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When I was a small child I remember my parents both accompanying me to the old Danielsville Elementary (now the county complex) and waiting in a line to get the oral polio vaccine and the small pox bifurcated needle vaccine on my upper arm. My daddy didn’t like crowds and rarely went anywher…

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I agree with Mr. Gary Harvin. Very good opinion, Mr. Harvin. It seems that the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission is just another layer of bureaucracy. Private companies would do a better job, because if they don’t they go out of business.

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When you’re going on a trip, the day you travel to your destination is always very tiring. I had been up very early, traveling to the Atlanta airport and finding my way to the correct gate in the international terminal. 

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It’s been 25 years or so since I first stayed at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Proclaimed as the South’s Grand Hotel, I have since stayed a couple of dozen times, at least.

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We sit on the balcony of a high-rise, beachfront condo for about a week once a year. It’s vacation. We get in the water, eat seafood, enjoy the sun. When I have moments alone on that balcony, I can’t help but look out at the ocean and think about life and time and all sorts of big-picture things.

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Dear Editor: As a new resident to Madison County in June of 2019, I have decided to slow my land surveying business down from a regional company to a local company. With this needed slowdown, my wife Stephanie and I have had a chance to get involved in local issues and the direction of our c…

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From the moment that George Elliott stopped in for a bite at the Dawsonville Pool Room in the mid-1970s and told the joint’s owner, Gordon Pirkle, that the Elliott family was going to take a run at NASCAR, Pirkle was fully on board.

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It will likely take years to unpack the final days of the Trump presidency and understand the full weight of the Jan. 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol that sought to thwart our democratic process. But if we don’t take the necessary steps to do so, the risk of a future successful coup will be…

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Forget Superman or Aquaman. There are people in the world with a real-life superpower, those who basically don’t forget anything. It’s called “Hyperthymesia,” which is a condition that leads people to remember an abnormally large number of their life experiences in vivid detail. Only about 6…

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Bermudagrass decline is a term that broadly describes the gradual thinning and sometimes the outright loss of pasture grass stands over time. The term is broad because the problem is often linked to several different causes. These primary causes are often exacerbated by extreme environmental…

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As an Extension agent, I see a lot of insects. People leave jars of them on my desk, send me photos, call me out to their gardens to identify them and give control recommendations.

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To halfway understand Gordon Pirkle — no one will ever fully understand any mountain man — you must first look at the rocky, dusty, thirsty ground that helped raised him.

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I’ve been a fan of the poet, Robert Frost, for a long time. The other day I came across one of my favorites, “The Road Not Taken,” and for the first time I thought about it from a spiritual perspective.

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The worst kept secret the last 10 years and a fortnight or two was the un-retreating rumor that The Varsity in Athens would be closing, but nobody knew exactly when the curtain would fall.

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At the time, I was in way over my head. Pleasingly, though, I was oblivious to that so I just kept sputtering along, doing the best I could. And it was working.

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I put my phone in my purse when I went on a short ride. Once I got home, I immediately looked at my phone. My daughter-in-law, Casey, had called and Facetimed me several times. That was so unusual; she knows I will call her back as soon as possible. On that particular day, she really needed …

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I laid back on a big, mossy rock and felt the falling water on my feet. A woman was taking pictures of the waterfall, and I wondered if my rapidly graying self was in the way of the pretty nature shot. I don’t think I’d make a good addition to Watson Mill wall photos or screen savers.

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Dear Editor: “If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible” (guilty) Leviticus 5:1 NIV.

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I have recently received numerous calls about problems with tomato plants. This time of the year we typically see issues start to arise in our flourishing gardens. Two of the most common problems are leaf spots and blossom end rot.

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In a statement to the Barrow County Board of Education last week, Kenny Lumpkin — who the board ultimately selected over six other candidates to fill the vacant District 1 seat — said providing the children of the community a quality education should be “politics-free.”

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We all come to a crossroads in our lives at one time or another. Most likely there is an easy road and there is a road that seems much more difficult. The flesh may call us to take the easy way, but not so fast. God may be taking us through the fire to refine us as gold.  We should weigh our…

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Last week, my husband Charles and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary. It seems like a long time, but in some ways it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. We were such kids when we married and you might say we grew up together. It’s been quite a journey, one that I hope is far from over.

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Dear Editor: On May 26, I had a health problem at the Bread Basket in Colbert. Shortly after, an ambulance arrived with paramedics and they were wonderful, as well as some customers who helped also.

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The aliens-visit-earth talk, well, that doesn’t do much for me. Ancient Aliens on the History Channel? Nope, I want actual history programming. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very interested in space, but the speculation of UFOs from other worlds, terrible probes and Roswell, doesn’t entertain me v…

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Dear Editor: There is a transportation bill in Congress making available $138 million for Georgia projects upon request by our U.S. representatives. The 9th and 10th districts, however, will not be receiving funding for roads, bridges and other projects our districts need because U.S. Reps A…