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I hope you enjoyed your cool start to the summer. June was tied for the ninth coolest summer out of the last 38 years of records for Madison County.

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Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and thanks to all who supported the campaign to rid our state of the burning of creosote-treated wood products. Without the emails to legislators, support, signatures on our petitions, and the likes and shares on o…

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Dear Editor: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, d…

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Dear Editor: Thank goodness for Representative Tommy Benton, who had the intelligence to see a so called “hate crime“ bill for what it really is and the guts to vote against it. Anybody with any brains at all knows that this law will only be applied one way. Too bad our caving governor can’t…

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Dear Editor:  I am writing this article in response to the current racial strife brought to the forefront after the world witnessed the demise of George Floyd at the hands of the police.

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My feelings about The Madison County Journal’s founder, Frank Gillispie, who died in 2019, are not simple. When I remember him, I think of small-town journalism. I also think of the South and the narratives we accept or deny. I think of the Confederacy and how it seems to live with many peop…

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My feelings about this paper’s founder, Frank Gillispie, who died in 2019, are not simple. When I remember him, I think of small-town journalism. I also think of the South and the narratives we accept or deny. I think of the Confederacy and how it seems to live with many people long after its time.

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A friend lamented the other day of the losses of her youth, which included a firm jawline and hair color which didn’t require a monthly touch-up.

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ATHENS — If you were to bump into a lady named Jenny Tucker Brinkley at Earth Fare, grabbing a healthy snack for lunch, or at the Five and Ten, where she often goes for a fulfilling dining experience, you would likely think this pretty woman to be a sophisticate who would be about as far fro…

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June is always a monumental month for me. It always has been. It’s the month my Daddy was born and the month my parents celebrated their anniversary.

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The Georgia General Assembly adjourned Sine Die Friday, June 26. Overall, members of both chambers introduced over 1,000 bills and close to 1,400 resolutions. Of the introduced pieces of legislation, more than 40 Senate Bills and Resolutions received final passage this week. I am proud of al…

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Dear Editor: Thank you to all of the residents, elected and appointed officials of Madison County who joined together in the effort to stop the burning of carcinogenic railroad ties at the GRP biomass plant near Colbert. Our hard and diligent work paid off when the bill, to ban the burning o…

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Dear Editor: On June 25, the Georgia Senate voted unanimously to pass HB 857. The vote was 48 yeas’ to 0 nays. HB 857 made it to the Senate for this vote because on March 12th the Georgia House members voted unanimously in favor of HB 857. The vote was 163 yeas’ to 0 nays. HB 857 is a bill t…

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Dear Editor: Congratulations to Madison County High School graduates. I was disappointed to see no masks on any adults at the ceremony in the photos highlighting this life event. This gives the impression that adults aren't aware or don't value public safety as demonstrated by wearing masks …

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A handwritten card arrived the other day. As I pulled out the small, beige card, I noticed that it had a Johnny Cash stamp on it.

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Dear Editor: I would like to take this time and thank you for turning out to voice your opinion in the June 9 election. We had a very successful election day and that is because of you the voter as well as our poll workers. Congratulations to the winners and for those candidates that didn’t …

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In times of stress, it’s sometimes pleasant to think back on simple joys, like how little pieces of cardboard brought such joy to my life for a few years.

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As a conversation about race relations in America has been renewed across the country in recent weeks, many Americans have been willing to confront and talk about our nation’s complicated past and some of its ugliest chapters, as well as systemic issues that remain in effect today.

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The Senate has officially reconvened after suspending in March to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. State legislators are excited to be back to pass legislation that is important to you and a balanced budget. As we head back to the Capitol, several steps have to been taken to ensure a safe re…

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Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes are one of the great joys of summer. However, sometimes diseases, pests and/or environmental stresses get in the way of our tomato harvests. I have already gotten several calls and visits about problems with tomato plants. Below are some common issues and potenti…

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Hello. My name is Shee Paw. I am 18 years old and a senior at Madison County High School. I was born in Thailand in Mae La Refugee Camp. I am the oldest of six children. I was 5 years old when my family left the camp and resettled in America. My language and my people are called Karen.

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Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to thank The Madison County Journal for their excellence in reporting on the local issues that so affect the lives and pocketbooks of Madison County citizens. How would citizens know what decisions our county officials are making on our behalf if it were…

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Game of Thrones warned that “Winter is coming.” These days, that foreboding message sticks with me, but I change the season to “Fall is coming.”

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Dear Editor: Our all Republican, all white board of commissioners has really raised our taxes in recent years. Led by the nose by State Senator Frank Ginn, (AKA IDA director) they have brought us one dirty, new industry. Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) burns railroad ties, spewing out carcinog…

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Dear Editor: It’s been just over two months since the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announced the first positive case of COVID-19 in Athens-Clarke County and since the first COVID-19 patients were admitted to our hospital at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.

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Dear Editor: The agenda published in The Madison County Journal for the Tuesday, May 26 IDA meeting listed a modification of the IDA’s GEFA loan. I had some important information for the IDA members, part of which concerned the principal balance of the GEFA loan.