The idyllic lake in Scotland seems an unlikely place to be associated with a legend of monsters. Its gorgeous waters are flanked by verdant hills dotted by castles in varying states of repair. Yet for almost one and a half millennia the story of the Loch Ness “monster” (first referred to as …
Veterans hold a special place in America's heart. We salute those men and women who have fought for America, and honor those who have paid the ultimate price. We respect all those who wore the uniform -- and those who currently do -- who may not have served in combat, but are always ready to…
Time doth indeed fly, your humble scribe realized anew while meditating recently about the start of another school year. Not that kids seem to get less and less summer vacation days, but that Pop and Gran now have grandkids entering primary and even elementary school who were only just born …
As we are on the eve of another high school football season, my mind drifts to recall past seasons, experiences and people over the years of covering the sport.
It’s the end of summertime and beach trips, but here in northwest Georgia the beach should be on our minds in more ways than just longing for sunshine. If you live in Whitfield County, you live in a watershed.
Waking up to morning temperatures below 70 degrees provides a reminder that seasons always change and hot summer temperatures will be moderating as autumn arrives. An advantage for north Georgia gardeners is the length of the frost-free growing season, providing an opportunity to plant and h…
Undergirding the simple joys in life are the qualities of thoughtfulness and good intent. I have discovered this truth at the end of the watermelon vine where innocence ripens in suspended time. Nothing snaps you instantly into childhood like watermelon. No questing necessary. Unlike pot roa…
People are so diverse and different. The books they like to read can't help but be varied and different, as well. While some people love to read mysteries, Christian fiction, true crime, biographies and so on, I love to read romance. Yes, I said it, romance. And not just plain romances eithe…
This is not a food column, although I frequently write about food. I would consider, however, this to be an eating column because I'm going to write about one of the best things in the world to eat, Southern-style cobbler. If, after reading the name of this article, you were looking forward …
If you are like many people, it may seem as though there is not enough time in the day to get everything done ... and this includes exercise. This sense of a "lack of time" may be the number one deterrent keeping people from the gym. What if you could get more done in less time while you exercise?
Patches is a lab/whippet mix and about three years old. He is house-trained, leash-trained and good with other dogs. He weighs about 30 pounds. He would make a great companion.
The return of the bodies of our troops from a foreign battlefield in flag-draped caskets elicits a visceral response from many Americans. These are the men, and sometimes in modern warfare, the women, who have paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom.
Wholesome beef is among the most widely consumed foods in the United States. Each day, about 76 million Americans choose to eat beef. Consumers allocate more than half of the funds spent on meat to beef. Away from home, hamburgers and roast beef sandwiches are the favorite choices.
Community is an important word to us at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library. We are here to serve the community. We enjoy providing resources and services in a variety of media, and meeting the diverse educational, personal and information needs of the people in our community.
It seems we have heard a lot lately about teachers and the roles they play in the lives of children. From the one-room schoolhouse to current day, those roles, however changing, still remain the focus for educators who make differences in the lives of their students on a daily basis.
Celebrating Dalton's vibrant community life and merging the city's past and future are themes of this year's viral video produced and released by Dalton State College's Office of Marketing and Communications.
Even if you've never been to Yosemite National Park you're sure to have seen photographs of the dramatic landscape of cliffs, mountains and canyons there. It's a very striking and unique landscape.
I’ve written previously about the importance of people with “lived experience” in helping others in their process of recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. Someone with mental illness or addiction who is living in recovery has high credibility with individuals dealing with…
The Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library has so many educational and entertainment possibilities for all ages. This month I want to focus on two particular groups, tweens (grades 4-8) and teens (grades 8-12).
Homer Rice served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II, coached football at the high school, college and NFL levels, and served as athletic director at two major colleges, the University of North Carolina and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Unusually moderate temperatures have been forecast for the first few days of August. A brief cool spell will be refreshing, but we can be confident it won’t last.
