Penny ponders: Girls’ weekend

We planned to attend our first auction. It was “girls weekend” with Mom and daughter. With my husband out of state, I wanted to try something different and the auction sign called to us. But that wasn’t until Saturday night. For me, there is nothing like enjoying one on one time with my daughter. She’s getting older and spending more and more time with friends and in activities. I now look at my calendar to find an open weekend. I grab the rare open squares and pen in ...

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Reliable eye-witness testimony can’t be beat

Some scholars are studying eye-witness testimony. They claim it is unreliable. They want legislation to restrict its use in court.I wish they could have heard the victim in a trial last week in Fayette.The facts of the case are horrible.Our victim is a successful businesswoman. Late one night three masked men broke into her home while was there. One pointed a shotgun at her head. Another began to beat her. They kept asking her where she kept the money....

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Thank you

To the Editor:It is such an honor to be chosen as District Clerk of the Year for the 4th, 5th and 6th Judicial Districts. It is always nice to be recognized for your work, but to have that recognition come from your peers makes it even more special.We have some of the finest clerks in the State in our Districts so to have them give me this honor is very humbling. I would like to thank every...

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A downhill bail out at Montreat

I like watching the teens skate boarding at the skate park at the Civic Center. They do tricks I would never have tried when I was young. A group of them came before the Thomaston City Council last week to ask that the helmet requirement at the skate park be removed, because of the cost of helmets. They were referred to the Recreation Department.While I can sympathize with them, I think the helmet requirement needs to stay, and I think should also be enforced by law enforcement in ...

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1964-2014: What have we learned?

“With your courage and with your compassion and your desire, we will build a Great Society. It’s a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled.”Do those lofty promises sound familiar? Lyndon Johnson assured us of that 50 years ago.Similar words are often echoed today.LBJ’s promise of a Great Society in 64’ was to be an end to poverty and society’s woes. He claimed: “Government isn...

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Updating: Inconsiderate

As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I’m slow to anger, but standing in line at a fast-food restaurant recently, an inconsiderate young woman in front of the line pushed me over the edge.She was chatting on her cellphone while the order-taker stood there tapping keys waiting to take the talker’s order. Instead of telling the person on the phone to hold on while she ordered, she held up her index finger, which apparently was a sign to the cashier to wait whil...

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To ‘bee’ or not to ‘bee…’

It seems as if Mother Nature has finally allowed springtime to make an appearance this week, just about a week and a half since its’ original due date. However, I don’t want to complain too much about the delay, for fear that the beautiful sunshine we had the past few days might go back into hiding. I love something about each of the seasons of the year, but spring is one of my favorites. I love seeing everything turn back green and flowers bloom, especially after as cold of a win...

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Heading to the big city

“Dad,” my son said from the back of the van, “you need to go faster. Everyone is passing us.”He was right. The cars whizzed by us like we had stopped to set up camp and put up our tent in the middle of the interstate.Even my wife joined in. “You know, they can give you a ticket for going too slow.”I looked at my speedometer. I was already going ten miles over the speed limit. I could just see a police officer pulling me over...

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Protecting the elderly

I’ve said it before here and elsewhere.A government isn’t worth much if it doesn’t protect the most vulnerable members of society. I consider those groups to be children, the handicapped and the elderly.Those of us in law enforcement and the courts are doing okay protecting children. We can always get better. But, we’re actively working in that arena.

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Parting is such sweet sorrow

I used to think I’d spend my entire career at one newspaper. A friend and mentor of mine, Herman Cawthon, who passed away a few years ago, did just that. Herman started working part-time at the Jackson Progress-Argus in 1947 when he was 15. When he graduated from high school in 1949, he joined the U. S. Merchant Marines and served on ships for two years. When he returned home in 1951, Herman went back to work for the Progress-Argus and stayed there for the rest of his working life. I wa...

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California Dreaming

Have you ever had a song to stick in your mind like an audible tattoo? The other morning when I stepped out to feed the chickens, the grass was so thick with dew that my shoes looked as if I’d been wading in a creek.After filling the feeders with cracked corn and laying mash, I walked over to the fence to survey the morning sky. I stood there a long time lost in thought, when I realized I was humming the tune to “California Dreaming.” I hummed or whistled it all d...

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A glimpse at newspaper decline

I had a paper route when I was a boy. I rose early on weekends, stuffed a bag full of newspapers, threw it over my head, and set out to deliver the news to my customers. I enjoyed delivering papers, but I didn’t care for the collection process. It was daunting to collect fees from some customers. I remember how difficult it was to be a youngster in the role of a collection agent. Some customers were rude and didn’t care to pay; others were kind, yet poor.A lot has chang...

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Penny ponders: Buried in a book

I love books! If only we had more than one lifetime. There just isn’t enough time to read everything I want to read. I remember a time I was embarrassed to declare my love of books. It was one of those ice breaker times in ninth grade when everyone had to share about themselves. The teacher would start at one side of the room, and I’d think, “What am I going to say?” All those years ago, the ice breaker question was invariably, “Share about yourself; what do you ...

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A funeral and a memory

I went to a funeral this week for my former high school teacher, Sam Christiansen. It brought back lots of memories, some different than you might expect. The main one was not even from school. It was from the summer before my junior year.That summer had been hot, and the work was never ending. One day my father sent me to get some parts from the hardware store. There I ran into my good friend and cousin, Lane.“Hey, what worthless things are you doing with yourself...

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Penny ponders: Girls’ weekend

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