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Impressions by David Maxwell

I’ve always leaned to the orange side of Halloween

Halloween traditions, where did they originate?  The many customs we have today in relation to Halloween have their origins in the religious practices of the Romans and the Druids, therefore dating back many centuries. On October 31, a special feast was held to honor their gods. The custom of trick-or-treating and the use of “jack-o’-lanterns”…

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See you at Saturday’s Rejoice Run and the Harvest Festival!

This Saturday, October 16 marks the arrival and the return of an old friend – the Seminole County’s annual Harvest Festival in downtown Donalsonville. Sadly, for the past three years events have occurred causing the cancellation on the event – Hurricane Michael in 2018, inclement weather in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 –…

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National Newspaper Week highlights the importance of real news delivery

“Real Newspapers, Real News” is one of the themes of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 3 – 9) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real”  at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.  This is the 81st annual National Newspaper Week, a…

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Ready to embrace the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox

Yesterday, September 22, was the first day of Fall – a beautiful season, and my personal favorite. Filled with color, and eventually cool, crisp days, Fall provides an excuse to indulge in great seasonal foods, and the beginning of the season serves as an annual kick off point for all of those great Fall season…

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Fall is my favorite time of year. What’s yours?

The heat of this 2021 Southwest Georgia Summer is about to get to me, and I don’t know about you, but I am anxiously awaiting with much anticipation that first cool morning of Fall on Wednesday September 22. When it comes to the seasons of the year, which is your favorite?  I suppose the definition…

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Where there is help, there is hope

Thank you to the people who are working to save lives and keep our community safe during this pandemic. As our community, our country and our world continue to confront an unprecedented crisis, one inspiring trend is emerging — people everywhere want to help. In fact, right now, searches for ‘how to help’ healthcare workers,…

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We have to work together to end this pandemic

The mass inoculation of millions of American children against Polio in 1955, like the vaccinations of millions of American adults against COVID-19 in 2021, was a triumph of science. But the Polio vaccine had overwhelming public acceptance, while stubborn pockets of vaccine hesitancy persist across the U.S. for the COVID-19 vaccine. Why the difference? One…

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Learning to let go is the hardest thing I’ve ever done

After seeing multiple mixed-emotion Facebook posts from parents moving their children to college, and going through the process of leaving them behind, I remembered the following words I penned a few years back when I was going through that emotional moment. They helped me then, and for those of you in need, I hope they…

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