Check out this awesome 13-year-old Norwegian forest cat. Felix found himself at the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia after his owner passed away. He has the best personality and is so laid back. He loves hanging out with the kittens and is very social.
If you have tried to lose weight any time in the last 20 years, chances are you have tried a low-carb diet. Those who embark on a low-carb diet typically lose a good bit of weight in the beginning, and so the popularity seems to remain steady among dieters.
A little breeze in the summertime goes a long way to making things better. If you're out on the porch, sitting in the shade and you've got even a wisp of wind passing by, it can be comfortable even on a hot day.
The Creative Arts Guild will open two exhibits on Friday. Janice Kennedy will present work in a show titled "One Woman's Viewpoint" in Gallery FIVE20, and Isaac Alcantar will exhibit work in Gallery ONE11. Alcantar's exhibit, "El Color de Mi Cultura," is presented in collaboration with CLILA…
I didn’t know that they had seagulls in Montana, but there they were, at an altitude of about 6,000 feet, closer to the sea horizontally than vertically. The grazing and mooing cows in the green pasture below reminded me how out of place it all was. Snowcapped mountains dotted the background…
Normally, when yours truly gets an opportunity during the hot months of summer to ride the current down one of Gilmer County’s cooling rivers, it’s relished as a time to unwind by getting away from a computer, ditching the cellphone for at least a couple of hours ... and relaxing
In recent years, Georgia has led the nation in blueberry production, exceeding 90 million pounds. Washington and Michigan have similar production quantities and also vie for recognition as the nation’s top producer.
I came home from school with some pride but lacking an astute awareness of consequences. I presented Mom with my homework to show her my good grades and progress. I waited for that facial expression exposing her approval. When her eyebrow raised and eyes squinted, I paused.
The Farm provided a festive setting for the 31st annual Dalton Cotillion Ball on July 21, 2018. Seventeen young ladies were presented to their families, friends and the Board of Directors in a formal ceremony.
I know you have all heard the old saying “practice makes perfect.” When it comes to building the crucial skill of literacy, this advice certainly holds true. One of our goals in the children’s department at the library is to find creative, fun ways to encourage kids to practice reading.
The other day we were driving around town and saw a car from Tennessee. It had a sticker on the back that had the state flag on it. There are three stars in the middle of the flag. I was asked what they stood for but I didn't know. So I looked it up and now I know. I also thought it would be…
I enjoy gardening. There are few things more satisfying than a meal of homegrown veggies, whether tomatoes or corn or potatoes. And just the joy that comes from looking over a meticulously manicured garden with perfectly straight rows, the dark, rich soil covered by mulch and not a single we…
While mental illness is known to affect 20 percent of the overall population at some point in their lives, some population subsets are at increased risk for mental health problems. In particular, racial and ethnic minority populations — especially African-Americans and Hispanics – are more l…
Recycling can help empower even the youngest eco-superhero. Luckily, all K through 12 schools in Whitfield County and Dalton take part in the Target Recycling program. This gives students the option of recycling at school. As part of your back to school routine, go over with your child why r…
Like many of us, David Brainerd lay awake at night wondering if he would ever have a lasting impact in life. His ministry to Native Americans in the 18th century had mixed results, according to historians. Though he was a contemporary of renowned preachers and revivalists Jonathan Edwards, J…
This Week's Circulars
- 'I hate this county. I prayed to God that he would curse it': Footage shows DUI arrest of congressional candidate (with VIDEO)
- Chatsworth police chief defends use of Taser on 87-year-old woman (with VIDEO)
- Haig Mill park nearing completion; officials looking at Sept. 8 opening
- Man charged with aggravated child molestation
- Teen charged by sheriff's office with aggravated child molestation
- Citizens of the Week: David Rayborn and Brandon J. Townsend
- Area Arrests for Aug. 12
- Congressional candidate sentenced to six months in jail for DUI (with VIDEO)
- Congressional candidate sentenced to jail time for DUI
- Area Arrests for Aug. 10