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Account of close calls in Iraq

Born in Macon, Covington resident Eurey Hooper grew up in Byron, and joined the Army reserves at 18 years old.

September 11, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


4-H’ers honored at annual banquet

If you compare the photos side by side, you'll spot differences between those first 4-H winners back in 1905 and those of today.

September 08, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Dragon*Con brings out the kid in us all

Traffic came to a screeching halt in downtown Atlanta Saturday morning as a group of oddly dressed heroes took to the streets. No, this was not a scene from the latest "Avengers" movie. Instead, it was the annual Dragon*Con costume parade, the pinnacle event for the ever popular pop culture convention.

September 01, 2012 | Tyler Smith | News Columnists


Giving the agrarian way

Why don't we forget how much money they make and ask how much they give?

September 01, 2012 | By Roger Hines | News Columnists


Lasting 4-H connections

One of my 4-H'ers said that she has attended school with the same people for 12 years.

September 01, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Blakeslee: Breaking through brick walls

What are brick walls in the genealogy world? Are you at one today? As family researchers we all hit a brick wall at one time or another. Brick walls are when we come to a point in our research where we are stuck, can't go any further, having tried everything. What do we do about breaking through that brick wall?

Let's explore a few options:

August 30, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | News Columnists


Mecca: Pilot tells of narrow escape

Continued from last Wednesday's, Aug. 22 edition "From Ga. Tech to bombing Germany."

August 28, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


Remembering WWII veteran Gerald Hipps

Columnist and veteran Pete Mecca attended the funeral of World War II veteran Gerald Hipps and wrote some thoughts about the service and the man he interviewed in-depth previously.

August 27, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


My Mother and The Match

Mother: "It's been three months now. I think you should go on The Match."

August 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | News Columnists


Tech trends: How to be a news junkie

I love news. I particularly love following breaking news. And thanks to the Internet, getting my breaking news fix is fairly easy. With a few programs and a few websites up on your computer, you have your own personal breaking news battlestation. You're now ready to not only consume news, but also help share and disseminate news.

August 16, 2012 | William Brawley | News Columnists


Yarbrough: Thanks to you, speaker may unload gravy train

Are you sitting down, dear reader? House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has announced that he will propose a full ban on gifts from lizard-loafered lobbyists in the next session.

August 16, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | News Columnists


Morgan: Can’t stop the calendar

It's August, as you've noticed, and there are a couple of birthdays at our house, mine and our Border collie Sonny who'll be five years old (35 in dog years) on Aug. 17. It's not necessary for the purpose of this column to divulge my age, but I've got plenty of high school classmates in town who will. I'm not at the point yet when I want to stop acknowledging birthdays, but many people, and I know some, ultimately reach that conclusion. I respect their decision and may do the same one day, but ...

August 16, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | News Columnists


Blakeslee: A resources checklist

Now that you know the basics for starting your genealogy search, let's learn what resources are available to you and whether you checked everything.

August 11, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | News Columnists


Kimble: 4-H kicks off another year

I have a nomination for Georgia Public Radio's "Atlanta Sounds" segment: the sound of new 4-H'ers reciting the 4-H pledge for the first time.

August 11, 2012 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Mecca: From bat boy to the Tet Offensive

Conyers resident Mike Morris fought house to house in the Chinese Cholon District of Saigon during the infamous Tet Offensive of '68. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized), 25th Infantry Division as a rifleman, Morris' normal operational area was Cu Chi, also known as "Hells Half Acre." Yet all he could think about was playing second base.

August 07, 2012 | Pete Mecca | News Columnists


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