Throughout my nearly 20 years of working full-time in the newspaper industry, I have had the pleasure and privilege to cover several local and regional meetings. I believe it to be an honor to report back to local residents what takes place during these meetings. I have always tried my best …

I must confess that as smart as I am, there are a few things in this world I do not understand, such as the unsolved problem in fundamental physics as to whether gravity and the quantum can be made to coexist within the same theory. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a bit challenging for me as are …

Inflation fears are making headlines, and rightly so. The U.S. Labor Department reports year-over-year consumer prices rose 5 percent in May, the fastest rate in almost 13 years.

For a group that says it wants to increase healthcare access for all, the Biden administration has spent much of its early months in office trying to stymie reforms in Georgia.

I got some interesting mail this week. One was from someone who doesn’t read my column but didn’t like something I wrote and told me so.  That response reminded me of a 4-page letter I once got from the late Speaker of the House Tom Murphy when I said his political career was “toast” after h…

As another school year comes to an end Carrie and I usually, like many other parents, take an after school year photo and compare it to one taken at the start of school year. It is always amazing to see how much our daughters, Mattie, 9, and Makenzie (Kenzie), 6, have grown and changed.

Okay, enough is enough and I have had enough.  I have had to endure watching lawless thugs firebomb buildings and claiming we need to defund the police.  And another bunch of lawless thugs calling themselves “patriots” while inciting a riot in the United States Capitol.  And don’t forget a b…

Along with the gusher of spending from Washington, D.C., has come a debate about how to pay for it all. State lawmakers should listen carefully and act accordingly.

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The time has come for me to say see ya later  — never goodbye. That’s a mantra I learned from my daddy. If you’ve ever been a student in his science class or Sunday School, you’ve probably heard that one a time or two.

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I think something is wrong with the world. It is off kilter, half a bubble off plumb or discombobulated.

Being focused primarily on what happens in Georgia, it can be easy to miss important developments elsewhere. But when it comes to expanding educational options, other states keep rubbing it in my face.

I have a feeling that few of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are familiar with the English scientist Sir Isaac Newton, except that he was the guy who got conked on the head with an apple or maybe the one that invented the cookie with figs in it.

Numerous studies have identified poor communication as one of the top reasons for couple’s therapy, as well as one of the top reasons for divorce.

College students in Georgia got good news this past week, as the Board of Regents froze tuition and fees at the state’s public colleges and universities for the second year in a row. The news also helps explain why a popular national narrative about college costs and student debt is so wrong…

An interesting subplot in any legislative session involves the newcomers. Despite popular perception, “career politicians” aren’t very prevalent in the General Assembly: It’s a low-paying job with long hours and, increasingly, year-round demands. After a few terms, most members either seek h…

Despite their billion dollar balance sheets, large public corporations have the backbone of a jellyfish. Put enough pressure on them and they will fold like a tent. I offer into evidence S.B. 202, the voting rights bill passed by the General Assembly this past session and signed into law by …

As a parent, I’ve found I don’t particularly want my children to age anymore, but I am thankful they have grown out of, or matured past, some things.

Just as I was about to pick up my flugelhorn, the phone rang.  It was Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia.  He sounded concerned.  That’s not like Skeeter. Of course, he would never admit it. I have found that those in the tree stump rem…

The 2021 legislative session is over, and the most-discussed legislation concerned election reform. While dozens of these bills were introduced, only Senate Bill 202 cleared both chambers. Gov. Brian Kemp signed it into law March 25.

The community awards announcements may have been virtual again this year, but the Chamber of Commerce and other award selection committees certainly recognized the most deserving people. This year’s line up of our county’s finest includes some of the most dedicated, selfless and compassionat…

As we strive to cultivate Christian Community, we must also turn our focus to the sharpening and building up of our brethren.

We are winding down the first quarter of 2021 and I am holding my breath. After all, it was the first quarter of 2020 when the world as we know it became a world we didn’t know at all and one we are still trying to come to terms with.

Have you ever felt the need to pray, but didn’t know what to pray for? You may not have even had a particular need, but you felt like you should pray. That’s when I like to pray Scripture.

I am a Son of the South and proud of it.  Born here, raised here and, God willing, will be planted here.  The South is and always will be my home.

Spring is in the air.  You can feel it trying to break through the on and off again frosty mornings. Robins are out in droves and the dandelions are in full bloom beckoning the bees to come and pollinate them.  

Have you ever awoken with a song playing in your head? Or as you are going through your day, a song won’t get out of your mind? It may be a hymn, a song from church, or one you heard on the radio. Next time that happens, take a moment and listen to the words; it might be God singing over you.

There was a momentous occasion in my family last week – one that just seemed to make the world wobble and the ground seem squishy under my feet.

In the midst of the cacophony over election reform, vaccination policy, sports betting, Trump’s grumps harrumphs and another unconscionable private school voucher scheme, a piece of much-needed legislation is quietly winding its way through the legislative maze this session and maybe will fi…

My six-month-old baby girl squirms and giggles constantly. Avery’s feet are always moving, socks never on for long, and her hair is tousled from those antics. She keeps her daddy and me laughing which somehow makes this new level of exhaustion worth it.

As I was picking up our Graceland passes, I was charmed to see a small boy dressed in a white, silver-studded Elvis jumpsuit, step up, with his parents, to the window beside me.

Will the events of the past year, including the pandemic, prove to be the spark that ignites a rural revival?

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