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— Continued from last week: About the time Papa achieved the status of a successful landowner and farmer, he also became a partner in the Stevens & Huff Company in Sandy Cross and the Stevens Martin & Company in Carlton.

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I was in an Uber car in Chicago recently with my daughter, who was up there for a dance program, and I started asking the driver questions about himself. Sometimes I find myself in reporter mode outside of work settings. It entertains me to hear about other people’s lives.

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We planted some new roses this morning. They are placed in a brand new flower bed with no other plants. We were starting from scratch. That meant my husband and I, both type-A personalities, were destined for differing opinions on how to evenly space the plants. My husband is an “eyeball tes…

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Dear Editor: This past week, our commissioners rejected six citizens who volunteered for service on the land use planning steering committee, the citizen group that is to set the direction for our county land use planning efforts.

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I never knew my great-grandfather that everybody called Papa. In the Whitehead and Snelling families he was never referred to any other way. He died in 1951 when I was 9 months old. However, in a way I did know him more than most children know their great-grandfathers. It would not be possib…

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It’s easy to look up at the specks of light at night and yawn at them. But there’s a lot to think about if you choose.

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As I was walking through our yard this past weekend, the topic for this week’s article happened to slither right past me. Stretched out across the lawn was a large black snake. Just say the word and for a lot of people, shivers go up and down their spine. We are at once attracted and repelle…

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Dear Editor: Whether it’s the emissions from the main stack or the wastewater being, or going to be, discharged Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) is polluting our environment. Just because the pollutants their releasing are below the “allowable limit“ set by the Environmental Protection Division…

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Dear Editor: I was humbled once again by the community collaboration I witnessed last Thursday at our annual Back-to-School Rally. I saw school staff, church members, community groups and individuals working side-by-side to serve those in need. This collaboration is the very principle that t…

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I was born on April 23, 1950 in the, then new, hospital in Greensboro. I don’t know if it’s even open any more. I do know that it was closed for quite a while and I think it is now a personal care facility of some kind.

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Some want the easy paperback in one hand. They recline on a sofa with the light-weight novel of romance or murder — or some mixture of the two — transporting them from dull den to detective’s eyes.

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Dear Editor: The last issue of the Journal had articles, editorials and letters about the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones monument in Elberton (America's Stonehenge).

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Last week we vacationed at the beach. I admit, my activity of choice there is head down, nose in a book under an umbrella. This week, the wind swirled and gusted. One day, it bothered me like a pesky youngest child — distracting, annoying incessantly trying to gain my attention. My book page…

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Dear Editor: The murals surfacing in our cities from Hull to Comer and in between are a beautiful sight. They are welcoming, and celebrate our diversity. Contrast that with the fiasco created by our Madison County commissioners over the proposed abolishment of two planning and zoning commiss…

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One of the earlier columns was about Grandpa Gus’ oldest son, Uncle Pope and his business venture founding the Stevens, Martin & Company in Carlton.

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The Georgia Guidestones were a 42-year-old “who done it?” without the murder, just tons of granite raised into shapes like massive tablets followed by years of “who did this?” and “why?”

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My grandfather, who I called Joe-Daddy, was one of the most important and influential people in my early life. He was a partner in the Stevens Martin & Company in Carlton and a gentleman farmer, carrying on the tradition of Walter E. Whitehead, his father and my great-grandfather, who I …

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Dear Editor: It was a surprise when our daughter phoned the other morning to tell us that "something was going on" at the Georgia Guidestones. Later we learned that the Guidestones had been severely damaged by a bomb and because of the damage had to be demolished completely.

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Plant diseases are often a problem in the home garden, especially during warm, wet weather. Leaf spots, fruit blemishes, wilt, stunted or disfigured growth, and unusual colors can all be symptoms of diseases on vegetable plants. The cause of any plant distress can be narrowed down to two cat…

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When a player hit a foul ball, a souvenir contest was sure to ensue. I generally stayed out of it. There were French fries to consume that came in miniature Major League helmets, and there were professional ballplayers in front of me. But sometimes I watched the ball rise quickly out of Maco…

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Dear Editor: Many thanks to Peggy Perkins (LETTER: Vasectomies, 06/29/2022)! Everything gets dumped on women — by men. It's time they took some real responsibility by altering their own biology for a change. If men don't like that idea, then how about we women deny them the opportunity to ca…

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Information regarding the Madison County Charter School System’s budget process has been expressed as a concern. The goal is to provide clarification to ensure the transparency and integrity of our school system’s budget process.

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As I checked the U.S. Drought Monitor today, something jumped out at me, over 85% of the state of Georgia is labeled at abnormally dry or in moderate drought. Combine that with abnormally high temperatures and little to no rain in the forecast and that is a recipe for some serious weather co…

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Dear Editor: Georgia Republican candidates for state and federal office are pledging to ban abortion even in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Doesn’t matter that 68% of Georgia voters didn’t want Roe v. Wade overturned.

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My second great grandfather Whitehead was the Oglethorpe County engineer, surveyor and a county commissioner in the 1800s. He was born 193 years ago in 1829 somewhere in northern Oglethorpe County. His father is buried in the Whitehead — O’Kelly cemetery one mile south of where the Watson’s …

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One of the most difficult ancestors to learn anything about is Aunt Martha’s brother Fred Whitehead. He wasn’t everybody’s uncle but all the stories I heard about him referred to him as “Uncle Fred.” The earlier “cheese” article mentions him. What little we know about him was told and retold…

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Dear Editor: Many are saying, “We must do something to reduce the number of murders and mass shootings taking place in our country.” Indeed, something needs to be done. However, before we can know what must be done, we need to identify the source of the problem. The problem cannot be solved …

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Dear Editor: I am a long-time reader, and I do appreciate Mark Jenkins’ regular reports about his vigilant observations of the weather.

