There are many ills (troubles, problems, evils) in the human race today. Yes, we’re experiencing a time of sickness and death, loss of jobs, people being evicted from their homes, etc. because of the Coronavirus, and that’s heartbreaking. It is said that vaccine companies are searching for a…

A tidbit here and a tidbit there.

The headlines read that Lee Hill lost his battle with Covid last Saturday, but they should have said that he won the game of life. Hill had been the head boys’ basketball coach at Statesboro High School since 1978. That may not mean much in Thomson, but if you did not know Lee Hill, you shou…

I’ve been a clock and calendar person all my life so count me among those who appreciate a firm schedule about what’s coming next. The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has always done a good job of establishing a calendar for when practices can start and when games can be played, when …

A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitols.  She said, “Go ahead and ask me, I know all of them.”  A friend says, “Ok, what’s the capitol of Wisconsin?”  The blonde replies, “Oh that’s easy.  It’s W.”

In response to Mr  Tom Holley and Chris Kirby  I like to thank you for Thomson's history. You mentioned a lot about the history of Thomson and how this Community was built by the hands of slaves and slaveholders and the KKK (strange that their names would be included in Thomson-Mcduffie hist…

My new book "Neither an Officer nor a Gentleman" will be available for purchase soon. I just proofed the publisher's copy for typos and found a passage I thought was especially pertinent for today. The scene occurs in November of 1969 in Hong Kong. My best friend Gabe Michelena and I were sh…

I am writing this four days before the planned opening of the abbreviated major league baseball season on July 23. By the time you read this, those plans may have been washed away by Covid hysteria. Things change just that quickly in today’s new normal. I will continue as if the games will i…

Today there are so many resources that we can rely on to seek solutions for the situations that may arise in our lives. If we’re sick we can trust the doctors; for our financial resources we can trust our paycheck and the banks; for advice regarding issues that concern us we can trust our po…

Mr. James Taylor, a proud citizen of Thomson, would like the two McDuffie County Confederate monuments removed to promote racial change and racial unity.  I, Tom Holley, also a proud citizen of Thomson, would like to know where the denouncement of our historical keepsakes will end if we begi…

I sincerely hope that the Cancel Culture does not have Thomson in its sights. There is now a “demand” for the removal of two Confederate statues in this city.  The demander exhibits the very intolerance he accuses others of. We’re all offended by something. That is no excuse to promote the e…

I was one of the community members who participated in the Mcgahee Quarters Community Clean up. Upon my arrival I was SHOCKED, to see that there are no benches at the park. If the kids wanted to play some Community softball, what, they can play and go home, no where to sit and rest, but on t…

On Wednesday  July 1st, my husband Bob and I were driving to Savannah from our home in the mountains of Rabun County. On GA Hwy 17, a few miles north of Thomson, the engine on our car blew out leaving us stranded on the side of the road with a very alarmed cat in the car.  Attempts to get he…

With the situation that has recently happened in Missouri against a young black man dying from a knee  into his neck from a police  officer. Which has sparked a world wide effort for racial change and race unity all across the world.

I would like to preface this article by thanking Ralph Starling for having Betty Edmunds and me on his show to describe how mining will affect them and to, also, thank a few voices of reason in unexpected places with whom I have spoken.

Have you ever been in a situation where you really needed someone to just say the words, “It will be okay”? If you have never been there you cannot understand the value of encouragement. I have been there and it’s a place of hopelessness.

I should have diversified my portfolio years ago. No, I don’t mean buying into various stock opportunities or investing in real estate or Thomson’s favorite pastime, rental property. I should have built a swimming pool, bought golf clubs and joined a country club, bought a boat and fishing r…

Christopher Columbus' three small, wooden ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain in 1492. Six weeks later they reached the northern shores of the islands of Cuba, Haiti-Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, previously unknown to Europeans, A…

Two major developments occurred in professional sports in 1970 that created the foundation of how pro football and Major League Baseball operate today. If you are younger than sixty, you may assume that the NFL was always the monopoly that it is now and that free agency in baseball was creat…

Has there ever been a time when you needed encouragement from a Fellow Christian? Have you ever given encouragement to someone?

This is for my CSRA, southeast and east central Georgia friends. Graduating in 1976, he was a star running back at Jenkins County, Georgia High School. During basketball season he served as statistician, and did everything else that a non player could do. During those years of ‘carrying the …

Here we go again.  Many McDuffie County residents are, yet again, going to be confronted with a battle to maintain their property values and standard of living as Imerys mining is making yet another application to the Planning Board, July 7th and the Board of Commissioners July 21st, both at…

As a high school football player and later as a coach, the July 4 holiday indicated a defacto end of summer frolicking. We didn’t totally avoid fun and family, but post-Independence Day was the time to start focusing on football. Getting serious about being in shape became a priority. In coa…