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No Comment — By Tommy Purser

We ran a letter to the editor last week received via email from a Taylor Fernandes. The writer made some accusations that I, quite simply, did not believe were true. But I gave her her say and then added some of my personal knowledge of the local adults, school administrators, school officials, etc., who the…

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Local Traditions — By John Reed

Local Traditions Last Sunday I attended the homecoming service held at a local church. The day marked 147 years that church has been in existence, and the tombstones in the adjacent cemetery bore witness to the passing decades. There was certainly 147 years’ cooking experience on display at the dinner offered after the service. No…

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What’s In A Name? — By Tommy Purser

My mother’s maiden name was Proctor. Daughter of Ralph and Retta (Sapp) Proctor. Sapp, by the way, is a name deeply rooted in the coastal lowlands and marshes of Glynn County along the Georgia coast. That’s where my mother’s maternal family hails from. I, myself, was born in Glynn County, a Sapp descendant born in…

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Growing Solar Tomatoes — By John Reed

Growing Solar Tomatoes One of the many advantages of living in the country is wide open back roads. Most of the time, the only things to distract me from the lush green vistas are the occasional flock of turkeys or suicidal deer. This time of year, though, the road hazards are all man-made. There is…

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Making Us Proud — By Tommy Purser

There was a wonderful article on the front page of one of the recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution editions. An article that everyone in Jeff Davis County should be proud of. I wanted to reprint that article in the Ledger, to let everyone in Jeff Davis County and beyond see what good journalism is all about. Alas,…

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As Sure As …. — By John Reed

As Sure As… In these uncertain times, it’s easy to feel like everything is off-kilter. Luckily, there are still dependable constants that haven’t changed. Here are a few: Anytime you hear about “upgrades” from a school system, you can be sure it’ll be mainly about sports facilities. Who needs needs new science labs or bigger…

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Blowing My Top — By Tommy Purser

I blew my top Tuesday morning. Something I don’t do very often. My mother told me many years ago, “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.” That was good advice then, it is perhaps even better advice today. I would have been wise to have followed that advice this morning, but…

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What Are The Odds? — By John Reed

What Are The Odds? All of life is a series of risks. Ask any insurance adjuster why car insurance rates are higher for the 16-25 crowd, and they’ll cite statistics on how much much more likely that age group has accidents. The same holds true for smokers and health insurance. Every day we face various…

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The Farmer

Sound Ussery shared the following with me this week: THE FARMER I have worked in the fertile earth and planted a garden, so I know what faith is. I have listened to the birds caroling in the dusk and in morning, so I know what music is. I have seen the morning without clouds after…

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Rehabilitation

Last week, I began my second association with Trinity Therapy Services in Hazlehurst. My first gig was because of stupidity — I stuck my right hand into a table saw, just about severed three fingers and a thumb, and after hours long surgery to repair the damage, I needed help in regaining use of my…

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