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My mother’s old sewing machine sits in its dilapidated state in my back bedroom. The back layer of wood of the cabinet has started to peel from age. The old black pedal is worn silver where feet worked on it so many times. But if I open the top, pull the head out of its resting place, and si…

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I’ve had enough! Litter continues to plague this community and complaints seem to be falling on deaf ears. The trash on our city and county roadways is ridiculous. Daily we have to pick up empty cigerette packs, lottery tickets, food bags, cups, used face masks and more out of the yard here …

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The greater majority of people develop an “open box” view of the world at a relatively young age as they’re led to think, or actually told, the victories of life are theirs for the picking. It’s really unfortunate as those same individuals continue on the path to adulthood with a rather misa…

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Although it is tempting, there will be no New Year’s resolutions for this guy for 2022. At my stage in life, I don’t resolve stuff anymore. If I did, I would resolve not to lose weight. I would resolve to eat dessert first, starting with banana pudding. If I even thought about resolving to e…

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This morning I put my black-eyed peas on to cook and settled down at my computer to write a bit. A house full of family is not conducive to writing, even though I love having them here and want to spend time with them. When the grandsons fired up the new PS5 for a few games and the family ga…

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Only cookie crumbs collect in the cookie jars tonight. The last of the wrapping paper has been incinerated - the smiling Santas, the golden bells, the green wreaths decked with holly melted into the flames like snow when the sun comes out. The hambone from our Christmas feast has turned to s…

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This is a column I wish I didn’t have to write. It is about my friend, Johnny Isakson. You have seen, read and heard a lot about Georgia’s senior senator who passed away on Dec. 19 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76-years-old.

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Do you notice a problem with this picture? A reader sent this picture to us last week and this newspaper finds it very troubling. At the top of the stop sign, there should be a smaller sign identifying the road, correct? It is missing. People are either stealing road signs or heavy equipment…

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When I was a child, my father read me The Gingerbread Man until the book wore out, but more importantly, he told me his own gingerbread story.

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This column has become a Christmas tradition.  I share with you once again this year.  It is dedicated to the memory of my beloved wife and to all who believe.

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This is the season during each year when Christians and, oddly enough, non-believers alike (that’s another issue within itself) all embrace the concept of giving as dictated by the world’s observance of Jesus Christ’s birthday. Many subscribe to the ideology that, according to Acts 20:35 of …

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When I go to my Great Reward (hoping it is not before I finish this column), if I don’t qualify for the Pearly Gates, I will take St. Simons Island as my backup choice. It is, after all, heaven on earth. And, thankfully, there are people trying to keep it that way.

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As a child, I spent hours sitting on the bare wooden floor of my living room poring over the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue and writing a letter to Santa Claus. One particular Saturday morning, I clutched my stubby yellow pencil with the chewed-off eraser and printed carefully and slowly for le…

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City of Baxley Mayor Tim Varnadore proudly reported at a recent city council meeting that Baxley is growing and outpacing other towns in our area in growth. Mayor Varnadore stated that the 2020 Census numbers are out, and he stated that Baxley gained 542 citizens from 2010 to 2020. The total…

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I’m not exactly sure when my love affair with old luxury cars began. It could have been when Daddy bought the 1955 Cadillac. At the age of 16, I was ready to drive, couldn’t wait, actually, and Daddy put me behind the wheel of that big blue and white Caddie. I loved it. That car practically …

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I traveled to Brunswick a few weeks back to report on the Georgia State House and Senate’s Redistricting Public Hearing. The house and senate held meetings around the state to allow input and hear concerns from citizens and groups about the redistricting process.

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It was reported last week that U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended a total of 1,666,167 illegals at the southern border to date in 2021. This total breaks all records since the agency’s formation. In addition to this new record, almost 300,000 more illegals were stopped at points of e…

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A couple of weeks ago, my oldest son Calvin and his family came down from Atlanta to visit and to celebrate Jakey’s birthday. Jakey, his third son, was turning seventeen and needed one of my lemon layer cakes to properly mark the event. Errands kept me busy all morning. Among other things, I…

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From the earliest documented existence of mankind, as detailed in Genesis of the bible, man has been prone to engage in relationships. In fact, God himself recognized the fact that it is not good for man to be alone. He so embraced the concept of relationships among mankind the statement app…

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Classless. That is the only term I can use in a family newspaper to describe Donald Trump’s comments about the passing of Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who died from Covid-19 complications on Oct. 18.

