• Gene Walker

At the risk of beating a dead horse, last week’s column about the Georgia High School Association’s disastrous handling of the pitch-count rule involving Charlton County High School begs for a follow-up. Just to remind you, at Charlton’s request, a friendly judge put a halt to the Class A pu…

  • Ella Samuels

One of my favorite Scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all you do and He will direct your path.”  I’ve found peace in this Scripture many times, especially when I’ve had to make major decisions.

  • Mark Koenig

The other morning while doing my morning walk I heard an owl hooting from over in the woods. It got me wondering how many different species of owls live in Georgia. It makes one feel pretty good to live where every once in a while you can hear owls hooting. At our farm up in northern Ohio we…

  • Lucy Adams

God endowed teenagers with the special gift of getting on their mamas' very last nerve. Teenagers, being what they are, have made the most of the Lord's generosity toward them, honing their talent to a fine-edged implement. To the casual observer, it's a spectacle worth gawking at. To a moth…

  • Gene Walker

I frequently write about the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) because I want to keep you informed about the organization that governs high school athletics. None of our local or regional media outlets ever provide information about the GHSA. What I am about to describe is unprecedented…

  • Gene Walker

I’ve discovered that around here, if you like to go to baseball games you may be a lonely soul, or perhaps I’m just bad company. Only the Braves on television seem to garner much chatter when it comes to baseball season. Occasionally, I’ll hear about somebody I know who actually attended a g…

  • Jessica Eubank

Although cancer is not totally preventable, there are some lifestyle choices we can make that will hopefully reduce our risk of getting this awful disease.

  • Gene Walker

Michael Youngblood becomes the next head coach expected to win a state championship for the Thomson Bulldogs. Youngblood has played and coached on championship teams so his resume` suggests he knows what it takes, but there’s a bigger question than does Youngblood have what it takes. Does Th…

  • Taylor Martin

Taylor Martin, an 8th grader from Louisville, won first place in middle school division of the Thomson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s essay and oratorical contest that focused on Joy in Our Heritage...Power in Our Voice...Service in Our Heart.

  • Jessica Eubank

Who doesn’t love to be organized? In a perfect world, we would all have immaculate, Pinterest-inspired homes where everything has a place and a label, and fits seamlessly into a seamless design. Reality is a little different. My home is inundated with enormous piles of “stuff” – you know, to…

  • Gene Walker

While I’m generally wary of local governments asking taxpayers to back the building of ballparks, the fact remains that 5,801 people showed up at the new SRP Park in North Augusta on Tuesday evening, April 10. Georgia and Clemson played a baseball game there and I’m not sure if that many peo…

  • Gene Walker

If you’ve been reading me regularly over the last 15 years thinking, gee, that guy sure does repeat himself, this column is for you. As I write, I often feel as if I am repeating myself, but this week, I’m sure that I’ve seldom if ever written specifically about the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacke…

  • Sherkendria Duggans

grader at Warren County High School, won third place in high school division of the Thomson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s essay and oratorical contest that focused on Joy in Our Heritage...Power in Our Voice...Service in Our Heart.

  • Mark Koenig

Good Friday, I’m told is the start of the spring gardening season here in our area. I also heard a few old timers say, of course I’m one of them, that there is still cold weather coming because the Chinaberries have not bloomed yet. So either way, it is time to consider getting out and plann…

  • Gene Walker

With all eyes focused on Augusta this week please allow me to share a few tidbits that are not related to The Masters. I don’t know enough about golf to comment.

  • Takhia Reese

Takhia Reese, a 10th grader Warren County High School, won second place in high school division of the Thomson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s essay and oratorical contest that focused on Joy in Our Heritage...Power in Our Voice...Service in Our Heart.

  • Mark Koenig

It seems that about this time each year a lot of farm supply stores and farm feed stores get in their supply of baby chickens. Now, if you are planning on raising them for the freezer this notice will not be of interest to you. If on the other hand you are planning on raising some laying hen…

  • Jamyes Evans

Jamyes Evans, a 10th grader at Thomson High School, won first place in the high school division of the Thomson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s essay and oratorical contest that focused on Joy in Our Heritage...Power in Our Voice...Service in Our Heart.

  • Jessica Eubank

March 19 – 25 was the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 10th annual FIX A LEAK week.

  • Gene Walker

Once again Thomson High School is looking for a new head football coach. This will be the third time since the late Luther Welsh retired following the 2010 season. Only Welsh’s second tenure, 12 seasons, represents a significant degree of longevity in the job during the modern era, which I c…

  • Jacey Proctor

Jacey Proctor, a fifth grader at Dearing  Elementary, won third  place for her school in the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest.

  • Gene Walker

During a frank conversation with Rob Ridings last weekend, two things became apparent about his four years has head football coach at Thomson High School. He has no regrets about his tenure, and as he leaves, he has no desire to burn any bridges. “We followed through on what we said when I w…

  • Mark Koenig

Georgia Agriculture Week is March 19-23 and that is a good opportunity for all of us to say thanks to the agricultural producers here in McDuffie County.

  • Gene Walker

Don’t forget the Meet and Greet for Georgia Bulldogs John Atkins and Jordan Davis next Thursday, March 22, at The Depot in Thomson. Drop-In hours will be 5:30-7:00 with a brief appreciation ceremony at 6:00. These young men deserve to be recognized by this community that they have represente…

  • Mark Koenig

The other day, as I was driving home, a female turkey was running across the road, so I slowed down to watch the bird struggle to make it through the fence. It no more than made it through and off it flew. Certainly looks like spring is trying to find Thomson.  

  • Katie Clark

Kaycee Glenn, a fifth grader at Norris Elementary, won third  place for her school in the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. Check back next week to see essays from each winner at NES and Dearing Elementary.