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This Thursday will be the 80th anniversary of D-Day. On the sixth of June 1944, over seventy-five thousand American soldiers, sailors, and airmen along with other allied troops landed on the beaches … more
Dear Representative Buddy Carter: Your appearance a couple of weeks ago before the Water, Wildlife and Fisheries subcommittee in Washington of which you are not a member but were allowed to … more
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to the City of Swainsboro, my forever hometown as we celebrate 200 years. A huge thank you to The Forest-Blade for making sure that I received a copy of this … more
Momma went to work after I started school. She was a beautician and took pride in making women look pretty. Now, getting a perm in your hair in those days meant getting a PERMANENT wave. It was an … more

Seventy-eight years ago, I stood curbside as a few floats circled the courthouse square. I had no comprehension of what this was or would become. I do not recall if SHS had a band at that time. I do … more
We are now unofficially into the summer season. Memorial Day weekend, they say, is the unofficial start of summer. In just a little over four months, you can start voting early for your next … more
If anyone in the governor’s office or Twin Pines LLC is listening, my open letter to Gov. Brian Kemp regarding the oxymoronic Environmental Protection Division’s consideration to allow drilling … more
We live in a world of miraculous innovation. The pace of change and advancement we have witnessed in just the last three decades has been astonishing. One of the most sweeping examples of this is how … more
Garfield didn’t’ have a stop light but did have a caution light. If you blinked your eyes once, you were out of the city limits headed to Millen. But if you decided to get a bottled coke at … more

This country, the greatest country on earth, the United States of America, is the champion of named holidays and official observances. Now, you might say, “Nope, not correct. Nepal has the most … more
Dear Governor: I know you have been busy signing or vetoing bills from the recent legislative session, so I have chosen not to disturb you. But now that you have all that behind you, I wonder if I … more
Here we are at the beginning of another summer where mosquitoes are big as buzzards waiting to bite me and snakes and other slithering creepy things are outside in the garden just waiting to “scare … more
William “Wild Bill” Tate came to the University of Georgia from a farm near Fairmount Georgia in the fall of 1920. He was a long-distance runner on the Georgia track team, and following … more
I am doing something I rarely, if ever, have done. I am going to rerun a previous column verbatim. Hans Trupp, of St. Simons, died last week. I wrote the following about him two years ago and I ask … more

Say it ain’t so! After reading Charles Schwabe’s column, the recent talk of a possible move for the city hall has me very concerned. I no longer live there, but still claim Swainsboro as my … more
There is a lot of conversation around town this week concerning the future of Swainsboro City Hall, or more precisely, the future of the building that houses City Hall. It appears that Mayor and city … more
When my weekly Blade arrives, I always check the obituaries. Often, I see a name that brings back many memories. I recognized the picture of ninety-one-year-old Melvin McDaniel before reading about … more
When the telephone rings, you know it is Skeeter Skates. It doesn’t just ring, it jumps up and down. Skeeter can do that to a phone. And to people, too. In case you are new to this space, … more
Dear Samuel Knox Wansley: Welcome! You are my seventh great-grandchild and the fourth male in my growing family tree. However, I suspect that is of little importance to you at this point. I have … more

At this time of year, my thoughts often drift back to my mixed emotions about the end of my school days at SHS. This was a difficult time for me because I had also lost my father. Was I ready for my … more
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