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A few years ago, I was asked to introduce Sonny Perdue at a fundraiser in Emanuel County. He was running for Governor as a Republican against then-Governor Roy Barnes, a long-time, dyed in the … more
No one took the time to tell Dolly Dupree she was not a famous racehorse, but rather a common mule who pulled a plow from 9 til 5 behind her owner, Cleotis Johnson, each workday. Dolly and Cleotis, … more
I arrived on campus at the University of Georgia in 1968, 3 years after Coach Dooley got there. It was a big deal to a 17-year-old from Swainsboro, Georgia. After my parents deposited me and all my … more
by DWIGHT WATT Answer: Emails that are sent that have lots of visible email addresses are valuable on the dark web and to phishers and spammers. Emails get forwarded to different people and the … more

Do you remember a little game we played in grammar school and birthday parties? It was called “tongue twister”. We would form a long line and the person at the beginning of the line would whisper … more
Each tick of the clock shattered the silence of the old musty hall. The dark, aged oak-paneled walls held tangled secrets of intrigue, deception, and betrayal. Footsteps grew louder and all at once … more
If you had the opportunity to speak with a typical Russian family about how the current war with Ukraine has impacted their lives, what would you want to ask them? I may very well have that … more
Now more than ever, our lives are filled with choices. Even without realizing it, every choice we make affects our present and future. I really hate having to make some choices but, in some … more
It seems like a lifetime ago and in some ways it was. It has been 17 years this week since I was in Iraq with the men and women of Georgia's 48th Brigade Combat Team. Even today, it is an experience … more

A ”Rite of Fall” for Swainsboro takes place this week. If you lived your childhood growing up in Emanuel County, chances are you learned that the month of October was a very special time. You … more
By Darby Gates All along your roadways, especially out in the quiet, slow countryside, you will see these bursts of yellow sprays that, unless you know what you're looking for, just look like … more
by JEAN SCHWABE People in the South love to tell stories. I guess everybody in the USA does. Generally, people around the country are, for the most part, pretty much the same, I guess. You might … more
This is a quiz to determine if you walked around the square as I did in my past Halloweens. First of all, do not be afraid to admit, you share the fifties decade with me. Did you go trick or … more
It only lasted three and a half years, but Christ's message or sermons have withstood the test of time. Great empires have fallen. The Roman and Greek empires have vanished and left only remnants of … more

I just learned that I have been passed over for the Nobel Prize for Literature once again. Bummer. And that crowd over in Stockholm didn’t even have the courtesy to pick up the phone and call me … more
I have met a number of folks recently who migrated from across the Mason-You-Know-What-Line and have settled in the Great State of Georgia. We enjoy each other’s company but there is a bit of a … more
Emanuel County can be proud every day that this is one place that puts a high value on the commitment and devotion of our military veterans. The men and women who have raised their hand, taken the … more
I hear so many senior citizens say, “Age is just a number.” And if they are right, just look what a number it has played on us! Walmart has trouble keeping their shelves stocked with arthritis … more
What is the first thing you do every morning? Life is always filled with things we feel we need to get done. In prioritizing our tasks or "to do list", it's about doing important things first. … more

I recall a BellSouth officer's conference years ago where we spent several days wrestling with the problems we were facing in the marketplace. At one point, one of my colleagues said with … more
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