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In the process of living, there’s one factor that quickly becomes apparent from the time of our earliest abilities to rationalize. It’s the understanding there will come the fateful day that everyone and everything will eventually need healing, repairing and/or replacing…from people to produ…

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, there is one thing that should unite one and all – how government spends your tax dollars.  In Georgia, the best way to know that is through the state’s Open Records law.

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I can’t remember the first time I saw the American flag rise over a football field or some other arena filled with people who rose as one body to salute it. I remember the feelings I experienced even as a child, and those feelings only intensified as I grew and matured. Many a time I watched…

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Our grapevine is loaded with muscadines this year, and every time I ride by on the lawn mower, I stop for a handful. The grass in that section of the yard gets more attention when the grapes are ripe. The velvet blackness of the grapes or the white gold tell of their ripeness. We have both w…

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It’s rather peculiar that during this period often referred to as the communication age, how little people are actually able to effectively communicate. In every type relationship whether it be romantic, friendly, professional, or otherwise, the demonstrated need for individuals to relay per…

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Is this number familiar? It should be. Have we already forgotten what we promised we’d never forget 20 years ago?

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Tuesday afternoon, I picked up my Google Pixel 5 phone to call Josh, and the screen said “Locked.” I’ve never put a password or pin on this phone since I bought it back in November of 2020.

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If you don’t know by now, I love my alma mater, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation.  I am a proud graduate and a past president of the national alumni association. I have a haughty-looking portrait hanging somewhere in my beloved Grady College of J…

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I had a COVID-19 test the other day even though I have been fully-vaccinated and wear my mask regularly in public.  I am sure to some of you that proves I am a liberal weenie commie who loves Nancy Pelosi, watches CNN and glows in the dark.  But I digress.

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Standing in line at a local department store, I noticed that the salesclerk was quite agitated. I’d never seen Miss Martha so ill-at-ease before. When my turn came to check out, I laid my shirt on the counter and said to her, “Miss Martha, you seem out-of-sorts today. Is something wrong?”

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Last week I campaigned for punctuality, and as I finished the article, I thought, “I’m not finished yet. I have a few more things to say about how to raise children.”

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“…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” - Abraham Lincoln

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“If I can bother to cook your dinner, you can manage to quit whatever you’re doing and come to the table on time,” Mama used to tell us. “You will be on time if you eat at my table.”

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A few days back, I helped my 16-year-old son get caught up on mowing here at the newspaper office. This has been his summer job, and I believe a good way to teach him some responsibility. As we prepared to mow, we had to spend time picking up trash that found its way to the yard here at the …

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It seems to me that in the last decade, people have been losing any trust they ever had in our government. Mind you, this was happening long before COVID whirled over from China and knocked the breath out of us - literally, for many. I don’t really know when this country started to shift alo…

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One last word about the 25th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games and then we will move on. Nostalgia is not one of my strong points but having been associated with such a high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime (for me) event makes it hard to not take a quick peek back, especially when I ke…

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During the past year and-a-half, the entire world has been caught in the clutches of one of the most devastating medical anomalies in recent history. The highly contagious and equally deadly COVID-19 virus has claimed more than one hundred ninety-four million, seven hundred fourteen thousand…

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Sunday at church, a friend stopped me in the hallway and said, “I want you to write an article for me. Entitle it ‘The trashiest people live in Appling County.’ I live out by the river and people throw out trash in my yard every single day of my life. I can clean up the yard at night, and by…

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The sky is dark today. I’m offended! That lady, excuse me, person, just looked at me the wrong way. I’m offended! The color orange offends me. I’m offended!

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As disclosed in last week’s opinion, our household has been caught in the grips of an on-going battle with the dreadful coronavirus for more than fourteen days. With Sandra quarantined in the back bedroom and only permitted to pass through the house when venturing outside for a natural dose …

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Editor’s note: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) took to the Senate Floor last week delivering a sobering speech explaining to Americans what is really going on with Washington’s out-of-control spending and the impact it is having on Americans. Below is his speech in its entirety and hope you will shar…

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A few years ago, my sister Sarah Nell and I attended what was destined to be the first of many estate sales. We both love them, even though they make me a bit sad. That first sale was in Hazlehurst and was organized and run by a professional group. Items were spread throughout the house with…

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This is a picture of the U.S. Debt Clock taken around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Take a few moments to study this information. Each of you now owe roughly $85,467.00, as of Monday, for this country’s debt. This amount includes everyone, including the blood sucking leeches who could work but choose…