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A New Day — By Tommy Purser

Tuesday was a happy day at the Hazlehurst City Courtroom. There were lots of smiles, tons of good cheer, positive vibes, amidst a crowd of well-wishers for our new Mayor John Ramay and two new members of the City Council. Family, friends, loved ones and people just interested in the future of our city, and…

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Constant Change — By John Reed

Constant Change This time of year, change is spoken of a lot: new resolutions, new habits, new ways of dealing with old problems. We measure those changes against what we think of as old unchanging constants. In November I buried a family member whose phone number I’d known for 60 years. He was such a…

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Small Town Christmas — By John Reed

Small Town Christmas Following a recent trip to Chicago, I’m reminded once again of the differences between urban and rural life…and those who live there. Cities are great for anonymity. You can literally disappear among the millions. If you want to travel the world, just walk down a sidewalk or take a cab: chances are…

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Keeping The Public In The Dark — By Tommy Purser

As a general rule, I don’t typically raise public objections when our local elected officials violate the Georgia Open Meetings/Open Records Law (Georgia Code 50-18-70) but on some occasions my patience gets pushed. That happened at the December meeting of the Jeff Davis County Commission when the commissioners invited a member of the general public…

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Has-Beens

Get the picture: The good wife and I were sitting in our recliners watching television. She had an excruciatingly painful knee. It was so bad she had piled a couple or three big pillows on the seat of her recliner to cut down on how far she had to go to stand up. I was…

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Rant — By Tommy Purser

I’ve had a rant building up in me for quite some time now. That rant finally built up to the exploding point around noon Monday when a lady called the office and asked when the Christmas Parade would be held. The good wife answered the phone, told the lady she wasn’t sure when the parade…

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On turning 76 — By Tommy Purser

I turned 76 Sunday. I didn’t celebrate the occasion but I did endure it. I graciously accepted a chorus of Happy Birthdays from family that had gathered at my oldest offspring’s home for a belated Thanksgiving celebration. Belated because we celebrated two days after Thanksgiving. Late celebrations of significant events have, in my old age,…

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The first Thanksgiving — By Tommy Purser

In 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a home where they could freely practice their faith, and others lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership. After a treacherous crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod. A month later,…

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Who has time to protest? — By John Reed

Who has time to protest? Regular readers will notice this space has been rather quiet of late. Naturally other contributors have contributed more than their fair share of ink to fill the page. In truth, any column, editorial, or letter is merely that writer’s opinion, and as we know from the old adage, opinions are…

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Wimp — By Tommy Purser

I can’t hear too well even with my hearing aids. Last week, I had a cancerous growth cut off the inside of my left ear which, by the way, is the better of my two ears. I have a big bandage over the ear and can hear even less now than before. The good wife…

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