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Navigating slippery slopes

Do you ever have a moment when you just realize something is going to go wrong, despite your best efforts?

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Friday 01/03/2014
3 car crash causing delays on I-75
Updated: January 03, 2014 - 8:18 pm

A three-car crash on Interstate 75 North near exit 312 in Gordon County is causing delays on both sides of the interstate.

Don't miss the glory of Christmas
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

Giving gifts is a big part of Christmas. This was central in the First Christmas. No one has ever expressed this idea more beautifully than the writer of John’s Gospel, when he wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..” God’s greatest gift to an undeserving humanity was the Christ who was born in Bethlehem.

Wednesday 12/11/2013
Care of poinsettias
Posted: December 11, 2013

Last week, my article was on general care of holiday plants. This week, I will be more specific and center on poinsettias. Many people will only think about poinsettias at this time of year, while others will keep their poinsettia plant and try to re-bloom the plant the following year.

Age-appropriate gifts, please
Posted: December 11, 2013

Ring! Ring!

Are women better real estate investors?
Posted: December 11, 2013

Must start by saying: If you’re looking for politically correct, then I’m DEFINITELY not your guy.

Friday 12/06/2013
Guest Editorial: New IRS rules are needed to curb the avalanche of undisclosed campaign funds that threaten to corrupt our democratic political system
Posted: December 06, 2013

Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don’t appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible “social welfare” activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation’s most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.

Guest Columnist: Is China getting ready for major reforms?
Posted: December 06, 2013

Figuring out what’s really going on inside China is tough.

Let’s talk real money
Updated: December 06, 2013 - 3:14 pm

How much is a million dollars? Better still, how much is a billion dollars? And don’t I hear the term “billion dollars” thrown around like it is play money?

Thursday 12/05/2013
See Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
Posted: December 05, 2013

Christmastime is upon is, and it’s the time of year for spending time together, counting your blessings, celebrating the miracle of Christ’s birth and for starting new traditions (or for carrying on much-loved traditions)!

Wednesday 12/04/2013
Care of holiday plants
Posted: December 04, 2013

The holidays are a wonderful time of year with many folks decorating the inside and outside of their homes and property. The Bowman’s this year have broken our trend of using our artificial tree and actually purchased a real tree for our place this year.

Real Thanksgiving
Updated: December 04, 2013 - 1:29 pm

He rose on Thanksgiving day a bit slower than in the years he fondly now remembered. It was time to get started with the day. But, first, time had to be made for exercise. He’d become convinced a decade and a half ago it was the only option for keeping mobile. Dressed, he paused at the bedroom door and whistled for his dog. The canine looked up from his bed and gave an audible grunt of protest as he rose. He too, was fighting the battle to remain ambulatory and though in human years he was by far the younger, in actual years they were neck-and-neck in the race of life.

Thursday 11/21/2013
50 years of lost innocence
Posted: November 21, 2013

This Friday it will be 50 years since I lost my innocence.

Wednesday 11/20/2013
You cannot avoid trouble but you can get through it
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

Somewhere down life's dusty road we all have a date with destiny. That appointment with God is in everyone’s future. Here is a statement to which many are living testimonies to its truth. “The most miserable man in the world is the man who has lost God and doesn’t miss Him.” Often it isn’t until the storm breaks and the cold winds blow across the bare beaches of the soul and the night settles around you that you become aware of your need for God.

44TH Annual Calhoun Bull Evaluation Sale
Posted: November 20, 2013

In just a few weeks, the latest UGA bull test evaluation will draw to a close in Calhoun for 2013. The annual sale will be the conclusion of the five month program that began back in July with bulls being delivered to the UGA farm by consigners. The sale will be a mid-day event at the NW Georgia Livestock Pavilion.

Friday 11/15/2013
Hilton Head: Great beach getaway close to home
Posted: November 15, 2013

Hilton Head Island, located directly off the coast of South Carolina, is a great beach location fairly close to Calhoun. The short drive to Hilton Head Island takes approximately five hours when traffic is moving well. While Hilton Head is a busy, well-developed place, it holds a natural beauty and charm and shows great care for the preservation of its natural environment.

Attracting birds to your landscape
Posted: November 15, 2013

I have stated many times that I enjoy the change into all the four seasons. I like the changes from both an agricultural sense and also from a sports background. I like our farm calving season in the fall and seeing if the mating you choose will result in a great show calf. I also like it when fall comes on because we start traveling to Athens for football games plus the girls will be in softball season and then switch gears soon after into basketball.

Thursday 11/14/2013
Gordon holiday festivities begin in November
Posted: November 14, 2013

There is a wealth of free and affordable local events this November so get out and Stop Shop Gordon.

Credit where credit is due
Posted: November 14, 2013

She was an attractive lady, seemingly well cultured and certainly fashion aware. I was sitting in a booth at a restaurant in a neighborhood where I’d once been the pastor. Now, I should insert here that we Methodist pastors vow that when we are moved we move. That is, it’s just now proper for a pastor who once served Sleepy Valley Church to return to Sleepy Valley Church unless the pastor of Sleepy Valley Church specifically invites us to do so. But, seeing as how I’d been away from that particular church for more than two-and-a-half decades, and seeing as how there had been four pastors serving Sleepy Valley Church since they chased me off, I made an exception. Besides, I had never forgotten my obsession with the Red Flannel Hash dish ( a concoction of eggs, hashbrowns, peppers, onions, and goodness knows what else went with the hot sauce ) that was the trademark of the place.

Wednesday 11/13/2013
Making progress
Posted: November 13, 2013

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, I was finally able to knock a hugely important goal off of my bucket list, but getting there has been more than a year in the making.

Put people above pride
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

People are more important than pride. I once knew a marl who put his pride first and lost his wife and family. He volunteered the story. “I kept my pride,” he said, “and that’s all I have left. I lost my wife and family. I know I was wrong. I would go back if it would do any good.” “Why don’t you go back?” I asked. “It’s too late,” he replied, “She has married again.”

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