Back in July of 2019, my grandson Stuart had a minor accident on I-20 in Atlanta in one of my fleet of cars.  It seems that a suburban in front of him crammed into a wrecker in front of it.  Not having allowed himself enough time to stop, Stuart slid into the middle vehicle—the suburban--and…

Whether you support Donald Trump or think he is guilty of nefarious deeds regarding Ukraine, he is not going to be removed from office unless Republicans have a death wish. This, despite ponderous pontifications by liberals that at least 10 Republicans senators will turn on him and provide a…

Last week, as I sat down at my computer to write an article, I realized just how agitated I was concerning the situation with the Congress and the Administration of the United States. I was so demoralized by the stupidity exhibited by seemingly intelligent people, intent on destroying the ot…

Years ago, I had 2 dear lady friends in Hazlehurst.  We visited often and enjoyed each other’s company.  One of them was a former teacher of mine; the other, her mother. I came to know the mother through the daughter and through circumstances.  One sad day the daughter, who had just visited …

He sat on the front steps when I opened the door that Monday morning and looked up at me with lively dark eyes.  His black coat and eyes shone in the morning sun, his pink tongue hung out, and his tail wagged good morning as if he belonged there.  Actually, his whole body seemed to be waggin…

Now that we are into a new year, a new beginning, as some would say, we can look back on 2019 as a year in flux.  Flux is defined as a continuing change and last year was certainly one where one day was seldom like the former.  This has been a pattern on the national scene and as far as I ca…

Gadzooks! Can it really be 2020? That sounds more like what I wish my vision was than an actual year. Wasn’t it only yesterday when we sat holding our breath awaiting Y2K and wondering if all the computers in the world would go crazy and die? The only thing that happened was that a bunch of …

A new year is upon us once again and I think that the year 2020 will bring many surprises to us as a nation.  I do want to start off the year by wishing all of you a Happy New Year and hopefully, a healthy prosperous year for all of us.

Depending on when you receive this newspaper, you will probably have crossed the threshold into 2020. Let me first take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the Charlton County Herald over the last decade and ask for your continued support in 2020.

My father, Max, had a long-standing tradition every year around the Gardner household. No matter what was happening he would make cease all secular Christmas celebrations, gather the family in one room and remind us what the season is truly about. Dad would pull out his Bible and simply read…

The fir tree has a long association with Christianity and began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St. Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak…

Monday, December 9, 2019:  I’m on beautiful Jekyll Island in Glynn County bright and early this morning as I am honored to be a keynote speaker at the 82nd Annual Georgia Farm Bureau convention being held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  According to the University of Georgia Center …

This column was a favorite of my friend, Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal. It is lovingly dedicated to his memory and to all believers.

Christmas is just a few days away now and I can tell you that I am no closer to being ready than I was six months ago.  I am ready for Christmas – I’m just not ready for all the hullaballoo that goes along with this season.

The blue, red, green, and orange lights on the tree twinkle, mesmerizing me, and carrying me back, far back to another time and place. The lights on my childhood cedar tree were large by today’s standards, but so was the perfume from the tree itself.  The tangy smell of pine in my living roo…

  Now that the regular football season is over, except for Conference Championships, we can all relax and anticipate the bowl games.  The SEC Championship between LSU and Georgia will be interesting, and just so you know, this “ole Gator” is pulling for the Dawgs.  Mark that down.  The Army/…

Thanksgiving, as a holiday, is over for one more year.  I always try to think of those things which make me so thankful:  the list is long and detailed.

Nothing political invaded the peaceful nature around our Thanksgiving table this year.  Nobody said impeachment or Pelosi, Schiff or Trump.  Not one person alluded to the Hill or the White House.  No one said, “I’ll be so glad when Congress reconvenes so the House and the Senate can get on w…

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my family finally found a few days to get away and take a mini-vacation. We decided to load up and travel down to Orlando. We’ve always been thrill seekers and usually find some type of thrilling activity that will raise our heart rates. This year it was roller…

“Be thankful,” Mama told me every Thanksgiving of my childhood.  She’d stand at the table chopping onions, celery, and peppers for her famous dressing. “We have so much to be thankful for.”

Some of you will be reading these words before, some during and several after Thanksgiving Day (like the old British Empire, the sun never sets on this column.) So, we need to set some ground rules: Let’s remember to express our thanks on days other than when our mouths are stuffed with turk…

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday because it is for families to enjoy together, giving thanks for being together.  

Introverts enjoy people-watching. Extroverts enjoy people watching. Jonny Sun, author, screenwriter.

Saturday morning at 7 a.m., I dragged myself from the warmth of my bed, performed my morning ablutions, and drove to Hazlehurst for my very first cane grinding.  Jimmy Ryles invited me along with quite a few other people, including my sister Sarah Nell and my cousin Max.  He even promised us…

I ran across a piece recently entitled: “Johnny Isakson: Living His Values.” That, he has done. As he leaves the U.S. Senate and some 40 years of public service, I doubt we will see his equal anytime soon.

The Florida/Georgia game is a thing of the past for one more year.  As a Gator, I am well acquainted with the term “wait till next year”.  I must admit that after the first quarter of the game I felt the handwriting was on the wall.  Georgia was just too consistent in their drives, mastering…

Monday, November 4, 2019:  Yesterday, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Glynn County Republican Party Keep America Great Georgia/Florida Fish Fry held on St. Simons Island.  Led by President Dr. Ginny Hall, this is not only one of the largest groups in our District, but one…

I was surprised when the phone rang this morning. I expected it to be a friendly robot offering me a credit card I don’t want or a back brace I don’t need. What to my wondering ears should appear but Skeeter Skates, the proprietor of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair, located…

In a phone conversation with my youngest son Josh back when he was in college, I asked if he’d gotten his computer repaired. 

Sometimes the best advice can come from the strangest places. Jackie Cushman has a new book out entitled, “Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.” Such advice could not come at a better time. Ranting has become our national pastime and it is hard to list…

“Did you ever have one of those days, boys? Did you ever have one of those days when nothing was right from morning till night?  Did you ever have one of those days?”

This weekend as we were driving to Atlanta, Larry and I stopped and visited his nephew in Stockbridge, Georgia.  Bill and his wife Kris are some of our favorite people, and we visit them as often as we can.  Both avid gardeners, Bill and I love swapping stories.  Fascinated by unusual plants…

We have once again been spared the damaging impact of a hurricane for our area.  I am certain that this was the result of many prayers, not only for us in Charlton County, but also for the United States.  The storm could have been worse, and it was devastating for the Bahamas.  Don’t neglect…

If you are up to your gullet with all the mudslinging in Washington, you have come to the right place. I am right there with you. I have spent enough time in and around D.C. to know the impeachment controversy involving Donald Trump is partisan political posturing by Democrats and Republicans.

I stopped by Walmart on Thursday last and did a few minutes of shopping.  I went in the store for bread and milk, a grand total of 2 items, and came back out with about 10 or 12, about par for the course.  As I walked across the pedestrian section right in front of the store, I saw out of th…

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