Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

It has been reported that by the month of March 40 percent of Christmas gifts given will no longer be in use, and by next December that number increases to 75 percent. There are several variables behind that statistic, but does it make you think twice about the gift you give or how much mone…

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The chorus is growing: it is so much fun to hear other people tell the story of the value of the arts! Especially when it happens in unexpected places.

Sunday, December 25, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Google some basic information regarding Douglas County and you quickly discover the county, prior to 1870, was part of Campbell County. Google a bit further and you see Campbell County formed 188 years ago per a legislative act on December 20, 1828.

Gag gifts were a tradition in my family at Christmastime. My dad started it all, and though it has dwindled a bit since he passed away, there will still be a couple of pranks under the tree each year for some unsuspecting victims.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Back in April 2016, I published an article at my website ( titled "Campbell County's Participation in the Indian War of 1838." At that time I had located a roster of Campbell County men who volunteered to go to assist in rounding up members of the Cherokee Nation to send t…

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016

In 1882, about a mile and a half from Villa Rica on the Dallas Highway, a road turned to the right and led over the hills for about a mile, where in the midst of a dark and unfrequented forest and upon the crest of a knob among the hills was a copper mine shaft known as the Hill copper mine …

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Maybe it should have been broadcast on April Fool's Day rather than as a Halloween episode. News reports of an alien invasion by Martians were aired in 1938 titled, "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells 1898 novel by the same title. A radio drama directed and narrated by Orson Welles,…

Sunday, December 04, 2016

In August 1906, the Georgia General Assembly had been in session for a few days. One morning Dr. Thomas R. Whitley, the representative for Douglas County, walked into the Georgia Capital, entering the House chamber at 9:45 a.m.

In August 1906, the Georgia General Assembly had been in session for a few days. One morning Dr. Thomas R. Whitley, the representative for Douglas County, walked into the Georgia Capital, entering the House chamber at 9:45 a.m.

Let's stop this debate. It seems that every day we hear more about climate change; some say its manmade while others argue the science is inconclusive. I see the great deception returning, that big tobacco used, to keep America addicted to their deadly product. Millions of dollars were spent…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Everyone knows that green is green and red is red. Unless you are color blind. Then the difference may be hard to distinguish. So, how do you change someone's view of the world when what they see is completely different from what you see?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

How do you get ready for Christmas? For many people it begins with the shopping. It can be quite an involved process. Some begin with a gift list of people's names, and then go out to the stores in hopes of seeing something each one on the list would appreciate. I call that the "shop 'til yo…

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

I volunteer at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art a couple of days each month. During that time I'm honored to provide tours and show off the large collection of items that "tell" the Douglas County story.