Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last week I published the names of Douglas County's black World War One soldiers and members from the Douglas County Red Cross auxiliary hoping families would contact me with pertinent information that could help with a possible future exhibit at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art.…

Sunday, September 24, 2017

On Sunday, Sept. 17, the Douglas County Sentinel published a letter to the editor from Jeremy Noonan, a former Douglas County School System (DCSS) employee and frequent critic of the school system. I would like to clarify some of the claims made by Mr. Noonan.

Known as "buyer's remorse," this is a person's sense of regret following a purchase, usually of an expensive item or a quick, spontaneous decision. Often this condition may not present itself until later in the evening or the following day. The good news is that most stores today have a no-h…

Sunday, September 17, 2017

At first, SpotMini may seem a strange for a dog. The two googly-eyes on SpotMini's extruding mechanical head do not readily convince. SpotMini's perceived neck doubles as an arm, which may be difficult for most to imagine. SpotMini weighs 65 pounds, is slightly over 21/2 feet tall, and can g…

It was somewhat comical, actually. Awaiting the start of an event in a large arena, a woman seated in the row immediately in front of me suddenly stood and began waving her hands and arms in an exaggerated manner. After a minute or two of her efforts to gain someone‚Äôs attention, she sat down…

DCSS has a bad habit of issuing misleading reports to the public on student achievement. The reports are misleading mainly due to what they conceal. High graduation rates were announced without telling us test scores were lower than the state across the board and that dubious online courses …

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Comedian Bill Dana related a story as Jose Jimenez, deep sea diver. He was on the ocean floor all alone, and coming at him from one direction was a huge shark, a large octopus from another direction, and a barracuda from yet another. "And then, something terrible happened: they went away, an…

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Among the longest words I have ever seen: hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. If you are still reading, then you likely are not plagued by this mental disorder. The 15-syllable word is the term used to identify persons who have an overwhelming fear of long words. Like symptoms associated w…

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Without a doubt I'd have to say that the murder of William K. Glover is Douglas County's longest standing unsolved cold case going all the way back to May 1893. Scanning the headlines during the days following the murder the words "diabolical, cowardly, and revolting" stand out describing th…

Those who suffer with odontophobia will find it ironic that the man who developed the electric chair, Alfred P. Southwick, was a dentist whose invention came soon after the patent for the dental chair, credited to Waldo Hanchett in 1848. While 75 percent of adults experience some degree of d…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Forty years ago two significant events were recorded in the annals of history. On Aug. 12, I was blessed to marry a beautiful young lady who has proved to be more than I could ever have imagined in a wife and companion. A few days later, Elvis Presley died. I have tried to convince myself th…

Sunday, August 13, 2017
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In early August 1891, one of the nation's political rock stars stopped in at the Piedmont Chautauqua in Lithia Springs to much acclaim. His name was John James Ingalls (1833-1900), and he had recently retired from the United States Senate following an 18-year career. It was reported the men …

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

It is not readily obvious from the headlines and newscasts, but Americans love to celebrate. We have parades at Easter, Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, and for college bowl games. We begin preparing to celebrate Christmas on Thanksgiving. Americans celebra…

Sunday, July 30, 2017

While it wasn't the oldest ferry that remained in operation well into the 20th century, the Gorman-Austell Ferry did operate until 1937 ferrying passengers, vehicles, and supplies across the river where the Highway 166 Bridge is today.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mr. Rogers had a way of fascinating children with his "Neighborhood of Make Believe" that included King Friday, Prince Tuesday, Daniel Tiger, Lady Fairchild, Anna Platypus, and other puppet characters. Did you know that Queen Sarah was named after his wife?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Douglas County Schools Superintendent Trent North announced Monday a new format for Board of Education meetings that will include a dedicated work session meeting and a voting meeting each month. The announcement is welcome news for many taxpayers who have for years wanted to see more transp…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Which is your favorite animal at the zoo? My wife and I experienced the zoo last week like never before -- without children! My perspiration was all from the heat of the day, and not because of riding kids on my shoulders and back, and holding them up at every exhibit to see the animals. Of …

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, July 09, 2017

I was cleaning up my office this week and ran across some old research I had regarding the William Stovall Zellars family out of Palmetto just down the road a piece. The first Zellars in his line who reached American shores was his grandfather, Jacob Zellars, a native of Germany who came to …

According to Kidzworld, shooting a hole in one is one of the hardest feats in sports. Acing a hole is a golfer's ultimate dream, which requires great skill and lots of luck. Generally speaking, the odds of hitting a making an ace are one in 15,000.

Monday, July 03, 2017

There has been controversy over where a new $5.6 million Senior Center should be built with commissioners in districts 1 (Henry Mitchell) and 2 (Kelly Robinson) representing the northern and eastern sides of the county advocating for a location next to a fire station in Lithia Springs. Distr…

Sunday, July 02, 2017

I have to admit I stopped keeping up with the school calendar once I left the classroom in 2007, so I'm always a little surprised when I suddenly start seeing legions of young people and wee ones when I'm out and about, but here we are ...

Last week I had the privilege of attending our church's global quadrennial conference held in Indianapolis. With organized churches in 162 world areas, nearly 20,000 representatives gathered from around the world for times of worship, fellowship, and administrative decisions that will guide …

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Last week my wife and I lived at our son's house while he and his wife were away on a trip. House sitting was the easy part; babysitting required a double dose of Wheaties every morning! With grandkids at ages 4 and 2, we had our work cut out for us.

Sunday, June 18, 2017
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I have fond memories of Saturday night when I was in high school and college. Often they were nights filled with drives into Atlanta to see what kind of trouble of the good kind I could find. Some of my regular haunts included dinner at the original Buckhead location of Longhorn's Steak wher…

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It has been said that a checkbook register gives a strong indication of a person's priorities and values in life. That would not necessarily have worked on me when I opened my first checking account as an adolescent. I took several types of math classes in high school, but personal finance w…

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Henry Lee Ward was not originally from this area having been born in Meriwether County in 1845. His connection to Douglas County began before the county's birth when he married Mary Elizabeth Conner in 1868. After the Civil War, he took up farming in the Villa Rica area of Douglas County whe…

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Would you mount your artwork on the ceiling? Would you dance away your terrors of the night rains? Would you sing your grocery list? Would you make a mural from thumbprints?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

According to the National Calendar Day website, there are over 1,500 "national days" to be celebrated, and every day is special. The cite boasts, "National Day Calendar" is the authoritative source for those fun, unusual and unique National Days. From our humble beginnings with National Popc…

Not too long ago I wrote about a request the Sentinel made to its readers in 1923 asking those who had moved away to send letters regarding their memories of Douglas County and Douglasville. Letters were sent and later a few of them were published in the paper. They provide interesting views…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It is an exciting time of year for many people. Teachers are counting the days with anticipation as the school year comes to a close. A friend told me that the two best days for boat owners are the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it. It may be similar for teachers whose favorite …

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Have you been to the new SunTrust Park yet for a Braves game? I've not waded into the crowds yet, but I've heard great things. Yes, I will admit to being one of those naysayers who was dumbstruck regarding the thought process behind tearing down or abandoning sports arenas within a decade or…

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Douglas County Hall of Fame is filled with notable people who are citizens or former citizens of Douglas County who have accomplished lives and who are recognized nationally for their achievements. This past Wednesday the newest inductee was announced at the annual Downtown Preservation …

The challenge of purchasing the annual Mother's Day gift lies with the buyer, not the seller, and not with the recipient. Reflecting back over the past, I cannot recall even one present my mom received on this special day that she did not like.