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I guess as a kid I fished in just about every river and creek around Rome. I did a few times in other places that I wasn't supposed to. Give most boys a fishing pole back when I was growing up, and they were in heaven. But I did a lot of fishing in other ways besides with a pole.

After forty years, I still remember my physiology test. It remains the hardest multiple-choice test I took in college. I’m sure the professor experienced a depressive episode at worst, and at least puzzlement.

Writing a birding column is like working in a welcome center on an interstate highway. People ask you questions. Only instead of asking where to eat lunch, where to buy cheap gas, what is the shortest route to the McIntosh Reserve, and where is the restroom, I am asked bird questions. How do…

Aging. I’ve long thought it’ll never happen to me. My husband has been teasing me, telling me I was getting old. I didn’t want to hear it. However, I’ve recently been dealing with an eye problem which has certainly gotten my attention.

Several months ago, when we were experiencing particularly frigid temperatures, Rome First United Methodist announced they would open up their recreation hall for temporary shelter for women and children to get out of the cold for the night. They had a limited number of cots available and kn…

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Now y'all know I generally like to keep my column pretty local. Occasionally I'll venture out to Esom Hill or to Rockmart when I talk about my family, but for the most part I like to talk about life in and around Rome and Floyd County.

I guess over the last year my wife and I have won at least five free vacations, and left several million in funds from folks we didn’t even know we were the next of kin. And thankfully when my bank account gets out of whack, there’s somebody calling us to straighten it out, whether we have a…

Mr. Trump will go to any length to erase the legacy of President Obama. He has not the faintest idea what is outlined in the Iran Deal. All he knows is that President Obama signed it and is in agreement with it. That was all he needed to know in order to be against it. Iran and the United St…

Don't let the charred remains of palm trees and pines, created by a controlled burn, in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park deceive you — this is the location of one of the best treasures to be found on the Emerald Coast. The term Emerald Coast was coined in 1983 by junior high student Andrew Di…

“… that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.” James Allen

Previously, our investigation had entered the courts and the legal history of the Second Amendment. Its legislative history, its intentions and different modes of federalism in relation to the whole was pronounced. Now, I will end this short saga with a forceful reminder of the underapprecia…

I’ve always loved to use the phrase “You catch more flies with honey” for its spirit of kindness in dealing with people. Obviously, we are more appealing when we are pleasant, though many of us seem to have forgotten that these days. I’ll get back to you folks in a minute. But, there is no q…

Back in the days that I grew up in, it was quite different from today. Very few houses had electricity in them. Kerosene lamps furnished most of your light at night. Most of the radios were powered by batteries and they didn’t pick up many stations because there was so much interference at n…

How did the Border War in Kansas have an effect upon northwest Georgia? From 1855 till 1859, when Federal troops finally stopped the bloodshed along the Missouri-Kansas Border, it was a bloody place to be living. The Kansas-Nebraska Act had declared that by popular vote the residents of Kans…

With longing and anticipation, I stared at the likeness of his eyes and face, wondering if he was still alive and if it was our destiny to ever meet all these years later. The grainy Navy photograph came alive for me and my heart soared as I knew that I was staring at my biological father. A…

My daddy had a real enthusiasm for history. Georgia history. Rome, Georgia’s history. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of local history that was nothing short of fascinating. When our family went somewhere for the day, Daddy would tell us all about the area we were visiting, and we invariabl…

  • By Monica Sheppard, local columnist
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As I sat listening to Oshea Israel talk about what made it possible for him to take another young man’s life, I was struck by how simple, and yet complex, his answer was.

As the nation marks 50th year of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination that happened April 4, 1968, we still have much work to do to make his dream become a complete reality. Many of the icons that walked with him have passed away. Thanks for the work of his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King…

This is normally a politics/current events column, though I have occasionally delved into theological matters here, and I’d like to do so again, this time by backing up from single issues and politics and speaking to one of the most central tenants of my personal belief system: the innate an…

Gloom...despair...excessive misery...deep dark depression...relentless agony. The 2018 World Happiness Report in March didn’t describe our nation that way, but it did note the USA has fallen all the way to 18th, a steady downward float of contentment since the report’s startup in 2012.

Previously, we discussed the outcome of an unlikely situation that is postulated by many as a defense for individuals to carry Armalite rifles and other firearms that are more than necessary for self defense from an impossible enemy. Next, it is important for us to take a look at how the nat…

People frequently ask me how I get ideas for the column. Typically, I consider the time of year, and whether there is a holiday forthcoming. Events taking place in Rome, a historically significant date in history, and experiences of my family and me. Observations. A funny story. All things f…

Just this morning I was posting on the infernal machine that it was time to face facts. My writing has taken a turn for the worst. In other words, I’m not getting a lot accomplished. I guess I could make a hundred excuses, but I won’t. I’m just going to blame it on age, and life changes and …

Ben Carson! How dare you spend $39,000 for a dining room table? What would make you think that you could carelessly spend the tax payers’ money? Without saying a word, you have approved the cutting of billions of dollars from the HUD budget, but that does not mean that it was to be used for …

  • The Rev. Gary Batchelor
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I recently read an article claiming that the worst offenders for rejecting free speech were found at liberal college campuses. Though I am suspicious of internet claims, this one sadly has a ring of truthfulness to it. When I asked my Tea Party friend if this sounds like political correctnes…

The Christian faiths recognize this coming Sunday as Palm Sunday — the story of Jesus’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and then, the greatest story ever told the Passion of the Christ.

“I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong — that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:11-12).

My favorite past time is riding my 10-speed street bike on the campus of Berry College. Sunday, March 4 was to have been this year’s inaugural spring bike ride. However, the day before that, I was at Piedmont Park in Atlanta with the grands flying a kite. We were having so much fun. It was t…

The month of March has been all about the ladies, with International Women’s Day on March 8th and the entire month designated as National Women’s History Month here in the U.S. (It used to be only a week, but now we get the whole month, as we should. There are FAR too many fabulous women in …

Although Alzheimer’s disease can take away your loved one long before it’s their time for them to leave the planet, it can be an opportunity to give you a new perspective about love, the insidiousness of the disease and coping. It is from these sweet moments that I shared with my mother that…

  • Lonie Adcock
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I was watching television when a scene on it brought back a memory. This was in the early 1940s. Times were hard back then, there was no jobs to be had. If you were among the lucky ones who had a job you were indeed fortunate. My father passed away in 1941, leaving my mother with three boys …

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates all things Irish. Observed annually on March 17, the supposed date of his death, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide. It is a celebration of Ireland itself, but of particular focus is St. Patrick, himself, the primary patron saint of Ireland.

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