We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

  • 0

Last week’s ruling by a superior court judge that recall efforts against two City of Hoschton officials can proceed was something of a shock. Seldom have judges in the state found “sufficient” reasons to let recall proceedings go forward.

  • 0

I was baseball crazy in the spring of 1966. The Braves of Milwaukee would soon begin their first season in Atlanta. Already, I knew their players, Felipe Alou, Hank Aaron, Rico Carty and Eddie Matthews. I had the season’s schedule cut out of the Atlanta newspaper with the first-ever Sunday d…

  • 0

Agnew Peacock was a rock of a man in his days of yore. The passing years, however, brought about a decline with his health that made him compatible with the notion that sometimes it is better to leave this sometimes discordant world than to remain with agony riding shotgun in your life.

  • 0

I was intrigued by a recent piece by Chris Stirewalt of Fox News on the background behind Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And I was reminded of how important a common set of virtues is to a functional society. In our country today, with its issues of violence, both verbal and physical and the seemingly…

  • 3

The death last week of Tommy Stephenson was the end of an era and the loss of one of Jackson County’s most enigmatic public officials of the last five decades.

  • 0

I was given various psychological and personality profile tests back in 1981, a requirement for all in-coming seminary students. The tests provided some good fodder for in-house humor among those of us who had left homes and jobs to study for ministry.

  • 0

The Ken Burns documentary about country music is akin to realizing early on in an unforgettable movie that you are immersed into something special — you don’t want it to end.

  • 0

A recurring theme running through America’s political debate for more than a decade (with a lot more smoke than light) is the issue of healthcare. Single payer, private healthcare, government versus private care, Obamacare, socialized medicine, free markets ...both sides claim to have exclus…

Newsletters

  • 0

The recent revelations about the Atlanta Public Schools superintendent and her contract not being renewed amply illustrates a big weakness of the state’s open meetings and open records laws.

  • 0

Dear Editor:  I am thankful for a newspaper which prints political opinions from different perspectives. Jim Kinney’s editorial opinion in the September 4 Jackson Herald gives an interesting insight into how Trump supporters think — I appreciate his sharing.

  • 0

Dear Editor: The Rome Statue which created the International Criminal Court provides the most recent and expansive list of specified criminal acts that may constitute crimes against humanity.

  • 0

Last month, I received an invitation to a reunion of our 1971 Gainesville Junior College basketball team. Sorry to say, but I had lost track with all but one of them since my wedding day in 1974.

  • 0

The heated rhetoric we endure daily from both sides of the aisle, perhaps a little historical perspective on the issues of tolerance and compassion would be helpful.

  • 0

A good book will often reveal vignettes, which are not necessarily connected with the main story. On a trip to Northern Ireland recently, I read a book about the “troubles” of the past in which 3,500 people lost their lives before peace came about: “Say Nothing,” is written by Patrick Radden…

  • 0

My current heroes are the protesters in Hong Kong. While the rest of the world is upside down from misplaced populism and a massive amount of propaganda, the protesters in Hong Kong are about the only people with clarity in our world today.

  • 0

I was 11 years old, and she was 13. She was friendly, quick to smile, showing her perfect white teeth. She learned my name, and I learned hers. For several weeks that summer she came in almost daily to my uncle’s store down in Middle Georgia. We always spoke to one another – by name.

  • 0

Dear Editor: The August 28 issue of The Jackson Herald had a discussion on the proposed 5G cell towers installations and the legislature's mandate that preempts local governments have any say in the matter.

  • 0

NEW YORK – Most trips here usually take place in December when a top coat is required which makes an early fall outing, allowing for use of a short-sleeved shirt, a welcomed option.

  • 0

The wrangling over a plan to bulldoze vineyards and a golf course to build townhomes in Chateau Elan is a fascinating story. It involves wealth, privilege, legal, social, economic, political and community issues all tied together in a complex narrative that, in some respects, reflects the br…

  • 0

If our society is to heal the divides we currently face, two things must happen. First we must begin to learn to listen and secondly, we must be willing to acknowledge not all of our opinions/positions are without error.

  • 0

For two years, James Fulton Foster remained in prison, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Charlie Drake, gunned down in his home. James Horace Wood and my father, Floyd G. Hoard, were his attorneys filing the appeals and pushing for a new trial, all in an effort to keep him alive.

  • 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This city of 669,000 plus, known as “Music City, USA,” has always had a “feel good” atmosphere. I have been coming here since the 50s and have always experienced a grand ole time.

  • 0

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and President Donald Trump all have something in common: All three have trotted out anti-Semitic rhetoric in recent weeks to further their own political agendas.

  • 0

Dear Editor:  Nowadays, someone would have to live under a rock not to know that a violent crime wave has Americans concerned about their safety. Voices of rage in the anti-gun movement would have us believe that gun manufacturers, licensed gun dealers, law-abiding gun owners and the NRA are…

  • 0

Recently, Chris Stirewalt of Fox News commented that after the 2018 election results, the Tea Party movement has lost its relevance.

  • 0

Seven weeks after Jefferson merchant Charles Drake was gunned down in his home, a visiting judge appointed Horace Wood and my father, Floyd Hoard, to defend James Fulton Foster, accused of Drake’s murder. They were given six days to prepare the case.

  • 0

Dear Editor:  I am not opposed to planned, sensible economic growth because I realize that type of growth will enhance our county, however planners should commence these types of studies before approving rezoning annexations of new subdivisions.

  • 0

James Fulton Foster was in the wrong place at the wrong time – yet again. A couple of years earlier, after drinking one beer – and maybe two – too many, he had driven a friend to commit a robbery. Foster, who claimed that he thought the friend was kidding, spent 14 months in a Florida chain …

  • 0

Foremost in many if not most Americans’ minds these past few days has been concern over the escalating gun violence that has taken so many innocent lives and rocked our news headlines recently.

  • 0

There once was a joke on the Georgia campus for those not of blue-blood up-bringing but with an interest in studying law: “You could never be admitted. No matter your grades, you don’t have enough ties to get into law school.”

  • 0

Dear Editor:  Two million American soldiers fought in WWII to defeat Nazism. Out of 140 million Americans, 16 million wore the uniform for our great country.

  • 0

Dear Editor: I cannot resist further critique of The Jackson Herald. Mike Buffington's recent editorial about standardized testing in Jackson County was informative, explanatory and provocative.

  • 0

A few weeks ago, I dreamed that it was the first day of school, and I was living in Jefferson again, but coaching football at Banks County High School.

  • 0

The political battle currently embraced by the left and their PR supporters in the media seems to include the “righteous” concept that diversity is the key to maximizing positive results.

  • 0

I was 40-years-old before I performed in something other than a church play, landing the role of Elwood P. Dowd in the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s production of Harvey.

  • 0

The Georgia General Assembly has spent many years carefully crafting legislation to establish and refine the laws regarding using and selling fireworks in Georgia. On behalf of my constituents who have reached out to me with questions about Georgia’s current firework laws, I would like to pr…

  • 0

CASTELLINA in CHIANTI, Italy – To allow you to become familiar with a signature wine tasting in the heart of Italy’s celebrated Chianti Classico region, we begin with verbiage from a flyer that we came in possession of while on a trip to North Palm Beach, Fla. several months ago:

  • 0

When I hear a speech and someone quotes a famous person, it typically doesn’t move me at all. I am usually moved by personal anecdote told with conviction, not some words of wisdom from long ago.

  • 0

Dear Editor: When Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy in 2015, entrenched politicians from both sides of the aisle almost split their sides with laughter.