to be the construction sites for June Bugs. We’ve got a lot going fo…

Last article I discussed background events as to why Georgia needs Senate Bill 202, Georgia’s new election integrity law. Specifically, I reviewed the recommendations made by the Commission on Federal Election Reform (CFER) in their 2005 report. The CFER made 87 recommendations designed to i…

A new AT&T cell phone tower is up on Hill Road, complete with a light on top to warn off airplanes flying out of Monroe County International Airport. 

One cold February night in 1967, a freak tornado tore up our little Oklahoma town and a freak blizzard hit the very next day, hampering cleanup efforts. It was a mess for weeks. Many times in my youth we would hear the loud Civil Defense warning sirens, and we’d scurry out the back door into…

Wow, seeing all the hysterics directed at Georgia for passing the recent Senate Bill 202 (aka Georgia’s Election Integrity Law) you’d think that in 2020 the Republicans stopped counting votes on election night, sent fellow Democrat observers home, pulled hidden boxes of ballots from under th…

A joke:  “If you want to be removed from our call list, press one. Your number has been added to our do not call list”. And my question is “why are you continuing to call me to tell me “Your auto warranty has expired. This is the last call before we discontinue call you”. That was seven calls ago.

From picking tobacco by hand up in North Carolina to designing and building movie sets in Hollywood to writing for a newspaper, I’ve put food on the table by doing whatever was necessary to survive. I’ve done practically every menial job known to man. From slopping hogs to shoveling their “f…

Don’t know when the Nancy Hanks last came through Forsyth but I do remember the many trips I took catching it headed to Atlanta and then back home. You see, my mother and I had unlimited passes on the train and just about once a month we would board in Tennille, ride to Terminal Station in A…

Our family just returned from a spring break trip to Mickey Mask World and I am proud to report that no fewer than 35 “cast members” ordered me to pull my “face covering” over my nose in three days in Orlando.

Sheriff Brad Freeman’s quote in last week’s front page story about a Forsyth City Councilman wanting an investigation into a county commissioner’s Facebook post is worth repeating: “We enforce criminal law, not hurt feelings”. That comment is one of the most classic I have ever heard from a …

Twenty years ago, the internet was largely a stationary technology that could only be accessed through a heavy, clunky box shoved beneath a desk, connected to a phone line that squeaked and squawked a series of high-pitched screeches as we logged in and waited patiently to hear those magical…

Have you noticed how many times we hear or read the word “warning”? Watch a commercial on TV about a new drug to treat a disease or serious health problem. The report is glowing until they casually warn you about the dangerous side effects–which could be suicidal thoughts, heart attack or de…

In the United States, Congress took a stab at introducing the metric system in 1975 with the Metric Conversion Act. The act said adopting the metric system would be strictly “voluntary.” There were no surprises when no one showed the desire to volunteer. The United Kingdom began switching ov…

At the last county commission meeting, one item on the agenda was the review of possible new procedures for conducting Planning and Zoning hearings that come before the commissioners. Both commissioner George Emami and county manager Jim Hedges thought it was a good idea to provide those com…

Cancel Culture! What is going on here? Do we now, the United States of America, have a new federal government office of the people’s house called “The Office of the Cancel Culture” printed on the door? Who created this new department? Who administers this department? Who is in charge of the …

Restaurant owners are a unique breed. Most are artists who most enjoy creating masterpieces in the kitchen. And then they also have to be riverboat gamblers who plunk down everything they own to chase their dream of being a successful restaurant owner. They must juggle ornery customers, over…

There was a time in my life when “The Dawn Of Aquarius” by the 5th Dimension was my most listened-to song. I even memorized the lyrics and was known to sing the loudest when it was played on the radio or just singing solo. 

People are in an uproar over toy potatoes, Dr. Seuss books, and pancake mix. Every day there’s something new added to the list of things I should or shouldn’t say. It’s hard to keep up and I’m starting to get a little confused. 

I love writing, but interruptions can break my train of thought. I love my husband and look forward to our time together, but asking him not to interrupt me when I’m writing is like asking the dog not to bark at the cat. He can stay in another room for only so long before he comes strolling …

Saturday Congress passed the Covid Relief Act, one of the worst pieces of legislation in our nation’s history. First, the name is a lie since only 9% goes to Covid relief. The other 91% of the $1.9 Trillion is pure “pork” that goes to everything and anything but Covid to include – illegals a…

Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River and until the statehood of Texas in 1845, it was the largest in the Union. Georgia has 159 counties, outranked only by Texas with 254. They say the reason our state has so many counties is that our Georgian forefathers reasoned no ma…

John Hayward of Breitbart News posted the following as a Twitter thread on Monday. I think it speaks very well to the situation in which we find ourselves and so I yield my column this week to Mr. Hayward:

The other day, I heard someone say, “Thank my lucky stars!” This expression got me to thinking about some common myths and superstitions that people have embraced for centuries. For example, are you “spooked” if a black cat crosses your path? At one time, people thought witches could transfo…

When you buy a home, sometimes after the check changes hands, you find surprises when you move in.

Why a little brown chicken crossed the road off exit 181 to live beneath a pear tree at the Rumble Road BP is still a mystery to all of us that knew and loved her. Sadly, she recently passed away, and in her memory, this is her story:

What a shocking sight! I was doing some work in my backyard and suddenly my attention was diverted by a scene I will never forget. First, 

Growing up, my heroes fell into three categories – historical figures, astronauts and test pilots, and professional athletes. Every year, many famous people die but only a few are heroes. I think we lose a part of our childhood whenever one of our heroes dies. With all the athletes and astro…