April 20, 2017 RSS feed / Opinions

My family’s old stories of frontier life go back to a year before the Pilgrims

This week, there’s a Burke family anniversary worth observing, and although I’ve mentioned it before, it’s a story worth telling again.  On April 19, 1644, over 370 years ago, my first immigrant ancestor to these shores was kil More...

Athens appreciates Bill Simpson’s contributions

Father time has relegated William A. Simpson to a wheelchair, but his mental acuity and alertness, however, are as keen as ever. More...

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Book Review

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Historical novels can be so fascinating that they send us to do research, or they can be so prone to error that we do research to find out what really happened. More...

Introducing media free from fakery

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Fake news is becoming a real problem, according to successive presidents of the United States. Barack Obama described it as a threat to democracy, while President Trump decried it as a threat to his administration.  More...

Zoonotic diseases – protect yourself

As we pioneer into the spring season we find ourselves spending more and more time outdoors. Along with the warming weather comes the emergence of insects, arachnids, and other bugs – and with them the potential for zoonotic diseases. More...