Opinion

Jesus wants his disciples to be united, even when there seems to be tremendous differences between them. Both Jesus and his apostles decry division (John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:1-3).

As the president & CEO of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority of Gordon County, I work with two distinct, diverse and impressive groups of business professionals and community leaders dedicated to the growth and development of Gordon County.

As we reported earlier this week, the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce conducted the annual retreat for its current Leadership Calhoun/Gordon County leadership class in Chattanooga last weekend.

Traditional Cherokee culture is a culture of oral histories and stories. The Cherokee were not alone in this of course, most Native cultures have a rich oral tradition, serving the twin purposes of education and edification. Many people today have been told these great old Cherokee stories b…

“OK, someone give me a topic for my column next week.” I do that sometimes when ideas in my head start bouncing around and causing me to become a wee bit squirrely.

“Go and get a safe and secure job with a good company with great benefits.” That was the advice my grandfather gave to my dad when he was a young man.

If you’ve had an IRA or 401(k) for a long time, you’re probably pretty familiar with the rules governing withdrawals and contributions – because, for the most part, they haven’t changed in years. And you may also know what’s going to happen to your IRA if you leave it to someone as part of y…

As a father, I think a lot about the command given to fathers in Ephesians 6:4. This is a command that God did not give to mothers, although mothers also are to bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the lord (Proverbs 31:26-28, 30).

One of my favorite landscape items is the crape myrtle. The reason it makes my list is because it can provide summer color with the blooms, can handle drought when established and overall has little maintenance issues. Crape myrtles, in the big picture, have few issues with disease and insects too.

If you have been around complementary or alternative medicine practitioners, Native American people, hippies, New Age folks, or a lot of other people who may operate just a little outside the mainstream, you probably have heard of the idea of smudging.

If you’ve been a regular reader of my columns over the past three years, you’ve likely noticed I frequently write about recovery. Of course recovery has been a focus of columns I’ve written in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May and National Recovery Month in Septemb…

There have been many words written, including in this column, of the great warriors and War Chiefs of the Cherokee. War stories and tales of recklessness and courage on the battlefield are fundamental to the storyteller’s art of course, and students at premier business schools are encouraged…

As I gazed out the car window, I immediately noticed the fields of wheat shimmering in the sun. Daddy drove up to a little hill we called “knolls” out in Kansas because in the central plains, real hills are non-existent. As I walked to the top, I remember thinking, while I looked down at the…

I’m often asked what a typical day looks like for a full-time investor. This is a hard thing to answer because any given day can be different. But to give you some insight as to the possibilities, let me tell you about yesterday.

As a business owner, you’re always thinking of what you need to do now. But you can’t forget about the future – yours and that of your business. So it may be a good idea to consider your personal retirement plan and business succession strategy.

The prophet Jeremiah was at the end of his rope. A priest named Pashhur, the son of the chief officer in the house of the lord, a person whom one would think would stand by Jeremiah as he preached God’s word, had in fact done the exact opposite. He had “beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him…

Vegetable gardening can be a fun, rewarding and an important hobby for many people. I am sure we have local gardeners that are planning for the next gardening season now.

It’s only January, and we are already in the beginning phases of planning this year’s Dancing with the Stars! On Sunday, Jan. 5, starting at 8 a.m., we announced the student dancers via our Facebook page — couples were announced on the hour every hour until 4 p.m. — I am so sorry for any anx…

Some loyal readers may remember a letter I wrote about several months ago from someone calling himself “Mr. Sarcasticus.” Well, I am excited to say I have heard from my witty pen pal once again.

It’s January in Georgia and Old Man Winter has arrived. I can see his face peeking out among the clouds. His cheeks are puffed out. His face is red. His long curls are blowing about and he is in the process of whooshing freezing, frosty air across the landscape.

How many of you have heard stories about lottery winners who win it big, only to lose everything in a short period of time? I was reading an article on this subject recently and it was mind blowing. The article went through many stories of how different people had won millions, only to lose …

Now that we’ve closed the book on 2019, it’s officially Tax Season. As you prepare your tax returns for the April 15 deadline, you might already start looking for opportunities to improve your tax-related financial outcomes in the future. And one important step you can take is to connect you…

One of my goals for 2020 is to become more spiritual. Spiritual growth is something God wants all Christians to continually achieve (2 Peter 3:18).

I have been a county agent for now over 25 years. The first portion of my career I served as the 4-H coordinator in Bartow County. Over half of my career has now been in the agricultural and natural resources capacity as an Ag agent in both Bartow and Gordon.

I meditate daily, at least once, and often twice. I don’t always meditate the same way. Sometimes I use a guided meditation. Sometimes I meditate by counting the breath or following the breath. Often, though, I use some sort of mantra.

During the 2019 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 514, creating a statewide Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. The 24-member panel includes representatives from the legislature, justice system, law enforcement and treatment providers, among others, …

It’s a valid question and depending on whom one asks, one may receive several different answers. There are about 10 or 20 definitions of “Indian” in federal law, and some are both confusing and contradictory; it seems the federal government is itself unsure of what the definition of “Indian”…

Twenty years ago everyone was waiting with baited breath for Y2K to usher in the new millennium. Dire warnings of total computer shutdowns were broadcast and written everywhere. No one knew what would happen. A lot of people were uneasy.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. — 1 John 5:13

The chainsaw is a commonly used item to fell, de-limb or cut a tree into sections. Each of these activities will require a different method of using the chainsaw.

I suppose it might be a side effect of being a journalist, but whenever I have something on my mind I generally turn to my friend Google to find out what other thinkers and writers have said on the topic. After all, someone else has probably already said what I’m thinking but in a way that l…

Cherokees have never needed much of an excuse to get together and share food and fellowship. Long before the arrival of the colonials there were several celebratory holidays on the Cherokee calendar. From the Planting Moon in the spring to the Festival of Forgiveness in the fall, Cherokee tr…

I like snow. I’m at an age when snow is not glorified by people of my years. The thing is, being “normal” for my age isn’t happening. In just about everything I read or hear someone my age is classified as “elderly.”

This week is a special day. It is the day that Christians celebrate the birthday of the lord Jesus Christ.

It is obvious that cold damage to ornamental plants can be a problem during the winter months. In a previous column, we discussed cold acclimation. In fact, I have been sharing information on cold protection of plants in various venues and outlets in 2019.

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom…

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