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Pray For Our Farmers — By Tommy Purser

I’m looking forward to the rest of this week because, if the weather reports are accurate, we’re in for some rain and cooler temperatures. The temperatures in May and the early days of June felt more like July and August. And if July and August are, as usual, hotter than May, we’re in for some…

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There’s A Mouse In Our House — By John Reed

There’s A Mouse In Our House So Disney and others want to show their displeasure with Georgia’s abortion stance by moving their film productions elsewhere. I haven’t seen such hypocrisy since I last heard the words “civil rights“ out of the mouth of a Democrat. Even a quick perusal of shooting locations that Disney has…

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Please, Donate To Ring Project — By Tommy Purser

Years ago, the Georgia High School Association had in its constitution and bylaws that athletes could not be awarded rings for state championship efforts. Of course, the rule was widely ignored as are many GHSA rules, and communities routinely raised funds to buy championship rings for their athletes who won state championships. Finally, the GHSA…

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Memorials And Beginnings — By John Reed

Memorials And Beginnings Two major events were observed within three days of each other during the past few days. On Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day, 72 hours after holding our annual high school graduation. It’s a pity neither event was mentioned during the other, for I see a necessary connection. I’m not sure “celebrate” is…

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Be respectful, for heaven’s sake — By Tommy Purser

Our great state, along with Alabama and a number of other states, is being beat up across the country because of the recently enacted “Heartbeat Bill.” That name, by the way, is misleading because, at six weeks, while a doctor can detect a “beat” it is not the beat of a “heart.” At six weeks,…

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Information Please — By John Reed

Information Please I am an information junkie. Like the robot Johnnie-5 from the movie “Short Circuit” I need data input regularly. In years past, I could be seen in local eateries poring through two or three newspapers while working on my meal. In these modern times, I am more likely to be reading my phone.…

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More On Arley Finley — By Tommy Purser

Lately I’ve made some references here to the late Arley Finley. Mr. Finley was one of Hazlehurst’s most well-known personalities for decades. He was not only the Hazlehurst Postmaster for many years, he was active in all sorts of community affairs. He was an active member of First Baptist Church where he was a deacon.…

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Say What? — By John Reed

Say What? My current work takes me on the road quite a bit. Along the way, I meet and chat with a lot of people, and often I’ll hear a different kind of English spoken…sometimes several versions in a single place. For example, a regular breakfast stop north of town brings me and earful of…

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Street Names — By Tommy Purser

Ever wonder how some of our streets got their names? Cromartie Street is an easy one, named after the Hazlehurst state legislator who introduced legislation to create Jeff Davis County out of parts of Appling and Coffee counties. He intended to name the county Cromartie County but the law prohibited a county being named after…

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Violets — By Jennifer Miller

Violets I grew up out in the country. My daddy’s land was bordered on one side by a creek and on the back side by a slough that shortly meets with the Altamaha River. As a kid, I spent countless hours rambling in the woods with my siblings. There were two interesting flowers that grew…

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