As I rush toward a milestone birthday, I humbly ask your indulgence for the next few weeks as this sentimental soul has lately become more nostalgic than ever. I can’t seem to avoid thinking about anything but old memories, so perhaps, some will entertain you. This story is more in line with…

Some of the best ideas for a newspaper article come from the morning discussions with my co-workers. Working in a small office, morning conversations can cover everything from everyone’s plans for the day, did you hear that, or have you noticed. This morning, the discussion turned from who g…

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ (NACDA) Learfield Cup final 2017-18 standings were released on June 29. The Learfield Cup is a program that recognizes college and universities that maintain broad-based men’s and women’s athletic programs. The University of Geor…

The lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer have descended upon us and right now the two biggest sports stories in Georgia, not counting the mudslinging contest in the governor’s race, are the Atlanta Braves and Julio Jones. While we wait not so patiently on our beloved high school and college foot…

Knuckles twisted around the cane like knotted tree roots. Their owner hunched over the stick. Beyond her thinning, white curls, a hump rose from her back. Eyes with gauzy white lenses met my gaze. Her voice crackled, “Is this the humor group?”

I grew up with our family having a large garden that fed the entire extended family. After working in the garden every afternoon and hauling what seemed like tons of quartz rock out every time we broke ground, it is no wonder I just don’t have the desire to attempt to grow anything.

When you have traveled I-75 toward Chattanooga, you may have noticed the sprawling LakePoint Sporting Community located in the southern tip of Bartow County near the small town of Emerson. The 1,300-acre complex was the brainchild of several private investors including former Braves’ manager…

Last year about this time, I had an article talking about Bermudagrass Stem Maggot and how it had been found in bermudagrass hay fields in the coastal plains. I have not heard or seen any type of notice yet, but it is a pretty sure bet that the notice will be coming soon. I also remember tha…

How about a few observations from a guy who wishes he knew everything? The more I see and hear, the dumber I get. There’s a lot I just don’t understand.

My husband and I scan the shelf and take turns reading off the names of the various versions of the product. How many times have we purchased what we believed was the right thing, brought it home, and had her treat it – and us – with disdain?

I always hear people say “there’s nothing for kids to do around Thomson.” True, but maybe there could be a few more activities; ye,t we already have rec league ball, church activities, 4-H, scouts, and all sorts of school activities.

Here we sit 10 weeks away from the Thomson Bulldogs’ opening game at North Augusta HS on August 17, and the question is coming more frequently. “What kind of team are we gonna’ have this year?” Because I write a sports column in this newspaper, some assume I might be the go-to guy for inform…

In May and June, young mole crickets’ minds turn to thoughts of settling down, finding a mate, and raising a family. Of course their home building can wreck our turf. A little knowledge and preparation may prevent mole crickets from starting their family in your lawn.

One day, when all the hens were lolling about the chicken coop, nagging the rooster to do this and to do that, something fell into the middle of their dirt yard, puffing a poof of dust into the air. Chicken Little started flapping and running back and forth, squawking, “The sky is falling! T…

Again around Thomson we were without internet and phones for nearly all day on Monday. I was glad to see that my cable and wifi were working when I got home Monday evening, but again Tuesday morning at the office, we were still having problems.

It happens in a marriage that, after a number of years of faithfully walking together, eyes on the prize, one person stays focused on the original aim while the other goes off on a tangent. The one with her eyes still locked forward doesn't see her partner straying from the path, waltzing do…

I knew that betting on sports was only technically legal in Nevada but I never really thought about why. If you know anybody who likes to gamble, you are aware that they know how to find a way to place their bets on football and basketball games, and even golf. Betting on baseball and hockey…

It sometimes amazes me when I hear someone online saying they don’t understand why we charge for our online content now at Mcduffieprogress.com

At the risk of beating a dead horse, last week’s column about the Georgia High School Association’s disastrous handling of the pitch-count rule involving Charlton County High School begs for a follow-up. Just to remind you, at Charlton’s request, a friendly judge put a halt to the Class A pu…

One of my favorite Scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all you do and He will direct your path.”  I’ve found peace in this Scripture many times, especially when I’ve had to make major decisions.

The other morning while doing my morning walk I heard an owl hooting from over in the woods. It got me wondering how many different species of owls live in Georgia. It makes one feel pretty good to live where every once in a while you can hear owls hooting. At our farm up in northern Ohio we…