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Jeffares: Week 7 from under the Gold Dome

We are now at the point in the session where legislation originating in the Senate must be passed favorably out of Senate committees, or it ...

February 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Bouchillon: What SPLOST is and isn't good for

There are some expenditures just too large to include in a General Fund budget. The cost of maintaining and improving the roads is one example ...

February 26, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | OPINION


Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: A good week for education at the Capitol

The pace certainly picked up this week as the House passed many bills. I'll highlight the most meaningful below.

February 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… Teachers are the keys to building the future of our community

February brings the first recognitions for those graduating from High School. You may have read in the past few weeks that various athletes in our ...

February 26, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Parson: Time to start thinking about planing the garden

Winter at the farm is for shorter workdays, maintenance, fruit tree planting, and conferences! Since the last time I wrote, there haven't been many ...

February 26, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture


Owens: Showing true hospitality

One of the proudest parts of my life after being a husband, father and pastor is being an educator. I currently serve as a physical ...

February 26, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar ...

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Week six under the Gold Dome

We are officially halfway through the 2017 legislative session and now have 8 days left to introduce legislation in the Senate and 20 days left ...

February 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Pace: What Should I Give Up This Year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we ...

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can ...

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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The Power of a Christmas Wish

Have you ever thought about what you might remember years from now about the Christmas we have just celebrated? I hope it will be something that makes you feel good as you recall the Christmas of 2014. Every year we spend hours looking for the perfect gift for friends and family. But most of the time it is not the gift that really matters. It is the spirit it is given in.

January 03, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Challenge yourself with your New Year resolutions

Have you ever thought of the challenge many of us take on every new year? It is the tradition of making resolutions for the year we are about to enter. The calendar we live with turns the page for a new year on Jan. 1. Have you ever thought that almost always the world we face on Jan. 1 is the same one we left on Dec. 31? But the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions is a reminder that though the world might not change, we can change some things about our own lives.

December 30, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


HAPPINESS = HEALTHINESS

When the excitement of Christmas has worn off, we look to the renewal of the New Year. We reflect on the past and hope for the future. We look for opportunity to change…ourselves.

December 27, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Our thoughts: 365 days later

We think it's safe to say that for most people, 2014 was not the best of years. For those of you that it has been good for, we are pleased for you and hope 2015 is even better.

December 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Social Circle dominates after first loss

The Social Circle High School wrestling team took its undefeated record to the "Quad at the Rock" dual tournament at Rockdale High School December 19. SCHS lost for the first time all year 31-34 to Chattahoochee High School in its first match of the tournament. Despite the initial loss, the Redskins won their remaining two matches 72-6 over Berkmar and 47-21 over host Rockdale. The night ended with Chattahoochee winning the tournament and Social Circle finishing in second place.

December 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss's house?

December 20, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Have you ever thought

As Christmas fast approaches, you will see in some yards and on the back of some cars a sign or decal exhorting passerby to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

December 19, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that's going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

December 19, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | Health


Springfield Baptist food giveaway Dec. 16-19

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

December 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


Redskins runner- up in Panther Invitational

Last year Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team won the Panther Invitational with Jefferson as runner-up. This year Jefferson won the two day event, at Jackson County High School with the Redskins finishing in second place. The Panther Invitational is a traditional tournament loaded with talented wrestling programs from all over the state including South Carolina (25 teams).

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Japan looks back

Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II - no war criminals at all, thank you - and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country's use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

December 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Lassiter: Receiving additional social security benefits

This article was drafted during the Thanksgiving holidays and on returning home, I noticed that many of these suggestions are in the January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Although all of this information is readily available in my profession, I feel that it's proper to cite this publication.

December 13, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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