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Perhaps You Didn’t Know — By Tommy Purser

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the late A.D. “Arley” Finley Sr. When I moved here in 1973, Mr. Finley was still alive and retired after decades of serving the county he loved as the local Postmaster. One of his sons, Art Finley, sent me a note recently, saying in part, “If Mother and…

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Freedom From The Majority — By John Reed

Freedom From The Majority This past week, my wife’s family dealt with the passing of one of the last members of the “Greatest Generation.” Born in the depth of the Great Depression, Rick Jones was a prime example of his time. Strong-willed and fiercely independent, he quit school before high school to go to work.…

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Memory (or lack of)

Last week, I talked about hearing loss. This week, let’s tackle memory. The good wife went out of town last week so I went to the JDHS baseball games by myself Thursday in Hazlehurst and Friday in Lyons. We got ready to go to yesterday’s  (Tuesday’s) game in Hazlehurst and she asks me, “Where’s your…

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What? — By Tommy Purser

For those of you who do not have a hearing deficiency, let me give you a simple tip on how to speak around hearing challenged people like me. Tip: When you say something and the hearing challenged person responds to your statement with “What?” repeat what you said verbatim. Don’t change what you say. To…

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Slow Change — By John Reed

Slow Change Tradition. Precedence. Continuity. These words provide the framework from which any institution operates and evolves. This past weekend I saw this concept in action: I attended a church that currently has no pastor, no music minister, no youth leader. Some would think these individuals are critical to the smooth continued process of running…

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Times Have Changed — By Tommy Purser

In the Looking Back column this week, there’s mention of public division over whether or not movies should be shown on Sundays in 1949. “Blue Laws,” in the South in particular, dictated that businesses must be closed on Sundays for religious reasons. When I moved here in 1973, there were virtually no businesses open on…

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Support Local Merchants — By John Reed

Support Local Merchants I went to see “Captain Marvel“ at our local movie theater this past weekend. Here are a few thoughts: It’s been said that folks from Hazlehurst are more apt to support out of town businesses rather than local ones. That’s one trend I would love to see reversed. My movie experience was…

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Reminiscing — By Barney O’Quinn

Reviewing the business, industry Hazlehurst had 30 plus years ago, we had a lot of jobs in the area, with more seeking to come. We had at one time four different daily newspapers in Hazlehurst – Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Jacksonville. 2019, down to one, Savannah. If people don’t bother to buy them, they are not…

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A City In Chaos

I worked on and supported the roundabouts project near our schools. At the time, I assumed the city would do the work as was engineered and approved by the council, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and State Sen. Blake Tillery who helped me secure a grant to fund much of the cost of the project.…

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Nobody’s Perfect — By John Reed

Nobody’s Perfect I’ve written here before that those who follow scripture must accept the fact that mankind is imperfect. We lost whatever perfection we may have had in the garden of Eden. And so it follows that all human endeavor and institutions are also far from perfect. There are no perfect political systems, and certainly…

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