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Vernon Jones talks about running for governor

Strong opinions begat strong reactions. I recently begatted a strong opinion about Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones and he begatted a strong reaction right back ... Read more

How does our garden grow?

Like sunflowers that turn their blowsy blooms from east to west following the sun so do the weeds and pesky vines in our yard and ... Read more

Not chosen?

My mama was obsessed. Every little perfect ruffle, every little dainty element, every little button fastened just so. Perfect, all of it was perfect. I ... Read more

Why did the Callaway House cross the street?

BY:  Evan Kutzler Most Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) meetings in Americus are noncontroversial. A homeowner wants a porch railing or a businessperson wants a new ... Read more

Billy Proctor’s Appeal

By:  Evan Kutzler On December 1, 1854, Billy Proctor asked a powerful enslaver to purchase him. “Sir,” Proctor wrote, “As my owner, Mr. Chapman[,] ... Read more

Dad is ‘King of the Hill’ Sunday

Leila Case My father Gustave Beauregard Sisson of Atlanta was the kindest, most courteous, generous and handsome man I’ve ever known. Sunday is Father’s Day ... Read more

When the best you can hope for is an umbrella

My process in writing these weekly editorials is a rather simple one. It starts with asking a few questions. What is my truth today? What ... Read more

One man’s trash is another’s treasure

By:  Leila Case One man’s trash is another’s treasure. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Junior Service League’s 2021 Attic Sale at the ... Read more


I started brewing storms when I was in the second grade. Storms are like great symphonies, they come in light and delightful, bringing with them ... Read more

Is Providence Canyon anything but a good example of bad behavior? Part 10 Running the Film Backwards

By:  Burt Carter The view from the top Now that you know what James Hutton inferred from his observations in Scotland, we can see how ... Read more

Graduation Day: 1990 v. 2021

It is 1990. I am in a black gown and cap. I am in an unairconditioned gym with a mural of a raider looking thing ... Read more

What Makes a Place Historic?

Evan A. Kutzler The National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Park Service, is one of the more misunderstood parts of the ... Read more

Stand By. Look Sharp.

We really live in a neat little village. Last Thursday we welcomed a sitting president to Sumter County. Why? Because he was visiting another president ... Read more

Is Anthony School Worth Mourning?

Evan Kutzler   The first time I stepped into Anthony School, the building was a ruin on its way to becoming a parking lot. Four ... Read more

Rise up, heart of mine! Rise up!

It is the early 80’s. It is Sunday evening. I am sitting in a pew. Maybe indigenous to all Methodists, but certainly to my little ... Read more


I am a proud Alpha Gamma Delta, initiated at the great Mercer University. Growing up I certainly learned what it meant to “love my neighbor,” ... Read more

Be the goat, my friend, be the goat

My best good friend, Fred, is in love with goats. Every breath they take she wants to experience. Every sound, every fun little gait, every ... Read more

Junior Service League offers start of something new for girls

Leila Case The Girl Scout program has been in existence since the organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah in 1912 and has ... Read more

Little altars everywhere!

I have a crown on my house. As much as I love architectural detail, I am completely stupid at calling those details by name. I ... Read more

It’s curtain time soon at historic Rylander Theatre

By: Leila Case The arts that include visiting museums and live entertainment are among the things I’ve missed most this past year so needless I’m ... Read more

Carved in Americus: One Confederate Ring

By:  Evan A. Kutzler An early visitor to the Confederate Museum (now the American Civil War Museum) in Richmond, Virginia, first entered a “Solid South” ... Read more

Loren Smith’s column on Covey Rise Plantation

CAMILLA – It would not require any genius to conclude that the name of this agribusiness enclave had to have been connected to a female ... Read more

What’s in a name?

From the courthouse folks come to our office, form in hand, requesting us to let the world know they have every intention of claiming a ... Read more

A word from Chief Mark Scott

Last month we published an article addressing the recent increase in gang related gun violence here in Americus and across the country.  Since that article ... Read more

Naming your Hallelujahs

I grew up on Upper River Road here in Americus. To go to town or to school I would ride past the home of Margot ... Read more

Ball Played As It Lies

I know little to nothing about golf. I know I like the idea of it. I know I like the people who play. I like ... Read more

Fueling Up: Early Filling Stations in Americus

By:  Evan A. Kutzler At least twice during the Great Depression, Charles Monroe Hale Jr. boarded a plane and, circling Americus, photographed the city ... Read more

The story of your perfectly ordinary face

I was walking the streets of downtown Americus looking for a story to be told. I had been promised one and sought it out. I ... Read more

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