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Remembering Claude Cook

It was 20 Christmases ago that Jeff Davis County lost Claude Parker Cook Sr., the man that had perhaps more to do with the growth of Jeff Davis County than anyone before or since. Today, there is an entire generation of local people who never knew the man and have only vague or non-existent knowledge…

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Sports Teaches Valuable Lessons — By Tommy Purser

I had a visit this week at my office from School Superintendent Dr. Chris Roppe. I’ve known Chris a long time, ever since he roamed the sidelines as an assistant football coach under the tutelage of the late Neil Graham. As is usually the case with Chris and I, our conversations escape the confines of…

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Theory Vs. Reality — By John Reed

Theory vs Reality My better half frequently berates me about having my head in the clouds. And it’s true that I sometimes do better working things out on a theoretical level, while she is much better dealing with reality. That’s one of the reasons she keeps me away from power tools. Apparently I’m not alone.…

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The Best Is Yet To Come — By Tommy Purser

A picture can speak a thousand words. This photograph tells the story of a group of young men that worked hard, gave it their all, and thrilled their fans with one of the most exciting football seasons I’ve seen in my 49 years of covering Jeff Davis High football. They are a special bunch of…

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Thankful For Foresight — By John Reed

Thankful For Foresight Monday morning quarterbacks usually have 20/20 vision. Always plenty of “I told you so” after any big news item or sporting event. Hindsight is easy, but what about foresight? Those of us with grandchildren face the daunting task of planning for their future when make out will’s and estate plans. How can…

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Offense vs. Defense

This Friday night’s playoff football matchup between Jeff Davis and Rabun County brought to mind the ancient irresistible force paradox, also called the unstoppable force paradox. The paradox dates back at least as far as the 3rd century BC when a philosophical book tells the story of a man who was trying to sell a…

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Not Really A Tax Increase? — By Tommy Purser

John Reed begins his column this week by referencing that old phrase, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Several years ago, I had an experience with that phrase when a former government person informed me that when our county commission and board of education set a millage rate that year that brought…

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Here To Help? — By John Reed

Here To Help? Fewer phrases bring more eye-rolling than “I’m with the government and I’m here to help.” Before we get to any current issues, it’s important to realize that suspicion of authority is at the very root of our nation. With the exception of the original inhabitants, almost every movement of peoples can be…

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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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