It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.

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Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a viral respiratory illness that occurs during flu season. No one likes to be sick and all of us can take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the flu.  Influenza virus is most commonly spread through airborne droplets or contact with the …

“Best Ever” are big words but it is hard to argue with those who declare the 2019 LSU Tigers the best college football team ever. They beat #2 Clemson, #4 Georgia, #6 Florida, #7 Oklahoma, #8 Alabama, #14 Auburn and #25 Texas on the way to a 15-0 season. Only the Auburn game was close. There…

(Editors Note: this letter has been submitted to The McDuffie Progress and was originally submitted to another newspaper previously. The letter references a “recent article by Jill Nolin.” That article, entitled “Rural Georgians hold their nose as sludge is dumped nearby,” was published by t…

Dateline: Athens, Georgia, USA; January 8, 2020. Quarterback Jake Fromm declared for the NFL draft, offensive lineman Cade Mays transferred to Tennessee and the University of Georgia announced that they would drop the sport of football and replace it with women’s lacrosse beginning with the …

The beginning of a new year provides us an opportunity to think about our past, and our future. As we think back, we can revisit our 2019 actions, the good and the not so good. What do we wish we would’ve done differently?

Call me dedicated or foolhardy, both apply, but we did go to the Sugar Bowl, more out of obligation than glee. I haven’t missed a Georgia game in person since October 23, 2004, so I want to keep that streak going until something happens that will force me to miss a game. That was the only re…

What do we have to look forward to from the sports world in 2020? Super Bowl LIV will be played in Miami on February 2, but the actual games aren’t what I’m asking about. The Super Bowl and similar events always look pretty much the same because the evolution of what happens on the fields an…

I have decided to quit writing for a while, so here’s my final story, shortened from an upcoming book about my infamous life as a sailor during Vietnam, a basically true look at my good times and bad, of my few noble efforts and many misdeeds.

In my opinion, the most benevolent countries in the world, during war or peace, are the United States and her greatest allies, Great Britain, Canada and Australia. Those countries and their allies sacrificed millions of young men and women throughout the globe during two world wars in 27 sho…

Christmas has come and gone and as we await the New Year, we find ourselves smack in the middle of college football bowl season. There are now 40 bowl games and my understanding is that three more will be added next year. The Myrtle Beach Bowl, to be played at Coastal Carolina University nea…

Teenaged boys, those dirty, smelly, unkempt, unwashed heathens who care only about sports, hunting and food, waste their precious teenage years. Unfortunately, teenaged girls are forced to waste their teenage years too; they’re only allowed to date those same silly boys who are too young and…

The Georgia Bulldogs were indeed the sacrificial lambs for the LSU Tigers and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow in the SEC Championship Game. Even if LSU had left the field, I’m not sure that Georgia could have scored enough to keep up with Burrow and the LSU receiving corp. Geor…

The Scripture for our column this week is one of the shortest in the Bible. But what a big message these two words convey! “Rejoice Always!” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

Moving forward in the Season of Advent, Sunday’s focus was on the word “Peace.” My focal Scripture for my column this week is Philippians 4:6-8:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace…

In 1957 the freshman Senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, wrote ‘Profiles in Courage’ using a ghost-writer, Ted Sorenson, his campaign speech writer. The book gave short biographies of eight Senators honored by Senator Kennedy for their individual acts of integrity and bravery in the…

It’s hard to believe that six years ago my wife and I packed up our two dogs, one parrot, and made the final move to Thomson, Georgia.

The Georgia Bulldogs finished off an 11-win regular season for the third straight time with a record-setting 52-7 dismantling of Georgia Tech last Saturday. After taking a 17-0 lead the Bulldogs fell asleep in the second quarter, allowing Tech to get excited and hold the halftime score to 17…

Sunday, December 1st, was the first Sunday in Advent 2019.

The holidays are a wonderful and hectic time of the year. It is great to get together with family and friends to celebrate. It is also a time when we get caught trying to get things done a little quicker due to time change. It gets dark quick, so let us take a little time and think about saf…

Sixty-eight years ago this Saturday, the most underhanded, deplorable act of modern warfare took place in what’s fondly known as ‘America’s Paradise.’ On Sunday, December 7, 1941, immediately after the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, U. S. Navy Rear admiral Chester Nimitz was at ho…