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GA Votes voter app available

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Monday, October 6, 2014 is the last day to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 General Election., and early voting for that election begins the following Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. You can register to vote in person at the Upson County Voter Registrar Office in the Drake Building, 305 S. Hightower Street, Suite 150, in Thomaston, or online through a new smart phone app. In order for you to be able to keep up with elections easier, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has just introduced its GA Votes app for your smart phone. If a person is not registered to vote, they can register to vote online using their Georgia Driver’s License number. When they click on the Register button, it takes them to OLVR (Online Voter Registration). The GA Votes app also contains the My...


Air power’s siren song

In the early morning of September 23, 2014, American air forces—joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan—began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing operations against the terrorist group ISIS. Nearly a week earlier, September 17, 2014, marked the U.S. Air Force’s 67th anniversary as a separate service. It remains the world’s foremost military instrument capable of striking globally in support of American national security interests....

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NJROTC receives high marks during inspection

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston TimesThe Upson-Lee High School 2014-2015 NJROTC Battalion, led by Cadet CommanderVictoria Meyerriecks, stands at attention following their annual inspection last week. The ULHS NJROTC Battalion is one of the top units in the Area 12 region, and it showed, according to Commander Rustie Hibbard, the Area 12 Manager who conducted the inspection. For more photos of the inspection and the Pass in Review, see page 3A and also The Thomaston Times’ webpag...

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Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Annual Inspection and Pass In Review

The Upson-Lee High School NJROTC Unit held its annual inspection and Pass In Review last Tuesday morning. Commander Rustie Hibbard, Area Commander for Region 12, which consists of Georgia and northeast Florida, conducted the inspection. Commander Hibbard usually does the annual inspection every two years, but it had been six years since he had last inspected the Upson-Lee NJROTC Unit. Two years ago, the government was in sequester and there was no funding for him to conduct inspections. Other...

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My thoughts on facebook tests and online voting

TestsIf you’re a facebook fan like I am, you’ve probably run across some of the “tests” that you can take to see how much you know. I was on my lunch break the other day and took four of them. Then I got to thinking about my results.What does it say about me that I got 100 percent right knowing 1950’s and 1960’s TV shows like The Adventures of Superman, The Real McCoys, Have Gun-Will Travel, Leave It To Beaver, Gilliga...

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Kiwanis Officers for 2015 installed

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston TimesThe Thomaston Kiwanis Club last week installed its new officers for their 2014-2015 calendar year, which runs from October 1 through September 30. Lt. Gov. Don Jones from Manchester precided over the swearing in. Left to right are Past President Ryan Tucker, Vice President Melvin Fallin, President Dr. B. Waine Kong, Lt. Gov. Don Jones, Secretary Mike Jones, Treasurer Tom Hayward, and past Treasurer Pam Watkins.

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‘Active Shooter’ drill Oct. 2 at SCTC

The Upson Emergency Management Agency, Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department and Upson Regional Medical Center are making plans to conduct an Active Shooter Exercise on October 2, 2014. The drill is being conducted in order to test and improve the community’s overall preparedness for a true emergency event of this nature.According to Southern Crescent Technical College Police Chief Ken Troisi, “This fictional exercise simulates an Active Shooter Incident...

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Thomaston firefighters receive driver training at SCTC

Firefighters with the City of Thomaston Fire Department participated in a “Firefighter Defensive Driving” course with Southern Crescent Technical College throughout the first three weeks of September to increase their skills in dealing with the safety obstacles they experience driving the fire trucks on a daily basis. All three shifts of TFD participated in the course, which has been taught through SCTC for the past seven years. The two-day class includes both classroom time and c...

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Just Thinking

The world of sports is always full of people, things, and happenings that keep us interested and amazed. There is not a day that passes where we cannot find something that grabs our attention and causes us to think about what we have heard or read. Here are a few things that made me think this week.The Braves fired General Manager Frank Wren. Even though I did not mention this in my last week’s column about dismantling the Braves, it is surely a positive move that precedes my...

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Our imperfect system is the best on earth

Every year Upson-Lee North Elementary School has a celebration on Constitution Day. The students dress up in costumes and reenact the Constitutional Convention. Last Tuesday they did it again.I wish you could see them. When the delegates are disagreeing about a matter, the students point and wag their fingers at each other. When George Washington calls for a break in the proceedings, students perform a little dance. The chorus sings patriotic songs.When the program is ov...

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Sprewell Bluff will be closed Sunday at 5

This Sunday, September 28, Sprewell Bluff will close at 5 p.m. County Commissioner Steve Hudson stated the park has been rented for a wedding that evening. Hudson first announced the closing at the Upson County Board of Commissioners meeting on September 9. He noted that the park will be open to the public earlier in the day, but those present will be asked to leave by 5 p.m. Hudson stated the Upson County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to help with the closing and no one will be ...

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Deadline for Yatesville vet memorial is September 30

Time is running short for anyone with Yatesville roots wanting to get a family member who is a deceased veteran in on a special memorial the City of Yatesville is planning for Veterans Day. September 30, 2014 is the final day for request forms to be turned in to Yatesville for their special Yatesville Veterans Memorial Markers.Modeled after similar markers used in Hampton, Georgia, the markers will feature a white wooden cross with the deceased veteran’s name, war or conflict...

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Getting in the 90’s

I’m getting in the 90’s. And I don’t mean speeding in a car!With my 98th Birthday coming up in the Spring next year, if I make it, I am consoling myself with knowing that many others have similar “aches and pains.”When I was teaching in Nashville, Tennessee, and a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, we received a newsletter regularly. I have kept the following from one of those newsletters:

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ULMS Knights bend but don’t break against Mustangs

The Rehobeth Mustangs from Spalding County traveled to Matthews Field on Wednesday to take on the ULMS Knights in a battle of undefeated teams. The Mustangs and Knights have each scored a ton of points this season, so a defensive struggle was something fans did not expect to see. However, defense is what won the game.With just 32 seconds left in the game, the Knights forced a Mustangs fumble inside the ULMS 10 yard line, sealing the Knights’ 7-6 victory and keeping their reco...

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Boss Hog BBQ & Art Show is Saturday

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Fox 5 Team of the Week!

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It’s business as usual for Knights as Region 2 play starts

Sitting at 3-0 for the first time since 2007, the Upson Lee Knights have gotten the attention of many people around the community. The first two home games have been packed out on the Knights’ side of Matthews Field. However, tonight Upson Lee will hit the road for their first Region 2 game of the season, as they take on the Baldwin Braves in Milledgeville.

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I get by with a little help from my friends

The moment I sat down to write this column, my mind checked out on me. This is inevitable. Each time I try to work on a column this happens, so you think I would be used to it. Instead I often think, or rather hope, that each time it will be different. Since it wasn’t, as per usual, I paced around my office and tried to come up with something interesting to say. I thought and I thought hard. In fact, I thought so hard that I gave myself a headache and therefore I decided to take a break...

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