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n “Reverend Jones, we’ve had difficult days since Obama was elected.”

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It is nearly high noon in Meigs and two radically different views of the city's future are staring at each other at the ballot box.

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It is nearly high noon in Meigs and two radically different views of the city's future are staring at each other at the ballot box.

  • By Randy Young

Every year, I like to share words of hard-earned wisdom with our high school seniors who will be graduating soon. With the help of some friends who have also been there/done that, I’ve chosen a few to expound on.

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n “I wish ‘animal welfare’ officials cared about the billions of wild birds, amphibians, reptiles, etc., that outdoor cats kill every year in the USA.”

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n “For conservatives who say President Obama divides the country: What about Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and all the Fox News crew?”

n “I am calling to rave about Randy Young’s outstanding open letter to Donald Trump. It is perfectly expressed. I am sending a copy to Paul Ryan.”

n “Isn't it peculiar that the emails of the guy who set up Hillary's secret server are missing? In four years as Hillary's top tech guy, he never sent an email? Also, her top aide walked out during her interview with the FBI. Wake up, folks. This woman is so corrupt.”

  • By Rev. Arthur L. Jones III

Please allow me to begin by stating unequivocally that I love, love, love being a black man in America. It actually is awesome and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is who I am, what I know and how God wonderfully and fearfully created me. Having said that, you need to understand that b…

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Even though high school football season is nearly four months away, the sport has already suffered its first significant loss of 2016. The affable Ed Pilcher stepped down as Berrien’s head coach this week because of health issues, ending, at least temporarily, an illustrious 44-year career o…

n “Wee! Somebody from Thomasville has been to London. It is going to get its own Piccadilly Circus.”

n “I continue to be at a loss to explain how any human with half a brain can buy the load of foolishness ‘The Donald’ spews from his mouth on an hourly basis. He has no policy, no plan. He has no conscience, no love of his fellow man. He has only one goal: self gratification. And all you Tru…

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On May 11, we recognize our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. The theme this year is, “School Nurses: Better Health. Better Learning.”

n “It’s going to be people like you, Rick Jensen, who get Hillary Clinton elected. You are such a smart guy, but actually you are an idiot.”

n “I'd be happy if they used mud to fill the potholes, ranter. Maybe some would still be there by the time I came along. They excel at digging up the street, but they're awful at putting it back.”

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n “I think we ought to go ahead and take the bricks up from the streets in downtown Thomasville and just have dirt streets. Then we can have some mud to go along with the potholes that tear our cars up.”

n “Thanks, Randy, for reminding us to say it now. On my mother’s 85th birthday, her family gave her a book of letters. My letter shared 85 reasons I loved her. She went to her heavenly home three months later. This Mother’s Day, I am thankful for this remembrance.”

  • By Randy Young

Back in the spring of 2006, a 16-year-old sophomore in our broadcasting program wrote me a two-page handwritten letter that shared her feelings of excitement. She had determined that she planned to attend the University of Georgia to dual major in law and broadcasting, and perhaps become a m…

n “Star Linda Harris has her picture in the paper again, waving to the camera. She will not be indicted.”

n “Danny Copeland needs to go to City Hall in Meigs and tell them to straighten up and get along for the citizens. He can do it. Please do it. Danny, you are our pride and joy.”

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Complaining about what government does or doesn’t do may have surpassed baseball as America’s favorite pastime.

n “Pray tell. What does Trump's net worth have to do with his opinion of the level the minimum wage should be? In actuality, there should be no minimum wage. If I have a job I feel is worth a certain amount per hour and you are willing to do that job for that amount, then the government has …

n “Whenever I read Leviticus 23:22, I think about the people who are arrested around here for picking up pecans off the side of the road.”

n “Not all of our currency has presidents on it. Maybe people using that as a complaint aren't intelligent enough to have an opinion on changing the $20 bill.”

