And now, I ask myself, "Why are black-eyed peas always served with pork?" Maybe it's a Southern tradition or as regional as red beans and rice. Perhaps food, like language, has its own sort of culinary dialect. Maybe tradition, our sense of how to order things, is a human construct offering …

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It is almost inevitable that we will all experience stress at various times throughout our lives. Unfortunately, ongoing stress can lead to numerous health issues including difficulty sleeping, depression, weight change, autoimmune disorders and cardiorespiratory problems. In today's hectic …

Sherlock is a Chiweenie dog who is about one year old and weighs 14 pounds. He is learning to walk on a leash and plays very well with other dogs. He is a quiet, sweet, little guy and will make a great little companion. You can go to hsnwga.org to apply for him.

When I was first asked to do a column for the Daily Citizen-News I was asked because I am a native of Dalton and Whitfield County, and so they felt I knew a lot of the people and a lot about the community because, well, I had lived through a big chunk of its history. I agreed to the idea but…

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

Turning the corner, I steered the car into the parking lot. There, confronting me, the sign said, "Sudden Service." I thought, "Wow! Not bad for a 'fried in old grease, we'll worry about the arteries later chicken joint.'" Catchy slogans cannot overcome a "rust on the building, empty parking…

The newspaper you are reading is full of useful information that can make your life better — stories about your community and upcoming events, advertisements for bargains and deals at local businesses, coverage of your favorites sports teams, etc.

Our temperatures have finally dropped here in Georgia, but whether we enjoy a winter wonderland remains to be seen. When you try to find ideas for outdoor fun in the wintertime in books or online the advice tends to revolve around snow. It is much more likely for our ground to be muddy than …

Caspian is a big, sweet two-year-old baby. He has been looking for his loving forever home for several months. He is ready to love a new family with his whole heart. He loves to "kiss" your ears. Are you Caspian's forever family? You can go to hsnwga.org to apply for him.

We think of the light show in winter as the one that celebrates Christmas and the holidays. Houses are decked out in strings of lights, some colored, some flashing and some flickering like candles. Front windows of houses frame the beautifully lit Christmas trees inside. Downtown brightens f…

It happens almost every time we’re watching a ballgame. A certain play is made, which elicits a comment from me about it, then the announcer says the same thing a moment or two later. Teresa is no longer amazed, and I never have been because I know it’s happening all across the country among…

Jason Wallace is an assistant professor in the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Wallace learned recently that he is the recipient of one of nine 2018 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awards f…

It happens almost every time we’re watching a ballgame. A certain play is made, which elicits a comment from me about it, then the announcer says the same thing a moment or two later. Teresa is no longer amazed, and I never have been because I know it’s happening all across the country among…

This month our spotlight is on Iris Petty. She is a familiar face at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library. She is not only a patron but also a volunteer. She has a very diverse skill set that we love to use. Petty is a graphic designer, video editor and illustrator.

In January, bears are sleeping. They are deeply relaxed into their long winter naps with lowered body metabolism, lower body temperatures and very few waking excursions.

The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia has more gorgeous kittens available for adoption and lots of adult kitties. You can go to hsnwga.org to apply for a cat or kitten.

There's not much better than a snow day when you're a school kid. But since we live in north Georgia there aren't that many snow days to enjoy. Some years we don't have a single one. Then you're stuck with the day-in, day-out grind of school during the post-holiday winter.

Thanks to the generosity of local motorists during the annual Team Up for Kids Boot Drive sponsored in October by the Whitfield County Fire Department and the Dalton Shriners, 31 students from Cedar Ridge, Dawnville and Eastside elementary schools were able to enjoy an extra special Christma…

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make is to get healthier. This can often mean increasing physical activity, making healthier food choices and losing weight. But others might want to improve their health by quitting smoking, drinking alcohol or using other drugs.

While good friends in the Northern Plains are being forced to delay travel plans because of blizzard conditions (single digit above zero daily highs, double digit below zero lows and 30 mph winds), I am appreciating temperatures above 60 degrees on the last day of the year. I do look forward…

It was Christmas morning, and to help clear out the considerable squeals of delight I could still hear from the afternoon before when the grandkids opened presents, I decided to get out of bed and go take a walk.

There's a nostalgic feeling about going as a family to pick out a live Christmas tree. But now that the holiday season is over you have a tree and maybe even some replaced electronics that are taking up space. Start the new year off on good terms by gathering up your tree and electronics to …

No story. No memory. No watermelons or tomatoes. No metaphors treading in spiritual time. Today, I want to remind myself and readers of a singular gospel truth. I want to allow God's power and provision to rest in my soul and give me peace. I want you to allow and remember it, too.

For the vast majority of my life, New Year’s Eve has been spent welcoming in the new year right here in Dalton. The fact that the new year comes in the middle of winter means the weather is usually cold and frequently yucky. And the days are still very short with the cold, dark winter night …

Megan is a quiet and very mild-mannered tuxedo kitten. She enjoys knowing what is going on but just wants to watch. She would do best in a home with other cats. She has enjoyed playing with her friends Huckleberry and Tucker. Come meet our "cookie-colored" baby. You can go to hsnwga.org to a…

Students at the Medical College of Georgia are now living and learning in Dalton as part of the state's only public medical school's continued educational expansion efforts.

My basic theory is that “the holidays” — that amalgam of December, Advent, Christmas, New Year’s, and everything in-between — captures a snapshot of our lives, like a Christmas card.

The end of the year is often the occasion for retirements and recognition of employees that have made faithful contributions for years of service. The end of the holiday season is also be marked by the removal of Christmas trees.

It’s not every day your humble scribe gets up at 4 a.m., just on Wednesdays lately. Like other mornings, some water, a cup of coffee and the Bible started my day.

Meet Jack, a handsome two-year-old Lab. Jack enjoys playing with other dogs and is very well behaved in his kennel. He is a friendly, affectionate boy and would love to have a home for Christmas.

Are you looking for something fun and educational for your teens and tweens to do? The Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library offers some great programs for tweens in grades 4-8 and teens in grades 9-12.

When Whitfield County Deputy Todd Thompson pulled over a car last December, he soon sensed this wasn't going to be a routine traffic stop.

There's a verse in the perennial Christmas song classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" where Andy Williams sings about "… scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago." I was always "Ghost stories … Christmas?" But it finally dawned on me he was sing…

My little girl loves stories. Who doesn’t, right? Ella is nearly two years old now and she often will sidle up to us with a book in hand, among her favorites the "My Bible Friends" series with beautifully illustrated Bible stories.