Periodically, the Dougherty County and Albany City commissions appoint citizens to various advisory boards, committees and commissions whose purpose is to provide direction on issues related to the boards’ special areas of interest.
It is, perhaps, a sign of the political times that two Albany City Commission candidates — B.J. Fletcher in Ward III and Bobby Coleman In Ward II — announced a full four months ahead of Aug. 26-30 qualifying for the city's municipal elections their intention to run for office.
Like clockwork, the comments started, no more than a few minutes after businesswoman B.J. Fletcher announced plans to run against incumbent Christopher Pike for a seat on the Albany City Commission.
For me, the 2013 Wanee Music Festival will forever be remembered as Wanee II, who cares if it was actually the ninth Wanee. And it will be remembered as the weekend Mother Nature decided to show off all the tools at her disposal.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign promise made to Albany voters — voters whose futures, it must be noted, are directly tied to the Flint and the region’s acquifer system — rings very hollow today in light of his assault on the state’s, and particularly middle and south Georgia’s, river systems.
For most of us, our first glimpse into the horrors of the Boston Marathon tragedy came through the lens of Boston Globe photojournalist Steve Silva.
For country music fans, talk these days is not so much about the latest hits by superstars like Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan, or even when everyone’s going to catch on to the fact that Taylor Swift doesn’t really sing country music.
My blood started boiling as I surveyed the scene, and I found myself amazed anew at the human race’s capacity for cruelty. A pack of young men, four strong, walked away from where an older couple stood looking warily after them. The four were laughing uncontrollably, pointing at the couple and falling all over each other in their mirth. The old couple looked wounded, but not in any physical way. It was more a look of embarrassed resignation, of stunned disbelief. I noticed tears on the woman’s cheeks. Trying to size up the situation, I asked the couple if they were OK. The man waved off my concern.
I was listening to a few local good old boys solve the world’s problems the other day — I wasn’t eavesdropping, just happened to be standing within earshot and couldn’t help but overhear — and one of the things one of them said got me to thinking.
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And so it was, on a cold and blustery night not well-suited for man nor beast, that some 12,000 of the South’s faithful were shown a modern-day musical truth: There are indeed still gods who walk among us.
I’ve been thinking about the words of that rock and roll philosopher John Fogerty lately, who wisely forewarned us, “Someday never comes.”
All this warm-and-fuzzy going on from reformed squawkers in response to The Herald’s new Bright Side column has inspired me to share a few of my own positive observations in this ongoing fight of good vs. evil.
I don’t know if it was the determined set of his shoulders or the angry look on his face that made me stop to talk with the man picking up trash along the rural Lee County road.
I don’t quite remember how they did it, but somehow in the middle of an intelligent discussion about current entertainers I found myself saying words I’d never intended to say out loud: I have something of a man-crush on Justin Timberlake.
- Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line big winners at American Country Awards
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- Americus Tour of Homes showcases historic buildings
- Blakely presenting holiday festival
- Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Dec. 11-17, 2013
- LORAN SMITH: Still dreaming of a white Christmas
- Have yourself a very classic Christmas
- RONDA RICH: Have we forgotten about the American Dream?
- JIM HENDRICKS: Now that's a negotiator
- Callaway Lakes home December Yard of the Month in Albany
- Thumbs Up! - Dec. 9, 2013
- Life of Nelson Mandela is to be celebrated
- On a day of celebration, Pearl Harbor's lessons still important
- Dougherty's brightest middle-schoolers go 'bowling'
- Make that really special delivery
- Albany Ward II voters determine today who will be their city commissioner
- Thumbs Up! - Dec.2, 2013
- Don't overlook locally-owned businesses this weekend
- Keep Black Friday Fever under control
- America has good reasons to be thankful