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We need electricity to live. You wouldn’t be reading this right now if we didn’t have it. I couldn’t transmit this in print or on a screen without it.

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Much like last year, 2019 featured a wet summer that saved its greatest heat for late summer and early fall.

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Dear Editor: It is past time that we who are Christians awake and come together by faith to take positive, deliberate action so that we, our families, the church and our nation may be delivered from the strife that has enveloped our land. The deliverance we need can only come from God and wi…

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Dear Editor: The Madison Area Resource Team (MART)/ Family Connection would like to thank all those who contributed or assisted in any way to help make this year’s Back to School Supply Drive and Rally a big success, including: Action, Inc., Amerigroup, Anchor Bible Church, Julie Buffalo, Ca…

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Dear Editor: This letter is in response to an article by Margie Richards on Sept. 26. Normally, I do not read a lot of “feel-good” articles. Maybe I should start.

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For almost two years and nine months, the American people have been subjected to lies and distortions of facts from President Trump and his cronies in front of the TV cameras. To a large extent, they’ve been able to get away with that due to the reluctance, or lack of preparedness, by anchor…

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Dear Editor: The Madison County School System opened the Early Learning Center (ELC) in July 2019. This facility consists of six lottery-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms as well as two special needs preschool classrooms. The Early Learning Center is proud to be the gateway learning experie…

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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.

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We are caught up in the endless drama over Trump. And it’s hard not to be. But there’s also a bigger picture to consider: Where are we headed in terms of executive power in the United States? This question is more important than we seem to realize. It will extend beyond Donald Trump.

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Don’t sink everything in one pile. That advice holds true in many aspects of life, right? Don’t eat just one kind of food. Don’t talk about just one subject with your friends (they’ll avoid you). Don’t invest in just one company. They may go bankrupt.

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Losing a best friend is like losing a family member. Death is so abrupt and leaves one with such emptiness. You reflect on the happy times you remember when there was never any resignation that there would be an eternal separation. You are always aware that finality eventually comes about, b…

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In the roughly 48-hour window from when I finished my column for the Sept. 25 edition of this newspaper to the time it hit the stands, the Trump-Ukraine scandal escalated more rapidly than I would have ever thought and now has the president in serious trouble. His presidency is in more jeopa…

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Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York made an interesting statement over the weekend when she tweeted, “At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior — it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.”

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After working full-time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed to me from time to time about the future of print media.

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On a recent vacation to Boston, my wife and I were walking through the neighborhood of Roslindale, where we were staying, to a commuter train station to head into the city. Along the way, we came across a yard sign in three different languages — English, Spanish and Arabic — that read, “No m…

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Any time I start to write about an issue these days, I hit a familiar emotional brick wall. I recognize that no matter how fired up I am on a particular topic, and no matter my effort to make a few sound points, I am going to reach the finish line feeling some version of “what’s the point?”

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It’s been a long time since I was a high school student. While I realize in the grand scheme of things 30 years is not the longest amount of time in the world, it has been more than three decades now since I was roaming the halls of my high school as a student.

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I have lost and grieved for many pets over the years; it’s part of the price you pay when you have animals that share your life and your home. They become family.

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We are off to a fast and exciting start to another school year here in Madison County. I am blessed to work in a great school system with outstanding people. There is a lot of planning and preparation that takes place before the year starts, and I want to thank the staff, students, and paren…

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Even though we had our share of hot weather at times, the summer of 2019 will go down as a wet, but fairly pleasant, summer, as far as Georgia summers go.

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Maybe gardening is your hobby, or woodworking, or tinkering with a car, or making clothes or jewelry, or cooking. Anything that keeps your mind engaged is worthwhile, isn’t it? We all like different things.

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If I were hooked up to an imaging machine, then different parts of my brain would surely light up when driving in the country versus the city. I’ve been driving in Atlanta a lot recently and thinking about the vast mental disparity between a trip on I-285 and a drive on any Madison County ba…

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Dear Editor: I write in support of Margie Richards and her clear-eyed assessment of the poor quality of GOP leadership as represented by Donald Trump.

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Have you ever noticed that we seem to have policy topic fevers? Something pops up as a crisis, then it goes away, even though the actual issue was never really resolved. We just worry for a little bit as a society, then we move to the new worry as it grips our fears.

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“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (1 John 4:20-21)

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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.

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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.

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Georgia’s education Milestones test results were recently released for our local schools. Elsewhere in this edition, we’ve published a story about those results, which are compilation of end-of-course and end-of-year tests.

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If you like heat and humidity then this past July was for you. If you like night-time thunderstorms with blinding rain and vivid lightning then this past July was also for you.

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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:

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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.

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You already know you can check out books and movies at your local library, and by now you probably also know about some other cool things you can check out: passes for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Michael C. Carlos Museum , the Go Fish Georgia Edu…

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I sometimes wonder if anyone really reads the stories we work so hard to write and to “get right” before we put our byline at the top of them. Folks will ask questions or make a comment that is entirely contradictory to what was written on a subject, or, conversely, they’ll bring up somethin…