Sunday, November 20, 2016

Every now and then I like to provide a snapshot regarding the news Douglas County citizens were reading at various stops along our historical timeline. This week I'm focused on November 1919. Though it had been one year since the end of World War I certain aspects of the war were still in th…

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Sunday, November 06, 2016

The current U.S. presidential campaigns have certainly stirred the emotions of the American people. Accusations and scandals are in the headlines constantly. Truth seems to be obscured, and both of the main parties have had their share of embarrassing moments. The candidates, their staff and…

Moonshining in this area goes back to a time before Douglas County existed and even precedes old Campbell County, but don't worry I'm not going to try and provide a history of moonshining in this area in one column. The subject is just too broad, but I do want to provide an examination of on…

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Earlier this year, we urged voters to pass a new Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) to provide money to improve conditions for our children and their teachers, and voters did so overwhelmingly on March 1.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween is tomorrow! It wasn't that long ago those words would send me into a frenzy trying to make sure both of our children had "the" perfect costumes they wanted, the treats had been delivered to their respective schools, the Mister had been reminded a dozen times to get the pumpkin car…

Seated in a waiting area recently, I overheard a conversation taking place between a customer and the receptionist. She had asked him how he enjoyed the cruise, and he spent the next few minutes comparing his experience to a previous tour he had enjoyed. Apparently this one did not quite liv…

The law and order party has attempted to purge voter rolls, scare voters, and pass state laws to suppress the vote. There are three constitutional amendments that prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, and age. Instead of the rank and file Republicans demanding the party cease and de…

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"There is no good music written after Artie Shaw," was what a jazz musician friend of mine used to sigh. "There is no good music anymore after the Beatles" bemoaned another friend who is only slightly more open-minded. Any of you feel this way? Fail to understand the allure of rap and hip-hop?

Dressing up like a football player was not only an expression of a dream, but it was a costume that was readily available. I loved playing football as a kid, and I had all the right equipment: shoulder pads, helmet, and all. I do remember my older brothers making a costume for me out of a pi…

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016

It was a show for the ages, simply titled, "The Edsel Show." The program won the 'Look' magazine TV Award for 'Best Musical Show' and was nominated for an Emmy as the "Best Single Program of the Year." The CBS feature was also boasted to be the first entertainment program to be recorded on v…

Saturday, October 08, 2016

We are so fortunate here in Douglas County to have access to a few institutes of higher learning. These satellite campuses are great not only for students just out of high school but non-traditional students as well.

Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of Hurricane Matthew, a storm that reached Category 4 and brought havoc across the Caribbean and Southeastern United States. Haiti was an early target of Matthew, bringing 145 mph winds and torrential rains that destroyed more than 3,200 homes, dis…

Saturday, October 01, 2016
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While I’m often amazed at the way Douglas County has changed over the last 146 years, I am equally amazed at how much we have in common with citizens from the past.

Their names many not be immediately recognized, but Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls, going over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. They came out of the feat with only minor injuries — and an arrest! They were fined for breakin…

Saturday, September 24, 2016

There is an old adage among woodworkers that serves as a timesaver: measure twice, cut once. It has also been suggested that measuring once will result in cutting twice! Are you a measurer or an estimator?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This past week as I wrote this column, the date Sept. 15th flashed at me from the bottom-right corner of my computer screen. This prompted me to remember we are entering into an anniversary period here in Douglas County and the surrounding area — a seventh anniversary of the devastating 2009 flood.

The Oreo cookie was introduced in 1912. No changes were made at all until 1975 when Nabisco introduced a new Oreo cookie — Double Stuff. Do you understand what that means? First of all, the original cookie stood on its own for 63 years!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I was scrolling through some 1874 newspapers from various locations the other night. I might scroll through two to three hundred stories at a time with only one or two that intrigue me enough to investigate further, but the words “murdered by zebra” and “Campbell County” stopped me in my tracks.

USA’s Brian Shaw is the reigning world champion, hoping to achieve back-to-back titles and his fourth career victory. His sport is the World’s Strongest Man competition, an international circuit league that continues throughout the year. While the sport does involve strategy, technique, and …

Saturday, September 03, 2016
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Jefferson Howard Land lived a long life from 1842 to 1926 – a little over eight decades. You can find his tombstone over at the cemetery at New Canaan Baptist Church in Dallas, Georgia. He was a Confederate veteran, and he farmed a little late in life in Lithia Springs. Without a little digg…

I'm a pushover when it comes to knick-knacks. Many examples are displayed around my office. A few years ago my children gave me a clock with a golfer on it. He holds a putter and, at the push of a button, little lights indicate the movement of the golf ball and a voice says, "In the hole!" T…

Saturday, August 27, 2016

In November 1888 folks in Atlanta were saying, “Floyd Cheney, FFV, general freight and passenger agent of the Bowden Lithia Short Line, all around deadbeat, and lessee of the healing waters that gush from the bosom of the earth at Salt Springs, Georgia — Floyd Cheney, where have you gone?”

I once heard a story of a man, whose extended business meeting put him behind schedule, thus jeopardizing his arrival at the airport before his flight departed. Hailing a cab, he scurried into the back seat and exclaimed, “I’m in a hurry! Drive as fast as you can!” A few minutes later he loo…

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Though I’ve been “of age” for 36 years I’ve never served on a jury. I have been called once, but was told to go home after sitting in a holding room for an hour or so. I would really like to sit on a grand jury, but that “invitation” that so many seem to dread has never come my way.

Our USA Olympic athletes are truly racking up the medals! They are setting new records and reaching historical marks across the gamut of events in the pool, on the track, across the highways, on the court, in the field, out on the shooting range, in the ring, on the mat, on the beach, and wa…

Friday, August 19, 2016

In response to the opinion piece by state Rep. Micah Gravley in Wednesday's Sentinel headlined "Second Amendment rights are at stake," these talking points are just rehashed and repeated over and over to make the case that the NRA is promoting. The NRA is contributing to the election coffers…

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016

There’s millions in it! That was the title of an 1875 newspaper article from New Orleans, Louisiana, referring to a gold discovery in Douglas County.

It was a blessing for me growing up in the same town as most of the relatives on both sides of our family. Besides the traditional holiday gatherings, we visited with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents several times throughout the year. We share great memories of fun times together,…

Friday, August 12, 2016

Siegfried Woldhek is a cartoonist who has drawn over 1100 faces for publication in newspaper comics. So, he is more intimate with the features and dimensions of human faces than most people.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

“What we need in education is a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivational perspective — from a psychological perspective." — Angela Lee Duckworth

You have heard it, and likely have said it yourself: it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings. The original use of the phrase has been attributed to sports journalist Ralph Carpenter in 1976, referring to a surprising comeback by the Texas Tech men’s basketball team to tie the game. Someone sai…

Here’s a ten dollar word for you — pedestrianization. Online dictionaries explain the meaning as “the removal of vehicular traffic from city streets.” Ponder this further and certain buzz words come to mind — walkability, pedestrian-friendly, and walkable city.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Panama, the Mossack Fonseca Group (MF Group) officially provides legal and trust services to corporations. According to The Guardian, it is the fourth largest "offshore law firm" in the world.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Stars, by nature, are thought of as bright beacons of light in the night sky. Easily visible when it becomes dark outside, many are able to be seen even through the light pollution of bustling metropolitan areas. When it is cloudy out and the stars are not visible alongside the moon, there s…