Sunday, December 17, 2017

I love to sing the carol, though I am uncertain as to the accuracy of the title. Nothing about the night itself was holy; except that God chose that time to enter the world with the ultimate solution to the sin and degradation that had disrupted the peace it was created to enjoy. He brought …

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Many years ago, there was a Western singing group named Sons of the Pioneers who sang a song titled "You'll Never Miss the Water 'Til the Well Runs Dry." I could have paraphrased it a few days ago to sing, "You'll Never Miss the Electricity 'Til Your Power Goes Off."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

There was a gathering, young and old, at the Campbell County courthouse on June 6, 1861. There was great excitement as it had only been a few weeks since Fort Sumter, and the Confederacy was riding high regarding the Union surrender of the fort. The romanticism of war was in the air. The hor…

Are you old enough to remember aluminum Christmas trees? They were popular in the early 1960s and may have been the first artificial trees that were not green in color. A rotating lighted color wheel provided the appearance of a color-changing tree, perfect for those people who could not dec…

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Francis Marion Duncan was born in Powder Springs in 1839 or 1840 depending on the resource consulted, and was the son of William Watts Duncan (1800-1847) and Mary Polly (Barnwell) Duncan. F.M. Duncan grew up to serve in the Confederate army, and afterward he finished up his education at Bowd…

The process of redrawing political boundaries, or redistricting, has major implications for our democracy. Redistricting in such a way that favors a party or group is known as gerrymandering. The precision of new social science models has led to increasingly ambitious gerrymandering that und…

WAIT! ... So, how did you do? Generally speaking, our society performs poorly when it comes to waiting. During the summers of my college days, most of the correspondence with my girlfriend (the lady I eventually married!) was by written letter; addressed, stamped, and mailed via USPS. By the…

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I can remember at an early age driving by the Holbrook Campground off of Georgia 20 in Cherokee County where my ancestral roots run deep. The place always intrigued me especially during "meeting time." Large crowds, wooden cabins, singing, shouting, saving through the Lord's grace were all t…

Is there a difference between a house and a home? According to the authorized dictionaries, these two terms are synonymous. In my mind, however, there is a distinction. Before we moved into our current residence, we walked through the 'house.' The walls were bare, cabinets were empty, and th…

Sunday, November 19, 2017

1923 was the year transcontinental airmail service began, and folks in New York City would be the first to watch a movie they could not only see, but they could hear, too! In 1923, Warren G. Harding was the first U.S. President to visit Alaska, but by August that year, he would be dead, and …

1923 was the year transcontinental airmail service began, and folks in New York City would be the first to watch a movie they could not only see, but they could hear, too! In 1923, Warren G. Harding was the first U.S. President to visit Alaska, but by August that year, he would be dead, and …

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Like it or not we have capital punishment in Georgia. From 1735 to 1931, the legal method of execution was hanging with the first death sentence carried out in 1735. You might find it surprising to know the first person executed in Georgia was a white woman named Alice Riley, an Irish indent…

There is a story from long ago about a little boy who lived out in the country. Having heard that the circus was coming to the nearby town, the boy asked his dad if he could go see it. After all, he had never been to a circus, and this was such a rare opportunity. His dad promised that if he…

Sunday, November 05, 2017

In late August 1894 Caroline Mary Stites Hallowes arrived at the Sweetwater Park Hotel to rest, relax, and take the curative waters, but she ended up enthralling the staff and guests with tales from the three most important men in her life -- father, brother, and husband.

The resiliency of the human body and psyche is amazing. Our son had a severe case of strabismus during his grade school years, a malady that affects the ability of the eye to focus properly. Similar to "lazy eye," one of his eyes did not naturally align itself, which caused significant visio…

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spooky tales are always fun especially at this time of year. Some are so fantastic they are hard to believe while others involve real historical events that are too gruesome to ignore such as tales involving grave robbing.

It was while attending a high school football game a couple of weeks ago that I saw it: players of both teams, the coaches, and even the referees "taking a knee!" It was not while the National Anthem was being played, however, but during an injury timeout. A player was down on the field atte…

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Through my Lithia Springs research I've often seen the reference to salt and Lithia Springs. It makes sense since the original name for the area was Salt Springs, right? But most salt references discuss Indians, curative waters, and animals coming to the rocks around the springs to take adva…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The only sounds were the hum of the engine and the various rattles throughout the bus. Alone in my thoughts along with 30 other players, we were on one of the two buses that made their way across town or to a nearby city. The trip always seemed so long with no allowance for conversation, jok…

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It is commonly known that plants move to face the sun. Do these slow-moving plants have a brain? The answer, as any young student could tell you, is no. How about fast-moving plants, like the carnivorous Venus Fly Trap or the Mimosa pudica? The answer is still no; plants do not have a brain …

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’s 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…