Where does one go during a short holiday to be unconditionally admired by brilliant, well-mannered and good looking grandchildren? Why, to Sarasota, Florida, of course! There are those little glitches: driving into a truck stop by mistake and having to park between a half dozen 16-wheelers and walking 50 yards to the restaurant. The up-side was that you could get a hot shower and free high-speed hook up. There was the two-hour delay on I-75 due to a nasty accident. Our GPS didn't like our choice of Rt. 301 and kept wanting us to make a U-Turn to get ...
Georgians loved the social life, and very quickly after the founding of the colony began starting clubs and organizations in which they both socialize as well as undertake civic projects to help those less fortunate than they.
The residents of Statesboro and Bulloch County are a relatively conservative lot. We don't necessarily have a problem with "change," it just needs to be well conceived and carried out in a deliberate and thoughtful manner.
Julie and I enjoy watching channel 46 that has all those "fixer upper" shows where an expert craftsman comes in to either upgrade, remodel or completely make over a disaster caused by a very incompetent or shady builder.
In the aftermath of one of our nation's bloodiest battles, President Abraham Lincoln described the ultimate sacrifice of all the soldiers who died at Gettysburg as the "last full measure of devotion" in his famous address.
A decision by Statesboro City Manager Shane Haynes to eliminate the positions of police and fire chief and alter the command structure in each department sent shockwaves throughout the community when it was implemented last week. Haynes' decision was made with the unanimous backing of Mayor Joe Brannen and all five city council members.
Like most things of a destructive nature, it arrived with little notice. Sitting on the front porch reading, I sensed a change in the atmosphere, something advancing from the southwest. The hair on the back of my neck didn't stand up, but it should have.
When I first began writing for the Herald, I promised myself to never get involved with political issues simply because I am not a trained politician, don't want to be and not popular enough to be elected president. With that said, I am going to fall into the abyss of semi-academic rhetoric. That means, I am going to say what's on my mind and in my heart concerning the Supreme Court, colorfully called by the acronym SCOTUS, Supreme Court of the United States.
The minister of Charleston's Congregational Church, Jedidiah Morse, was a renowned gazetteer. In the 1812 edition of his "American Universal Geography," or a "View of the Present State of all the Kingdoms, States, and Colonies in the Known World," Bulloch County makes its first appearance.
One of the most beloved stories from the life of Jesus tells of his calming a terrifying storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:37-41; Luke 8:22-25). As with all his miracles, Jesus' primary purpose, for his apostles as well as us, was to demonstrate his power, proving his deity.
I don't care who you are or who you're playing – 11 wins in a row is pretty darn impressive.
If there is one thing that I have learned since I became Business Tuesday editor six years ago is that movement of executives from one bank to another is pretty common place. For the most part, these moves don't really surprise me, but I have to admit this latest one did somewhat.
"John, I lost my memory this morning and I am terrified!" I remember sitting across from a friend, a member of my congregation, and for the first time in my life, found myself speechless.
In the early 1800's, visitors from the European continent were often aghast at the rough and tumble manner of Georgians. Charles William Janson wrote in his 1807 book "A Stranger in America," of his experiences traveling around coastal Georgia.
This past week, Ogeechee Technical College president Dr. Dawn Cartee announced an articulation agreement between Ogeechee Tech and the University of South Carolina at Beaufort.
Over two French doors in my kitchen hangs a sign that reads, "Good wine, good friends, good times." That couldn't have described the scene around my table more on the cool and rainy Tuesday night we had earlier this week. I'd invited a few of my closest friends to my early Easter feast, where we would dine on roasted lamb with mint chutney and farm-style side dishes hailing from the soil of Screven County.
Q: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response was, "They're just mice." Is this typical boy behavior, or should I be concerned?
Twenty-five years ago when Julie and I drove into Statesboro with the kids, we knew we had been blessed by God Who had brought us home. Strangers waved at us as we drove in, the streets were clean and there was little traffic up and down old two-lane Fair Road. I think there were only a few places to eat - mostly family style - and Georgia Southern College had perhaps 9,000 students.
Every now and then it is good to get out of the Boro and get a different perspective. One of my favorite places to get a feel of how the "ordinary Georgians" are doing is Bennie's Red Barn on St. Simons Island.
All too often, we hear horror stories about "meeting" people online. It's true that predators and crazy people use the Internet as a tool to take advantage of others, but if one uses common sense, the world of cyberspace can lead to true, real relationships.
Q: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed - to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he's socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports. He appears to be withdrawing more and more into his video-screen world.
Note: The following is the 28th 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.
I know exactly when I fell in love with sports.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10–11).
It has been some 30 years since my brother-in-law and I stood on the top of Mount Carmel in northern Israel, the site of the remarkable biblical encounter between Elijah and the priests of Baal. We had talked about 1 Kings 17 the night before and when we realized that we were not bound to the travel itinerary and read about a side trip to Haifa - just a few miles from Mount Carmel - we jumped at the chance.
Have you ever been shopping at ReTails? Yes, that's the way it's spelled, and it just happens to be one of the best thrift shops around.
A cancer diagnosis, no matter the type, can be sobering for any patient. Cervical cancer in particular can be frightening for women with fears that the diagnosis eliminates their chance to have children, or worse. As a gynecological oncologist, helping women understand the importance of preventative care can mitigate many of the threats associated with cervical cancer.
Recently, I exited my editor's office to find a lady waiting to speak to me. I was quite flabbergasted when she told me I was a former student of her father's, and that he spoke of me often until his death earlier this year.
I am, by my father's admission, a Duke's mixture. "Dad, what the heck does that mean?"
When you walk in the door of Dingus Magee's at lunch, chances are you will be met by owner, Stephanie Owens with her 100-watt smile, boundless energy and her trademark question, "You doing alright today?"