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Kimble: 4-H’ers wrap up Christmas service projects

"There's nothing to eat. There's nothing to drink," said Darien DeBrule, according to his mother, Kenlyn Patterson.

December 15, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Local paves the way for women vets

Rockdale resident Irene Burquest facilitated the role of women in the military serving as a recruiter and publicity guru during World War II with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp - WAAC (later called WAC). When asked why she joined, Burquest said, "Well, it was the right thing to do." Then she grinned before admitting, "And I wanted to be where the boys are."

December 11, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


4-H’er gives the gift of fairness, generosity

We can count how many books a youth donated or how many hours they cleaned up a riverbed.

December 04, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Italian and proud of it

Peter's father, Leonardo, was born on March 13, 1863. Leonardo's future wife Anna Maria, was born on June 29, 1868. Both of Peter's parents came from the small poverty-stricken mountain top village identified as Avigliano, Italy. Seeking a better opportunity for themselves and the 11 children Leonardo and Anna Maria would procreate, they sailed on a boat to the United States of America. The baby of the family, Peter, was born on Feb. 27, 1907 in a coal mining community on the outskirts of Scranton, Pa., a little town called Dunmore.

December 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Part 2: Prisoner of war Oglesby makes it home

This is the second part in a two-part series profiling World War II veteran Nicholas Oglesby who flew a B-29 Superfortress which bombed targets in Japan, Manchuria and Japanese-controlled cities in China. The first part of this story can be found here.

November 27, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Kimble: Help local families this Christmas

'Tis the week for shopping.

November 17, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Relying on ‘Thumper’

Australian troops in Vietnam referred to the weapon as the "Wombat Gun." The American boys, most likely movie alumni of Walt Disney's "Bambi," nicknamed the weapon "Thumper" for making much the same hollow sound as the cute fictional rabbit thumping the ground with its left hind foot. Other nicknames included Thump-Gun, Bloop Tube and Blooper. Regardless of nickname, the soldiers who carrier the single-shot, break-action, shoulder-fired M79 grenade launcher were all called Grenadiers.

November 01, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Part 2: Harris pilots bombers to keep world peace

Read the first part of this story online here.

October 23, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Blakeslee: The imminent closing of Ga. Archives

For 19 weeks now you have been learning with me how to research your family's history. Have you caught the bug yet?

Let's just do a quick recap of the many beginning steps needed in family researching:

October 04, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | News Columnists


British pilot trains, teaches in Georgia

During World War II the British media grumbled, "The trouble with Yanks is that they're over-paid, over-sexed, and over here." One good turn deserves another. British pilots trained in America but unlike their American counterparts, they were under-paid, welcomed here, and not criticized for what comes naturally - not too often, anyway.

October 02, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


4-H’ers on target with firearm safety

On my trip to Australia, I traveled with a scrapbook of 4-H'ers favorites.

October 02, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Supe's Corner: Charter schools, challenges and update on budget

In this edition of "Supe's Corner," I will dicuss the constitutional amendment on state-created charter schools within local school systems, school visits and school challeneges and an update on the budget.

October 02, 2012 | Gary Mathews | News Columnists


Burgess: Social Circle’s kissing camel

When I first learned that someone in our community had a pet camel, I was skeptical. After all, Social Circle is not a desert - and we don't have any sand except at the Social Circle Ace Home Center where we can purchase a load or two for our gardens. But, it turned out to be true.

Cheryl and Jim Waters, who have 10 acres of mostly pasture surrounding their home in Social Circle, do indeed have a pet camel. His name is Gobi - a 7-foot, 1,200-pound enormous bundle of mischief and love.

September 29, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists


What does integrating technology mean?

The Newton County School System has outlined three strategies it expects every teacher to use in their classroom. The strategies are: using research-based instruction strategies building background knowledge and integrating technology. These three strategies have proven to be successful in improving student achievement. This month's topic of discussion is integrating technology, and what it means to integrate technology.

Several years ago while talking to a group of administrators from another county, I asked the following question: What does integrating technology mean? The reason this question is important is because there are several levels of integrating technology; and if a ...

September 29, 2012 | Gary Shattuck NCSS Technology director | News Columnists


Medal of Honor recipient’s heroic tale

Roy Benavidez was born in 1935 near Cuero, Texas to poverty-stricken sharecroppers of Mexican and Yaqui Indian ancestry. Both parents died of tuberculosis before his eighth birthday. He and his younger brother Roger, along with eight cousins, were raised by their grandfather, an aunt and uncle, in El Campo.

September 18, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


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