Opinion/Editorial

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Do you remember when you were a kid and dreamed of having super powers? Many of us would give anything to be like Superman and leap over tall buildings in a single bound. If you are a parent, however, you may feel less like leaping and more like Superman on kryptonite. Don’t fret — you have …

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Most of us have heard the age old question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Recently many have asked the same of Cave Spring. Can anything good come out of Cave Spring? Just because the town is serene and has that unassuming appearance, one should not let that cause him/her to not …

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Feb. 10, 1908, had to be a sad day for the Rome City Council. That’s the day Mayor John W. Maddox, presiding over the council, closed the dispensary as a business enterprise. It was, from that time on, illegal to sell any intoxicating beverage in Floyd County. The near-beer halls lasted almo…

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Recently the bride’s auto was in the shop and I had the pleasure of taking her to work . We drove past a small residential area and there in front of a tiny home stood a relic from the past, a clothesline complete with damp items waving in the morning breeze.

There are so many things happening in this post modern world. Some are very positive, but in my mind I see this cosmos — world of order God created— as chaos — a world of disorder the evil one has seduced man to create.

My presence in this room of writers was a strange beginning; at least, this was my perception. It was evident to me they were honed in their craft and I was not. Some internal gravity had convinced me to come to this meeting, had meted me with enough courage to subject myself and attend.

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A democracy is a style of government that is seen most preferable in modern times. Georgia is a democracy in its own right, but I put forth that we as a state are behind. We are less democratic than other states in the union. There are two basic types of modern democracy, direct democracy an…

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This is part 2 of a 2 part series about Pam Walker’s visit to the restored home of the late Miss Helen Dean Rhodes, and her sister, Miss Fannie Wood Rhodes.

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I recently had an experience at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater that has nagged me ever since. I saw the highly-acclaimed musical “The Book of Mormon,” and contrary to expectations, did not enjoy it. I went expecting biting satire (I like satire) and four-letter words (after all, I live in 20…

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What is wrong with us seeing each other? There is a commercial with the individual asking the world to “See me.” This one is about eczema or psoriasis and the fear is that the discoloration of the skin is the first thing that people see and not her/him. Is it out of fear of being known that …

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A quick review if you please. Rome passed an ordinance in July of 1887 forbidding the sale of alcohol in Rome. The way the ballots were designed, many thought it was tainted. So in 1889, another election was held, alcohol was voted back in and all the saloons reopened. There were charges of …

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After a long day of driving, we finally made it to our next planned destination, Spearfish, South Dakota. I found this free attraction quite by accident and what a fantastic surprise it was. There is a city campground right across the street which sits along the edge of a large creek, housin…

Church leaders, pastors and even members talk about being faithful to the word of God. But how do we determine what is being faithful? Is it following a list of biblical rules and regulations? Or is it more challenging than that?

Age has thrust upon me a ripening. I’ve reached a stage when stories begin with some variation of the word “ago,” as in some time ago, 30-years-ago, 20-years-ago or 10-years-ago.

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For years, the members of Democratic Party have always stuck together and rallied behind their elected officials and candidates — regardless of differences in ideology. Sure, there were Bernie Sanders’ supporters who acted out in 2016, but despite the corrupt institution known as the Democra…

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We live our lives on multiple stages. One of the stages on which I lived my childhood was the home of the late Miss Helen Dean Rhodes. A two story, tabby/stucco house built in the late 1800s, the sisters inherited the house from their maternal grandparents.

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The debates have been held, the ballots have been cast and Georgia has finally entered the general election season. The battle lines have also begun to be drawn between the Democrats and Republicans as they work to define the election and explain why it’s so important to support them this November.

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We leave physical and emotional traces of ourselves on every place that we go and on everyone that we touch. Because our purpose was set in motion by our divine creator, we must know that statement to be true when examining the history of the eight Chubb brothers. This was a family that move…

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Floyd County Schools started back Thursday with the heavy rains putting a bit of a damper on Cave Spring student’s first day with an early dismissal, but all ended well. Rome City School students start back to school today. Please be aware of buses stopping to load or unload students in the …

Along the street, the sign on the fence says Blake, but there are other Blakes claiming this place by blood and lineage. Old and stately, built in 1867, this house sits beachside overlooking Charleston Harbor. The family has owned it since the 1890’s. The history is recorded in the courthous…

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Daddy’s birthday was July 27. Born in Cordele in 1918, he would’ve been 100 years old this year. He was such a sweet man and I really miss him. An educator for many years, he began his career in 1948 at Everett Springs. My brother was born that year.

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This past weekend we threw a tremendous party to benefit the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF). It was called “Starstruck: RIFF at The Vogue,” and our goal was to celebrate the magic of film and filmmakers. We invited actors to dress as famous movie stars, projected old film clips on t…

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I wish I could definitely say who started developing “Mobley Park” first, but I can’t. Our first streetcars started running in 1885, and it seems from the first day there was a move to eventually extend the line in that direction.

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While driving to work I had a reminder why we really should obey the speed limits along our more rural roads. Our neighbor’s dogs were hanging out in the road again. While the bigger one had sense enough to move to the side when she saw me coming, the tiny one — who simply can not be out-blu…

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Don’t you hate it when you hear some story or analogy that really strikes you so you quote it all the time, using it to justify some theological point, only to learn after a little bit of research that it isn’t even exactly true? Yeah, I hate it when that happens. That just happened to me, b…

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Mr. Nathan Adler, age 91, of Rome, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, in a local hospital. So begins the obituary. Many of our readers knew Nathan Adler as a columnist and then a frequent letter writer in our pages for more three decades. Many might even know he was an accomplished actor i…

Let us have a feast and fellowship with our neighbors as we prepare our children for the next marching step. There is life after high school … a great big noisy life. No matter how many Helsinkis, no matter how many men do not stand for what is right, no matter how many become imbecilic, no …

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First, I appreciate the outpouring of support I have received as a result of my recent termination as Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office. I have been a public servant in this community for close to 30 years, 14 of those years as your Chief Deputy at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. It ha…

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We were discussing various modes of technology that were bombarding Rome in the 1880s and 1890s. Electricity was big, really big, and Rome was changing all her streetlights over to electricity, following the standard already set by stores, offices and hotels. On Sept. 8, 1890, Rome took a gi…

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