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Dear Editor: Good afternoon. Here is the new City of Hull's mural emulating different cultures of Hull`s community including the Madison County high school Red Raider baseball player, a woman simply sitting on a tractor, she`s not operating it. The flag of Puerto Rico which is the territory …

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Dear Editor: The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is to guide the process and direction of the comprehensive land use plan from the viewpoint of Madison County’s citizens. It is to be representative of the community, according to the introductory presentation made by Hall Consulting at …

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Sometimes being an Extension agent requires me to be a crime scene investigator. I typically get several calls annually from homeowners asking for help in identifying various holes in their landscapes. It’s a classic whodunit: you’ve got holes in your lawn and you need to find out who — or s…

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There were bare hands, fists and teeth at the most basic level, then rocks and pointy objects, then fire, poisons, and slingshots and bows and arrows, metal weaponry, then firearms, explosives, gasses. The evolution toward more efficient killing has always been part of humanity and always will be.

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Dear Editor: I would like to say thank you to the following churches and business for their generous support of our class of 2022 McKinney-Vento graduates: Anchor Church, Colbert First Baptist Church, Gordon's United Methodist Church, Meadow Baptist Church, Jones Chapel United Methodist Chur…

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Dear Editor: I am very unhappy about the permit to discharge wastewater. It is my understanding that the stream that the wastewater will flow into runs through our property, the same stream that I irrigate my garden from.

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The Stevens family in Georgia goes back seven generations from me to Joseph Stevens, who came to Oglethorpe County with his mother, Deborah (Johnson) Stevens, from Mecklenburg County, Virginia around 215 years ago; sometime prior to 1805. The first recorded deed we can find is his purchase o…

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I remember the quilt pallet my mom laid out for me on the floorboard for the seven-hour trip to Daytona. There were seven of us packed in the car, including my parents, my aunt and uncle, their son, and my baby sister.

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The Stevens and Whitehead families of Madison and Oglethorpe counties involved themselves in politics, to the extent they believed it necessary, in order to serve the community. My second great-grandfather, George Wiley Whitehead, was on the Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners when the …

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May 2022 continued the course of a drier weather pattern for our part of Georgia started back in mid-April.

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Dear Editor: To the parents and community members of Madison County. The members of the Madison County Board of Education and Superintendent, Michael Williams, would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for voting to continue the ESPLOST (one-cent education special purpose local opt…

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Sadly, on Friday, November 27, 2020, I was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of my close friend Turner Harris of Carlton. If you are old enough and from the northeast corner of the county, you know who I am talking about. He was the mail carrier for the 84-mile Carlton, Goose Pond, Vesta…

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Aquatic plants are natural and important components of the pond environment. Microscopic plants (algae) form the base of the aquatic food chain. Larger algae and plants provide habitat for fish and food organisms, and all plants produce oxygen as they photosynthesize during the daylight hour…

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When it comes to housing, I feel we’re on the other side of rope that was jerked on one end back in 2007-2008 and felt now 15 years later. We had one kind of crisis, and now we have its flip side, a different kind of crisis, but one connected to the first.

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Sadly, on Friday, November 27, 2020, I was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of my close friend Turner Harris of Carlton. If you are old enough and from the northeast corner of the county, you know who I am talking about. He was the mail carrier for the 84-mile Carlton, Goose Pond, Vesta…

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I saw a headline in Rolling Stone last week that read, “The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He’s a Mainstream Republican.” The headline did its job, and I clicked.

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Dear Editor: For the class of 2022, the best advice I can give is to run. It seems that every year when it is time for a new group of young graduates to enter the world, things are getting worse, with this year being no exception. But there is no need to go through the headlines. Everyone kn…

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The Madison County Charter School System has grown in so many ways over the past several years, not just in student numbers. We have opened a new high school, added an Early Learning Center, implemented a one-to-one technology initiative and are completing a new transportation facility. Duri…

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My great uncle George was the first child of Walter Everett Whitehead and Luna May Stevens (Grandpa Gus’ daughter). He died when he was only 50 in 1946, four years before I was born. There were many stories about him but the most prominent one was about his scholastic achievements. He gradua…

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May means it is time to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Harmony House Child Advocacy and Sexual Assault Center provides therapeutic services to alleged victims of child abuse and sexual assault. Here at Harmony House, mental health is a very important aspect of the care we give to o…

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If you were like me growing up around the farm, you couldn’t wait till you got old enough to have the responsibility of cutting the hay crop. Riding that tractor and mower, smelling that fresh mowed grass, knowing that the livestock were going to enjoy that hay when winter arrived. It became…

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There’s the sign with a medieval font that just says “Dentist” next to a small, white building in Monticello, which has always made me chuckle, because I don’t think medieval fonts are a good choice to advertise dentistry — makes me think of pliers and crude instruments. There’s the break in…

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Dear Editor: The Madison County Comprehensive Plan is being updated. The Comprehensive Plan is basically a road map for county leadership to use when making decisions about land use and development.

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Dear Editor: Primary elections give you, the voter, the opportunity to decide who from a pool of candidates should ultimately be nominated by the political party you align with to run in the general election.

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Dear Editor: Regarding Zach Mitcham's article "BOC hears about need for emergency shelter in county," I am so glad to know that this issue is being addressed and spearheaded by Hope Hill. It's part of the problem of affordable housing in Madison County.