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The Barf Bag List

David Epps's picture

One of my favorite movies is “The Bucket List.” The plot summary for the 2007 flick is this: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole (played by Gene Hackman) and working class mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses.

While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list (things to do before they “kick the bucket”). Read More»

Council meetings, Visitors’ Center, and Golf Cart Safety Course

Betsy Tyler's picture

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend. Several items of interest this week, including tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the Visitors’ Center relocating, and a new Golf Cart Safety Course. Also, don’t forget the Council’s Town Hall Budget Meeting next Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Read More»

Mayor: PTC budget debate to focus on taxes, service cuts, reserves

Don Haddix's picture

The Big Debate, the budget, began June 1 with our first Budget Workshop. I cannot comment on the workshop itself due to the deadline for submitting this column being earlier. I can say while no one on City Council wants to use a penny of reserve, do a property tax increase or cut services, none of these items can be removed as possible necessities to balancing the budget.

This being my third set of budget workshops and having seen two surveys and heard three years of public input via emails, conversations and two election cycles, for me the public sentiment has been consistent and clear. Read More»

God is good ... all the time

Sally Oakes's picture

Romans 6:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

29, For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

30, And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31, What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Read More»

Well be back after this

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Has there ever been a time when the world felt truly safe? A few years will pass quietly while we think, “Ah, maybe we can relax, maybe we can practice peace instead of war. Maybe we can trust both our leaders and those of other governments.”

Like the industrialists who said there’s less oil in the Gulf than we thought there was. Instead, there’s more, much more. Church leaders who despoil children and enter into a pact of cover-up. Lessons learned: Don’t trust anyone. Read More»

GOP ‘listening tour’: Listen to this

Cal Thomas's picture

Hillary Clinton did it and it worked for her when she ran for the Senate in New York, so now Republicans will give it a go. It’s the listening tour, except unlike Hillary, who traveled from town to town, Republicans plan to stay in one place and invite you to come to them.

House Republicans announced last week a new website (www.americaspeakingout.com). It invites people to submit their ideas in five categories: American prosperity, fiscal accountability, American values, national security and an “open mic” section on which you can recommend anything not covered by the other four. Read More»

As illegals take, are Americans free?

Alieta Eck's picture

We do not have “universal healthcare. We have mandatory free “healthcare for the universe.”

A middle-aged woman came to our local emergency room, suitcase in tow, complaining of a severe headache and diminished vision. A CT scan of the head showed a brain tumor. The neurosurgeon on call was summoned and within days the patient had surgery to preserve her vision. An inspiring story giving tribute to the wonderful ingenuity, generosity, and high standards in our country? There’s more. Read More»

Wearing a cloak of sorrows

Ronda Rich's picture

There is a woman I know to whom sorrow clings like dew to grass on a Southern summer morning.

Once, she got a bad break in life. That isn’t unusual for anyone. Life bruises us all, even bloodies us up pretty good from time to time. But for her, sorrow has become a close, trusted, constant companion and she refuses to shed its friendship. Apparently, she likes its company.

After decades of marriage, her husband up and left. Not for someone else or because of something else. He simply had ceased to love her, he said to her in the kindest way possible. Read More»

'Shrek Forever After' - Not too shabby

Kevin Thomas's picture

*** 1/2

The first thing I need to say about “Shrek Forever After” is it didn’t suck. Thank God. My mom thought it would stink and my sister, Carol didn’t even go with us. But surprise, the final Shrek movie is well plotted, better written and more laugh inducing. It brings back some of the magic of the first two films. Read More»

A genuine hero

David Epps's picture

He was told he was too small and should go back home. “Go home boy, you’re not 18.” They were right. He was barely 17, having celebrated his birthday just a few months before.

Lloyd Burns was a South Georgia boy who played football at Valdosta High School during the school’s glory days. But there was a new, more sinister, challenge awaiting him. His birth certificate was faked and he held to his story, so Lloyd Burns became one of the nation’s youngest soldiers in 1942. Read More»

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