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A recent story about the death of the owner of Frances, Florist, sent me back to the archives.

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Recently a neighbor stopped by to drop off some misdelivered mail and was complaining about how frustrated she was over getting her daughter ready for school this year.

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The death of Charles W. Henson Jr. in March brought to mind a sobering thought: He was one of the last surviving members of what I have long referred to as Monroe’s “Old Guard.”

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Once again we come to one of the most historically important and beloved times of our year … the time when we give thanks for the many blessings we have been given during the past years.

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Writer’s Note: This column from several years ago has been revised with new material and is being shared with the readers again due to a happy circumstance of recent date which introduced me to the grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Greer: Tom,“Cis” and Mike, which brought them to Monroe this…

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The interest and appreciation I have for my hometown dates back to the early fifties when I first came in contact with old issues of The Walton Tribune at the Monroe Library where my Great Aunt Ruby was librarian. On the days when I would stay with Ruby after school, if there were patrons in…

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Continuing on with our march towards our 200th anniversary of Walton County, we should revisit the history of the man for whom the county was named for.  After all, to celebrate a birthday of this magnitude, we should be able to toast the man responsible for giving our portion of Georgia its name!

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As we continue on with our story of where we came from our beginnings in 1818 as we march towards the future and our upcoming 200th birthday, it is only natural to be curious about how times were in those very early years and those founding families who helped shape, define and bolster our f…

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The late Preston Adams of Monroe knew quite a lot about history and especially Monroe’s history; he was 101 when he died, so he had not only seen but participated in a  lot of the early history of our city and county during his lifetime. He even had the opportunity to read the very first iss…

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When Nell Mashburn arrived in Monroe to teach her special classes, one of the first things she did was to find a reputable car dealership to service her car. She was directed to Walker Motor Company on Broad Street. The first person she met was service manager Mell Conner, who welcomed her t…

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In today’s world it seems we have lost sight of many important topics folks in my generation and those before me were taught. Things like social graces, those wonderful old books of the classics and Shakespeare, appreciating fine music from generations ago and what the Bible means and stands…

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It still amazes me that some folks have discarded their belief in Santa! I know he exists as I have TWO letters from him, dated 47 years apart and he knew I had left Monroe and was living in Atlanta and has made his presence known to me on more than one occasion!

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My coffee club guys met at the house recently all bristly and excited about Christmas……well, as excited and full of the Christmas spirit as men in their 70s can be!  This meeting we decided to forgo the usual cups of coffee and instead sipped on delicious Evan Williams eggnog to really put u…

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The late Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports legend, Furman Bisher, was passionate about many things.  Sports, his family, writing for the AJC for 59 years and expressing his thanks during Thanksgiving over the big and small facets of his life which garnered him a column in the paper on Than…

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As previously mentioned in this column, Monroe has been very fortunate in having some mighty fine citizens who have shown their love and appreciation of our town by the many generous deeds of selfless devotion in various ways. One person whose efforts began at age 13 helped shape her into th…

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As previously mentioned in this column, Monroe has been very fortunate in having some mighty fine citizens who have shown their love and appreciation of our town by the many generous deeds of selfless devotion in various ways. One person whose efforts began at age 13 helped shape her into th…

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As defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, the word “obituary” comes from the Latin word “obituaris,” which means “a published notice of a death sometimes with a brief biography of the deceased.”

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The November meeting of my coffee club group got into a rather heated discussion, almost as hot as the steam rising from our cups of spiced coffee.

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One of the books in my Christmas collection is called, “The Annotated Night Before Christmas” which is a wild assortment of themes and variations on the beloved tale of Santa’s Christmas Eve visit.

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One of the many things we all share during this Christmas season is the memories we have dating back to early childhood and the endearing moments which brings a smile and sometimes a tear to our eyes when remembering Christmases of long ago.

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Here are the things I am most grateful and appreciative for at this Thanksgiving season.

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The Tribune isn't the only newspaper to chronicle the history of Walton County. For a short time in the 19th century, a paper called The Casket dug in and gave it a try.

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The weekly meeting with my coffee club members always brings something new and interesting to discuss as we sip our many cups of coffee during the morning.

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A long and beautiful chapter in Monroe’s history came to a close on May 31 with the death of Mrs. Julian E. (Allyne Harris) Brown, in Sandy Springs, Ga. She was five months shy of her 100th birthday.

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On our calendars, there are two holidays that carry significant importance: Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These are the days where we honor those who died in service to our country and those who fought and returned home.

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Just from the conversations we exchanged it is easy to see the passion Blake has for any and all things literary; it radiates from him like words flying off a page and especially when he speaks about Shakespeare, Shelley and Keats, three of his favorite authors.

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The uniqueness of the name, plus a beautiful old, yellow-brick mansion which houses a wildly popular restaurant named for its dinner ware, added to a community filled with Southern history, ante-bellum homes and an old well makes this tiny town of Social Circle special in not only our area b…

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Monroe sustained a significant loss on Feb. 10 in the death of Mrs. Charles Walton (Sue H.) Henson Jr.

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It was a joy to read Tribune Editor David Clemons’ Dec. 16 column about the Monroe First United Methodist Church getting a cross atop its steeple after 65 years.

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In following the long tradition of the late Furman Bisher, beloved sports editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some years ago I started a holiday column offering up my feelings of appreciation on Thanksgiving but from a Monroe perspective.

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Autumn: my favorite season of the year, when the weather cools, the leaves blaze with color, pumpkins and Indian corn adorn houses and businesses while ol’ Jack Frost gives the lawns, fields and meadows a crisp, colorful sparkling of his artistry.

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A 50-year-old hurricane touched down in Monroe twice on the weekend of Aug. 28 and 29, spreading its colors of purple and white all about the Davis-Edwards House on Friday and the American Legion Hall on Saturday.

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A week or so back, my coffee club members were gathered around the table talking about the folks in our respective towns who were called “legends” and when it came my turn to recall those from my hometown, I was flooded with memories of quite a few who, from my perspective, could be included…