On Thursday, March 23, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), conducted “Operation Clean Sweep II.” This was a collaborative effort by local, state and federal law enforcement to search out and find parole, probation and county warrant fugitives attempting to escape capture. Agencies that assisted in this effort were DCS Criminal Intelligence Unit, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The result of these agencies intelligence-driven effort was potential current addresses/locations for parolee/probationer and county warrant absconders.
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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory announces the funeral service of Azalee Green Williams, age 83, who passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at her residence under the care of Community Hospice. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County; a retired seamstress and attended Carters Chapel Church of God of Prophecy. [Full Story »]
It certainly has me down and here’s why. Our family of four was paying approximately $700.00 or a little less per month when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted. We had wonderful coverage, both medical and prescription, with low deductibles. Flash forward to 2017. We now have terrible coverage with high deductibles (if you can even find a doctor who will accept it), practically no prescription coverage, and oh by the way, we now pay $1,400.00 per month. So much for, “If you like your health care coverage you can keep it”. One of the biggest lies ever told to the American people in my personal opinion.
I thank God everyday of my life that my family has remained healthy.
Last week the nation watched the ultimate fumble. For the entire time since ACA was enacted republicans in the House and Senate have promised the American people they would repeal ACA if ever given the opportunity. They finally get the opportunity to do it and what do they do? They drop the ball. All this time they’ve made promise after promise to repeal this horrid legislation and they don’t even have an agreeable replacement ready to go when given the opportunity?
Disappointed is certainly an understatement at this point.
As has been the case on several occasions, this week’s column had pretty much been scripted and awaited the moment to be emailed for consideration. The delay, as has also been the case on several occasions, proved beneficial as news of a relative’s passing put me in a completely different frame of mind. When information of my cousin’s death came this past Saturday, March 25th, the resulting “should’ve - could’ve - would’ve” debate had me contending with myself for hours.
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I am officially retired, but I teach a college English class a couple of mornings a week. On mornings when I don’t go to school, the dogs and I head out early to the back yard where I drink my coffee on the deck; they dash off to assess the damage the squirrels and birds have done during the night. Charlie particularly hates having the birds feasting at the feeders and scares them away by barking stridently at them. He doesn’t abide birds flying over his backyard either without protest. He can’t really stop them physically, but he can bark loud and long. I can almost hear the birds laughing at his antics. They of course know that he’s no threat to them.
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John Thomas Kimbrel, Appling County native and current student at Mercer University, Macon, recently had the honor of performing in concert with the Mercer Singers at New York City’s revered Carnegie Hall.