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GPB – Informative News — By Tommy Purser

A couple of years ago, I mentioned in this space about the sources I use for enlightening me on the world in general and Georgia in particular. It was a wide range and while I get some of my information from network news and cable news (not Fox News propaganda), most of my information comes…

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Too Much Of A Good Thing — By John Reed

Too Much Of A Good Thing I’m beginning to think no one eats at home anymore. Last week saw the opening of our latest eatery and coffee bar, Mocha on Main. The owners have done a great job of transforming the old Western Auto building into an inviting bistro. In addition to an ever-growing plethora…

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We Must Support Each Other

Take a good look at this week’s paper. It won’t take you long because it’s only eight pages. The number of pages we have in the Ledger each week is determined by how much advertising revenue we have. When we have lots of ads, we have lots of pages. When the ads are few, the…

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Following The Rules — By John Reed

Following The Rules Last week was the first day of classes for many schools around the state. One school nearby had a real furball on their hands, as they implemented a new dress code. Naturally, despite an entire summer of newspaper articles, reminders on social media, and letters home, more than a hundred students were…

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Preventable Tragedy — By John Reed

Preventable Tragedy Here we go again. Thirty people dead, dozens more injured when a couple of crazies open fire. A depressingly familiar event. Even more depressing: Those seeking to make political hay out of tragedy. Even before the blood dried, presidential candidates were blaming their opponent rather than the actual shooters. In the same 48…

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Things We Are Leaving Undone

“….we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.” That’s a line from the Prayer of Confession we at Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church recite each Sunday morning. I think of that line often during the week, especially the…

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Internet: Blessing and Curse — By Tommy Purser

A publisher friend of mine, Dink Nesmith, wrote a column recently that appeared in the Georgia Press Association’s monthly news bulletin. In the column, Dink talks about the  Internet being both a blessing and a curse. The blessing includes the fact that students, and people in generally, have access to more information than ever before.…

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Remembering — By Tommy Purser

I’ve been listening to news broadcasters proclaiming that everyone remembers where they were when man first landed on the moon. News flash: I have no idea where I was. I remember watching Neil Armstrong step off that landing pod onto the moon’s surface on an old black and white television. But for the life of…

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Old Trees And Memories — By John Reed

Old Trees And Memories I’ve written before about the remnants we leave behind. Friends and family keep memories of us, our “digital presence” lives on. Facebook still reminds me of birthdays of long-dead students I taught: a little creepy. Another remembrance of past generations shows up in plants. Drive down any country road. If you…

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City Needs More Employees — By Tommy Purser

The City of Hazlehurst needs more employees in the Streets and Sanitation Department. That fact is obvious to anyone who takes a critical look at the downtown area where the city’s work force simply cannot keep up with all the work that needs to be done, especially in the summer when grass and weeds become…

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