Note: The following is the 19th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
A brand new year, with new beginnings, fresh starts and a wealth of warm memories with loved ones to carry us through the year. Whatever resolutions you've made and possibly already cast aside, I pray that a top priority will always be family. Create lasting memories of quality time spent together, and fashion fun adventures to treasure: Play board games, cook new recipes, go hiking, paint pictures, read books, watch old movies, chase fireflies and watch for eagles, build forts and camp out in the den, roast marshmallows, meet new friends, help someone in need, write songs and race ...
I want to tell you all about an interesting "tourism" option here in Statesboro. Last year, I wrote an article about Pladd Dot Music owner Chris Mitchell opening a 7,500-square-foot manufacturing facility for amplifiers and guitars just off U.S. Highway 301 North.
Note: The following is the 18th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
New Year's Eve is usually a late night for my friends and me, and breakfast time is gone with the sunrise when we awake around mid-morning. Brunch, then, is the perfect meal to ring in the new year. A combination of breakfast and lunch typically eaten by 3 p.m., brunch originated in England in the late 1800s and became popular in the United States in the 1930s.
Q: I homeschool my two children, ages 7 and 9. The school day lasts from 8:30 in the morning until
I cannot tell you how pleased and excited I was when Heidi Jeffers called me last week. Jeffers is the executive director of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. She called to let me know that the organization had just entered into a contract to purchase the former location of the Shoney's restaurant on South Main Street.
Right about now, "How ya' doin'?" becomes "You ready for Christmas?" and my voice catches in my throat because, let's be honest, I never am.
Note: The following is the 17th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
Q: My 6-year-old daughter has recently learned to say, "You're hurting my feelings." This is part of her school's anti-bullying program. The problem is, she's now saying it to me when I discipline her. What should I say to her?
As a member of our community, an actively involved parent of a public school student, and a long-time advocate for quality education, I feel a responsibility to comment on the ongoing religious liberties issue. I do believe this issue is drawing to a close and we as a community will be able to move forward; however, there are a few clarifications that I believe need to be made.
I owe the idea for this article to Pastor Wes, and I hope he feels I did a worthy job.
This coming Friday, Farmers and Merchants Bank will host a reception for Ricky Nessmith, who is retiring from day-to-day operations of the bank at the end of this year. Nessmith is an experienced banker whose career in the field of banking and finance has spanned more than 44 years.
Q: My 18-month-old kicks me and hits me when I try to change his diaper. He doesn't do this for his father or grandparents. Should I hold his legs down until he gives up, or will this worsen things?
At the end of a long dirt driveway lined by 23-year-old pine trees in Middle Georgia sits The Old Home Place, where my family has celebrated "The Cookin' " each Christmas for more than 30 years.
Note: The following is the 24th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
Q: I've been using the method described in your toilet-training book with my 18-month-old daughter, and she's been doing great during the day. She rarely has an accident. However, I'm still using a diaper at nap-time and during the night. (I'm waiting for some consistency in dryness before taking that away). Is that correct?
Cupcakes have always been near and dear to my heart, never mind my waistline. I've never met one I didn't like.
On Oct. 28, 2013, a Statesboro police officer and a city code enforcement officer went to the home of George Pryor to remove a van that neighbors said had sat idle in the yard next to his house "for years."
Almost everyone agrees that the example parents set for their children is of paramount importance. Unless we model the standards we desire for our children, it isn't likely they will value or follow them very closely.
If you are paying attention to the debate over the Common Core State Standards, you've probably thought, "let's wait and see what happens and go from there."
I remember when Julie told me about an incident which took place in one of her classes at Marshall. Someone in class mentioned, "Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight." Julie said, "That's in the Bible."
After approval last week by the Georgia Senate of a bill that would abandon the Common Core State Standards the state first adopted in 2010, state House members are now getting set to debate the bill that, if signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, would do serious harm to the public school education of children in our state.
The homemade, fresh-out-of-the-oven yeast rolls that welcomed you to Isabella's are no more. Owner, Donnie Catrabone made the difficult decision to close Isabella's after a three-year run.
Attention, all community and region stakeholders! We need your help!
There is an old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," which is as true today as when this saying was documented. Dr. Calvin Mackie, in his book, "A View From The Roof," writes about five gifts to give your children: the gift of love, the gift of affection and touch, the gift of discipline, the gift of integrity and the gift of purpose.
I happened to turn on the old TV to a movie entitled, "Bruce Almighty." Here's a young man in his 30s who seems to be the typical loser individual: less qualified folks get promoted over him; he can't keep a girlfriend; his dog doesn't know the difference between a fire hydrant and his favorite chair; nothing ever seems to work out and God obviously doesn't like him; he doesn't like God, and if he were God, the world would be so much better off.
The following is the third of a four-part series on local African-Americans who are making positive contributions to their community. Part 4 will be published in Sunday's Viewpoints page.
The following is the second of a four-part series on local African-Americans who are making positive contributions to their community. Part 3 will be published in Friday's Viewpoints page.
Last Friday, I said goodbye to Marty Hager for the last time. Julie and I sat on the front row of the church along with the rest of our family to let the reality of his death squeeze through the denial everyone faces at times like these.