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Monroe Food Service Health Scores
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The following are the latest health scores for local eateries in the Monroe and Social Circle area. See how your favorite eatery scored.

Cotton Cafe hiring kitchen staff

The Cotton Cafe is hiring kitchen staff. The cafe is located in downtown Monroe.


Lunch and Learn focuses on Senior Wellness
Clearview regional medical center

The Lunch and Learn at Clearview Regional Medical Center from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug.

Movies at the Monroe Mill returns July 31

If you missed out on Movies at the Mill in the summer of 2014, there is good news.

Community News

MAG Member Art Exhibit Awards this weekend
File photo from the 2014 Monroe Art Guild Member Summer Show.

Monroe Art Guild's Summer Show for members to exhibit their work began on July 6 and will run until Aug.

Back to school backpack giveaway in Monroe Aug. 1
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Residents in in need in Monroe will be able to qualify for a backpack filled with supplies courtesy of TCC, the wireless retailer that recently took over the Verizon dealership in Monroe.

WC Safe Kids and MPD team up for child safety event

The Monroe Police Department and Walton County's Safe Kids program has teamed up for an event aimed at keeping children in the community safe.

End the summer vacation with a Movie under the stars at Monroe Mill

If you missed out on the food trucks at the Mill in Monroe during the lunchtime hours, you don't have to miss out completely.

Busy weekend of events in Monroe
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There is plenty to do in Monroe on this last weekend of the summer holidays, beginning with Food Truck Friday and Movie at the Mill.


A Room of My Own
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I’ve been married now for 3,129.285 years.  So it seems.  Things that happened before I got married seem somewhat unreal, almost like they are memories of a movie I once saw rather than things that actually happened to me. So, needless to say, the honeymoon stage is over.  Way over.  My husband and I have […]

Grass is Dumb

I don’t know why anyone bothers watching the weather this time of year.  This is Atlanta.  This is mid-July.   I can say without any sort of doubt whatsoever, that it is going to be hot outside.  Really hot.  Convection oven hot.  And humid, with air so thick you can cut it into slices and spread […]

Camp Grandma
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My Mom is not that old, considering how old I am and how old her grandchildren are.  I won’t tell you how old she is, for fear that she reads this and cuts me out of the will, but suffice it to say that it has not yet been a decade since she threw herself […]

Battle of the Bats

There has been a family of bats residing behind the shutters on the porch of my house on Lake Oconee for more than a year now.  They don’t really bother me much.  I like that they eat bugs.  I like that they don’t bother anyone during the day, and during the night they look awfully […]

Armadillo Rerun
Photo credit: Armadillo

My house has a history with armadillos.  In fact, the name of my next book, currently in the production stages, is “The Armadillo, The Pickaxe, and the Laundry Basket,” based on the time when an armadillo tunneled its way into my bedroom one night.  As it turned out, the armadillo and his army of armadillo […]


Obituary and funeral arrangements: Kim Gibby, 43, of Monroe
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Kim Gibby, age 43, of Monroe, GA passed away Friday, July 31, 2015.

Obituary and funeral arrangements: Jonathan Keith Kelly, 31, of Monroe

Jonathan Keith Kelly, age 31, of Monroe, died on July 24, 2015.

Obituary and Funeral arrangements: Cody Glynn Patterson

Cody Glynn Patterson, beloved son of Glynn and Cindy Patterson, passed away July 25, 2015.

Obituary: Lois Miller, 94, of Monroe

Lois Miller, age 94, of Monroe, died on July 17,2015.

Obituary: Tommy Edwin Dillard, 89, of Monroe

Tommy Edwin Dillard, age 89, of Monroe, died on July 18, 2015.


REUNITED!!! URGENT! Lost Male Rescue Pitbull Dumped in Covington

Sam indeed was dumped here in Georgia and is now SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alcovy Pet Rescue needs your help!

Alcovy Pet Rescue once again has taken on animals in need of medical services.

Lost Female Chihuahua Acworth

She went missing from my house, we are in the Westland Mill subdivision off Hwy 92 in Acworth Ga 30102, between Old Alabama Rd and Woodstock Rd. She went missing 6-14-15.

$1000 REWARD!! Lost Female Shih Tzu Heartbroken Family Lula GA

I know there is a lot of people out at parks today.

URGENT! Lost Rescue Dog Valdosta

My foster dog, Goofy has escaped my house!


Legalese — Corporate Personhood

Among the many words you wouldn’t think need defining, the word “Person” is one of them.

Legalese — Who Really Owns Your House?
Lori Duff

When the vast majority of us take that step towards the American Dream and purchase a house, we are required along the way to sign seventy-six billion pieces of paper, give or take.  Although I have never once advised anyone to sign anything they haven’t read and understood, I am realistic enough to know that virtually no one has actually read all the details of these papers.

Legalese — Radar and Laser Requirements
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There are a lot of questions about speed detection devices (laser and radar) and a lot of misconceptions, so I thought I’d use this week’s column to clear up some confusion.

Legalese — Move Over for Garbage Trucks

Georgia’s “move over law,” requiring drivers to change lanes to avoid driving next to a police car or other emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road, has been expanded as of July 1st of this year.

Legalese — Child Support Self-Modification

When people get divorced and there are children involved, even in the most amicable of situations it is nearly impossible to predict how things will shake out in the future.  Especially if the children are younger, and the order or settlement agreement is expected to hold for a decade or more.  Situations change.  Children’s needs change as they get older.  The parents’ expectations change as they settle into a divorced state.  Mom or Dad might remarry, and there might be step-siblings to work around.  Someone might move.