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In the past week, the staff of The McDuffie Progress has posted 271 items — stories, photos, infographics, press releases, etc. — on mcduffieprogress.com and our dedication to reach the community with timely news and information stands firm. On Facebook, we have posted 54 times this week and…

The humor directed toward the bad luck, ineptitude and the bizarre nature of Atlanta’s sports history is now decades long, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add to it. The curse of “Losersville”, if you believe in that sort of thing, remains evident.  

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Editor’s note: Local officials are maintaining transparency. In Tuesday’s called meeting of the Thomson City Council, Dearing Town Council, and the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, leaders organized call-in access for board members and local media.)

Led by the NBA, the sports world went dark last week. It is indeed surreal what is happening right now in so many ways. Here are my random thoughts.

Scripture: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

During Lent we’re reminded that we who believe in the Son of God and receive Him as Lord, have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ. (Hebrew 10:10) The idea is, that the purpose for God sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to this sin-filled world was for …

A bill has recently been introduced in the Georgia House, H.B. 1060, which has as its goal preventing inappropriate medical care (malpractice) on sexually confused minors. Examples of such inappropriate care are: castration, mastectomies, prescribing powerful puberty-blocking drugs, etc., de…

 I was talking to the employees at the Thomson recycle center. As sad as it was I feel Thomson chamber should of advertised more on what the recycle center accomplished. By what they accept. Cereal boxes, beer and coke bottles/cans, glass or metal, daily newspapers, sale ads, ect. By keeping…

Have you heard any of my one-minute sports commentaries on WTHO radio? They follow the local news each weekday at 7:05 AM, noon and 5:05 PM. Mike Wall had brought this idea up to me for several years and when Tommy Palmer’s statewide commentary dropped off the Georgia News Network lineup, we…

Do you ever read my ramblings and later say to yourself; I wonder what happened with that situation that Walker wrote about in the Progress? I realize that I often tell you about things that are not local and not all of you are on Facebook or Twitter, the sources for everything it seems thes…

Many Christian Faiths have already celebrated Ash Wednesday and are in the midst of celebrating the Lenten Season.  Oftentimes we’re tempted to gloss over Lent and Holy Week in the rush to get to Easter, but it’s in the journey of Remorse and Repentance that the true splendor of Christ’s tri…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

The baseball version of Clean, Old Fashioned Hate will take place this weekend with a three-game series between the Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The games will be played at three locations beginning on Friday at 5:00 at Foley Field in Athens. On Saturday game two will be…

It recently dawned on me that it has been forty years since I was a college senior about to embark on student teaching and a job search. Being the most sentimental of fools, I’ll likely be sharing some of my memories of 1980 in future columns. It was the year that I became a real adult, not …

The Senate held a slightly abbreviated week, meet­ing for only three official legislative days. Howev­er, we made good use of each second of our time with lengthy days in chamber honoring guests and passing legislation, followed by committee hearings where we dove a little deeper into specif…

Once again, a high school head football coaching job turned ugly last month, and it happened at the most storied program in Georgia history. In a 5-4 vote, the Valdosta City school board fired Valdosta High School Head Football Coach Alan Rodemaker. Valdosta won the Class 6A state championsh…

In the scripture we are introduced to a man who asks Jesus the question: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18b, NIV) Jesus reminded him of the commandments and the man assured Jesus he had kept all the commandments from his youth up. Then Jesus spoke to the mat…

I must begin by saying, “I love Thomson”. Anything good about me came as a result of having two excellent parents and my being raised in Thomson. Additionally, anything I have achieved in life has come as a result of the excellent public school education I received here in McDuffie County. I…

The Webster definition of conservation is the prevention of wasteful use of a resource. To most people, this means saving energy or conserving water but to the avid outdoorsmen and women, it means much more.

I suspect that we all have experienced times in our lives when it seemed we needed more of God: more guidance, more wisdom, more direction, more help, but it seemed that we couldn’t hear from God. We may have come to these places and times through tragedy, pain, transitions in life, or even …

Pitchers and catchers report. Those words ring loud and clear every February with anticipation of the upcoming baseball season. February 12 is the day that the Atlanta Braves’ pitchers and catchers report to their new spring training home in North Port, Florida. Position players report on Fe…