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Last fishing outing

Loran Smith's picture

HELEN – Last week was the last week for fishing the Chattahoochee in these parts. If you just have to try your luck, you can fish year round in this refreshing hamlet of the state, but trout look for cool waters, and the water temperatures are not very accommodating to the beautiful and bountiful rainbow during the summer months.

It all changes soon after Labor Day as the temperatures begin to trend downward on the thermometer. We’re talking October, my favorite month. Football, fishing, harvest scenes, and a fire in the fireplace! They all come to the forefront in October. Read More»

'Let us now praise famous men'

David Epps's picture

Roy Harrison Luster had all the hopes and dreams of any young American man in his early 20s. He was married and was the father of three beautiful daughters. Times, however, were hard. The very early days of the Great Depression had gripped the throat of America like a vise. Read More»

A father’s toolbox

Rick Ryckeley's picture

On the day The Boy was born and the nurse placed him in my arms for the very first time, I took a deep breath and held him ever so gently. I didn’t want to break him. After all, how would that look? He wasn’t even a day old.

As he gazed up and grabbed my finger with his entire hand, I knew. It was time to put away childish things. It was time to become a father. But just how to make the transformation from husband into a father overnight? Well, that’s what this story is all about. Read More»

How Gratefulness Saved Levi's Life

LeRoy Curtis's picture

In times of frustration and difficulty it is good to revisit our own salvation history and remember God’s faithfulness in each and every crisis we ever faced. Over my 48 year journey along the Way of the Lord, I am certain that the main point of our lives on earth is to simply overcome whatever it is that obstructs our absolute faith in God’s love and care for us, and to fulfill our destiny expressed so clearly in Ephesians 2:10. Read More»

Politics as usual, or act of treason

Bonnie Willis's picture

By now everyone has heard of the trade of five Taliban leaders formerly detained in Guantanamo Bay, for one American soldier, who is suspected of being a deserter.

Upon hearing the news, I was angry and outraged, because, as I have written in previous columns, I was in New York City on 9/11. The war against al Qaeda and the Taliban — both radical Islamist groups — is very real for me. Read More»

Barney Fife, commander in chief

Terry Garlock's picture

Those of you old enough to have loved the hapless deputy might bristle at the insult of comparing Barney Fife to President Barak Obama. An insult to Barney, that is.

The latest self-inflicted White House wound is the bumbling President Barney’s swap of five high-level enemy Taliban leaders held at Gitmo for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban for five years, and the clearly unsuitable White House Rose Garden press event to celebrate. Read More»

Visioning: How the library is at the epicenter

Christeen Snell's picture

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” — Andrew Carnegie.

The Fayette Visioning Initiative Community Survey asked the respondents, “What is Fayette’s Greatest Strength?” Schools were considered the greatest strength of Fayette County. Read More»

Israel is not America

Cal Thomas's picture

Defenders of President Obama’s release of five Taliban terrorists from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cite as justification Israel’s history of swapping hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one or two Israeli soldiers.

As strong an ally and example of democracy as Israel is, especially in a region sorely lacking in either, Israel is not the United States. Israel has its own interests and purpose for its actions. The world looks to the United States for leadership and in this president and his administration it has found little. Read More»

State needs power to fix traffic problems

Benita Dodd's picture

What’s a state to do when the federal surface transportation program heads toward its Sept. 1 expiration date with little promise of a new transportation bill and the Federal Highway Trust Fund s expenditures outpace tax receipts about $1.25 billion a month?

The good news is nobody expects Congress to allow the program to lapse. Washington will slap on some Band-Aid legislation taking states into 2015 (hint: November elections) but the wounds of partisanship will continue to fester. Read More»