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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
What would your answer be if someone asked you to name the greatest resource we have here in Emanuel County? Would you say it’s the thousands of acres of beautiful, green, marketable forests, or … more
This past week, thousands of people from all around the world, spent millions and millions of dollars to make the pilgrimage to Augusta to kneel at the holy grail of golf, eighteen holes of heaven, … more
As of this writing, the opportunity to express your opinion to Georgia’s Environmental Protec-tion Division about their decision to issue draft permits for Alabama-based Twin Pines Miner-als to … more

We came as total strangers. Local folks had no idea of our background, education, or finan-cial status. They went out of their way to welcome us to town. The “money pit” we had pur-chased at … more
They say how glorious Heaven is going to be, streets paved with pure gold, and walls of Jasper adorned with precious stones are just a few things that will be pleasing to our earthly eyes. Spiritual … more
It may seem completely unrelatable for most of the younger crowd, but way back in the day, there was a popular TV commercial that claimed Chiffon margarine was so good and buttery, it could even fool … more
Let’s face it. We’re a blessed people. Not only do we have the oldest state-chartered university in the nation with two recent National Football Championships and 27 Rhodes Scholars (but who’s … more
In 1973, I was convinced by two friends from college that the three of us needed to have a deeper and more personal understanding of what our homeland was all about. It is a big country, after all, … more

My boss and mentor at Southern Bell, Jasper Dorsey, taught me a lot about the business world. He also taught me a lot about the world beyond business. One of his precepts was that we have an … more
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