Social media is the modern-day gospel and a common refrain in the Twitterverse following Georgia’s 41-24 loss to Alabama was that Kirby Smart is just another Mark Richt, he can’t win the big one. If you measure Smart by his 0-3 record against Alabama, then you may be right, but in every othe…

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?

The Georgia Bulldogs head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama Saturday night looking for their third consecutive victory on the hallowed turf of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Now go ahead and admit that is not a sentence you expected to read to open a story about the Georgia-Alabama game, but it is true. Also tr…

Scripture:    “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be trou…

Morgan County and Thomson will renew an old rivalry Friday night in The Brickyard. The last time the red and black Bulldogs from Madison played Thomson, Coach Paul Leroy was at the helm of the black and gold and current McDuffie County school board chairman Andy Knox, Sr. was a sophomore end…

So, how’s your October going? Better than the previous six months, I hope. I concluded September by doing something that I thought would be impossible just a few weeks ago. I traveled to Arkansas for Georgia’s first game, and I went in an airplane. I joined many of you in wondering if air tr…

The college football world spent all spring and summer counting on time being its’ ally against the coronavirus, then August arrived. Since the schools are somewhat clumsily organized into conference affiliations, the question of if, how and when college football would be played was going to…

Georgia Open Records and Open Meetings law states “the gathering of a quorum of a board of commissioners, or other local agency at which any official business, policy, or public matter of the county is formulated, presented or voted upon is subject to the Open Meetings Law. Who knew? The has…

Football at every level has been played, but it hasn’t been pretty. High school, college and pro is a hodgepodge of opt ins, opt outs, quarantines, cancellations, postponements, schedule changes and flying by the seat of your pants. Coaches are creatures of habit, wedded to strict routines. …

When I first visited Briarwood with my parents during the summer of 1970, it was still a work in progress.  The basic structure of what is now known as the John and Gayle Hammond Middle and High School but was then the only building on campus was in place, and construction was far enough alo…

I feel obliged to share my observations about my ticket purchase and attendance at the Thomson game Friday night. The school system released a statement of procedures on Tuesday before the game. I will use that as a checklist. Keep in mind, no matter how hard anyone tries, in this unique env…

As Labor Day is being celebrated by the masses, many people are unemployed today because of the Pandemic that’s gripping the world. People are grieving, not only because of the loss of lives, but also because of the lost of their means of livelihood. But I want to encourage each of us to use…

God reminds us there will be trouble in this world, and there’s no denying that the year 2020 has been a year of trouble such as the majority of us have never seen before. We are being ravished by The Corona-Virus, Tornadoes, Job Losses, Unexpected Deaths, Killings, and Racial Divide, just t…

When I was an employee of the McDuffie County School System, I marveled at how we strived to create the proverbial “win-win” situation, always trying to please everyone. When it comes to public schools it is difficult to please even a few. The question that is being debated now is how Thomso…

My name is Courtney Chaffin and I am a fourth year undergraduate Health Promotion and Behavior student at the University of Georgia. Upon completion of this summer semester I will be graduating, then returning to UGA for a Master of Public Health.

    The University of Georgia is attempting to provide tickets to at least one home football game this Fall as deep into its donor base as possible. With the schedule revamped to include only four home games and stadium capacity limited to 20-25 percent, many loyal, longtime fans will be res…

There “once” was a great American game called football. Not futball, the world’s most popular sport. Football was played in small yards by young boys and as much a part of Fall and Thanksgiving as turkey and dressing. We became enamored with the bounce of the oblong pigskin and the way we sn…

After decades of persistence, women were granted voting rights with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920.  Before Congress passed this landmark legislation, women endured arrests and imprisonment in a squalid workhouses where they were brutalized and force-fed.  Their vi…

When things happen in our lives that cause us pain, if we’re not careful, we can get stuck in that pain. It’s called, “Hopelessness.”  Hopelessness can be a symptom of a mental health condition, or it may occur when an individual is discouraged by dissatisfying, distressing, or negative life…

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…