Until 1803, Georgia distributed land based on the "headright" system. Each head of family had the "right" to 200 acres of land for himself and 50 acres of land for each member of his family, up to 1,000 acres. However, after the Revolutionary War, a number of governors signed land grants of significantly greater amounts than the law allowed.
If my parents told me once, they told me at least 100 times, "Don't talk to anyone about their religious or political beliefs." They meant, of course, that those topics are likely to generate tension and angry conflict. As such, they were not the stuff of polite social conversation. Notwithstanding the fact that I find religion and politics to be the two most interesting conversational topics of all, a third caution should be added ...
The first time that Jesus talks about the kingdom of God in terms of family is found in Matthew's record: "While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.' He replied to him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' Pointing to his disciples, he said, 'Here ...
Every time I pass the Aspen Heights student housing development on Highway 67 South, I am amazed. This massive development which is slated for completion Aug. 1 is coming together at a rapid pace thanks to the hard work of many local subcontractors.
Q: Our 9-year-old daughter is going to the fourth grade next school year. She loves school and has always done very well.
I've often been called a chip off the ol' block. I am my father's daughter, there's no doubt about it. We're built just alike. I have his eyes and his exact feet, only mine are prettier. I get my trademark curly hair from Daddy. We love a classic country song and the Georgia coast. We like good eatin', going fishing and front porch rockin' among the pine trees on our home place. We love ...
If you are a regular at CHOPS in Statesboro, then you probably know its resident bartender Scott Martin. Martin has been bartending there off and on for the last several years.
The morning after a rain, no matter how sparse, is always startling. It isn't just that every sprout and blade and leaf of green is greener. It isn't just that the vista has been swiped by a giant squeegee and everything is in clearer focus. It's not even that the birdsong is deeper, as though the entire genus overnight has become a choir of contraltos. It's that some of the pall of dust that ...
The first white man to meet Georgia's native peoples was Dr. Henry Woodward, a surgeon and world traveler who had joined the English colonists sailing to the area that would become the Carolina colonies. In 1670, Woodward journeyed far inland to the Indian village of Cofitachequi, located between the lands of the Creeks and the Cherokees.
Q: My 3-year-old started preschool three days a week (with a private sitter the other two days) about two months ago. He did great.
There is always a certain excitement in the air around graduation season.
A good road trip becomes a great road trip at first sight of those often hand-painted, wooden, one-to-two-word signs seen along the interstate, leading up to an exit a mile away. Sometimes they're nailed to trees at eye level or simply secured in the ground one after another and written in shorthand exclaiming, "Boiled P-Nuts," "Peaches" and "Watermelon." The sign that makes me grin the widest that's often included in the mix - especially ...
Q: Our son's fifth birthday is in August. He did just fine, socially and academically, in preschool, but the counselor at the school he's slated to attend has recommended that we hold him back a year because of his late birthday. She says that kids with late birthdays, especially boys, do better if they're given an extra year of maturation before starting school. What do you think?
In the May 4, 1938, edition of the Bulloch Herald, it was reported that on the coming Saturday, May 6, the first legal whiskey would be sold in Bulloch County since Dec. 19, 1879.
The calendar officially may be counting down the days of spring, and some early mornings bless us with spring-like temperatures, but late-sleeping children with no homework to complete, the absence of large yellow vehicles on the road and teachers vacationing at the beach or pool signify that summer has arrived. Make plans to celebrate sunny, summer days with the family, and don't miss a minute of fun during the month of June.
Note: The following is the 14th 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 11-year-old son cuts corners on everything. If he does a chore, he'll leave the cleaning products behind. If his bed is hard to make, he hides the sheet in the closet and throws the blanket over the bed. Concerning his schoolwork, he doesn't bother studying for tests - he figures he'll gets A's, anyway. We're now seeing this in his soccer practices, where he literally has started cutting corners. How can we ...
Now that December is here, Christmas shopping is in full swing! It's the season of giving, and while material things are always nice to have, my favorite gifts to offer come from the heart of my home, the kitchen. Most folks can be found at the mall hunting for presents this time of year, but you'd have better luck finding me on the baking aisle of the grocery store. My shopping budget is spent ...
After about seven years of discharging effluent from its textiles plant into the Ogeechee River without a permit, King America Finishing is no longer in violation of federal law because King finally does have a permit. Georgia's Environmental Protection Division issued the permit earlier this week to the Screven County plant, nearly 18 months after a massive fish kill drew attention to what King America was discharging into the Ogeechee, and also the fact ...
In the navy blue of just dark, the headlights illuminate only a few feet in front of the car. The high beams give shadows to the rocks on the road directly in front of the tires in outlandish proportion to their size, but the hundred-foot pines on the other side of the ditch remain invisible. Behind me, the full moon is but a promise, not even a tease of her liquid silver light yet spilling over the horizon.
On this Sunday before our national day of Thanksgiving, let's think a little about the importance of gratitude.
Note: The following is the 13th 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.
The mother of a 4-year-old boy shared an interesting story with me the other day. At age 2, her son began chewing meat to the point where it became liquid, but would not swallow. The parents became worried and began attempting various means of persuading him to swallow. Nothing worked, which increased the parents' anxiety and, likewise, the energy they put into the swallowing project.
The city of Statesboro and our community are safer places today because the Platinum Lounge and the Primetime Lounge are closed.
Thanksgiving is upon us. Whether you're planning to host the event at your home, travel to a relative's house or opt to dine out and let someone else do the dishes, I've got a holiday menu that won't disappoint and some downhome local restaurant recommendations that are sure to satisfy.
Note: The following is the 12th 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.
One of the most problematic words in America's post-1960s parenting language is "cooperate."
A good way to get some in-depth information about a career is to go online and type in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mess around with that database for a tad and then switch to Occupational Outlook Handbook. As they say in West Virginia, "You'll have more stuff than you can shake a stick at." I have no idea what that means, but it sounds good.
One of the great joys that I have experienced over the last 10 years in writing this column is to watch businesses grow, thrive, and adapt to the demands of our local economy.
Note: The following is the 11th 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.