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Baxalta in Social Circle has new job postings
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Baxalta in Social Circle has new job postings. Click on the relevant link for more information.

Round-up of this week’s jobs post
Jobs Employment

If you missed one of our job postings this week, here is a round-up. Click on the relevant link for more information.


Lunch and learn at Clearview on Bone Health

Clearview Regional Medical Center will host a lunch and learn about Bone Health from 12 - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.

Candlelight shopping returns to Monroe
Candlelight shopping in Downtown Monroe 2014. Photo credit Sharon Swanepoel

There is just something special about candlelight shopping in downtown Monroe and you will have two opportunities to enjoy it again this holiday season.

Community News

Walton Music Guild Christmas Program scheduled

The Walton Music Guild 2015 Christmas Concert program will feature Robert Ray's Gospel Mass. The concert will feature the Walton County Music Guild Chorus and several instrumentalists.

Advent Concert Evensong at St. Albans Episcopal Church
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Saint Albans Episcopal Church in Monroe is hosting an Advent Concert/Evensong at 5 p.m. on Dec.

Sassy Soiree with Santa at McDaniel-Tichenor House
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Girls between the ages of 5 - 10 years are invited to spend a fun-filled night of activities at the McDaniel-Tichenor House.

Alcovy CASA Open House and Toy Drive
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Alcovy CASA is an organization of volunteers dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of foster children in the juvenile court system.

Monroe’s 2015 Christmas Parade to honor Hometown Heroes

The theme for the 2015 Christmas Parade in Monroe is Hometown Heroes and participants are invited to join in the fun and help celebrate all our local heroes.


Gum Chewing

I’ve never been much of a gum chewer.  As someone who has teeth removed and orthodontia to fix Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), I’m lazy and not a huge fan of exercising those (or any) muscles unnecessarily.  (Especially when there are so many wonderfully necessary uses for those muscles, such as eating pie.)  Plus, gum loses […]

Where do you stand on the refugee crisis?
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The Statue of Liberty stands tall as she speaks of the United States’ welcoming spirit. But many no longer share that spirit. Recent events have many running scared, and for good reason. The events in Paris, and connections to refugees possibly using the welcoming spirit of Europe to inflict carnage on innocent lives, makes many […]

What do you think when you hear PTSD?
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Most people hear of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and automatically think of our military. Those fighting for our freedom. The ones who have been deployed and have been lucky enough to make it home alive. But were they, lucky? They have an entirely different war to battle here at home. It may not involve avoiding […]

Everything Old is New Again

Everything old is new again, they say, and just like you can actually find legwarmers for sale, and actual fashionable teenagers wearing them, other 80s things are making a comeback. After we decided that earrings were a no-go for my son’s birthday (click here to read more about that parenting dilemma) he decided he wanted […]

PART TWO: How Many Kids Does It Take To Turn Out a Light In The Kitchen?

Laughing is a necessity to good mental health, and kids come with a built-in supply of it. It’s free…and the only thing the government can’t tax. Close Encounters of the Mother Kind presents Part 2 of How Many Kids does it take to turn off a Light in the Kitchen? For the answer, read Part One How Many […]


Obituary: Bobbie Runell Walls, 88, of Monroe

Bobbie Runell Walls, age 88, of Monroe, died on November 20, 2015.

Obituary: James M. Wilkins, 86, of Monroe

James M. Wilkins, age 86 of Monroe, died on November 20, 2015.

Obituary and funeral arrangements: Kelsey LeAnn Clark, 14, of Monroe
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Miss Kelsey LeAnn Clark, 14, of Monroe, GA passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Obituary: Douglas ‘Doug’ Patton Taylor, Sr., 70, of Monroe

Douglas (Doug) Patton Taylor, Sr., age 70 of Monroe, died on November 15, 2015.

Obituary: Kathy Louise Ramey, 66, of Monroe

Kathy Louise Ramey, age 66, of Monroe, died on November 14, 2015.


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URGENT!Lost Rescue Dog Social Circle

Missing in Social Circle.  He is a rescue dog with Pound Puppies N Kittens and has escaped his foster home.  His name is Eli and is a senior male Setter wearing an expired PPNK rabies tag.  .  Text Amy Loggins at 470-385-8988 if he's found.

Lost Dog: Reward for information leading to her return
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The family of a lost female Spaniel mix if offering a reward for information that leads to her return.

UPDATE: Golden Retriever pair needing rehoming are now with rescue group
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UPDATE: A representative with Adopt-A-Golden rescue in Atlanta confirmed that they have picked up these two dogs and now have them in the rescue organization.

Simon says, beware of dry cat food for cats

  Simon's story - a story of love and loss, and a warning to others Simon would begin his story three years ago when JoAnne Thayer and his path would cross.


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In honor of Thanksgiving, and to test my theory that if you can think of it there is a law relating to it, I typed “turkey” in my Official Code of Georgia search engine.

LEGALESE — Home Brew Beer

Lots of folks these days brew their own beer or wine or hard cider as a hobby.  There are stores devoted to the equipment needed to do so, and home brew festivals devoted to people sharing their creations.  The question is this: legally speaking, how are these people brewing alcoholic beverages in their homes different from moonshiners or illegal purveyors of bathtub gin?

Obituary and funeral services: Frank Queen, 51, of Monroe
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Frank Queen, age 51 of Monroe, passed away on November 15, 2015.

Guest Column: Reviving the Walton County Democratic Party
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Under new leadership in 2015, the Walton County Democratic Party has made major changes.

LEGALESE — Holidays

It is November, and in case you haven’t noticed all the décor changing and the lights being strung up everywhere and the uproar over the color of Starbucks cups, the holiday season is upon us.  Of course, which holiday season is upon us can vary depending upon your religious persuasion.