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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On a first date with the girl I would eventually marry, our ticketed seats to the gospel music concert in the large auditorium were located on the front row, the first two seats on the center aisle. She was impressed that I had secured the best seats in the house. It was as though we were be…

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…