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Memorial Day weekend. Already. For me, Memorial Day weekend always means the beginning of summer. When I lived in Ohio, this weekend would be the first BBQ of the year with our last being Labor Day weekend.

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In 1881, George M. Barbour wrote a booklet entitled “Florida for Tourists, Invalids and Settlers.” Part of the work detailed Suwannee County, and it was reprinted in a 1962 Suwannee Democrat. It is interesting to see the changes over the last 140 years, but also some the similarities. Below …

The Bible says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print and marks upon you: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28 KJV).

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During some of the most intense public discussions of the COVID-19 ordeal, there was much controversy about what is essential. Who are essential workers? What jobs are essential? What businesses and services are essential? But let’s consider some spiritual essentials in our life?

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What a roller coaster the past two months have been. Not only have we been told to socially isolate and wear a mask, we've also dealt with a toilet paper shortage and now a meat shortage. If someone would have told us in advance the world as we know it would be closed and not re-opening for …

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Today is Memorial Day, a day in which the United States will remember those who have died for their country. The holiday has a long history. The first known instance of a memorial day of sorts is way back in 431 B.C., when soldiers killed in the Peloponnesian War (I bet they don’t study that…

God granted the request Paul made on behalf of the Colossians. They were “filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will” (Colossians 1:9). By daily utilizing this knowledge, the saints will develop four Christian characteristics (1:10).

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The Bible says, “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye…

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I was looking forward to this weekend. Merri and I had a trip planned. We were going to travel Florida, from one end to the other. First stops in Florida were to be Central and South America. Then, traveling deeper into the Sunshine State, we were going to visit Ireland, Great Britain, Europ…

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I was not quite 7 years old in May 1965, and I held the hand of the late Melindy Williams, who worked as a domestic worker for my aunt and uncle, the late J.B. and Henry Eva Bullard Roberts, in the eastern edge of Suwannee County on Adams Road as we waked down a dust-covered white sand road.…

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Hips. Such an important part of our body, yet as we age, one of the first joints to feel pain. How can we take care of our hips now to prevent future discomfort?

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We don’t like to work, but we do. We complain about having to go to work; but are miserable when we are unemployed. We are glad to go back to work on Mondays, to get some rest, after an exhausting weekend. Working has benefits.

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Old photographs shared on social media during this time of pandemic have stirred some memories in individuals, including me, that were dormant for some time. There was a photo I shared recently of an old- fashioned bookmobile, which caused close to a hundred individuals to respond favorably …

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When this COVID-19 self-imposed isolation started we were optimistic. Optimism is something that Americans are good at but sometimes it works against us. Optimistically, we figured we could isolate for a while, but because we were optimistic, we were really thinking that it would be for a sh…

Summer may be my favorite time of year but spring is definitely not far behind. The wildflowers alone put a smile on my face every time I drive by those golden fields of yellow. There truly is something magical about spring that reminds us no matter what else is happening, tomorrow brings a …

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The blind man, healed by Jesus (John 9) gave an inquisitive reply, “Lord, who is He,” to the question by Jesus, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” We should ask, “Who is this Son of Man?”

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The Bible says “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” And, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:10, 28).

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It seems to me that I have been traveling through a revolving door this past week, and I have gained a new insight into the way people think and how much of a common denominator a shared threat can become.

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When all this started, did you think this many weeks later, we’d still be social isolating ourselves? Or did you think it would take a week or two and life would go back to normal? At least what our normal was at that time?

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As I have just finished a series of articles on the Spanish Influenza pandemic and we are still in the mist of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping around the world, I felt it informative to talk about another health issue that swept through Suwannee County more than 100 years ago. The articles th…

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Autumn Sanders, from Jasper, labels a package in the component control section storeroom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean on April 10. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations in U.S. 6th Fl…

The Bible says, “And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:10).

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Hollywood has spoiled us. The movies we watch seem perfect. While the characters in the story make mistakes, we never see all the retakes done by the actors in the released film.

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There are good things in life. Some of them so good that we want them to never end, and it hurts, really hurts, when they do. Some other things in life are good, but we are able to let them go and move eagerly on to the next thing. Like graduation. High School or college was good, but we are…

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Over the past several days, my mind has gone more and more to the South Hamilton Elementary, White Springs, Florida. A large part of my life was spent at South, eight years as a student, five years as a teacher, five years as principal, and then three more years as principal, over two decade…

Busy, busy, busy. We are so busy from the time the alarm clock rudely awakens us in the morning to the time our heads hit the pillow in the evening. And then boom. We’re not. In the blink of an eye, we’re forced to slow down.

It is a fact that fact and truth have always been synonymous. What’s real, or reality, is said to be true to fact, or correspond to true truth.

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News broadcasters, along with others, have classified COVID-19 as the “invisible enemy.” Metaphorically, this medical bombardment on the human population has been depicted as a “war.” Medical experts are crusading for the mobilization of every medical “weapon” in “fighting” this enemy.

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Remember readers when a large portion of our nation's population spent a good amount of time each Monday through Friday from about 12:30 p.m. till 4 p.m. watching some great character actors dressed in fashionable clothes who were beautiful and handsome and who lived in great homes and had l…

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So, surprisingly, I’ve been getting a few compliments about my writing lately. Compliments are good for the ego but, more importantly, I hope that they will be good for the writer too. You see, egos, no matter how healthy or unhealthy, can’t write. They can have an effect, but they can’t wri…

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“Today marks 3 weeks of isolation without sugar. Working out 2 hours a day, no meat, dairy or flour. The change has been fantastic! I feel great! Zero alcohol! A healthy vegan diet, gluten free, caffeine free, sugar free and a 2 hour home workout each day! Lost 30 lbs of fat and gained muscl…

The news media, social media and family conversations are buzzing about the Economic Impact Payments. Who gets one? How much will I get? When will the check arrive? Do I need to let the IRS know that I have moved? These are some of the commonly asked questions.

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Obituaries

Mr. Robert Evans Warner, II, 84, passed away May 30, 2020 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City, following an extended illness. He was the son of the late Carl Ray and Sadie A. Martin Warner. He worked for thirty one years as an agricultural inspector for the State of Florida, serv…

Gene Dempsey Henderson, age 90, of Live Oak, FL, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Solaris of Lake City following a lengthy illness. He was born in Jasper, FL living most of his life in Live Oak. He was a master welder and member of the First Advent Christian Church. He was veteran of t…

J.D. Greene, Jr. 76, Live Oak, FL passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020. He was a lifelong resident of Suwannee County, Vietnam Veteran while serving in the Army, a member of American Legion and was of Baptist Faith. Mr. Greene is survived by his daughter: Shannon Poppell, Live Oak, FL; two so…