Sunday, May 07, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017

It was a Sunday in early August 1958 when two Douglasville officers — J.C. Hix and John Self — noticed a strange car parked at the Lucky Star Café, a known landmark at that time between downtown Douglasville and the old cotton mill.

If you do not know where you are going, you will not know when you arrive. Goals provide purpose, direction, and motivation. Often small (or short-term) goals lead to the achievement of a greater goal. Reaching a goal should be celebrated, and then embellished or replaced. Ideally, the goal …

Wednesday, April 26, 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…

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Coming off of a double shift workday at 11 p.m., I was looking forward to my 30-minute motorcycle ride home in the late night air. In those days of my youth I could pull a double shift and still be ready for work the next morning — and I could ride a motorcycle!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Can you name a song with a color in its title? How many can you name without researching it? I managed 36 song titles, and certainly there are many more that could be found. It surprised me recently to read that there are approximately 10 million colors that the human eye can distinguish!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Through the course of my research regarding the resort era of Salt Springs/Lithia Springs from the mid-1880s to 1912, I've run across many interesting stories, some have proven true and some have not. I've also been introduced to a great cast of characters who made the wondrous Bowden Lithia…

Have you ever wondered why it's called "March Madness?" It is one of a few nicknames for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament that determines a national champion for the season. The event features 63 games over the course of two weeks.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Being a pastor has afforded me many opportunities to preach or attend funerals over the years. While these occasions provide some truly interesting stories, one common theme connecting them all is the goodness of the deceased remembered by family and friends.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

World War I began in 1914, and for most of the war the United States remained on the sidelines even with the sinking of the British ocean liner "Lusitania" in May 1915 resulting in the loss of 128 Americans. In fact, President Woodrow Wilson was re-elected in 1916 using the campaign slogan, …

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sheriff A .S. Baggett, (Alfred Seawright) served the citizens of Douglas County from 1911 to 1932, a period of over 20 years ranking him as the sheriff who served the longest. He also holds the record for most election victories, since terms were formerly two years instead of the present number.

If someone pays you using a three-cent piece, do not assume that it is a counterfeit coin. An authentic three-cent piece could be worth as much as 20 dollars! A circulated 20-cent piece could be worth $100 or more. Either of these would be a rare find in light of the fact that they were made…

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Many of the folks who subscribe to the Douglas County Sentinel no longer reside in the area. They subscribe to the paper so they can keep up with the news in a place they once called home and may still have family. This is a practice that has been going on since the paper was first printed in 1902.

Sometimes, prayer is like an inside joke between you and God. An inside joke between lovers -- A pillow talk intimacy -- A full disclosure of full-er grace. Jesus doesn't ask us to dress for success in order to please others, but to please him. "Why are you spending all your time trying to i…

Before Google Sheets, there was Excel. Before Excel, there was Lotus 1-2-3. Before Lotus 1-2-3, there was VisiCalc. And before VisiCalc, there was pen and paper. VisiCalc -- a combination of the words visual and calculator -- was the trailblazer for not only spreadsheet software, but interac…

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

A hot air balloon sighting in our area is a rarity, so I was delighted a few years ago to see one in close proximity to our home. It was flying lower than others I have seen, and by the time it was above our house, the vessel was within 400 feet from the ground.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

When I was a young girl growing up in Red Oak there was an old "Tara-style" home on the right side of the road as you reached Palmetto near the intersection of Cascade-Palmetto Road and Roosevelt Highway. It had long since been abandoned which intrigued me even more. Years later, the home wa…

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Protect and Serve -- Georgia's law enforcement officers uphold this noble call to action every day when they leave the comfort of their homes and families. Honorable men and women of the badge -- all across our state -- willingly put themselves in harm's way to protect their fellow citizens.…

There is a process of "naturalization" for anyone born outside the United States to become an American citizen. Along with eligibility requirements such as living in this country for at least five years and demonstrating the ability to read, write, and speak basic English, candidates must al…

