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I work at Foothills Education Charter High School a few nights a week. I recently called the mother of a student to tell her that we had selected her son to give the welcome and introduction at a virtual graduation ceremony coming up in December. She was silent for a few minutes and, when sh…

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It's been a year like we have never experienced before. A time of wearing masks in public, working from home, attending zoom meetings and worrying about whether we are going to get sick or not. Some people stayed at home for months. Some are still staying at home. It's been a time of fear an…

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I sat outside at a drive-in theater in East Tennessee Saturday night as the sun set and the temperature began to get cooler. I pulled out a blanket and settled into the outdoor chair I brought with me.

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“When the atomic bomb went off, everything in the trench was light. There were no shadows and there was crackling like electricity, the flash, then loud noise and out of the corner of my eyes, large boulders and dust went flying by, overhead tremendous wind. After a while, they sounded all c…

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Winter Annuals are a great tool used by many to extend the number of days cattle are able to graze throughout the year and cut down on the amount of hay needed. Rye, wheat, oats, and annual ryegrass are all common options that are utilized to gain some pasture efficiency.

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On Thursday, August 20, Miracle Bishop, 20, Gainesville, filed a report with the Habersham County Sheriff's Office in reference to an incident that had occurred in the area of Alto/Mud Creek Road earlier that day.

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Regis Philbin, who died last week at the age 88, was remembered Friday on the morning show that he started in 1983 and retired from in 2011.

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My mother and I are once again on the road stopping at farm markets, both large and small to purchase local produce, as well as jams and jellies and honey, and get a stamp in our passport from the Georgia Farm Bureau.

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I am sure that everyone that has ever turned on the news in the past four or so months is sick of hearing about how deadly COVID-19 is, how people are so irresponsible, and how we must keep six foot spacing at all times. This group of people would include me, and I can speak for everyone els…

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Dear Editor: Are you feeling weary of this way of living like I am? I really miss my Silver Sneaker classes and that flexibility and aerobic exercise that knocks back my aging issues. I miss seeing those people. I like zooming my church worship and Sunday school classes, but the sound on zoo…

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A parade of young men and women passed by East Jackson Elementary School Thursday evening in a graduation parade as I stood in front snapping photos.

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Staff members began excitedly telling the man in the wheelchair that his family members were coming around the corner. The thin man with the red T-shirt held both hands in the air, waving them, and smiling big as the car passed by with those inside waving back at him and shouting hello to him.

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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a time when teachers are usually recognized with a special breakfast or treat at school. That won’t be the case this year as teachers walked out of their classrooms in March with no idea that they would not be back this school year.

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I showed up for the meeting with my hair in a tight bun on the top of my head. It might have been a few days since I had washed my hair. I didn’t have on any makeup and I had on a T-shirt with pancake syrup dribbled on the top of it.

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Dear Editor: “I ain’t lettin’ Government tell me what to do!” Someone posted on Facebook that he wasn’t going to abide by any government coronavirus regulations recommending social distancing and hand washing because he is an independent American! Shouts of liberty erupted in praise of his stance.

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This spring marks 35 years that I have been in the newspaper business. It’s really been longer than that if you count the years that I was on the high school newspaper staff or the years I roamed the neighborhood collecting the community news to put in the family newsletter that I wrote, typ…

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If you are a resident of the Classic City of Athens and an impassioned Bulldog fan, chances are you know all there is to know about Georgia and its championship teams along with the signature achievements of a plethora of accomplished athletes, past and present.

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The following is personal, but I don’t mind sharing it with any who might be a companion with the aging process. It has to do with heartburn. That is what I heard acid reflux called when I was down on the farm. (In fact, owning to my provincial background, I first thought it was, “acid reflex.”)

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I rarely wear my hair up in public but decided to go with a messy bun on Friday. With natural curly hair, you don’t have a lot of options with hair anyway. It usually does whatever it wants to do. No cute long pony tail swishing around or two long braids going down my back.

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Last week, the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee met to discuss Senate Bill 280, which would prohibit the distribution of certain plastic bags. Plastic shopping bags have become the standard in many U.S. grocery stores. As such, they have also become a major pollutant in our …

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Saturday mornings were always our favorite part of the week while growing up. Saturdays brought many things to our agenda for the day. Cartoons came on Saturday mornings only. That meant you got up at 7 a.m. to begin with Scooby Doo and end at 10 a.m. with Looney Tunes. We would be glued to …

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Giving and giving back are very personal. Some of the wealthiest people in the world are often moved to write big checks while others take a “not so fast” stance.

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Dear Editor: I read the article about the Chimney Oaks Golf Course suing the City of Homer. This is really bad form on the part of the Golf Course - but all the owners care about is making more money. Not very Community minded, I would say. They know that the City of Homer cannot afford a pr…

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND – When you take respite at a comfortable venue where the host is hospitable and qualifies as a fluent raconteur, there is a lift that makes your day which makes you eager for the next day but mindful that a long weekend is not long enough to spend with especial friends.

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DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND – The focal point of my most recent trip to Georgia’s arresting and seductive Golden Isles, is a stretch of beach, maybe the length of two football fields, more or less, where gnarled and weathered tree trunks and skeletal-like limbs attract visitors from dista…

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You likely are familiar with the term, “playing the cards you are dealt.” That is what one must do in life. If you are dealt a bad hand, you move forward, nonetheless. Make the best of it.

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Keep Banks County Beautiful is giving away free Willow Oak seedlings at the Banks County Library on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10:30 a.m. until they are gone. This is a "first come, first served" situation. We will have approximately 50 trees to give away.

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NEW ORLEANS – After Atlanta, my home turf, the first major city I got to know well was New Orleans, which has a variety of pronunciations and nicknames. “New Or-leans” is commonplace as is New “Or-lee-uns.” Doesn’t matter how you say it, a party image comes sauntering to the forefront of you…

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In 1978, with the help of a friend at the Augusta National Golf Club, I was approved for a credential to cover the Open championship, the first tournament in history of the game of golf, which was also the first golfing major and for years the sole tournament in the sport.

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NEW YORK – You likely agree, if you have reached that station in life, that grandchildren are not overrated. While, I didn’t originate that assessment—it came from a pretty friend Suzanne Chastain—I succumb passionately to that notion.

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A school teacher can never be rich except from fulfillment of helping a kid find his or her way. Few educators vacation on the Riviera, at Pebble Beach, Costa Del Sol or Bora Bora. For most of them, a corner room at a modest hotel at Destin or Hilton Head will do. Financial reward is not cen…

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I drove to Athens to check out a sale that I go to every year. I thought I might find a few stocking stuffers for the family. I have been to this sale several years and I always find something.

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Dear Editor: Many of our residents are members, or have been, of Christian Churches. We claim to lead our lives with the teachings of Jesus as our compass, the basis of our morality. However, I hear more quotes from Old Testament law to support positions held against abortion, against LGBT r…

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LAGRANGE – This has always been an inviting town, laid back but not passive, down home but not without an appreciation for sophisticated ambience, accompanied by an accent on culture and the arts.