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Nostalgia sells; he's not buying

Nostalgia sells; he's not buying

Have you noticed how “nostalgia” sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated “old rock” music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, “Yes I remember that one!” We might even say, “Hey, that was our song!”

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Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

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Updated: aug. 28, 2014 8:30 p.m.
Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and ’80s pop, “Throwback Thursdays” on social media. What’s old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

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Updated: aug. 28, 2014 3:00 p.m.
EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

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Updated: aug. 28, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Teens, this is serious -- text less, live more

Teens, this is serious -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn’t get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

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Updated: aug. 27, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Learn from those who've gone before us

Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away — or rather, frosting its way into autumn — I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Let children choose own interests

Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I’m sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 2:00 p.m.
What matters is doing your best

What matters is doing your best

People don’t remember what you say. And they won’t always remember exactly what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Feelings are real for people, even when the facts might not support their emotions.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 1:33 p.m.
Shooting reminds no place is totally safe

Shooting reminds no place is totally safe

I’ve heard it said a couple of times. You might get run over by someone on 144, but things like Wednesday’s shooting just don’t happen in Richmond Hill.

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Journalist also face dangerous world

Journalist also face dangerous world

We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place — not just for our military personnel — but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.

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Survey could determine post's future

Survey could determine post's future

Editor, I would like to preface my comments with the statement that Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield is a vital and virtually irreplaceable national strategic asset. If it is significantly reduced or closed, the loss would be a loss to the nation as a whole. There are very few places in the country like  Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, where the transportation and training assets readily are available for immediate deployment to virtually anywhere in the world.

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State must get transportation in order

State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it’s encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

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Updated: aug. 21, 2014 4:00 p.m.
The ‘Scottish question’ is important in homeland

The ‘Scottish question’ is important in homeland

Many people in the United States might not be aware that a hot political topic in the land of my birth (other than whether Princess Catherine is pregnant again, of course) is that of Scottish independence.  

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Updated: aug. 21, 2014 11:56 a.m.
Gold standard for babies and moms

Gold standard for babies and moms

August is National Breastfeeding Month and it’s a good time to remember that breast milk is “the gold standard” for babies and their moms. In fact, there’s nothing like breastfeeding to put babies on the path to good health. And research shows that moms benefit as well.

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Clock strikes midnight on more than a bill

Clock strikes midnight on more than a bill

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

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Updated: aug. 20, 2014 5:00 p.m.

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