To say someone is typically Southern is to say something about a good tomato, full of flavor, ripened, honest, generally and commonly liked by all. I remain distrustful of someone who doesn’t like a good nightshade.

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This week was Homecoming at Dalton High. About three weeks ago it was Northwest Whitfield High's Homecoming, and the Homecoming at Southeast was at the end of September. The new kid on the block, Coahulla Creek, had their's in the middle of September. Homecoming is a longtime tradition and w…

As youth services manager at the library, I love to discover and recommend great books for young readers in our community. "Restart," a 2017 novel by children's author Gordon Korman, caught my attention because of its unique main character, a middle school bully who cannot remember who he is.

Lokey is a 10-pound rat terrier/Chihuahua mix. He is good with other dogs and loves to snuggle in your lap. He is very smart and knows how to open latches on his crate. He would let himself out anytime he wanted to. He can also climb fences like a little monkey. He is super sweet and would b…

We were less than two football fields from the beach, and our grandsons, Elijah and Samuel, were chomping at the bit. Seriously, I warned them about the riptide effect along this stretch of the Outer Banks. Sam didn’t listen. He ran into the water and was immediately hit by one of the large …

Friday is National Farmer’s Day. It’s apparently not officially designated by any government endorsement, so most of us will still be working. National Farmer’s Day events have been recorded as early as the 19th century in the United States. Exact origins of the day and designation of Oct. 1…

Autumn is the perfect time to try out composting for the first time. While it may not feel like fall quite yet with 80-degree temperatures, fall officially began on Sept. 21. This time of year makes it easy to access carbon-rich materials to add to your compost for the correct balance. Compo…

My presence in this room of writers was a strange beginning; at least, this was my perception. Self-evident to me, they were honed in their craft. I was not. Some internal gravity had convinced me to come to this meeting, had meted me with enough courage to subject myself and attend. Feeling…

It's October, and if ever there's the right time for spooky movies, this is it. Fall is getting started, the pumpkins are ripe and taking over the watermelon bins in the grocery stores, and Halloween is on its way. With the nights getting longer, you should pop some popcorn and settle back w…

If you have ever thought about not only living longer but living better, then this article is for you. In late 2016, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a position statement in their journal Circulation calling for the routine assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF).

Dolly is a beautiful girl. She will follow you around to make sure she doesn't miss anything. She will play with you as long as you want. She is very friendly and sweet. She will make a great companion and lap buddy.

Some newspaper reporters consider covering government meetings the least preferred beat of their coverage responsibilities. However, there are some who excel at it. For example, I consider former colleague Charles “The Bulldog” Oliver, a longtime staffer at the Daily Citizen-News in Dalton, …

Age has thrust upon me a ripening. I've reached a stage when stories begin with some variation of the word "ago," as in some time ago -- 30 years ago, 20 years ago or 10 years ago. My odd, and maybe common, observation is all these seem like yesterday to me. The memories express a recency, a…

Josh Cole, a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC), recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Kiko is a one-year-old Chihuahua and weighs nine pounds. He is a happy, energetic boy and loves to play. He also enjoys being a lap dog or snuggling close by. He is leash trained and crate trained.

There's one thing I've learned about some people and that is that they are sometimes so busy living life they don't always take the time to talk about it. It isn't until they pass and you are at the visitation or maybe in the weeks after when you are listening to reminiscences about them tha…

I hear my children talking to the TV but that's OK. They're responding to Daniel Tiger, the animation of an old "Mister Rogers" puppet who carries on his creator's legacy in children's television -- cardigan included. Daniel teaches children things like compassion and kindness, and also how …

As the calendar continues to approach early November, we will be increasingly exposed to brief messages and slogans associated with the election process. More than once, someone in ear shot is likely to remind us, by quoting a former speaker of the U.S. House, that “all politics is local.” T…

It was mid-morning on a crisp autumn day. A man pulled in front of our newspaper office, got out of his truck, jumped into the bed and set up a lawn chair with a cooler next to it. He then sat down in the lawn chair facing the main drag in front of our office and popped open a cold one.

Along the street, the sign on the fence says Blake, but there are other Blakes claiming this place by blood and descendency. Old, stately, built in 1867, this house sits beachside overlooking Charleston harbor. The family has owned it since the 1890s. The lineage is recorded in the courthous…

Are you familiar with the riddle of the Sphinx of Thebes in Greek mythology? The Sphinx, a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a woman, was causing a lot of trouble around Thebes back in ancient days. She would ask her famous riddle of approaching travelers and if they tried to …

If you need a walking or running partner or just a companion for another dog, Greta would be great. Not only is she super cute but she has a great personality and loves everyone. Greta is about 35 pounds and is one and a half years old.

Have you ever suffered from chronic elbow pain? If so, you know just how debilitating this condition can be. Hobbies such as golf, tennis, weightlifting and even gardening may become painfully unbearable. Today, let's take a look at the elbow and learn what we can do to reduce the likelihood…

Teresa Hensley is a champion of literacy. Although her mother was illiterate, Teresa describes her as a "born storyteller" and traces her love of stories to childhood. Today, she shares her passion for reading and writing with students as a literacy/instructional coach for Dalton Public Scho…

I grew up in the South. After spending my first few years in California, I moved with my parents to a rural town in southwest Arkansas. I have fond memories of my childhood, catching crawdads in the creek and building forts and “secret” trails in the woods around our house.

For an individual with a substance use disorder such as addiction, 20 years of living in recovery is a substantial achievement. In fact, each day an individual goes without using alcohol, drugs or other mind-altering substances is an achievement. Overcoming challenges day-by-day eventually r…

My dermatologist had invited Teresa and me to a Bible study, and it was there that Dr. Emily Jorge said if there was anything she could do during my upcoming surgery to let her know. For years she has faithfully treated pre-cancers she’s found during my biannual visits, and around a month ag…

Early this week, I joined many north Georgia residents in breathing a sigh of relief that the impact from Hurricane Florence was extremely limited locally. Unfortunately, residents of the Carolinas, immediately to our north and east, continue to deal with the devastating consequences of the storm.

Patches is house-trained, great with other dogs and walks very well on leash. He would be a great indoor dog and companion. He is a whippet/lab mix.

I'd be willing to bet that in 1841 a wagonload of pioneers rolled down a muddy rut called Thornton and pulled over in the middle of a little place named Cross Plains that was jammed with other wagons and carts and double parked mules, and Pa turned to Ma and said, "They need some parking in …

Books are important to a library, but even more important are the authors. Without authors there would be no books and without books where would we be? We would be in a horrible, hollow, hopeless world, at least in my opinion. I enjoy meeting authors and I love to give you, our community, th…

It had been a successful conference, and Charlie and Catherine Waters and myself were traveling back to Ellijay from Augusta. Like others heading home to every corner of the state, we rode along on the lingering positive reports of Bibles being distributed across Georgia and around the world.