I often post pictures from R.L. Cousins High School and Hutcheson High at my Facebook page for Douglas County history, "Every Now and Then." Comments and private messages generally flow afterwards saying things along the line of, "Are you sure this school was in Douglas County? I don't remem…

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Atlanta has long been the nation’s poster-child for urban-sprawl. The idea that transportation infrastructure’s value is equivalent only to the speed it allows its commuters is a sorry one. As someone who lives in and loves the city of Douglasville, yet is incredibly frustrated by the mornin…

The Civil War took a heavy toll on Georgia including Campbell County. Many men never returned home, families were stripped of equipment and livestock by Union soldiers traipsing through their farms, and when the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865, an approximate workforce of 1,500 former slav…

The signature line of the 1970 film "Love Story" declares that love means never having to say you are sorry. I was taught early in life that I should willingly and genuinely apologize to someone who experienced a hurt because of my actions or words. Most likely you were given similar trainin…

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations to Cynthia C. Adams, founder and managing partner of the Law Office of Cynthia C. Adams LLC in Douglasville, on her recent appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as a Superior Court judge for the Douglas Judicial Circuit.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

When I first began researching Douglas County history one of my knowledgeable contacts was adamant that slavery never existed in Douglas County, so it was a non-issue. Technically, they were correct, but only because Douglas County was formed in 1870, five years after the 13th amendment was …

In an interview before a big game, the coach revealed part of his strategy, telling his players that they should treat it like any other regular season game. His philosophy was that every game is a big game, because each one leads to the next. He did not want the team to be overwhelmed by th…

Friday, February 03, 2017

On Monday, Jan. 23, we returned to the Gold Dome to begin the third week of the 2017 session. This week was extremely busy and brought about significant progress as several House committees and subcommittees met throughout the week to consider legislation, and on Thursday, the House overwhel…

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Every January, the legislative session arrives just as certainly as each new day. Everyone at the Capitol works in collaboration to ensure we learn from the past in order to provide for the future. We work tirelessly for 40 days to pass legislation that ensures Georgia remains the superb sta…

Not only have we begun a new year, but we have also begun a brand new legislative session. I can't believe how quickly the last year has flown by. As the old saying goes ... time flies when you love what you do! I am truly blessed to do exactly what I love and feel is part of my life purpose…

Sunday, January 29, 2017

In my high school senior year, my parents moved us into a new house. With an older brother in college and another one married, I was the last baby bird in the nest. Some of you may jump to the conclusion that I had it easier than my older brothers, and that is probably true.

I could declare the time period between 1883 and 1927 as the Era of the Duncan Brothers, and I seriously doubt anyone would call me out on it because during those years John T. and Napoleon B. Duncan were connected in some way to almost every business or industry in Douglasville, and were he…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's an interesting story. How every President since George Washington tried to get a federal agency whose purpose was to support and promote the arts and what the 36th President did that was different and ultimately successful.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The sign on a recent Facebook post declared, "I do what the voices in my wife's head tell me to do." I am uncertain exactly what that says about the husband, but we all have voices in our heads. We live in a noisy and visual world that clamors for our attention.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

They said it was safe. They believed it was secure. The expert engineers vowed that it was unsinkable. An unidentified crew member went so far as to tell Sylvia Caldwell, a passenger on the R.M.S. Titanic, "Even God cannot sink this ship."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

As some of you know one of my current book projects focuses on the Lithia Springs Resort time period which will tell the story of the Bowden Lithia Water Company, the Sweetwater Park Hotel, and the Piedmont Chautauqua.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Every story we tell represents a light. That light, your story, represents you. But what about all the light we cannot see? What about other people's story and stories? What about their lives?

Roads are wonderful things, aren't they? A road gets us from point A to point B in our daily lives. Roads hold promise, too. They can take us to places we've never been for a great adventure, and roads make it possible to take us to a new life, if that's what we want.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The weather for Christmas weekend was beautiful, wasn’t it? So much so I didn’t really mind the rainy Monday morning that greeted me the day after Christmas. I thought it was a small price to pay for the warmer than normal and beautiful day.