From The Editor

Christmas commerce comes too quickly

Is it Christmas already? Just before Halloween, the Christmas displays began appearing in stores. Maybe that’s good marketing, but it makes me sad. I’m even writing this a month before Christmas, and you have plenty of time to shop for Uncle Florian


Rick Gray


Stop me if I’ve told you this. (Just kidding. We both know I have.)


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robbinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Danger: Hot ashes

Fire pit ashes placed in a garage caused a fatal house fire. This scenario has and will play out, over and over again. Whether it be a paper bag, a plastic bag or a plastic trashcan, the ashes have a chance of causing a fire, even weeks after the last fire that you had in a fireplace, woodstove or fire pit.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max is not a film star

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I have finally bit the bullet and started a project to convert my old 8mm film into DVD’s. I just hope they are still good; the chemicals can change over time and ruin the film.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Thirty million Americans or nearly 10 percent of the population has diabetes. Over eighty-five million Americans have pre-diabetes. And these numbers continue to rise each year.


Gardening With Gita

The ginger turmeric day

The day of the event, as announced in the flyer, was Thursday, November 6, 2014 – rain or shine – and the venue, which really shouldn’t be a surprise, was Randolph Farm at VSU; so, unless an unexpected situation arose, I was all set to attend the mini conference I had been waiting for all summer long for it to happen.


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

Like an ocean

My birthday was this past weekend, I turned 33 years old. Every year on my birthday, my Grandma and Papa would call me to sing “Happy Birthday,” that did not happen this year and my heart is sad.


Anthony Barnes

Fun Way to Shop Local

Last Saturday, I attended an in-home Younique party. My friend, Camille Kencitzski, was the hostess. Patty Pope, shared her talents with me and other guests by creating smoky eyes on us with the product samples.


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.