“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.”— Martin Luther King Jr.

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There has been a lot of talk about how high the Suwannee, Withlacoochee and Sante Fe rivers have been lately, supposedly rising to flood heights earlier than normal, whatever “normal” is when it comes to flood season. Well, they say that if you study history you can learn a lot that will be …

Following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, many commentators made the observation that because of his personality he became good friends with his 1992 presidential election opponent, former President Bill Clinton. The two men had differing views on how the government should be…

We say, “It’s the thought that counts” when someone forgets their gift on a special occasion but say they at least “thought about us.” This statement goes much farther than excusing one’s forgetfulness though. 

The Suwannee River is still above flood stage near Luraville and at many other locations. Several roads are still closed because they are under water. This past weekend I spent some time around the river near Luraville and saw firsthand what some people have to do to get from their homes to …

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In discussing Telford Springs, I briefly mentioned diver Sheck Exley. However, I realized that despite him being internationally known, I had never written an article on him (although I have discussed him in various historical presentations over the years). Today’s article will rectify that.

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Another year in the rear view mirror and great expectations for the year ahead of us. Many of us decide we want to lose weight so decide the new year is the perfect time to start a diet. After all new year, new you right?

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That’s right folks; it’s now 2019, the last “teenage” year of this century! Now I’ve been around for a while, not as long as some of you, but longer than most of you, and it gets a little more special each year to celebrate the New Year’s arrival. It happens just two days after my birthday, …

Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you follow through with those resolutions? If you do not, you are not alone. Of those that do make resolutions, more than half fail. The reason most resolutions fail is that they are too broad.

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Tis the season. The season of non-stop commercials showing everything you absolutely must buy this year if you want a happy family on Christmas Day. Not sure about you but for me the older I get, the less I need. Over the past few years, I've been working hard to keep purchases to a minimum.…

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I went out to check the rain gauge and realized that I need a deeper gauge. Mine tops out at five inches and after one day’s worth of rain it was overflowing, even though I had emptied it the night before. The overflow of the gauge made me think that the Suwannee would soon overflow too, bec…

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The Suwannee is at flood level, and we hope that Old Saint Nick won’t be easily deterred when he views that usually placid old stream from his sleigh way up in the sky.

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Every year I am amazed at the effort some people put into their Christmas light display. Some of the houses around Live Oak must have taken many hours to set up, and a few of them must have had the help of a small crew of Santa’s elves. Some of these homeowners have covered every last bit of…

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Suwannee County and the Suwannee River are blessed with a plethora of springs. Some are named for activities that have been performed there over the years, such as Baptizing Spring. Others have been named for the nearest community, such as Troy, Falmouth or Suwannee. Many, however, are named…

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Nearly 12 years ago I began writing Heart Matters every week to cheer readers on in the work it takes to have healthy relationships. We have worked through a ton of issues over the years! Today, I am writing the final column with a big “Thank You” to those of you who have faithfully read “He…

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How are you doing with your holiday shopping? Have you ticked everyone off your gift list? How about yourself? Did you put yourself on that list? If you have not, you still have time to do it so grab that list and add your name right now.

In a society where it is often considered politically incorrect to talk about matters of faith, the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press are asking their readers to share their faith with the entire community.

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Suwannee County residents who live along any of the area rivers are making preparations for some flooding that will occur this week. The flooding is due to some heavy rainfall that we had last week on top of some steady rain that preceded that event. Those residents are going to want to avoi…

Many people struggle with living a healthy lifestyle. We all know how easy it is to go off track with the options we have for fast food, technology that keeps us glued to our chair and increased stress in our lives that won't let us sleep at night. But did you know there are three simple thi…

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Signs of the approaching holidays are showing up everywhere! In fact, it’s been looking a lot like Christmas since about Halloween. Just last week I overheard a lady in a checkout line comment to her friend, “Are we just skipping over Thanksgiving these days?”

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With the death of President George H.W. Bush this week, my thoughts turned to that “Greatest Generation.” The President was one of the nation’s youngest aviators during the Second World War.

The masthead of the Suwannee Democrat constitutes the oxymoron of all oxymorons. No other moniker could be further distant from the publication’s readership. We can recall how the paper’s editorial staff in 2016 departed from its long-standing decision to refrain from endorsing a Presidentia…

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There are a lot of outdoor activities that happen at this time of year and attendance is always affected by the weather. A nice sunny day brings out the crowd and, understandably, bad weather keeps some folks away. Some folks, usually the young and hardy and adventurous, show up no matter wh…

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The weather can affect so many aspects of our lives. The rain on Saturday caused the postponement of the Christmas Parade. It started raining Saturday morning and it only stopped for brief moments all day and night. I had planned to get up Saturday morning to check out all of the exciting ar…

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Recently, I was in Tallahassee to present a history of the Suwannee County Courthouse, more specifically, to discuss its bell and clock tower. I realized that an abbreviated version of this might make a good article, so here you go…

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Thanksgiving is over! Hopefully you have survived the abundance of food and family and friends, a combination that at times functions as it should, and at other times gives the word “dysfunctional” new meaning! It’s all part of the Holidaze, and one of the best ways to survive and enjoy the …

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I spent some time in Jacksonville over the Thanksgiving holiday, and seeing the solar panels in the field just north of I-10 a short drive east from Live Oak made me happy. Those panels are providing power to a large number of people in a way that does not add greenhouse gases to our atmosph…

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And then there are those days that just go from bad to worse: a terrible day at work, fender-bender on the way home, and just when you think nothing else can possibly happen, your spouse drops a bomb of bad news on you when you walk in the door.

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On this Thanksgiving Day, with some repetition from the past, because many blessings can be constant, and with some new thankful observations, because additional blessings come each year, I offer a column on Thanksgiving.

I feel fortunate to live here in the Suwannee Valley. It has been amazing watching our community work together to get supplies gathered to donate to those affected by Hurricane Michael. At Suwannee High School there have been at least two large piles of supplies that will be going to the peo…

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We come across so many people in our lives that it’s sometimes difficult to see a connection between them and history. As these people pass away, you never know what stories may have been lost. And so it is with the subject of this (late) Veterans’ Day article. Although I never met this man …

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