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I’m going to share with you something that I like about living in White Springs and, at the risk of offending a few folks, something that I don’t like about living in White Springs. Something that I really like about living in White Springs is that I’ve been here for almost 30 years and not …

Our military veterans have defended our rights throughout the distant past of our nation’s history to the battles that are as fresh as today’s headlines.

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As this article is going to print, the midterm elections for 2018 will be all but over, with only the tabulation and certification of votes left. The season reminded me of another election (well, elections, actually) from Suwannee County’s history that was criminal in ways, but also somewhat…

A good night’s sleep is something we can all appreciate. Whether you have struggled through working a night shift, rocked babies to sleep after 2 a.m. feedings, or just suffer from occasional insomnia, we all know the longing to be able to just get some rest. Not many things are more frustra…

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Freedom is a hard-bought thing — A rifle in the handThe horses hitched at sunup, A harvest in the land.Freedom is a hard-bought thing — A massacre, a bloody rout,The candles lit at nightfall, And the night shut out.Freedom is a hard-bought thing — A bullet in the back,The wind in the long co…

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Merri and I have just returned from a visit to the Franklin/Highland region of North Carolina. We caught the fall foliage at the very best time and the hillsides were ablaze with color! It’s the last big event of tourism season and there were still plenty of tourists there, soaking in the sc…

Three months ago, nearly 500 high school football teams across the state opened their seasons with the goal to still be playing this week.

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Although I do not personally celebrate Halloween, as a historian, I am aware of the interest in historical ghost stories and the like. Today’s article will vary from my usual and delve into ghost stories and other ghoulish events in our history, with a little historical background.

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Recently I attended a leadership conference where the instructor handed out envelopes to everyone in attendance. Each envelope contained a single word. The instructor explained that our envelopes contained a Word from God. Our task was to begin seeking God about this word and see what He wan…

Probably once a week maybe more, I talk to someone who is upset by the numbers they see when they step on the scale. And I SO get it because I always have the same gut reaction. Generally I want to pitch the scale out back and let the horses trample it. I have a love-HATE relationship with m…

Rural America played a significant role in national elections in 2016 when 500,000 more rural voters went to the polls than in 2012. People in small towns and rural communities across our country made their voices heard, and elected officials took notice. This year will be just as important …

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

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It has been sad for me watching how Halloween has slowly been changing from the way it used to be when I was a kid. Fewer and fewer children go out on a spooky night at the end of October to knock on their neighbors’ doors in the search for candy. One thing that has helped ease the pain of t…

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As discussed in the previous two articles, The Banner was a weekly newspaper published every Friday in the late 1800s in Live Oak by W. L. Whitfield and Charles H. Tatum. A September 1895 edition had several items of interest relating to Suwannee County. We have looked at some of them over t…

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A few months ago I invited a good friend who is an exercise junkie out to lunch and was telling her how I was struggling to get back to a routine of working out. I asked for her recommendations on which workouts were best and such. By the end of the meal, I had some great ideas and was reall…

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GATHERING LEAVES
“Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
A…

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When you soon go to the polls, as I hope all of you will, you’re going to have to make some difficult decisions, some that will affect your quality of life for years to come. There are a slew of constitutional amendments to consider, and you won’t be able to figure them out if you wait until…

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 97 percent of the land in the United States, and 20 percent of the population, are in “rural America.” We’re home to American farmers and ranchers that are essential to our nation’s economy.

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The Banner was a weekly newspaper published every Friday in the late 1800s in Live Oak with W. L. Whitfield and Charles H. Tatum being the editors/publishers. A September 1895 edition had several items of interest related to Suwannee County, one of which we looked at last week. Today, we wil…

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Don’t you just hate it when you are in the middle of an intriguing story and just as you are about to find out something really important, it’s time for a commercial, or “to be continued” flashes across the television screen. If that’s how you felt at the end of last week’s column, let me ap…

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In the last edition of “Life in White Springs” the gist of the column was that we lead an eventful life in White Springs. Of course, having put that in writing, the following week proved to be a little too eventful! Hurricane worries and canceled plans and meetings were not what I had in min…

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The Banner was a weekly newspaper established in 1884 and published every Friday in the late 1800s in Live Oak. The editors/publishers were W. L. Whitfield and Charles H. Tatum, and in 1897, it would merge with The Leader to become the Suwannee Democrat. A September 1895 edition of The Banne…

This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week and the theme — Journalism Matters Now More Than Ever — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be eas…

I went scuba diving in the Suwannee River this past weekend. There were some people along the bank near where I entered the water, and they asked me the same thing most people ask me when I tell them I go scuba diving in the Suwannee River: “Aren’t you afraid of the alligators?”

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S.

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Who are some of your favorite people? If you made a list, it would likely include those who make you laugh, who listen when you need to talk and who are there when you need them. Some on the list stay constant while some may change. This past weekend, I attended my nephew’s wedding and felt …

You can feel the promise of fall weather in the coolness of the night air. It won’t be long before you will need a sweater in the morning and after dark.

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No matter how long I study God’s Word, I am always amazed at how relevant it is today. The deeper you study, the more apparent it is that human nature doesn’t change no matter the century. As we return to our study of Esther this week, I can’t wait to show you a very significant truth from t…

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I am reminded of the fragility of life from time to time. My sister, Dena Bearl Whalen, formerly of White Springs, now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. I was very worried when I saw that Hurricane Florence was headed her way. She had the good sense to get out of Wilmington and I am happy…

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