  • By Rev. Arthur L. Jones III

It has been one week since Prince Rogers Nelson — globally known as Prince — passed away at his suburban Minneapolis home. He was 57 years old. To simply call Prince a rock star, or even a rock superstar, would be a vast understatement. He was so much more than that — to so many people. Prin…

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n “OK, Susan Brown, society no longer filters the world through the Bible's definitions of right and wrong or good and evil. Good. Maybe you need a history lesson to remind you how dangerous it is to allow any one sect or religion to set the moral compass for any society. I have unbounded fa…

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Despite constantly swirling at the bottom of the political barrel, Linda Harris' knack for reaching new depths is amazing. Her latest plunge into the depths of divisiveness is the low point of her controversial stint as the mayor of Meigs.

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Another one of my musical icons left this earth too soon recently as Prince passed away at the age of 57.

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Even though he is set to retire in a few weeks, the curtain will never fully close on the career of Thomas University President Dr. Gary Bonvillian. His impact on education — locally, nationally and globally — will ripple for generations.

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n “I remember the times Georgia Tech beat Georgia and the Florida Gators. They were sweet wins. Go Gators!”

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n “So why, all of a sudden, is Andrew Jackson a bad buy? He was a president. Why is he a bad guy all of a sudden? Are we being politically right again? Just leave him on the money he is supposed to be on. These liberals! What are you going to whine about next?”

n “An autopsy for rock star Prince, but not for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia? If they're trying not to create suspicion, they're doing a horrible job of it.”

This year’s proms at our local high schools were memorable for all the right reasons. No one was hurt or killed because they were drinking and driving or didn’t wear a seat belt.

n “I laughed out loud when I read Randy Young's column referencing how many rose bushes he has killed over the years because I could've written that line. Will someone who has success growing the amazing roses all over our town please share the secret to making them thrive?”

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n “I am a senior citizen on Social Security. Thanks to Obamacare, United Healthcare is pulling out of Georgia and I am losing my supplement policy. President Obama and everyone who voted for him should be ashamed.”

Few small cities sparkle like Thomasville in the springtime. It is truly dazzling during the annual Rose Show and Festival, which kicks off for the 95th time today.

n “If Obama is the coolest president in your lifetime, then you must have just turned 8.”

  • By Rev. Arthur L. Jones III

A pyrrhic victory is defined as “a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat.” In my not-so-humble opinion, the phrase pyrrhic victory can be applied to the Clinton and the Sanders campaigns in the 2016 presidential race.

n “So I see where somebody in the peanut gallery actually had the nerve to rant about a local teacher winning a national award instead of simply complimenting them on the achievement. I would love to say I am surprised, but I wouldn't expect anything less from some. Whatever happened to that…

  • By Randy Young

As most everyone with a pulse around here already knows, the 95th edition of the signature Rose Festival that Thomasville is known for across the globe occurs this week. Lots will be going on and I hope everyone will go be a part of it.

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n “Well, I just heard that Obama has forgiven more than 400,000 loans for students. Who is paying for that? Did he just write that off or are the working folks going to pay that off in their taxes? You do the math.”

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n “I love it that streets are restriped every year before Rose Show. I think it should be done more often, though.”

n “History should be left to historians, but those going to college, unfortunately, are being indoctrinated by liberal professors who are rewriting history according to their views. It is not being presented as it occurred.”

Lori Hatcher McCardle didn’t rescue a baby from a burning building or prevent someone from drowning. Still, she committed an act of bravery that warrants recognition in this week’s “Round of Applause.”

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n “Contrary to the opinion of the vaunted editorial board, Donald Trump's failure to steal delegates does not arise from a dearth of political skill, but from an abundance of integrity.”

n “If someone gets killed because the Meigs Police Department is being impeded, Linda Harris will have blood on her hands.”

If petulance was a martial art, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would have a black belt in it. He is a master at blaming others for his mistakes, setbacks and ignorance.

  • By Rev. Arthur L. Jones III

Have you ever met a Muslim? Have you ever attended a prayer service at an Islamic mosque? Prior to the attacks on 9/11, Islam was a curiosity here in America. While the vast majority of Americans knew very little about it, virtually no one hated it. No one protested outside mosques in the Am…

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