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BALLARD: Larry Simms’ Paris dilemma

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist I asked Larry Simms to tell me a moment he would never forget and he told me about a business trip to Paris, France for the company he was working with years ago. He and one of his co-workers went there for a training seminar and…

Week of the Young Child upcoming

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  AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist   It’s almost time for the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their…

Leaola Moore Mitchem: 101 and still going strong

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist   Leaola Moore Mitchem is 101 years old and I found her to be a remarkable woman with an excellent memory. She certainly doesn’t look her age and she reads without needing glasses. She was born on Oct. 19, 1913 in Buckhead, Georgia. Her family…

William F. Keever, a multitalented man

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I asked William F. Keever what was something in his life he would never forget and he told me the following story. I’ve never interviewed a more multifaceted man than Keever is. In 1946, Keever joined what at that time was the Army Air Corps. After…

BALLARD: Homeless stories make for a sleepless night, thoughts on our similarities and differences

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    PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist After reading Phil Perry’s series on the homeless in our area, I have had so many random thoughts going through my mind. How can I help? Who else could help? What else could be done to help those who want to become active in…

Singing Convention hearkens back to a bygone era in music

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Kathy Caudle is invested in the success of the Lincoln County Singing Convention. Literally. The retired Lincoln County nutrition director buys the books of shape note music used to accompany the participants in their two-hour monthly sessions. It’s an expense that runs her a…

BALLARD: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Georgia

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist If you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day, and you like to celebrate holidays, this is an adventure you will want to take. I’ll give you a hint though, if you are going to spend the night there, you must make your…

Former teacher’s compassion leads to replenished library for fire-damaged school

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the unthinkable happened at Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County. While officially undetermined, an apparent electrical fire above the ceiling within the school caused fire alarms to sound at 6:30 a.m. Staff members were just beginning to arrive at…

Living with a Maine Coon cat

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist “A cat makes a wonderful pet…of its master.” I read this in a magazine and the only thing missing was our pet’s name. It is a perfect description of Toby, who manipulates us on daily basis and gets away with it. Our daughter, Liz, lived in…