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Opinion
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On Tuesday, August 3, the class of 2022 will begin their final year at McKenzie High School. Students will attend the traditional half-day on August 3 and begin a full-day schedule on August 4. I want to welcome all of our new and returning students for what is going to be an exciting year. more
We left the house and drove up to North Carolina. The mountains were spectacular, the cooler temperatures refreshing and the folks we met along the way were most friendly. more
When talking about Mike Snider and his music career, it is a must to bring up Gordon Stoker as both men hail from Gleason. I didn’t realize until the other day, it was Stoker who arranged for Snider to appear on the Opry. more
Voting by every US citizen who is 18 years of age or older is perhaps the most important tenant of American democracy. It is sacred and must be encouraged and protected by everyone. more
Most communities have a claim to fame and even a favorite son. For Gleason, the town is Tater Town U.S.A. and they too have a favorite son, banjo champion and Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider. more
It didn’t make any sense. Then, a lot of things with me don’t. It was July 3rd. 6:45 in the morning. I was running around Lake Junaluska. Somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina. The houses surrounding the lake were adorned with red, white and blue bunting. Signs along the route advertised the fireworks display set for the next day. more
Carolyn Keiper Wrinkle Fite was the oldest of the two children born to Amos (1902–1995) and Elsie Keiper Wrinkle (1903–1990). Born on June 9, 1924, she was five years older than her brother Bailey Moore (1929–2015). Her father owned Wrinkle-Moore Hardware and Furniture which later became Wrinkle Hardware. more
Martha Sanborn was one of the first people I met when I moved to Port St. Joe in 1969. I coached her two sons. I had both of them in my history class. Her husband was a bit more country than I was…and that is quite a statement! I appointed her daughter the first bat girl ever in the history of Port St. Joe High School baseball. more
The story of Charlie Cox is the epitome of perseverance. Born in 1935, in the Buchanan community of Henry County, little Charlie fared worse than most children of the Great Depression. When he was nine months old, his father committed suicide. more
Wanderlust. It’s kind of a little brother thing. I’d remind David Mark that Mother said not to go past Archie Moore’s bottom field. He’d be over the fence and almost to the pond before my echo faded away. I was six months shy of being two years older...so naturally I had to shinny over that fence and go after him! more
Born in 1923, Homer Dwayne Pearson grew up during the Great Depression. When he was old enough (around 17 years old), he enlisted with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He left the Terry Community of Carroll County and was shipped out west to work in the state parks and forests of Oregon and Washington. more
Summers were the best. Now, we understood the importance of school from an early age. All of us. Even Buddy Wiggleton admitted it was a “necessary evil.” more
Harold Ross Martin was born December 11, 1929, to Luther Lee (1889–1961) and Mossie Cooper Martin (1892–1967). He was the youngest of five children; Caywood, Hazel, Kathryn and Rachael Jean. more
Daddy woke me up at first light the morning after I graduated from college with a 28 inch McCulloch 142 chainsaw in his hand, “Son, get up! Mother’s got breakfast on the table. We’ve got work to do.” more
Ezra Martin was born on August 30, 1914, to Seth Thomas Martin and Millie B Hayes Martin. As the eldest of eight children, he grew up in Trezevant. His parents were sharecroppers with plenty of work for the eight kids. The siblings joined in picking beans, corn and strawberries, digging potatoes and other jobs around the house. more
I’ve been doing some serious thinking. About life, living, children, work ethic, vacations, brown Jersey cotton work gloves, the-way-it-used-to-be and weeds. more
Joseph R. Biden is the President of The United States of America. more
If you asked me 20 years ago about the USS Indianapolis, I would have told you it was the ship in Quint’s monologue from Jaws. Robert Shaw in his whiskey and cigarette-rich voice delivered the semi-factual tale of what took place. more
Coach John Camp would get right in your face. He could be a bit intimidating. And you talk about relentless... more
I have to be honest, when I come across a “historically” based story in The Banner or any newspaper for that matter, I’m usually a little skeptical on its accuracy. more
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