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Who Was Thomas Ward? — By Tommy Purser

At Monday’s Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park, Jeff Davis County Veterans Association Chaplain Carroll Walker pointed out that the first soldier from Jeff Davis County to lose his life in service to the nation was Thomas Ward who died in World War I. Not much was learned about Ward so I was intrigued and…

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A Thought For Memorial Day — By John Reed

A Thought For Memorial Day “TAPS.” Only 24 notes long, just four different pitches, yet so full of meaning. Known all over the world for its use at funerals and memorials, it, like many universal traditions, had a modest beginning. For centuries, bugle calls were used by armies in the field to send commands such…

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MacIntosh Computers — By Tommy Purser

I’ve used MacIntosh computers forever. They are so much more user friendly the PCs, in my opinion. But, if a Mac goes on the blink, there’s no one around to fix it. At least no one close around. Savannah, a 2-hour drive away, is my go-to place when I have computer woes. Last Wednesday, a…

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Just Rambling — By Tommy Purser

Let’s just ramble for a few moments today as my column idea machine has run out of juice. There’s a fly dive bombing at my head as I type away at this column, which brings to mind the fact that my namesake son gave me a gift a few months back that promised to be…

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Trying To Be Positive — By Tommy Purser

I went to yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) called meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council because I was curious — interested. I didn’t want to say anything, I just wanted to watch. Mary Ann Anderson was there to report on the meeting on this newspaper’s behalf. So I wasn’t there to report. I was just a silent observer.…

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The Rest Of The Story — By John Reed

The Rest Of The Story People of a certain age remember flashcubes. For younger readers: before phone cams and digital cameras, a company named Kodak made very inexpensive film cameras called “Instamatics.” Once you shot your photos, you sent the entire unit in to have the film developed and printed. If you were indoors or…

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Take Pride

The comment I heard yesterday was a truthful, honest assessment. Moving to Hazlehurst was a culture shock. Limited restaurant choices. Nothing to do. Lack of concern among citizens for how our community looked, what kind of impression our community makes on visitors, on potential residents, on potential businesses, industries and employers. Almost 48 years ago,…

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QAnonCasualties — By Tommy Purser

I made a commitment years ago that I intend to live to be 100 years old. I have less than 27 years to achieve that goal. I may not reach that goal but, if I do live to be 100 years old, I will never understand QAnon believers and how they have been so brainwashed…

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Who Can You Trust? — By John Reed

Who Can You Trust? When you put information together to answer a question, it’s called “problem solving.” We all dealt with that in math classes in school. But when you have to weigh the truth of information, the source of that information, or the bias of that source, the issue becomes trust. These days, it’s…

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Squirrel War II — By Tommy Purser

Squirrel War II is underway. Regular readers of this column may recall that, about a year ago, I wrote a column about the fact that our backyard squirrels’ nest-building activities relied on stuffing from the good wife’s outdoor furnishing cushions. They’d sneak onto the back porch, rip open a seat cushion, remove great quantities of…

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