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Sandy Hook anniversary recalls pain, sadness

Who can forget the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Newtown, Conn.? And, of course, we should never forget.

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A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

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At the door

Republicans are standing at the threshold of leadership in the U.S. House and Senate. They have the opportunity to either confirm the belief that we really have a “do nothing congress,” or that our body of elected members can effectively govern our country.

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Countdown to Christmas begins with lists

The real countdown to Christmas Day has begun.

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South’s love for nicknames remains strong

For some reason, Southerners, more than any other region, love nicknames. It’s really a show of affection when we care enough to bestow a nickname rather than call a person by his Christian name.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ never fails to inspire

I love Christmastime. I love the decorations, music, glitter, lights, smell of pine, food, traditions and gifts — all of it.

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Tink’s Southernly introduction to a state fair

Back in the autumn, just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

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Ashway: Making sense of Georgia Tech-Georgia

Paul Johnson won’t ever be accused of being loquacious. But quite often the taciturn Tech coach says a lot without saying much.

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Count your blessings this holiday

This Thursday, families all over our great country will sit down at the table and break bread together.

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Try cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren’t planned. They’re born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

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The fair tax

Would someone please set me straight on the Fair Tax. Every one of our new (and old) congressmen promised to promote the Fair Tax. Many people I speak with favor it. However, I am having trouble finding any redeeming features of this tax plan what so ever.

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Month calls attention to adoption, fostering

Did you know that November is National Adoption Awareness Month?

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When mama planned on meeting her maker

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week —and sometimes not a day —went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

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Ashway: 6 reasons why Georgia defeated Auburn

Those baffling Bulldogs surprised us again Saturday night in Athens, delivering another stunning performance.

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Advent Worship Service helps women prep for Christmas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may think it’s too early to talk about Christmas.

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Live while you can because it goes by fast

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She’s soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

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If mama can't find it, nobody will

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people’s stuff.

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It’s important to vote

I vote in elections because I believe it is my responsibility as a U.S. citizen. Not everyone shares this belief, and they have some reasons. The value of your vote can be diminished if you live in a gerrymandered voting district. Many campaign messages are so incredulous that you wonder what degree of deceit to expect if the candidate is elected. Then once elected, some officeholders embrace reasons not to act unless their party’s desired outcome is assured or because their principles prohibit any compromise.

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As a germaphobe, I vote for ‘Fist Bump Friday’

With all of the news out there about Ebola, I decided it was as good a time as any for me to out myself as a certified germaphobe.

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It’s mighty hard to quit your raising

Here, I’ll announce something I’ve never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It’s how I was raised.

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Reflections on the Payette Bible series

The Oct. 26 edition marked the end of a 12-part series on resident Charles Payette’s Bible collection that has appeared in the Forsyth County News. The journey has been an incredible one for me.

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Remembering a true legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville’s most admired powerbrokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

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Ashway: Smith sending Falcons the wrong message

The Atlanta Falcons no longer play like a team trying to win.

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Transportation bond 2014: Good, bad, ugly

“Those whom look with jaundice-eye — Yellow They will see,” and though I’m not sure that’s something “Confucius-Say,” having witnessed first-hand the rampant growth and development suffered of Forsyth County over the last decade — averaging seventh-fastest Nationwide over that time — that is how I initially looked into Our latest “Transportation Bond 2014” proposal ... yet another of several put-forth since 2003 as the latest ‘n greatest “Traffic Fix-All”... and saw “Good” in that “Proposed GDOT Partnership Projects” list! 

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Ashway: Gurley loss has been big gain for Georgia

Let the naysayers beware.

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Thank you to helpful stranger

I don’t know what is important in today’s world as far as we exist, but there are angels among us.

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Veterans appreciate the community

On behalf of the men and women of Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, I want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the residents and visitors who attended the 2014 Cumming Country Fair & Festival for your support of our chapter and its annual raffle.

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Now it’s the CDC

From the start of the Ebola crisis, the president and the CDC assured us, promised us that we had nothing to worry about. Ebola will not reach America.

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Can Georgia Tech football learn from mistakes?

Saturday should prove quite the learning experience for Georgia Tech. At least coach Paul Johnson hopes so.

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Bible collector responds to reader’s letter

(This is in response to the letter “Church didn’t protest English translation” that appeared in the FCN on Sept. 28. You can view that letter HERE)

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