Here's another story for the 150th anniversary of McDuffie County from “The Life and Times of George Lloyd Rodgers” by Eloise Rodgers Waterhouse.] What was Dearing like a hundred years ago? It was like most villages of approximately two hundred people. It was not what one would call beautifu…

When I hear or read anything about the return of spectator sports, I’m reminded of the old tale about the preacher asking his congregation to raise their hand if they want to go to heaven. When a deacon on the front pew did not even flinch, the preacher asked him directly; brother, don’t you…

Here is an example of the types of stories that will be printed in the 150th Celebration of the Founding of McDuffie County this fall:

Two names synonymous with one another and Georgia Tech football from the 1970s are Eddie Lee Ivery and Pepper Rodgers. Ivery, the star running back is alive and well right here in Thomson. Rodgers, the head coach, passed away at the age of 88 on May 14. The reverence that Ivery felt for Rodg…

Dedicated McDuffie County civic leader Joyce Blevins was honored for her faithful public service by State of Georgia, House Resolution 1428 on March 20, 2000, as follows:

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God love…

Never in the history of college football did anyone’s NFL draft stock drop faster than the price of oil quite like that of Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. In 2017 the freshman was the golden boy, the fair-haired child and the messiah rolled into one. After relieving injured starter Jacob Eas…

Mother’s Day will be over when you read this column but it’s never too late to talk about someone as special as a parent who loves his/her children. Someone might need to hear/read this, for several different reasons.

McDuffie County is going to have a major celebration of the county's founding this October. 150 years ago in October of 1870 we were organized as a new county with Thomson as the county seat. One part of the county-wide celebration will be "Published Materials" for which we are putting toget…

Thomas Carr, son of William and Susannah Carr, was born in Spottsylvania County, Virginia, in 1758. His father was a large landowner, sheriff of Spottsylvania and relative of Dabney Carr, the brother-in-law of Thomas Jefferson. (Dabney Carr was one of Thomas Jefferson's closest friends. He a…

I’ve never been a movie buff, but The Shawshank Redemption is a good one. Actors Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman portray prisoners entrapped by a corrupt warden. Get busy living, or get busy dying is the theme behind the plot. Robbins’ character dared for life on the outside while Freeman’s r…

Many, if not all, of us have experienced different kinds of brokenness. For example, maybe we experienced a broken marriage, broken friendship, the loss of a job, or the death of a loved one. Regardless of the reason, brokenness hurts, and it hurts bad!

This weekend there will be a gathering of friends for friends at Thomson Country Club.  They will be coming together to show support for one of their dearest friends, Jimmy Lancaster and his wife Robin.

One can never appreciate where the Thomson High Diamond Dogs were headed on May 24, 2010 without considering the storied history of Columbus High baseball. Muscogee County was a magnet school system, so it was no secret that the best baseball players in west Georgia and east Alabama often en…

What do we do when we don’t know what to do? We should take God at His word. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of my favorite scriptures. It tells us not to trust in our own heart, nor lean to our own understanding – but acknowledge God in all we do and He will direct our path.

By virtue of winning the region championship the 2010 Thomson High Diamond Dogs knew that if they could advance, they would enjoy the home field advantage at least through the third round of the state playoffs. After winning ten games by mercy rule margins, the question was how this team wou…

(Editor’s Note: This is the speech written and delivered by Devontae Crawford for the Annual Sherri C. Hobbs. Oratorical Contest, which is sponsored by Delta Sigma theta Sorority,  Inc., Thomson Alumnae Chapter. He placed third among middle school competitors.)

This is an interesting time, to say the least. For those who care little about history, she is trampling over you. She is forcing herself to be recorded by the world as long as God leaves us here. If you are one whom God has given little or no interest in history, you are being confronted by…

The President has proposed cutting funding for the World Health Organization to punish it for alleged failures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time here in the US, we have extensive, ongoing problems with supplies of personal protective gear and COVID-19 testing kits – prob…

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) David wrote these comforting words after he had escaped from the hands of his enemies. Having been anointed by God to be Israel's king, David was being hotly pursued by the jealous king Saul, wh…

Jason Osborn had pleaded for the opportunity to learn under Terry Holder and he would now be the Thomson High School head baseball coach in 2010. Osborn believed that the team would be in prime position to defend the 2009 region title, the school’s first ever in baseball. This team would be …

Households throughout Georgia have received at least four mailings from the Census Bureau requesting their participation in Census 2020. Through April 9, 44.5 percent of McDuffie County households had returned their Census, compared to 46.7 percent nationwide.

Saturday night as the walls began to close in, I remembered seeing on Facebook that the Belle Meade area had several crosses up to show “Faith Over Fear.”  So I decided to drive around Thomson to look for crosses in yards to lift my spirits.  Since I would not be getting out anywhere nor sto…

“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have ove…

Georgia citizens, beware some new Republican shenanigans regarding the May primary.  David Ralston can lie all he wants, but there is no truth to his preposterous “what I really meant was…” claim that absentee voting encourages voter fraud.  He seems to be scared Republican candidates will l…