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Column: One last prize from the Polk Co. Fair

It was the last night of the Polk County Fair, and I brought my girlfriend Jess and her family along for a few hours of fun. I wanted to have a chance to enjoy some rides, some deep fried food and spend a few moments with those I love while working.

  • icon Posted: October 01

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Georgia tailback Nick Chubb undergoes surgery
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 9:53 am

Athens — Georgia is expected to be without Nick Chubb for Saturday’s game against Troy and possibly longer after the freshman tailback underwent surgery on Monday.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Column: Fairs are for funnel cakes and fun
Posted: September 10, 2014

Ladies and gentleman of Polk County, I have a confession to make. I have a monkey on my back I can’t seem to shake no matter what I do. It controls my every move, and without it I would be a blubbering baby hiding in the corner when I wake every morning.

Wednesday 09/03/2014
Column: Gun control a false premise
Posted: September 03, 2014

A story: a man tries to show a 9-year-old girl how to use a sub machine gun on a firing range. Girl shoots and kills instructor. Everyone is horrified.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Column: Point cameras, not guns
Posted: August 28, 2014

While the rest of our nation is dumping buckets of ice water on themselves and drafting for fantasy football, the people of Ferguson, Mo. have been occupied by an army of militarized police.

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Column: Holidays start too soon
Posted: August 27, 2014

Christmas comes but once a year, but it sure does seem to start earlier every year.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Column: Challenge - Real cures needed, not just pills
Posted: August 20, 2014

I have always been a big fan of television. Besides books, finding a fantastic show is one of my favorite past times. These days, I find Netflix is the best purveyor of great new series. (I’ll suggest some good shows to check out at the end of the column.)

Thursday 08/14/2014
Letter to the Editor for the Aug. 13, 2014 edition of the Polk County Standard Journal
Posted: August 14, 2014

This week, Atlanta played host to a two-day attended by concerned citizens from across the South, descending on the city from places as far away as Kentucky to hear about new Federal regulations aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It’s yet another one of President Obama’s overreaching executive orders, this time being executed by the EPA.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Column: Feeling of grief and hope follows tragedies
Posted: August 13, 2014

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” or so Charles Dickens said to open the classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities” in 1859.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Dick Yarbrough: Gosh dang. what is wrong with a Southern accent?
Posted: August 12, 2014

I just learned of a book called, “Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent.” Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

Friday 08/08/2014
Letter to the Editor: Chuck Morris thanks voters, volunteers
Posted: August 08, 2014

I am writing to thank the citizens of Polk and Haralson counties for their participation in our election and to congratulate the Honorable Meng Lim, our next Superior Court Judge, on his hard-earned victory. I look forward to trying cases before Judge Lim. He has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic throughout the campaign, and I am certain that this will be reflected in his service and devotion to his judicial office.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Column: Why is the government so afraid of the internet?
Posted: August 07, 2014

It is the right and the responsibility of American citizens to keep our government in check. The constitution and the bill of rights were written to limit the power of a centralized government, to keep it from becoming a distant, power-hungry, authoritarian regime like the one the colonists fought against in 1776.

Wednesday 08/06/2014
Column: A century-old war that changed the world
Posted: August 06, 2014

I love to read about history. Whether it be Shelby Foote’s three-volume doorstop on the history of the Civil War, or Charles C. Mann’s two books on North America and the world prior to and after Columbus sailed blindly onto the shores of Hispanola (“1491” and “1493”,) I soak up every topic. My brain is a dry sponge being held under the faucet.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
Column: Want to reduce stress? Find a purpose in life
Posted: July 30, 2014

On the way to work this past Monday morning, I was listening to NPR for lack of an audiobook I haven’t heard a million times, and listened to an interesting story.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Column: Marketing matters for Polk’s future
Posted: July 23, 2014

When I was still young, probably around five or six years old, my dad decided to get the family a pot bellied pig. So after some brief searching, my dad came across a lady that had a brand new litter of piglets looking for owners.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Let’s tackle the blight, together
Posted: July 16, 2014

I’ve been working in Polk County long enough to learn one thing: everything happens here at a much slower pace than I’ve become accustomed.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Column: How I write
Posted: July 09, 2014

It’s summertime, and with a long week of events having come and gone, I find myself staring at a computer screen and wondering “Well, Kevin, what are we going to write about in the paper this week?”

Thursday 07/03/2014
Letter to the Editor: Remembering Sun Valley
Posted: July 03, 2014

Editor’s note: The following letter came attached with a brief and interesting note from the author, which I have also chosen to share.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Column: An ode to fireworks
Posted: July 02, 2014

I love a good fireworks show.

Friday 06/27/2014
Column: All Americans are responsible for situation in Iraq
Posted: June 27, 2014

“The fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” – Cassius, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Thursday 06/19/2014
Deal calls Carter opportunist on education budget
Posted: June 19, 2014

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal denied Thursday he boosted education spending in the new state budget to win votes in his re-election as Sen. Jason Carter charges.

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