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Beautiful weather, good food and fellowship came together for a very successful Spaghetti Supper 2020 for the Friendship House. Thank you to all who prepare sauce, cook noodles, purchased tickets, donated food and paper goods, donated Little Debbie desserts, directed traffic, prepared plates…

When Ronald Reagan left the presidency on Jan. 20, 1989, America was in great shape. He had built up the military, caused the collapse of the Berlin Wall, negotiated detente with the USSR and repaired the damage to the economy caused by Jimmy Carter. His successor, George H.W.. Bush, stayed …

I was not prepared to have a text from the son of my best friend from college saying “He fought a good fight, always. It was an honor being his son and to witness him go to heaven.” So, it was on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, as Hubert Andrew Marsh Sr. passed to life eternal.

Congressman John Lewis was a giant of a man who gave his life for equal justice and voting rights for African Americans and the city, state and nation. Times were so hard and difficult for Black citizens that John Lewis and others begin to speak up and stand up and they were beaten and put i…

This is the final countdown. Sunday, July 26, marked just 100 short days until Election Day 2020. For Joe Biden’s confused and anemic campaign, 100 days is the beginning of a desperate lurch to the finish line. For the president, it’s a different story.

If you were born between 1930 and 1970, you've heard of polio. You may even know someone who had it. Parents dreaded the arrival of summer as it was easily spread in areas where children congregated and there was no cure, with lasting damage to the muscles and limbs.

If you are African American and wondering who to vote for this November, consider some truths. With the election nearing, President Trump has suddenly found a voice over George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery but ignored Eric Garner and never apologized for full-page newspaper ads calling for the de…

Thank you to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, the Georgia State Bar and the Young Lawyers Division and the Georgia Food Bank Association who partnered to lead the annual two-week fundraising competition. All members of the legal community were eligible to compete to see which law firm, l…

This is for our city of Dalton leaders. Please use past history to help draw up the new garbage/rubbish pickup.

We had just come from the doctor. It was cancer with nothing left to do except pray and wait. The doctor didn’t think home health or hospice was needed yet, but the mother of this 48-year-old, special needs child did need help, and that help came in the person of Annalee Harlan who, when she…

Removing a monument to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, who protected Dalton from a noted white supremacist, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, would be foolish to say the least.

As we have watched and listened in the last week — move or remove statues, defund the police, do away with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) — I would advise anyone who isn’t concerned to remember the words attributed to pastor Martin Niemoller: "First they came for the socialists, a…

I am a student and teacher of history with a master's in Civil War history. My master's thesis was titled “Appomattox,” a dramatic adaptation of the surrender that for all intents and purposes brought an end to the conflict that divided this nation more than 150 years ago.

In response to the article involving the removal of the Gen. Joseph E. Johnston statue in downtown Dalton, I believe this should be investigated to find out what the majority of the citizenry desires rather than so quickly having a knee-jerk response of a few that want to erase our American …

The people who are screaming for defunding or abolishing police departments need to consider one thing: If someone breaks into their homes, assaults them or their family members, robs them or kills them, who are they going to call for help?

Statues on public land serve to venerate individuals held collectively in high esteem. They are meant to embody the identity of a community and communicate to visitors what the community values. As time clarifies whose legacy warrants such a pedestal, figures previously honored may wane in t…

A quote contributed to Warren Buffet says “When the tide goes out you, see who’s swimming naked,” which means, during good economic times it’s not obvious how successful people or businesses are. But in bad times the truth is laid bare. Indeed, Donald Trump’s lack of responsibility and disci…

Being a retired police officer and looking at the incident in Minnesota, I can say it was wrong and unnecessary. George Floyd was not resisting arrest, and even if he had been, you don't use that type of force. Sometimes you have to deal with combatants in taking them to the ground, but that…

I have known Lynn Laughter for decades. As members of the same church, we have had the honor of being the hands and feet of Christ here in Whitfield County and as far away as Kenya and Haiti. It is during those long and laborious mission trips that you leave your comfort zone and discover wh…

As a longtime business owner and former member of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, I have gained a unique knowledge of the demands of both public and private sectors of our community. My experience in both of these areas leads me to ask that our community reelect Lynn Laughter to…

Our daughter graduated with a master’s degree in science in biology from Georgia College and State University. She did not get to enjoy a graduation ceremony making her diploma a true "corona-ploma." We are all happy and proud just alike.

As a former member of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners from 2006-2010, I am very aware of the need for strong leadership to keep our community growing and attractive to families and businesses, especially in challenging times. That means keeping taxes low, providing quality servic…

Whitfield County already faced significant economic challenges prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, and it is imperative we make every possible effort to make the best decisions regarding leadership as we emerge from the economic shutdown. Too often local elections come down to popularity…

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