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With my wife, Vickie, at my side, I was honored to take the oath and be sworn in to represent the citizens of Walton County for another two-year term.

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Rep. Jody Hice addresses the protests at the Capitol, his decision to contest the Electoral College votes and where our nation goes from here.

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When I was a kid, I frequently re-read a book titled “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” in which our titular character has, well, a less than ideal day.

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I once wrote about the clichés we used in TV news. Oh, I still hear them every night. I even slip up and use them myself now and then. Whenever I say “Police are literally combing the area for clues,” or “The investigation is continuing,” I want to smack myself.

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Even with the 2020 presidential election now more than a month behind us, there still remains a large contingent of Americans who will not accept the results.

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Out of the many, many annoyances, great and small, we encountered during this year of nightmares we call 2020, one of the ones that hit me hardest was the closing of movie theaters.

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Americans have high yet simple expectations for our elections. We want free and fair votes, honest counts of legal ballots and serious investigations of fraud allegations.

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Like many moms out there, I consider motherhood my most important job — and also the hardest one. So I wasn’t surprised when I came across a statistic this summer that said mothers who work outside the home spend just as much time (or more) with their kids as stay-at-home moms did in the 1970s.

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This year as we pare down our holiday feast, we need to think back to all those other years when family and friends could join together without fear.

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It’s often said the true character of a person or an athletic team comes when defeat must be accepted. It’s not easy, but some point, however, you have to move on.

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Hopefully someone with a better photographic memory than mine can vouch for me on this, but I swear I recall seeing a picture from the 1970s or so that showed a road sign down Highway 11 pointing the way of the Monroe bypass.

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Following Tuesday night’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and challenger and former vice president Joe Biden, there were a lot of criticisms of what was widely perceived as a disaster of an evening.

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In my job as an education reporter, I frequently hear from parents and teachers complaining about overcrowded classrooms. These days, that usually means 25 or more students at a time.

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The impact of COVID-19 on communities is very different, and it mainly depends on how elected officials at the state and local level are interpreting the data and reacting to it.