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Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states except Wisconsin. The federal holiday is observed on November 11 or the weekday closest to November 11, if November 11 falls on a weekend. In most states, it is also observed on the weekday nearest to November 11. The holida…

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“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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As I promised last week, I contacted Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his observations on the presidential election. Not only is he considered one of this nation’s foremost political analyst…

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Something about the fall revives my soul and causes a quickening within me, something lively and joyful that the summer heat has almost killed. Just before that something is completely depleted by the raging heat of summer, that first cool night comes calling. This year the temperature dropp…

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A personal choice would usually lead to avoidance of such highly controversial topics as religion and politics as those discussions rarely conclude without having altered sometimes long-standing relationships. Oddly enough, this was the subject of a conversation in which a neighbor and I eng…

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Because this column runs across the state on different days of the week depending where you may happen to be, some of you will be reading this before Election Day, on that day or a day or two afterwards. Therefore, I am going to wait on responding to the results until we can all see them at …

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If I sent out a survey to determine how many local folks have had a close personal encounter with the infamous Surrency ghost or any other ghost for that matter, I’d bet that the results would be quite interesting. I’ve never gone looking for this vaporous being myself, nor do I intend to, b…

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With all that has been transpiring throughout the country and the world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla and be distracted from fundamental issues that are yet to be adequately addressed. To take a quick review of recent news headlines, one could easily ascertain that society appear…

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As you may have heard by now, a group of young men from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South and home to more Rhodes Scholars than a coon dog has fleas recently engaged in a scrum with a group of semi…

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While seated at the computer last week, I searched the internet for information relative to a specific topic. Coincidentally, an individual I’ll simply refer to as “James,” with whom I’d been associated a number of years ago phoned me Thursday afternoon. He then proceeded to explain how he’d…

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My friend and fellow bridge player, Jean Lewis, is leaving town, moving off to Augusta to live near her children. Saturday I was at her house loading books into my trunk - books she hauled down from her second floor and gave to me - wonderful books like Don’t bend over in the garden, Granny …

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I suspect we’d all be surprised to know the number of elderly people who live alone right now, trapped inside by COVID-19. I don’t know the number either, but the U.S. Census Bureau reported that twenty-eight percent of U.S. citizens over the age of 65 live alone - that’s about 11 million, a…

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I try not to write about whatever all the ponderous political pundits are pontificating about at the time. I am just not a “me too” kind of guy. But, I am going to have to make an exception this week and mention the recent presidential debate. To call it a debacle is being too kind. To the c…

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Saturday afternoon was so beautiful that I spent the most part of it outside. Temperatures hovered in the 70s and for the first time this year, Fall really made its presence felt. I’d even donned a sweater that morning when I took the dogs out to take care of their early morning canine busin…

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From the time we are born until we die, we must deal with rules. First our parents provide the rules. Very early in life those rules consist of things like don’t put that in your mouth and don’t pull the cat’s tail. Dirt is not for eating; give me that spoon. Later the rules change a bit. Do…

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I’d intended this as the topic of last week’s column but certain details couldn’t be disclosed as the investigation was just beginning.

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A terrible reality grasped the nation last Friday when reports told the airwaves that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality, had succumbed to her cancer battle. The heralded “firebrand” passed away at age 87 due to complications from metastatic cancer of th…

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I don’t know about you, but I find the political ads on television these days refreshing. At least we have something to look at beside ads for ambulance-chasing lawyers. (I try to find the silver lining in every cloud.)

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I’ve been in church much longer than I can remember, but Mama and Daddy told me stories of my early church attendance. It seems that they took me to a revival at Southside Baptist in Hazlehurst when I was about three years old. After the singing was finished, I changed from the angel child w…

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It’s often spoken during conversation, “Just give me a few minutes,” or “I’ll be there shortly” without people truly giving adequate weight to their statements.  In truth, not very many individuals seem to place a real value on time, whether it’s theirs or that of others.  This has become in…

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Last week I was out at Omega Cemetery, a beautiful place in my opinion, but I was disappointed to see that the grass desperately needs cutting. When I go out there, I always remember my Uncle Solomon and Aunt Stell, who gave me my plot. It’s one of the twelve original plots, and Aunt Stell, …

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Mama used to tell me that bad things come in threes and then they are gone. Not so, or not for me this weekend anyway. Saturday night I put a chicken in the crock pot so I could get up Sunday morning before Facebook church and make said fowl into a luscious pot pie. I wanted to sit and actua…