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Pastor’s viewpoint: Aug. 24, 2019

From the old French “poverte” or the modern French “pauvrete” or the Latin “paupertas” or the Anglo-Saxon “povert,” the English word “poverty” implies the lack ... Read more

Keith Wishum: In what direction are you drifting?

Once there was a little boy who lived in the country. For bathroom facilities, his family had to use an outhouse. The little boy hated ... Read more

Your opinion: Aug. 24, 2019

This is OUR back yard   As some of you may know, there are plans to build a large solar farm in eastern Sumter County. ... Read more

Dock Yarbrough: Is Hollywood’s impact on Georgia’s economy just more make-believe?

Hollywood is the land of make-believe, and nowhere is that make-believe more evident than in the film industry’s alleged impact on Georgia’s economy. That’s according ... Read more

Your opinion: Aug. 21, 2019

Celebration of a life filled with goodness, unity, love Those who attended the funeral service for Alton Shell at First Baptist Church, in Americus, were ... Read more

Leila S. Case: And the Panther memories live on

It was an exciting time in our lives and that of the entire community when the Americus High School (AHS) Panthers football team, led by ... Read more

Nancy M. Young: Aug. 17, 2019

Justice family member enjoys brief visit Sergio and Mary Katherine Justice Carrano were relocated to San Antonio, Texas, with the U.S. Army two days before the ... Read more

Joni Woolf: Simple breakfast breads to make now

Last weekend, while shopping at Food Lion in Americus, I saw a display of thin slices of country ham. Tempted, I bought. Not one package, ... Read more

Dick Yarbrough: Be careful what you root out of the family tree

When my momma was alive, she was a walking repository of our family’s history, not only hers but my dad’s as well. She could rattle ... Read more

Leila S. Case: How do we love the plants? Let’s count the flying insects

I’ve discussed pollinators in this space previously, beginning with the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, an effort to increase the declining population of the Monarch butterfly ... Read more

Bill Starr: Armadillos are amongst us

There is an old saying that if you can build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door; well, what if ... Read more

Nancy M. Young: August 10, 2019

Ellaville asks for help for injured city employee The City of Ellaville is asking citizens to pitch in and help a longtime employee who is ... Read more

Joni Woolf: Recipes from Cross Creek, Florida, 1942

“It is necessary to leave the impersonal highway, to step inside the rusty gate and close it behind. One is now inside the orange grove, ... Read more

Keith Wishum: He knows each of us

A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was rushed the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience in which ... Read more

Torrance Choates: It is cheaper to educate than to incarcerate

In this week’s column, I will be discussing the impact education could have on lowering the crime rate as well as improving workforce and economic ... Read more

Your opinion: August 10, 2019

Letter to Dick Yarbrough: Thanks again for your piece addressed to Georgia’s public school teachers and perhaps more so to the power brokers in our ... Read more

Dick Yarbrough: An open letter to Georgia public schoolteachers

Dear Georgia Public Schoolteachers: Unless I have miscalculated, I believe this is early August and you are already back at work. School in August? For ... Read more

Joni Woolf: Praise for the lowly pear

Mid-summer is gone, and as fall approaches, pears begin to fall to the ground. Seen in grocery stores all the time, pears are often considered ... Read more

Leila Case: The big yellow busses rumble once again

It’s the first week of August and the big yellow school busses are already rumbling down the road, transporting students on weekdays as another academic ... Read more

Pastor’s viewpoint: Aug. 3, 2019

The miracle of birth! Deoxyribonucleic acid was discovered in 1869, but it was not until February 28, 1953, that Watson and Crick discovered the double-helix ... Read more

Keith Wishum: Time fidgets

“Tempus Fidget” Richard Doebler calls it. Time doesn’t fly; it fidgets. The story is told of a farmer who decided one morning to plow his ... Read more

Nancy M. Young: July 31, 2019

Emerson Brinson crowded Baby Miss Schley-Sumter Forestry Queen Emerson Brinson is the reigning Baby Miss Schley-Sumter Forestry Queen. She recently competed in the State Forestry ... Read more

Dick Yarbrough: Some random thoughts on politics, other trivialities

I know he is a longtime reader of this space and should he be doing so this week, I want Sen. Johnny Isakson to know ... Read more

Joni Woolf: Chicken and vegetable fajitas … and more

When a food writer begins to run out of ideas, she finds herself in luck when a chef friend comes to visit — and leaves ... Read more

Keith Wishum: When I close my eyes ….

When I close my eyes, I can see it. My family has enjoyed going to Vogel State Park every summer for over 25 years. It’s ... Read more

Beth Alston: Sad farewells to two friends of the newspaper

Being in the newspaper business for so long, 34 years now, it’s rewarding to form longtime and meaningful relationships with people. Two of those relationships ... Read more

Torrance Choates: Letter from the superintendent

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our students, parents, faculty, staff, and community back to a new and exciting school year. As ... Read more

Leila Case: If it’s Tuesday we must be in …

Now let’s consult the itinerary. This is what Anne Barrett of Leslie, my daughter-in-law, and former resident Connie Wise of The Villages, Florida, said after ... Read more

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