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My family has had a summer full of activities: horse camp at our farm, art camp and swimming lessons. We’ve fallen into that late-season routine that makes vacation feel endless — staying up later than usual and getting up past our school wakeup time. We’ve had long, leisurely days where the…

As I survey the granite battlefield on top of my black walnut desk, the carnage is, to be blunt, breathtaking. One lone white king, utterly deprived of any other allies on the entire board, sits surrounded by my queen, two knights, one bishop, and two pawns. My king, four other pawns, and bo…

As a kid, I would read my favorite newspaper columnists. I loved looking up the big words used by George Will. Lewis Grizzard’s humor was solid gold, every single time. I enjoyed the show business name-dropping of Earl Wilson. I even liked the gossipy “scoops” uncovered by government watchdo…

Rita Parker, chapter regent of the William Marsh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), presents Terry Reid of Ringgold with a certificate of award from the National Society of the DAR on July 24 for proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the Flag of th…

To begin with, I understand that I am assuredly going to be the recipient of light-hearted yet sarcastic comments about me not understanding that I am not a kid anymore. And I am OK with that. So email away, all of you armchair satirists; I can take it.

The cloud is a popular term of where to store data and information today for computers. The big three cloud providers are AWS (Amazon Web Services), Azure (Microsoft) and Google Cloud Platform.

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For 20 plus years, Walker County African American Historical and Alumni Association Inc. (WCAAHAA) has moved forward on its mission to preserve, document and educate themselves and others concerning the history and legacy of African Americans of Walker County and northwest Georgia.

On Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special 90-minute, ranger-led car caravan tour exploring the role of sharpshooters during the Battle of Chickamauga. This program begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

Several hundred people turned out Saturday evening, July 17, for Ringgold Downtown Nights’ BBQ Pig Out. The event, held at the downtown Market Pavilion at 96 Depot St., featured barbecue, the live band Matchbox Rodeo, and — for the kids – a bounce house, face-painting, and balloon characters…

JASPER, Tenn. – Spc. Meghan Losh, a military police officer with Cleveland’s 252nd Military Police Company, has participated in the Tennessee National Guard’s COVID-19 mission since February 2021. A resident of Ringgold, Losh’s National Guard career almost ended before it got started.

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe welcomed Jennie Landreth (center) from Choices of Chattanooga to tell the members about their programs to assist families expecting a baby. The emphasis is providing information to help develop the family and mother and baby by offering services, adoption …

To the best of my recollection, in all of my 51 years of life thus far the only places I have ever actually been kicked out of are a funeral and a Bible college cafeteria. Mind you, I do not recount these things for you with any anger. I actually do so with the laughter still rolling inside …

Strong opinions begat strong reactions. I recently begatted a strong opinion about Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones and he begatted a strong reaction right back at me. Good for him. Many intrepid public servants poked by my stiletto do one of two things: They sulk or ignore me…

Redundancy is where things are duplicated. Redundancy is often confused with backup. Backup is where you have a separate copy of your data, and there should be at least one copy stored in a different location.

“Rebel Correspondent” by Steve Procko is the true story of Arba Shaw, a young man who joined the Confederate army seven days after his 18th birthday and served bravely for more than two and a half years until the war ended. He emerged as changed person.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (Georgia DOT) Office of Intermodal announced the launch of its Let’s Ride rural transit website and mobile app July 16 in coordination with National Rural Transit Day. The Let’s Ride website and mobile app bring rural Georgians a simplified and stre…

The Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club had special musical guests Brandon Wilcox (on keyboard) and Cameron Wilcox (on violin) at its July 2 lunch meeting. The twin brothers attend Southern Adventist University and are members of the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra promotes music a…

Growing up in the early years of Major League Baseball in Atlanta, the sport was so easy to love. Teams had pitchers who could go the whole nine innings, hitters who could bunt and steal bases, and managers who could fire up an entire stadium by getting in the umpire’s face.

Each week the Associated Press publishes “Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen Last Week.” It is a collection of fake news, most of which has been shared online. The stories usually include quotes taken out of context, photoshopped images, and doctored audio.

I have declared this The Summer of Joy, even though I have no legal authority to do so. I am merely comparing this summer to the last one. We are smiling again. We are taking vacations, and we are going to church, ball games, and concerts. Optimism is in full bloom.

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On Thursday, July 1, the dating violence bill (House Bill 231) becomes law in Georgia. The new law allows victims of dating violence to get a protective order to protect them against their abusers. Victims of dating violence are defined as those who have a committed romantic relationship but…

Ridgeland High School’s Art Department has partnered again with the 6th Cavalry Museum to produce a unique exhibit of student artwork to display at the museum. This year marks the fifth time for such a collaboration.